Have you bought a new smartphone and are you looking for a way to transfer the contacts you had on your old phone to it? You have recovered an old SIM, would you like to recover the contacts saved on it but you don't know how to do it? Are you trying in every way to copy the address book from your mobile to your PC but you can't? Don't worry: whatever your problem related to transferring contacts is, following my advice you will be able to solve it.
If you give me five minutes of your free time, I can explain how to transfer phonebook from one device to another and / or from one system to another in the easiest and fastest way possible. I will therefore explain to you how to copy contacts between two Android devices or two iPhones, how to transfer the address book from Android to iPhone and vice versa. I will also suggest you how to import contacts saved on a SIM to your phone and how to copy the phonebook from a smartphone to a computer.
So, are you ready to delve into the topic? Yup? Perfect. Make yourself comfortable, find the chapter of the guide relating to the procedure that interests you the most and try to put into practice the instructions contained in it. I assure you that, in no time at all, you will be able to copy the address book to and from all your devices. Happy reading and have fun!
How to Transfer Android Phonebook
There are basically two ways to transfer the address book of an Android terminal: the first involves the "manual" export of contacts in the form of file VCF (which must then be imported to the phone on which you want to transfer the phonebook). The second, however, provides the synchronization of contacts with Gmail, in order to keep the address book synchronized automatically on multiple devices (simply by associating the latter with the same Google account). Here is explained everything in detail
VCF File Export
If you want to export the address book of your Android smartphone in the form of a VCF file, open the Google Contacts application, press the button? located at the top left and choose the item Settings from the menu that appears on the side. At this point, scroll to the bottom of the screen that opens, press the option Export and metti il segno di spunta accanto alla voce Device (if you want to export the contacts saved on the smartphone memory) or next to yours Gmail indirizzo (if you want to export the contacts saved in the Gmail address book). Then press the button Export to .vcf file, select the folder where you want to save the VCF file and press on checkmark located at the bottom right.
Once the export is complete, copy the VCF file to the target smartphone (the one to which you intend to transfer the address book) by sending it by email or using a cloud storage service (eg Dropbox or Google Drive) and then downloading it to the device memory. When the operation is complete, start the Google Contacts app, press the button? located at the top left and choose the item Settings from the menu that appears on the side. At this point, scroll to the bottom of the screen that opens and press the option first Import and then File .vcf. Then choose whether to save the contacts on device or on your account gmail and select the VCF file of your interest to start importing contacts.
Synchronization with Gmail
If the transfer of VCF files seems a bit too cumbersome to you and / or you want to keep the phonebook constantly synchronized between two Android phones, I highly recommend you activate the synchronization of contacts with Gmail: in this way, the address book will be saved on the cloud (therefore on the Internet) and will automatically synchronize on all the devices to which you associate your Google account.
To check if phonebook synchronization is already active on your smartphone (it should be), open the menu of Settings (the gear icon located on the home screen or in the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device), go to Account > Google, select yours Gmail indirizzo and, if not already there, move up ON the relative levetta all'opzione Synchronize contacts.
If you do not find any item related to Google in the "Account" menu, it means that you have not yet associated a Gmail account with your smartphone. To remedy the situation, go to the menu Settings> Accounts, tap on the item Add account, select the logo of Google from the next screen and log in to your account. If, however, you do not yet have a Google account, create it by pressing on the item Or create a new account and following the instructions on the screen. For more information on this procedure, you can read my tutorial on how to create a Google account.
Once you have set up the synchronization of contacts on the first smartphone, you just have to do the same operation on the second (the one on which you intend to transfer the address book), obviously setting the same Google account. The contacts will be synchronized on both devices automatically.
How to Transfer Phonebook from IPhone to IPhone
If you wish transfer the phonebook from one iPhone to another iPhone, you can't find a more comfortable solution than iCloud. Apple's cloud service allows you to have a constantly updated backup of your address book and to constantly update it on all devices associated with the same account.
In other words, by synchronizing the address book of an iPhone with iCloud and setting the same iCloud account on another “iPhone by”, it is possible to transfer all contacts to the latter and keep the address book synchronized on both phones.
Don't know how to sync your iPhone address book with iCloud? Nothing easier. Go to the menu Settings of iOS (theicona dell'ingranaggio located on the home screen), tap the you don't knowi went his iCloud and make sure the lever is next to the item Contacts is set to ON. If not, activate it yourself.
Then go to the menu Settings> Contacts, tap on the item Default account and, if not already there, set up the account iCloud as the default account for address book management (this way, all new contacts created on the iPhone will be automatically synchronized with iCloud).
If your iPhone is not associated with an iCloud account and therefore the address book sync options are not available, go to the menu Settings, tap on the item Log in to iPhone and log in to your account. If you don't have an iCloud account yet, you can create a new one by pressing the item first You don't have an Apple ID or you have forgotten it and then on that Crea ID Applethat appears on the screen. For more info on this, see my tutorial on how to activate iCloud on iPhone.
Once you have activated the synchronization of contacts on the first iPhone, you just have to follow the same procedure on the second "iPhone by" (the one on which you intend to copy the address book) associating it with the same Apple ID that you used on the first iPhone.
How to Transfer Phonebook from Android to IPhone
Have you gone from an Android smartphone to an iPhone and do not know how to transfer the address book to your new "iPhone by"? No problem. You have two ways at your disposal: you can export the address book of the Android smartphone in the form of file VCF and import it "manually" on the iPhone or, alternatively, you can synchronize the address book of both devices with gmail.
Transfer Via VCF File
To export the Android phone book in the form of a VCF file, all you have to do is follow the instructions I gave you earlier in the tutorial chapter on how to transfer the Android phone book (therefore via the app Google contacts) and then auto-send you the file with the contacts via email, to an address accessible from the app Maildell’iPhone.
Once the file is sent, then grab the iPhone, launch the app Mail and open the message you sent yourself. Then click on the icon ofattached in VCF, wait for this to open in the app Contacts of iOS and confirm the import of contacts in the address book by tapping on the option Add all xx contacts.
Synchronization with Gmail
If you want to keep the Android address book synchronized with that of the iPhone, you must set up a Gmail account on both devices and activate the synchronization of contacts with the latter.
- To activate the synchronization of the address book with Gmail on Android, go to the menu Settings> Accounts> Google, select yours Gmail indirizzo and, if it is not yet active, activate the lever relating to the function Synchronize contacts. If you don't yet have a Google account set up on your device, go to the menu Settings> Accounts Android and first presses on the voice Add account and then on the logo of Google.
- To activate the synchronization of the address book with Gmail on the iPhone, open the menu Settings of iOS (theicona dell'ingranaggio located on the home screen), go to Account and password and first press on the option Add account and then on the logo of Google. At this point, log in to the same Gmail account set up on the Android smartphone and move to ON the lever on the synchronization of Contacts. When done, go to the menu Settings> Contacts iOS, select the item Default account from the screen that opens and tap on the item gmail: in this way the iPhone will download the address book of the Android phone and automatically synchronize all new contacts with Gmail.
If any steps are not clear to you, read my guide on how to synchronize the address book with Gmail, in which I explained how to activate the synchronization of the address book with Gmail on Android, iOS and PC.
How to Transfer Phonebook from IOS to Android
Now let's see how to transfer the address book from an iPhone (or an iPad) to an Android terminal. There are two possible ways to follow: export the iOS contacts as a VCF file and import them into the Android address book or, if the iOS device has always been synchronized with the Gmail address book (so it has saved all its contacts on this last), you can take advantage of the synchronization of the Google account as explained in the previous paragraph of this tutorial.
Transfer Via VCF File
To export iPhone or iPad contacts as a VCF file, you need to use a suitable application. I recommend My Contacts Backup, which is free for address books containing up to 500 contacts, while it costs € 2,29 for larger address books. Its operation is really very simple.
After downloading My Contacts Backup from the App Store, launch the application, grant it permission to access the contacts e fai tap sull 'icona dell'ingranaggio located at the bottom right. Then choose the option vCard from the menu Type, pigia sul pulsating end to save the changes and start saving the contacts by pressing first Backup and then OK. When the backup is complete, press the button Email and auto-sent the VCF file to an email address accessible by Android.
Once the email has been sent, go to the Android terminal, start the application you usually use to manage email (eg. gmail), open the message you sent yourself and press the icon of theannex VCF to download it to your downloads folder.
At this point, start the Google Contacts application, tap the button? located at the top left and choose the item Settings from the side menu. Next, press on the option Import, Then File .vcf, choose whether to save contacts to device or on your account gmail and select the VCF file you sent yourself.
Synchronization with Gmail
Activating the synchronization of the address book with Gmail, the contacts in the Google address book are copied to the iPhone, but not vice versa. This means that the contacts on the "iPhone by" remain only on the device memory and / or the iCloud address book. However, if you turn on address book synchronization with Gmail before starting to populate the iPhone address book and set Gmail as the default account for contacts, iOS automatically saves new contacts to Gmail.
If, therefore, you have set Gmail as the default manager of the iPhone address book, and you have done this before starting to add contacts on the "iPhone by", you can transfer the entire address book of your device to an Android terminal simply by activating the synchronization of the contacts with Gmail on both. I have already explained how to do it in the previous paragraph of this post.
How to Transfer Phonebook from SIM to Phone
If you want to transfer the phonebook from a SIM to the phone, you have to follow a very simple procedure. If you use a terminal Android, open the application Contacts (I recommend the one from Google, which can be downloaded for free from the Play Store), press the button? located at the top left and select the item Settings from the end of the menu that appears on the side.
Now, tap on the item Import, scegli l'opzione SIM card from the box that opens and put the check mark next to all the names you want to transfer to the smartphone address book.
Finally, use the drop-down menu located at the top to choose whether to transfer contacts to Device or in your address book account Gmail e pulsing sul pulsating Import (top right) to start the contact transfer.
If you use a iPhone, the procedure you need to follow to import contacts from the SIM is just as simple. Access the menu of Settings (the'icona dell'ingranaggio located on the home screen), go to Contacts and choose the item Import SIM contacts which is at the bottom of the screen that opens.
Then choose the address book account where you want to import the contacts (eg. iCloud) And that's it. The contact transfer operation could go on for a few seconds: have a little patience.
If you are interested in carrying out the reverse operation, i.e. transferring contacts from the phone to the SIM, know that you can only do it using an Android terminal, through the Copy to SIM Card app: I told you about it in more detail in my tutorial on how to save contacts on the SIM.
How to Transfer Phonebook from IPhone to PC
If you want to transfer the iPhone address book to the PC, the simplest solution you can turn to is the iCloud sync. If you activate the synchronization of the address book with iCloud, in fact, you will have the possibility to automatically synchronize the contacts with MacOS (which, of course, supports this function as standard) and also with Outlook per Windows, after installing the iCloud client for the Microsoft operating system. Here are all the steps you need to take.
- On the iPhone, check that synchronization of contacts with iCloud is turned on. If you don't know how to do it, go to the menu of Settings (the'icona dell'ingranaggio located on the home screen), tap the you don't know, Then iCloud and, if not there yet, move up ON the lever on the synchronization of contacts.
- Sul PC (Windows), download the official iCloud client, install it and, when completed, agree to restart the computer. Then log in to your Apple ID (the same one set on the iPhone) and put the check mark next to the item Mail, contacts, calendars and tasks: This way, your iCloud contacts will be synced with Outlook for Windows. If you have any difficulties using the iCloud client for Windows, check out my guide on how to use iCloud.
- Sul Mac, log in to System preference (the'icona dell'ingranaggio located on the Dock bar), click on the icon iCloud present in the window that opens and, if not already there, put the check mark next to the item Contacts.
If you don't have an iCloud account and / or want to sync your contacts with applications other than Outlook for Windows or Contacts for macOS, you can export contacts from iPhone in the form of file VCF (as I explained to you in the chapter on how to transfer the address book from iOS to Android) and import them into applications such as Thunderbird following the directions in my post on how to open VCF files.
How to Transfer Phonebook from Android to PC
If you want to transfer contacts from Android to your computer, you have several options at your disposal: you can synchronize the address book with Gmail and then configure the same account on the PC (in programs such as Thunderbird o Windows 10 / 8.x Contacts), take advantage of exporting contacts via file VCF o use the program backup and synchronization functions provided by Android device manufacturers (eg Samsung).
- If you have synchronized the Android address book with Gmail (as I explained to you in the chapter of this tutorial dedicated to transferring the address book on Android), you can set up the same Google account on your computer and import contacts into applications such as Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail etc. Furthermore, on PCs equipped with Windows 10 or Windows 8.x, the app can be used directly Contacts, while on macOS you can take advantage of the panel Account Internet of the System preference. For more information on how to synchronize the address book with Gmail on your computer, consult my tutorial dedicated to the topic (in which I explained how to set up a Google account in all the main email clients and in the Windows 10 and macOS Contacts apps ).
- It was preferred export the Android address book as a VCF file(as I explained to you in the chapter of this tutorial dedicated to transferring the address book on Android), you can import contacts on the PC, in programs such as Outlook, Thunderbird e Apple Mail, following the directions in my tutorial on how to open VCF files.
- Some applications released by Android smartphone manufacturers, such as Smart Switch di Samsung, allow you to backup your contacts on your computer and synchronize them with programs such as Microsoft Outlook. If you want to find out in more detail how Smart Switch works or how to connect Android to your PC, read my tutorials dedicated to these themes.