Buying a phone with a different operating system than your current phone has one major problem associated with it: transferring contacts. But if you are shifting from Android to iPhone or vice versa, transferring the contacts of one phone to another is fairly simple.
The good thing about iPhone and Android devices is that they can both be connected to Google services. What we shall do is connect phones to your Google account, transfer the contacts of your old phone to Google, and then transfer those contacts from your Google account to your new phone.
First, we need to port your contacts to your Google account.
For Android users, this step is fairly simple. The only thing you need to do is navigate to the contacts page after plugging your phone into your computer and then choose to merge those contacts with your Google account through an option in the Menu. You will, of course, need a Google account for this.
iPhone users will need to complete this step through iTunes. Once your phone is plugged into your computer and iTunes is opened, you enter the Info tab and choose to sync your contacts with your Google contacts. The subsequent window will ask you for your Google account information which you should provide. Completion of this step will send your iPhone contacts to your Google Contacts.
These steps might produce duplicated in your Google Contacts. You can remove the duplicates manually or through Google Contact’s built in duplicates removing option.
Now we have to transfer those contacts to your new phone.
If the new phone is an iPhone, then you enter the Settings menu. From here, go to Menu -> Contacts -> Calendars tab. In this tab, simply check the Gmail option and provide your Google accounts. Your Google Contacts shall be imported to your iPhone.
In case your new phone is an Android device, you will be given an option to enter your Google account details when you power up the phone for the first time. If you missed it at the time, all you have to do is enter your phone’s settings and enter the Accounts & Settings option where you can use the Add Account to add your Google account for contacts synchronization.
If you own any a smartphone with an OS other than iOS and Android, look for Google synchronization. If it is there, this guide can help you with your phone too.
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