It’s the age-old conundrum (well, a couple of decades old at least). You just got the hottest new phone on the market, but your mom’s number, roommate’s number, and the person’s number who you met last week at the bar – along with 300 other contacts – are trapped on your old phone. Sure, you could spend half of your Saturday painstakingly manually transferring contacts between phones. But surely there must be a better way.
Luckily, there is – several, in fact. Depending on your phone and provider, you may be able to transfer your contacts in just a few minutes.
How to transfer contacts to a new cell phone:
1. SIM card
The process differs depending on your device, but if both your old phone and new phone use a SIM card, chances are pretty good that you can download your contacts right to your SIM card and upload them to your new phone. You will likely find an option within your settings menu to save your contacts to your SIM card. Consult your device’s manual for step-by-step instructions.
2. Go to the store
Your wireless carrier may be able to quickly transfer the numbers for you in-store. Give them a call and see if they are able to transfer your contacts from your old device to your new phone.
It may be possible to wirelessly transfer contacts to your new phone using a Bluetooth connection. Refer to your user manuals to see if your old and new devices support sending and receiving contacts over Bluetooth.
4. Online tools
There are a number of online tools out there that may solve your dilemma. Your wireless carrier may also offer a contact synchronization and backup service for a nominal monthly fee. For $1.99 a month, Verizon offers a service called Backup Assistant that will back up your existing phone’s address book and synchronize with your. AT&T offers a similar service called Mobile Backup for compatible devices. Sprint and T-Mobile also offer online services to backup and transfer your mobile phone’s contacts.
Apple offers iCloud which lets you access your contacts on any Apple device when you sign into iCloud.
5. Syncing Software
If your phone isn’t compatible with any of these solutions and services, you may be able to purchase synchronization software and cables for your device. There are quite a few websites out there that sell software and cables that will allow you to download your contacts to your computer and then upload them to your new device. Just run a quick Google search for ‘your device + synchronization software.’ Unfortunately, if you opt for this solution, you will likely have to shell out the Benjamins for separate cables for both your old and new device.
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