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How To's
Transfer Contacts To A New Phone

Wirefly Learn » How To's

May 26th, 2009


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 blonde’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.

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.

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.

Online Tools

There are a number of online tools out there that may solve your dilemma. A company called ZYB offers a free way to transfer your contacts and calendar between phones, as well as backup your contacts on Gmail. Best of all, the service works with hundreds of popular mobile phones, and is always adding more to its list of supported devices.

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.


A gadget called CellStik works with a fair number of phones. The device looks just like a USB thumb drive – with an additional jack that plugs into your phone. Just plug in the device, push a button, and your contacts will be downloaded to CellStik in just a few seconds. You can then plug the drive into your computer, and edit or save your contacts with some simple software. Alas, you will likely have to buy a separate CellStick for your new phone as well.

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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15 Responses to “Transfer Contacts To A New Phone”

  • Charles urbanski
    August 16, 2013

    I have an AT&T phone and it went through the wash how do I transfer data my phone is destroyed what do I do

  • I have a net10 prepaid phone and has crashed on me.. I have to get my contacts off the phone to a smart phone. Whats the easiest and nest way to do this?? Key thing is the prepaid phone ( one w/contacts) will not stay on once u power it up

  • I backed up my numbers on wirefly and my phone got stolen. I have got a new phone and can’t figure out how to transfer my numbers into my new phone there tech support sucks I can’t get a hold of anyone

  • Yesterday I changed phone carriers (from Sprint to Solavei). While trying to transfer contacts from Srint’s SCP 3820 to TMobile’s (Solavei) P139, the contacts were lost. I asked Sprint & TMobile if they could be recovered from black transfer box and they said, No. I desperately need help in restoring those contacts in old or new phone.

  • Why do wireless home phones with directories have no way to transfer names and numbers to new phones? Maybe there is, or maybe companies can agree on a standard and a transfer methodology. Or is there no money in it?

  • My phone need my contacts back

  • vinodkumar
    January 17, 2013

    I want to transfer the contact numbers from my tata indicom sim card and phone to new mobile phone. kindly give me reply.

  • I lost my older model Samsung cell phone. Just purchased new basic Samsung cell. How do I transfer my contacts from my lost phone to my new basic Samsung cell phone.

  • Kathy Stevens
    April 9, 2012

    I had ATT cell phone and i would like to send all my numbers to my new sprint cell phone . How do i do that I need HELP!

    • Kathy, take your phones to a Sprint store. They should be able to help you move your contacts there.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • ponisna tolber
    March 21, 2012

    I drop my phone in the toilet but i got it out in 5 seconds but the water took over so i need help finding my phone contact numbers

    • Ponisna, you will need to take the phone somewhere to have it looked at to see if the contacts can be recovered. You don’t mention your carrier, but you should start at one of your carrier’s stores. If they can’t help, your only recourse is to try an electronics repair shop… if they can’t do it, they might know someone who can.

      Goog luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • my phone broke last night and i got a new phone. i tried to switch my old sim card to put into the new sim card but it still does not work what do i do?? the phone is a samsung SGH-a187

    • I suggest that you take the two phones (old and new) to one of the carrier’s stores and ask there for help in getting the contacts transfered. Good luck!


  • Wanda Williams
    July 15, 2010

    Approximately two weeks ago I received my new driod phone. I got on phone line with a tech that hepled transfer my contacts ,but I’m realizing they did not sync into my phone properly. I cannot go to my contacts or favorites to dial them.

    Also my photo’s and video’s did not transfer.

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