This is a main concern of the recent time. We occasionally switch phones and the initial setup of the device is a tedious task, at least for a few of the users. But, just as the others know and do, if you get into the path, it is quite easy. Let us check the issue of managing contacts.
1. You have a smartphone, and you switch into another smartphone.
The old smartphone will have the option to back up the contacts (even the app data) to the Google account of the user. If the contacts are in the Google account they will appear in the new phone once that account is logged on in it. To create a backup, do the following.
- sign in with a Google account on the old phone.
- go to "Contacts" app and find the settings and import/export option in it.
- select the location where the contacts are saved (SIM/device) for the import location and set the export location as Google account.
- wait for a few minutes with a data/WiFi connection for the device.
- the contacts will be saved to the Google account.
- log in to the account on the new phone.
- the contacts will show up automatically. Or else go to the contact settings and under "Contacts to Display" select "All Contacts".
- if you wish to make the contacts to be saved on the device just use the import/export option for it.
2. Another way for the same situation.
This one is not a better idea than the previous one. Every smartphone comes with a "Copy Data" app or a similar one. The purpose of the app is the same - to copy your data from the older phone. This option is super easy if you switch phones of the same brands, you can use the app account for transferring (just as we saw Google account in the earlier stage).
3. You switch between a smartphone and an old phone.
Here we assume that one of your phones doesn't have access to the Internet. Hence the Google account can't be accessed making that option out of the question. Here we have to do it the old way. We need to create a local backup of the contacts and share it with the other phone and extract it there. When we export contact locally in the device, it is saved as a ".vfc" file. This file type is universal and is supported in all devices - old and new. To create a local backup, go to the settings in the contact app and select import/export. Select the location where the contacts are saved for the import and the file directory (SD card) as the export location. Share the export file created via Bluetooth (if the phone doesn't support Bluetooth, helpless) and open it on the other phone. The contacts will be imported into the device on opening the .vfc file.
The above-mentioned ways are all after the old ways of sending each contact one by one via Bluetooth or SMS to another phone. Yep, these are now not at all a way of doing the task.