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How to move contacts and calendars to your new smartphone

Krishan Sharma
Technology Journalist

Krishan Sharma is a freelance journalist who writes for various consumer tech and business IT publications

Krishan Sharma
Technology Journalist

Krishan Sharma is a freelance journalist who writes for various consumer tech and business IT publications

While the old days of being able to transfer your contacts using only your SIM card are well and truly gone, it has now become even easier to bring your contacts across to your new smartphone.

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Transferring contacts from an iPhone to your new Android smartphone

If you’re coming from an iPhone, then you will need to transfer the contacts stored on your iPhone to your Google Account using either iCloud or iTunes.

Use the iTunes method if you only have your contacts saved to your phone’s internal memory. You can use the iCloud method if you have your contacts backed up to your iCloud account.

Using iTunes

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac via the USB cord and launch iTunes.
  2. Click the “Info” tab and select “Sync contacts with Google Contacts” in the drop down menu. Hit "Configure" to log into your Google Account.

Using iCloud

  1. Go to www.icloud.com and enter your Apple ID and password.
  2. Select "Contacts". You should now see all of your contacts stored on your iPhone. 
  3. Highlight all the contacts and select “Export vCard” from the Settings menu.
  4. Go to www.google.com.au/contacts/ and log into your Google Account.
  5. Select “Import Contacts”
  6. Select “Choose file” on the pop-up dialogue box and navigate to where you saved the vCard file.
  7. Select “Import”

Your contacts have now been transferred from iCloud to Google Contacts.

Transferring contacts from a Google account to a Windows phone 8 device

If you have just purchased a Windows Phone 8 handset and would like to bring across your contacts stored on your Google Account, simply go to People > Settings > Add an Account > Google.

Transferring contacts from an Android smartphone to an iPhone

Once you have your contacts stored in a Google Account, it is ridiculously easy to bring them across to the iPhone:

  1. On your iPhone go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. Add your Gmail account and your Google Contacts will automatically import into your new iPhone.

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