4 Ways to Transfer Contacts From an Old Phone To Moto G

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Moto G is one of the fasted selling phones in developing markets. I’ve been using it for the past couple of days and it is nothing less than impressive. Especially when you consider it costs only $179. It is fast, a pleasure to hold in hand and comes with the latest version of Android – 4.4 Kitkat.

I hope you are just as happy with your purchase as I am. I’ll be sharing more tips and tricks about the phone in upcoming articles but to start with, here are four different ways to get contacts from your old phone, iCloud, Gmail and a Vcard/CSV file to your Moto G.

1. Contacts Stored With Google Account

This is the simplest option. If you used your Google account to sync contacts on your old phone, you don’t really need to do anything.

During the set up process, if you entered the Google account where all your contacts are saved, they will be automatically downloaded to your phone.

In case there is a problem, Go to Settings -> Account -> Google, tap on your account and make sure Contacts option is checked.

2. Sync With iCloud (Manual)

Note: This is a manual method where you need to download a Vcard file and transfer it to the phone manually. If you a looking for an automated approach, skip to the fourth option in the article.

Step 1: Go to iCloud.com and log in. Then click Contacts. You should now see your contacts listed here. Select all the contacts by pressing Ctrl+A.

Step 2: From the gear icon on the bottom left corner, select Export Vcard.

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Step 3: A .vcf file will be downloaded. Transfer this file to your Moto G by copying it to the local storage.

Step 4: Now, open the People app on your Moto G and from the Menu button on the bottom right corner, select Import/Export.

Then select Import from Storage. Your phone will now be scanned for a new .vcf file and your contacts will be imported.

3. Android To Android – Motorola Migrate

Coming from an Android phone? Motorola has made it really easy to transfer all kinds of content from your old phone to the new. First, you’ll need to download the app on your old phone (it comes pre-installed on your Moto G).

Step 1: Launch the app on your Moto G. From the first page, select Android as we are importing data from an Android phone.

Step 2: Next, select the kind of content you want to import. Contacts, messages, photos, videos and even call logs can be imported. For this example, I’m sticking with contacts.

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Step 3: Moto G will ask for permission to take over your Wi-Fi and after you allow it, it will ask you to download the Migrate app on your old phone. Hit Next and a QR code will show up on the screen.

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Step 4: Now, on your old phone, launch the app and just hit the Start button. You will now see a QR code scanner show up. With your old phone’s camera, scan the QR code displayed on Moto G’s screen.

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That’s it. The phones will now connect and contacts will be transferred in mere seconds.

4. iCloud Sync With Motorola Migrate (Automated)

The recently updated Motorola Migrate app allows you to import contacts from iCloud to your Google account just by logging in to the services. If you don’t want to do it manually as described above, this is another alternative.

Step 1: From the first screen, select iPhone.

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Step 2: Log in with your iCloud account and on the next step log in to your Google account and grant the app permission to access your contacts.

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In the next couple of seconds, your iCloud contacts will be transferred to your Google account and will show up in the People app.

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Your Way

How do you usually transfer contacts from your old devices to a new one? Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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