This is how you restore your android contacts if you bought a new phone or accidentally deleted them from your phone.
It may be that I am getting old, but I can clearly remember a time when getting a new phone meant hours of manually transferring my contact lists from the old phone to the new one. Thankfully this is not the case anymore. In this day and age you can have them automatically transferred to your new phone the moment you connect it to Wifi or a mobile data connection.
In this tutorial I will show you how to restore your contacts from your Gmail account in the case your phone did not do so automatically the moment you set it up. If you are not sure if you remembered to backup your contacts before you wiped your old phone let me first show you how to check if your contacts was backed up.
- On a PC head on over to your Gmail account.
- In the upper left corner of your browser window click where it says Gmail next to a downwards pointing arrow.
- From the pull down select contacts, to see a list of all the contacts saved to your Gmail account.
- If no contacts were present and you no longer have your old phone, or you have resetted it to factory settings you are up the creek. Sorry, There is nothing more that can be done.
- If the list was empty and you still have your old phone, check out this tutorial on how to backup your Android contacts before proceeding. It will show you in detail how to easily backup your contacts to your Gmail account.
Ok, now you are ready to proceed.
How to restore your Android contacts
- First of all you need to make sure that you are logged in to your Google account on your new phone. The way to do so is pretty universal across all cell phone brands, but small differences may occur. You are going to have to head on over to your phones settings. They can be found in the apps folder of your phone.
- Once there you will have to navigate your way to the accounts section. From there choose add account. Add a Google account, and make sure you use the same account as you do when you log in to your Gmail on your computer.
- When you have added your Google account to your phone head back and press the newly added Google account.
- Press your Gmail address to bring forth a list of things you want synced.
- Make sure Contacts is ticked of. If not do so now.
- Your contacts will sync with your new phone.
- If this solved your problem and your contacts has now been restored why not hit the Google plus button to make sure everyone else finds this tutorial
Your contacts should now be completely restored to your new phone. Head on over to your contact list to see for yourself.
If you still can’t find any contacts there is another thing to take into consideration. The Android cell phone platform is very versatile, and one of the many options you have is that you can choose which contacts you want your phone to display. This means that your phone could be set to not display the contact list you want to use. Let me tell you how to check that your contacts has been set up the correct way.
- Open your contacts list.
- Hit the three dots or your menu button if your phone has one, and press settings.
- press your finger where it says contacts, and press where it reads, contacts to display.
You will now find yourself at the point in the settings menu where you can choose which contacts to display. All you have to do now is tick of the one or ones you want your phone to display.
Your Android contacts should now be restored to your new phone. If you are still having problems leave us a note in the comments section. myself or someone from the community will try to help you.
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