Transferring contacts iPhone/AndroidThe battle for the most used brand of smartphones in the world is currently between Samsung and Apple; two great manufacturers that have endowed smartphones with features ranging from the most basic functions to the high end ones which we have today. The most used operative systems are Android and iOS, being the ones that have more developed applications in their corresponding app stores. That’s why, a lot of information about how to repair common mistakes, such as; flashlight not working, apps suddenly closing, or messages not appearing, and so on, can be found on the internet.

One of the most common problems is the decision of changing smartphones, whether for a more advanced one or just to change the operating system. It’s a common question, given that we don’t want to lose our contacts, mails, or addresses. The truth is that we don’t have to worry about these types of problems because with mobile technology everything has a solution. It is possible to transfer these contacts or all of the necessary information saved. It wouldn’t be necessary for you to copy a number and have to copy it over again in your other smartphone. Shortly, we’ll give you the solution right on this page.

Transferring contacts between iPhone and Android

It’s a users’ nightmare when we talk about transferring information from iPhone to Android or vice versa. Transferring app information, contacts or emails from one device to another has often been considered a myth. However, thanks to the many curious ones amongst us, we’ve found a way to solve this mystery.

Transferring contacts from iOS to Android

One of the most loyal iOS partner is the iCloud. Even though this service hasn’t been very important when we talk about transferring contacts, the iCloud feature has been always present. It’s necessary and obligatory to have activated the contact synchronization in our devices. If we don’t already have it activated, we can do that through the settings.

  • In Settings, you should look at the iCloud option, if the Contact option isn’t activated, you should activate it. If it’s already activated, we are ready to go.

If the option is activated, it means that the contacts sync will be done to iCloud and we’ll see them from another device or simply in the official iCloud web page.

  • Select the Contacts you want to transfer to your new Android device. You have to make sure that the contacts you want transferred have been selected.
  • Click on the Configuration icon in the left bottom and select the Export vCard option in which the needed file will be downloaded.

Now we have to go to the Google web page where we’ll manage our contacts.

  • Enter into Google Contacts on the Google web page and log in with your account and password.
  • In the top side of Google Contacts click on the More option, and then on Import or, on the sidebar, you can select the Import Contacts option.
  • And finally, you will need the file that you downloaded from the iCloud, and then you’ll need to wait until the importation and contacts synchronization is completed in order to view them directly in your address book.

Transferring contacts from Android to iOS

With Android it is a little bit easier because the synchronization is always activated in Google, even though we don’t want it. Google offers many features to Android users; so many, that we don’t just have one way to send our contacts to iOS, but two or more ways. Here, at Vofeel, we’ll show you two easy methods, just in case one of them doesn’t work:

Method #1

This method is very similar to that of transferring from iOS to Android; we have to implement most of the steps but inversely:

  • Log in  to Google Contacts, after selecting the More option, click on the Export option and then, a file will be downloaded.
  • In your device, log in to iCloud, select the Configuration icon located below and to the left. Finally, select Import vCard and then the file you already downloaded from Google Contacts.

Method #2

This method is so much easier, if the first method doesn’t work for you, or you just want to go directly with this one.

  • In your iOS device, you should go to Settings, and get into the section of Mails, contacts, and calendar.
  • Once you’re there, you must Add an account by selecting the one of Google, and log in with your information (user/password).

At the end, with either method, it’ll just be a matter of time to finish the importation and synchronization of the new Android contacts to iOS. The process will depend on the quantity of contacts that you have on file.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

Improving Android’s performanceGoogle services in the Android operating system have always been extremely useful; the ability to synchronize is one of them. Google synchronization is very important because it enables you to have everything at the exact moment you need them. Just like when an email arrives, if it’s not synchronized it’ll arrive when opening the application; however, if it’s synchronized, the information will arrive in real time. Just like its synchronization, Google offers plenty of services that help at stability and organization of the flow of information between web applications, social networks and internet services in our smartphone.

Google also offers to their Android users the option of changing some features, alerting that this can modify some functions, because many services are working altogether for the stable optimization of the operating system or any other specific application. A big part of the Google services can be temporally deactivated; however, it can’t be erased, even some of them are hidden as applications consuming the memory of the smartphone. At some point, they can be reactivated or they could be needed to run some applications. Some of these services are like applications by default and it’s not recommended to erase them.

Improving performance, removing services

Services maintain some functions of the Android operating system stable, but they’re not always necessary. Some of them are extra features by default. These services consume smartphone performance, wasting so much more in the ones without enough memory space to save plenty of applications; high end and low range smartphones. When we have a smartphone with a short memory space (in storage as well as in RAM) we better exclude some unnecessary services to unlock space and to keep our RAM memory occupied in needed applications and services.

Why do we have to deactivate the synchronization?

Synchronization is a service that helps the flow of information in applications and internet services.  We can administrate our device to synchronize it. Google has offered this service to maintain a better connection, in real time, with information; however, we can deactivate some synchronization options to avoid the synchronization of the whole content. It should be emphasized that synchronization not just restores information but, day after day, it’s saving everything that it recognizes and detect.

Deactivating synchronization or just some features will give us a better smartphone performance. It’ll also depend whether if it’s one or two accounts that are synchronizing at the same time. Here, in Vofeel, we’ll teach you how to deactivate the whole Google synchronization, or just some of its’ features.

  • Go to Settings and then, select the Account option or Accounts and Sync option, depending on your operating system.
  • Once you are there, select a synchronized account; usually, it’s displayed on your Google account. You’ll have to select it.
  • Within an account, you’ll see the entire activated or deactivated features. To activate them, they must be on the right part or with a little mark (it’ll depend on your Android version).

Note: in some operating system versions of Android there exists an option called Automatic Sync which will be enough to deactivate your smartphone synchronization in every single account.

Recommendations

It’s a good thing to have the synchronization feature activated, but not every feature or service activated is good for your smartphone. This Android service is very useful to save information, such as; contacts, emails, messages, application data, amongst others. Nevertheless, having every feature and many accounts synchronizing will affect your smartphones’ performance, as well as the smartphones’ battery life, which is not very convenient in high and low end smartphones.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.