How do you import contacts from a Galaxy S3 to a Nexus 5? They're both Android devices, so is it a simple process? Do I need to save them to a SIM card?


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Several ways actually. The most simple way I found was to sync all your addresses to a Google Account. If you don't have one create one. On the S3:

  1. From Settings Scroll down and choose Accounts and Sync.
  2. Choose Add Account.
  3. Choose Google.
  4. Choose Existing to add an existing account.
  5. Type in the email id of the account.
  6. Fill in password and sign in.`

On the other device, simply sync to the account again. All your contacts will be pulled in.

  • Just tried it on my nexus 5, didn't work
    – Iancovici
    Nov 25, 2013 at 20:41
  • Er, what didn't work- the sync from S3 to google happened?
    – Rajib
    Nov 26, 2013 at 4:51
  • yeah I ended up copying to sim. Then from sim
    – Iancovici
    Nov 26, 2013 at 12:15
  • Well it's great- especially that your SIM could hold all data. But i'm surprised that sync did not work.
    – Rajib
    Nov 26, 2013 at 14:23

The simplest way would have been using the contacts' app integrated export/import functionality:

  • on the "source device": open contacts, open menu, select "Export/Import", export to SDCard. This will export your entire contact list (including photos) to a .vcf file in the root of your sdcard.
  • copy the resulting *.vcf file to the "target device"
  • on the target device: open contacts, menu, export/import, import from SD. Chose the file.
  • Done.

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You use your gmail account to configure your contacts from one android phone to another.

  1. Login into you google account from your Galaxy S3 Phone.
  2. Sync your contacts with your gmail account.
  3. Import contacts from your gmail account to your Nexus 5 by syncing your Nexus 5 with your gmail account.

Get access to all your contacts.


You can use superbackup application from appstore. It stores almost evrything in seperate csv files, that way you can change your devices on fly, and still wont loose any data. Goodluck


You can use Dropbox on your S3 to save all your contacts in a cloud server as a VCF file (above), then sign in into the Dropbox account using your Nexus 5 and save the contacts in there. Google should work fine.

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