When switching from one phone to another, you can lose vital information from contact lists or phone books. Manually going back and forth between the two phones to enter contact information is time consuming and allows for human error. Verizon Wireless offers several options for transferring contacts from one phone to another by accessing the subscriber identity module card found in the back of all cellphones. The SIM card must still be in the phone for the transfers to function properly.
Verizon allows you to transfer contacts from an old phone to a replacement phone using its Backup Assistant application. To use the application, you must download the application first on the old phone through the "Get it Now" or "Media" function found on most Verizon phones. The application is found on the "Business Tools/Information" option, which pops up after selecting the "Get New Applications" on the screen. This same process must be repeated on the replacement phone. Once the application has properly downloaded on the replacement phone, the two phones will automatically sync and the contacts list will transfer.
When purchasing or activating a new phone at a Verizon store, you have the option of syncing your contacts list. Bring in your old phone to the Verizon store and turn it in to a representative. The representative then transfers the contacts from the old phone to the new phone for the customer. Both phones are returned to you.
Android mobile devices require a different process for transferring contacts. There are two ways to download the Backup Assistant application on an Android phone. On some Android devices, the Backup Assistant is found on the home screen. Simply tapping the app on the screen begins the downloading process. On other devices, the application can be located by first tapping on the "People" or "Contact" menu and then the "Menu" icon. You must agree to the terms and conditions on the screen and then enter the phone's personal identification number code to complete the transfer.
Certain cellphones, such as the Motorola Devour and Motorola Droid, aren't compatible with the Backup Assistant application. You must transfer a contact list using a CSV file. The computer programs Microsoft Outlook or Entourage are needed to export the contacts to a Gmail account. After exporting the list, you must log on to the Gmail account using your device to allow the syncing to automatically take place. Contact a Verizon representative to check if a particular phone is compatible with the Backup Assistant application.
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