When switching to a new smartphones we sometimes have that problem of “lost contacts”. This is really annoying especially when we had important calls to make. However we are in 2017 and it's now time we swap the notebooks where we noted all our contacts to the cloud.
Generally on Android, all your contacts are automatically synchronised with your Google account. However in other to be sure all your contacts are synchronised, you can process as follows : go to your phone's settings in the Accounts> Google section and select your primary Gmail address. Click on the three small dots at the top right of the screen to display the menu that allows you to Synchronize your account.
Let's check that all our contacts have been saved. To do this, log on to the Google Contacts site with your primary Gmail account and compare the list displayed on the site with your contacts on your smartphone. It is possible that some are missing.
If this is the case, verify on the relevant contact card that these are Google contacts and not phone contacts, as these are not stored by the US giant, but only in the memory of your smartphone.
If the contacts are well stamped Google, synchronize again and wait a little bit. Otherwise, in the settings of your contacts application, the Export option will allow you to create a VCF (vCard) file that you can import as a CSV or vCard file on Google Contacts in the More Sound section Side menu.
After the import, many duplicates will certainly appear in your contact list. Do not panic, Google should suggest you delete them. If this is not the case, the Find duplicates option is available in its side menu above the Plus.
In your iPhone Settings, go to the "Mail, Contacts, Calendar" menu where you can add your Google Account. When asked what you want to sync, make sure to select the contacts. Contacts on your iPhone should sync automatically with Google Contacts. There is no way to track the progress of synchronization, so be patient
If this option does not work, it is also possible to export contacts manually with iCloud or iTunes. In the first case, you will need to go to the Contacts page of the icloud.com site, from where you can export all your contacts in vCard format or a selection with the icon in the form of gear in the bottom left of the site. screen. In the second case, select your iPhone in iTunes and you will be able to synchronize your contacts with Google Contacts from the information tab.
For the method using iCloud, you will only have to follow the method explained above to import your contacts on Google Contacts with the recovered vCard file.
When creating a contact it is good to save it as “Google contact” and not on the phone. If saved on the phone, it’ll ba save on the internal memory of the smartphone or on the SIM card and this won't be synchronised across devices.
Fortunately Google seemed to had bypassed the problem by not proposing the record on the internal memory in the last version of it app. However this may not work on all smartphones and so this must be checked.