How to Transfer Contacts from a Samsung Galaxy S2 to a Samsung Galaxy S4

One of the first things that I wanted to do after getting my new phone, was to transfer contacts from a Samsung Galaxy S2 to a Samsung Galaxy S4 . As many other phone owners are upgrading their contracts from an S2 to an S4, I thought that it would be a good idea to write this short guide about how to transfer contacts from a Samsung Galaxy S2 to a Samsung Galaxy S4. Although there are a couple of different methods that can be used, by far the simplest and the quickest is to do the contacts transfer using Bluetooth. If you haven’t used Bluetooth before, don’t panic, its the easiest thing in the world! (By the way, this method works with all Android Bluetooth enabled phones).


how to transfer contacts from a Samsung Galaxy S2 to a Samsung Galaxy S4
My new Samsung Galaxy S4 – Admittedly not a great photo, but it does give a size comparison next my wallet (now empty!!)


 Samsung Galaxy S4
A slightly more professional photo of the Samsung Galaxy S4 !!


1. First of all, turn on the Bluetooth for both phones by swiping down from the top of the screen, and then pressing the Bluetooth icon. You will then need to swipe up from the bottom of both phones to access the “settings” menu, where you will need to make both phones discoverable. They should soon find each other, and you can then pair them up.


2. After that, go into the old Android phone/ S2 where you should Go to Phone>Contacts>Menu>Import/Export>Send namecard via


3. At this point, a list of all your contacts is presented, and you will need to tap on Select All Contacts


4. When these are checked, you should then Select Bluetooth> and then select your new Galaxy S4 phone


5. This will then transmit a small file from the old S2 phone through to the new Samsung Galaxy S4 phone called a vcf or vCard.


To read the one step remaining to complete the transfer, click here >>> Transfer Contacts


  1. Thank you, that was really helpful

  2. Maria Peres says:

    Thank you so much – you really made things so easy for a middle aged couple without the time, the patience or the inclination to deal with the constant upgrades that have now become part of life! Bless you a

  3. Brilliant Thank you!!

  4. Nice one – been faffing about and finally something that works….!

  5. Thank you so much … I really appreciate it

  6. This was Extremely helpful, saved me from sitting and moving over a hundred contacts one by one. Thank you so much – highly appreciated!

  7. That was absolutely easy…..and very accurate. Thanks!

    Any idea about transferring other data like photos, messages, between the two phones?

  8. massive thanks very helpful

  9. Thanks ! That took just 5 seconds. Is there a similar way to transfer messages too ?

  10. Thank you very much!!!!!!!

  11. Perfect you saved my hours or manual input and the cost of micro card. keep up the good work appreciated

  12. Suzanne Holliday says:

    After trying to sync contacts from my s2 to my s4 via kies air for about 2 hours, I decided to search on Google and found your advice. It took seconds……should’ve searched Google first! Many thanks, most helpful.

  13. Great! Thank you!!

  14. Glad its helped everyone out 🙂

  15. Spot on. Simples

  16. Thank you! It really helped and saved me a trip to the telco.

  17. Thanks very much for that!
    I am getting my s4 tomorrow after damaging my old phone, so I will be using the same sim card.
    Can this be done when only one phone has a sim in it please?
    Also, do you know if my pictures are saved to my phone or sim, if my phone would they be as simple to move?
    Thanks again!

  18. thank so much man !!

  19. Thank you so, so much, I have wasted hours trying to do this via gmail and straight to my PC unsuccessfully, your method was so straightforward and worked within a minute, thank you thank you thank you 🙂

  20. Top man thanks! Spent two hours searching Samsung and other websites, none of which gave straight forward instructions like you!

  21. 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. Thankyou. So much more helpful than the help line.

  22. My pleasure Andy and frustrated!!!!

  23. Thanks so much for this simple way to transfer contact. Made my life much simpler.
    Best advice I have had from the internet!!!

  24. Had a little problem connecting but finally did it right and it worked perfectly. Thanks for saving me the one thing that can’t be replaced. Time…

  25. your a saint for that post. Im not great with phones and you made the tranfer so easy
    thanks a mill

  26. Well that was easy. Thank you for the help.

  27. Brilliant – wish you would write all the user guides!!

  28. You sir deserve a knighthood. Samung handbook went on about downloading on pc..doing this doing that blah blah blah where as your solution is the best

  29. anonymous says:

    thank you so much…this helped great time

  30. This is so easy! I have spent hours trying to get other methods to work. Now I am transferring my pictures the same way. I went into My Files and clicked on DCIM, then Camera, then the menu button, then Share, then Bluetooth. I suspect everything in My Files can be copied over this way. This has been a tremendous help and thank you so much!!!

  31. Thanks a lot! Very helpful.

  32. Jonathan Bart says:

    Fantastic advice! Much appreciated.

  33. dilshan.a says:

    Thank u so much for taking time to put these info on your blog. It is very helpul.

  34. Alastair Dodds says:

    Thanks so much, really helpful

  35. Thank you so much, knew there would be an easy way! Now just have to transfer photos etc

  36. Anne Grace says:

    Thank you so much for this information. Quite often I try to get help from the internet and left very disappointed. This totally works and is so unbelievably quick. Thank you so much for spending your own time to help others not waste their time!!

  37. THANK YOU! I spent an hour trying to figure it out. Another site explained how to connect the blue tooth but then it said something like “find the other device” to transfer contacts WHAT? HOW? Then the Kies for the old phone wouldn’t connect to the new one saying connection type was invalid, then the “Kies Air” on the new phone doesn’t connect without Wi-fi! You saved me, more frustration thank you so much!

  38. This was sooooo helpful! Massive thank you!

  39. That was really a great help!

  40. Thanks man…. So helpfull.

  41. Thanks for sharing, i appreciate very much.

  42. Works great!!

    Thanks for the straightforward article!

  43. Guy at best buy said he transferred contacts, went home and realized he hadn’t. So glad I checked this webpage before I made another trip, thank you so much.

  44. fantastic, thanks a lot!!! it was easy and fast.

  45. Really helpful article! I was dreading this but you explained it wonderfully, cheers mate!

  46. Thanks, it worked as you said

  47. After looking through various websites and wasting many hours trying to figure out how to transfer documents from one phone to another, I stumbled across this site and it has been a tremendous help! Thank you!!!

  48. Thanks a lot – that was a hell of a lot easier than what my service provided suggested!

  49. should work for Samsung,£1,000000 p/a ,well worth it,cheers

  50. I wouldn’t complain if you put in a good word with Samsung for me 😉

  51. linda kopittke says:

    Thanks so much , worked well.

  52. Silly Sod says:

    Wow, nice and easy. Saved me downloading an app for $35 to do it.
    (Actually I would never have done that).

  53. Thank you!! Extremely helpful! Super easy!!

  54. Absolutely brilliant, thank you. took me about two minutes. Up until then two days trying to figure it out

  55. Sensastionally easy – thanks very much!

  56. This was amazing! I just spend 2 hours trying to figure it out with Samsung’s so called ‘easy’ Smart Switch program which utterly failed. Then looked it up online and found your advice – took me 5 minutes! Oh my god, wish I’d done that 2 hours ago. THANK YOU!

  57. My pleasure Abi 😉 have a great weekend!!

  58. nokwazi radebe says:

    thank u thank u thank u a million times. ive beenokn strugglin 4 3 days 2 do this n with ur simple instruction i did it in 5 sec thanx a lot

  59. Thank you Dave. That really helped me. Even the person at 3 didn’t tell me that.

  60. Alan Wareham says:

    Thanks Dave – Fantastic Clear and Concise instructions and 100% accurate! I remember the heartache I had when I set my Galaxy S2 up, spent hours typing in contacts, wasn’t looking forward to doing the same with the S4, But no need!! Cheers, Alan

  61. Awesome tip !
    I was struggling with Samsung Kies / switch and all that. Took me hell lot of time and had a hard time, until I found your blog. Thanks a lot. Works in a flash, and works awesomely well. Kudos !

  62. Wish I had done this about an hour ago. Kies is good for a backup, but not that useful for transferring data from an older phone to a new one. Thanks heaps!

  63. Excellent. Thanks for taking the time to post this. Worked first time thanks to your clear instructions

  64. Absolutely brill post, thank you so much

  65. Thank you so much for this!! 🙂 Really helped me out!

  66. Thank you so much. It was so easy.

  67. Amazingly helpful. Thanks so much !!

  68. Thank you! 🙂 your a starrr

    • You’re welcome!!

      • Thanks Dave, that was sensational. Hey, you wouldn’t know whether the same can be done with messages?

        • Hi Veronica,

          It won’t transfer messages that way. I think that the accompanying Kies software from Samsung may be able to do it. TBH, most of the time I have got a new phone, I use it as a chance to start a fresh sheet and bin the old messages!! lol. They still remain on your old phone should you want to keep them.

  69. thank you so much you are a legend.
    wish i saw this 12 hours ago.
    any ideas how to do the same with what app and pictures and texts ?

  70. Thank you !! Made it super easy.

  71. Thank you so much!! I am transferring my contacts now. When I got my Galaxy S4 at Costco yesterday, the young man (16?) uploaded everything. But I discovered last night that none of my phone numbers had transferred, just the emails and FB contacts. I hope this works!

  72. Shatadi says:

    Thank you so much. Your solution worked brilliantly!

  73. I just got the new Galaxy S5 & am having a “fun” time trying to transfer my contacts from my antiquated S2…
    have the two devises paired via Bluetooth but am not receiving the vcf or vCard on the new device ….
    any suggestions!?


  74. GOT IT!!!!!


  75. you are amazing and saved me a lot of time thank youuuuuuuu

  76. Fantastic advice. I used it to transfer contacts from a Samsung Galaxy Young to a Samsung Pocket Neo. Worked perfectly. Thanks!

  77. Thank You very much, really helpful.

  78. Thank you for much for this – very helpful and clearly written

  79. Thank you so much! I’ve spent nearly 2 hours trying to do that! Very happy.

  80. Thank you!!! I got so frustrated messing around with apps that didn’t work etc. This was far easier!

  81. I have the same problem as Monica in that most phone numbers are not there and now I have 3 or 4 sets of duplicate names … help!

  82. I went through the process again and it seems to have worked, I just have to sort out all my duplicates now! Thanks for the great advice though ..

  83. Thank you so much Dave, I have spent over 2 hrs between the Kies software & the Samsung website trying to transfer something as simple (and important) as contacts. Neither of them proved to be helpful, just frustrating. I can’t believe the people that sell these phones wouldn’t suggest something as simple and fast as your solution! Thank you again 🙂

  84. TriniLarryG says:

    Transferred the contacts from a Galaxy S Duos to a Galaxy Pocket. Took only seconds. Didn’t transfer the Groups tho. Any suggestions?

  85. Stella Duffy says:

    Brilliant, thank you ever so much. I was just about to do them all individually on my new phone when i stumbled across your site. Was all done in a minute 🙂

  86. mohammad says:

    Thanks so much , you deserve an award.

  87. Nick Wilson says:

    you the man!

  88. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for this! So helpful and as you said really easy. I have spent longer searching Samsung’s website for the answer.

  89. thank you so much for that it took a few minutes and worked

  90. I consider my self a bit techy and couldn’t for the life of me work out the transfer via Kies its not intuitive at all.. now I am kicking myself for not thinking of this simple solution…. durrr!!!

    Thankyou, quick and easy

  91. I think I love you!!!! You just saved me the biggest frustration that I have been dealing with for the last 2 hours!!!
    Thank you…thank you ….thank you!!!

  92. Di Allpike says:

    Thanks a million. I don’t have to go to my sons and ask them how to do it now. Don’t like to have to do that as I feel like an old granny and I’m only 67. You’re a legend.

  93. Marie Lloyd says:

    Love you! x

  94. Thankyou, such easy instructions!

  95. DAVE………You Rule…….Those promoting Smart Switch Drool. Easiest file transfer ever.

    Thank You Very Much.

  96. would this work transferring from a samsung galaxy s2 to something other than a samsung>

  97. Amazing man , thank you. After 3 hours trying to use Smartswitch to no avail it took 3 minutes to use your method. You are a star.

  98. thanks
    it was just a matter of a click.

  99. Thanks Very Much.

    Worth noting that this works for S5 as well.

  100. Jon Lishman says:

    Thanks really simple. Just need to figure out how to send text messages across

  101. Wow thanks! Quick and simple. You are a Samsung genius!

  102. Thank you, that was very useful. & saved me a lot of time 🙂

  103. Thanks alot. helped me 🙂

  104. Great Help. Thank you !!

  105. After 30 minutes of thinking about how to do it I did the logical thing and googled it.

    30 seconds of reading your information and 20 seconds to actually execute it is a result!

    Thanks very much

  106. Rob Jackson says:

    Thank you, spent hours trying to do this other ways and had lots of problems, so this has been a great help.

  107. thank you so much Dave. Happy Holidays

  108. Thank you SO much – this took seconds after spending a whole afternoon trying to work out what to do; Kies & Samsung Switch methods didn’t!!

  109. I agree with everyone else here. The real issue was that I had transferred the contacts through the ridiculous Kies system but it only transferred from one account. This has now solved it.
    Dave you are a Legend!

  110. Thank you!

  111. This was definitely very helpful. God Bless you!

  112. Williams says:

    thank you so much Dave. Happy Holidays

  113. Iyke Kaine says:

    Thanks, it worked from my Galaxy 2 to Galaxy X5

  114. Brilliant advice. Thank you

  115. wow! Brilliant. Thank you SO much!

  116. mariekettering says:

    As I know, Samsung Kies and Samsung Smart Switch can transfer contacts easily, and they can also transfer other data like Music, Video, Photos.

  117. Dave, I have an s2, and will switch contacts, to s4. I know that I can transfer text, and photos also, using Bluetooth, but don’t know how, both phones are from boost mobile, and boost phones, don’t require sim cards, Any ideas? Thanks, Pat.

  118. Legend! Thank you Dave 🙂

  119. thank you , that was helpful

  120. You have just made my day ….. thanks a billion for cheering up New Year 2016!!!! 🙂

  121. Thanks so much – after paying for something to do this which did not work, yours did and was so easy. Now to work out how to transfer photos etc….

    Thanks again.

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