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Google Contacts can now back up and sync contacts saved to your phone's internal storage

Google Contacts is particularly useful if you want to sync your contacts to your Google account and ensure you never lose them, but until now it hasn't been able to back up information stored on a phone's internal storage. On many Android phones, this is where details end up being stored thanks to alternative apps included by OEMs, so Google has now added a feature that will capture these contacts.

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Android 7.0 Nougat's setup process allows for importing data from iOS devices

Google's restore options upon setting up a new device have been gradually improving over the past few versions of Android, culminating in being able to transfer data from an old Android device in Lollipop, rather than restoring from a Google account. Google's taken another step with Nougat, with the ability to restore from an iOS device.

Selecting the iPhone or iPad option results in the setup process telling users to go to a web address on their iOS device and following the instructions. The URL is, which prompts users to transfer over contacts, photos, music, email, and find favorite apps.

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] New Device Setup Process Finally Lets Users Copy Data From Specific Devices

Since the dawn of time (or thereabouts), setting up a new Android device has been a real pain. Most users have their devices set up exactly how they want them, from installed apps to homescreens and everything in between. So when it's time to fire up that shiny new device and start using it (or after performing a factory reset), the next 4-6 hours of life are taken up by the tedious process that is getting everything back together. To make matters worse, Android's stock "restore" option has always been basically garbage – it installs everything on your Google account. Why on earth do I need that one app I installed like four years ago for five minutes?

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