How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone
How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone

Switching from an Android to an iPhone can be an exciting move, but before you start exploring all the fantastic features of your new device, there's one important thing you need to do – transfer all your contacts from your old Android phone to your new iPhone. Although Android and iOS are two entirely different platforms, this process is not as complicated as you may think. Plus, there are several effective methods to do it; you just need to choose the one that works for you. Here are the best ways to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone.

Android with Move to iOS app and iPhones in backgroundTransfer contacts using the Move to iOS app

Apple's official Move to iOS app is designed to simplify transferring data from an Android device to a new iOS device. It's a free app with a user-friendly interface, so even if you're not tech-savvy, you should be able to move your contacts from your Android to your new iPhone without any trouble. Just follow these simple steps:

Prepare your iPhone

  1. Turn on your iPhone and follow the initial setup process until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
  2. On the Apps & Data screen, choose Move Data from Android. You'll then see a 10-digit code.
Android and iPhone setup to use Move to iOS app

Prepare your Android Phone

  1. Download the Move to iOS app from the Google Play Store and install it on your Android phone.
  2. Open the app, follow the instructions, and accept the terms and conditions.
  3. In the Move to iOS app, enter the 10-digit code displayed on your iPhone.

Transfer your Contacts

  1. On your Android phone, select Contacts and any other data you want to transfer to your iPhone.
  2. Tap Continue on your Android device, and the transfer process will begin.
  3. When the transfer is complete, you can finish setting up your iPhone.
  4. After you finish the setup process, you'll find your contacts in your iPhone's Contacts app.

However, don’t forget that this only works when setting up a new iPhone. If you've already set up your iPhone, you will need to erase your device and start all over again, or you can transfer your contacts using one of the following methods.

Adding Google Mail account to iPhoneTransfer contacts using a Google account

If your contacts are synced with your Google account on your Android phone, transferring them to your iPhone is a breeze, even if it’s already set up. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Mail and then Accounts.
  3. Tap Add Account and select Google.
  4. Enter your Google account credentials.
  5. Toggle Sync Contacts to on.
  6. Your Google contacts will now sync with your iPhone.

Android phones are usually set up to sync contacts with a Google account by default. However, if this is not the case with your device, you’ll need to sync your contacts with your Google account first and then move them to your iPhone.

Transfer contacts using a SIM card

If you want to transfer only your contacts, not your other data, you can try a more old-school approach by using the SIM card of your Android phone – as long as both phones use removable and same-size SIM cards. Here’s what you need to do:

Woman taking out SIM card from Android phone
  1. On your Android phone, open the Contacts app.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines and then go to Manage contacts > Import/export contacts > Export to SIM card.
  3. Select the contacts you want to transfer. If you're going to move all your contacts, tap All.
  4. Once the export is complete, remove the SIM card from your Android phone and insert it into your iPhone.
  5. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Contacts > Import SIM Contacts.
  6. If prompted, choose where to import your contacts.
  7. Wait for the transfer process to finish, and you’ll have your contacts on your iPhone.

Remember, this method may have limitations regarding the number of contacts you can transfer due to SIM card storage capacity.

Contacts on Android PhoneTransfer contacts using a VCF file

You can move your contacts from your Android to your iPhone using a VCF (vCard) file. It's a digital file format for storing contact information, such as names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Here's how it works:

  1. On your Android phone, open the Contacts app.
  2. Tap the three dots at the top right of your screen, and then tap Share.
  3. Select the contacts you want to transfer.
  4. When you're done, tap Share > Share contacts as file.
  5. You’ll see multiple options for sharing, but one of the simplest is sending the file to your email address.
  6. On your iPhone, open the email you sent and download the attached file.
  7. Open the file and add the contacts to your iPhone.

This method allows you to move contacts individually or in batches. However, if you have a large number of contacts to transfer, it might be more convenient to use other methods like Move to iOS or Google account syncing.

Transfer contacts using a third-party app

There are several third-party apps available that can help you transfer contacts from Android to iPhone. Copy My Data is among the most popular ones. As the name suggests, it lets you copy your data, including your contacts, from one phone to another without the need for a computer. Here is how to use it:

Copy My Data app on Android phone
  1. Download and install the Copy My Data app on both your Android and iPhone from their respective app stores.
  2. Launch the app on both devices.
  3. Follow the in-app instructions to connect your Android and iPhone via Wi-Fi.
  4. Select the contacts or other data you want to transfer.
  5. Start the transfer, and the contacts will be copied to your iPhone.

Keep in mind that some of the steps in the above methods may vary slightly depending on the phone models you have and the software versions they’re running.

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