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How to transfer contacts from iOS/ iPhone to your Android Phone

Switching from old phone to a new phone can be quite a cumbersome affair as it involves transferring lots of data like contact details , photos, and other documents from one device to another.

Out of these data, your contact list is probably the most important piece of information, and often the first thing that you need to migrate to your new phone.

While transferring contact lists from one iPhone to another iPhone or one android phone to another android phone is easy as both Apple service and google back up your contact list data and make it easy to restore it in your new phone,  moving from an iOS device or iPhone to an Android phone can be hard at first.

But with this simple guide you can ease your task and quite easily transfer your contact list from your iPhone to android phone. Here are four ways to do it.

How to transfer contacts between Android phone and  iOS/ iPhone

Manually (for small lists)

In case you want to move specific contacts only, you can use the Share Contact option. Open up the contacts up and select the contact you wish to save. Swipe down and select the tab, which allows you to either share it via e-mail or text.

If the number of contacts you want exceed ten, then this obviously is not your place to go. But if it is below that number, there is no need for using the methods below.

Using Google account

Since you are moving to an Android device, it’s almost a given you’ll be using a Google account.

  1. Login to your Google account (or first create one, if you don’t have it).
  2. Now, head to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and add the Google account there.
  3. When asked what information is to be synced with the account, make sure you select Contacts.
  4. Note that synchronization may take a while depending on how many contacts you have.
  5. When finished, you can check the list of contacts in your Google account.

Using iCloud

Apple’s own iCloud synchronization service can also come in handy for transferring contacts from an iPhone to an Android smartphone.

To do this,

  1. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and
  2. then select ‘iCloud’ from account options.
  3. Now select contacts to sync your contacts with the iCloud account.
  4. After this is done, go to icloud.com on your PC’s web browser
  5. Log in with your Apple ID.
  6. After logging in, select Contacts > All Contacts.
  7. Now click the gear icon at the bottom of the page and click Export vCard.
  8. This will create a VCF file on PC which can be imported to your Android phone.
  9. Plug your Android phone to the computer, copy the VCF file to the local storage and import the contacts from the Contacts or People app.
  10. Both Contacts and People applications feature an option that allows you to add contacts from various sources. Since you saved it to your SD card, you will select the Import from storage source.

With third party apps

If you don’t want to use the official methods, there are plenty of third party apps that can help you get the contacts migrated from an iPhone to an Android phone.

However, make sure you select an app that is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

Nearly all basic contacts transfer apps include the ability to backup contacts and send them as an email attachment (VCF file) to an address of your choice.

Once this is done, simply download the VCF file on your Android phone and the contacts will be imported to your device.

Using iTunes

To do this,

  1. First connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes and go to the iPhone option at the top.
  3. Under the Info tab, check the ‘Sync Contacts with’ option and select Google Contacts.
  4. Finally, enter your Google account details and hit the ‘Sync iPhone’ option.

Import into GMail

In case your world revolves around Google’s ecosystem, there actually is a way to transfer your contacts via GMail. It’s pretty simple.

Follow the method:

  1. Head up to iCloud.com via your computer.
  2. Select the contacts you want to save.
  3. If you want to save the entire list, click the little gear button at the lower left and Select All.
  4. Click the gear icon and select Export vCard.
  5. Your computer will download a VCF file containing the exported contacts.

Then

  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. Click on the Gmail logo, located at the top left corner of your dashboard.
  3. Select contacts
  4. Click the “More” dropdown menu in Contacts, and select Import.
  5. Click Import again. The contacts will be automatically synced to your Android device(s), connected to this account.

Export contacts to GMail with iTunes

If your iPhone is running iOS 4.x and lower, then the rest methods are practically redundant, since apps are not compatible with that version of iOS and iCloud did not exist back then.

I know, iTunes can cause frustration sometimes, but it’s the only way out in some occasions. It is as easy as the other methods, and it definitely gets the job done.

  1. Download and launch iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer.
  3. Open the handset’s device summary page.
  4. Click the Info tab.
  5. Check “Sync Contacts With” and then select “Google Contacts”.
  6. Type your Google account’s username and password.
  7. Click Apply.
  8. Make sure your Android device is connected to the particular GMail account.
  9. Allow Google to sync your contacts to your Android phone.

We hope this tutorial helped you set up your new Android device or at least showed you that however big, your contact list should not prevent you from getting the phone you want.

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