How to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone
Getting a new phone should be an exciting time. Whether you’re replacing an older model looking forward to updated features, or you’re replacing a damaged model, you’re probably looking forward to using your device and moving past the setup process.
Of course, first, you have to survive the setup process. What once was an incredibly daunting task is now incredibly simple. Some of you may remember having your cell phone carrier transfer your contacts between devices. Those days are long gone now because there’s no need to use specialized equipment to move contacts. Also, they generally aren’t stored on a SIM card anymore for those wondering.
Contacts usually move automatically from Apple to Apple, or Android to Android as soon as you sign in. But, what are you to do if you’ve been using an Android device and now you’re setting up an iPhone. Can you move your contacts? Can someone do it for you? We’ll answer all of those questions and more below!
Moving Contacts – You Have A Lot of Options
One of the great things about technology these days is Cloud services. Unfortunately, Apple and Android are not compatible for the most part. Honestly, they’re in two completely separate Galaxies in terms of compatibility. But, that doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck.
There’s also some third-party applications that will transfer contacts (and pictures, and videos) too.
So, let’s review some ways to transfer your contacts!
Use Your Email
We’ll review your best option first. Why do we say this is the best option you ask? Well, because in most cases, your contacts come through instantly! Regardless of your email provider let’s try this first.
Finding your Contacts
On your Android phone head over to the ‘Contacts’ app (this is different from the calling app so type ‘Contacts’ in the app drawer to locate it if need be).
Now that you have the right app open, you can see which email address your contacts are saving to at the top.
Of course, if you don’t find it here, don’t worry. We’ll just back them up to the email address you want. All you need to do is tap the three horizontal lines on left-hand side as shown above.
Now, you’ve accessed a menu with few options. We’re going to click ‘Manage Contacts.’
Select ‘Sync Contacts.’
Choose which account you want to sync them with. Then, tap ‘Sync‘ at the bottom of the page.
We chose our Gmail account, but you can choose your Yahoo account, Xfinity email account, or any email account with contact storage.
Transfer Your Contacts
Now, head over to your iPhone and open the Settings. Then tap on ‘Contacts.’
Now, tap ‘Add Account’ and input your email and password. The contacts will automatically transfer to your iPhone.
If your contacts don’t show up automatically, there’s one more step we’ll walk you through to make them appear. Head over to the Contacts App in your iPhone (again, this is separate from the calling app) and tap ‘Groups‘ in the upper left-hand corner. Next, ensure that your email account we’ve just added has a blue checkmark next to it.
If for some reason your contacts continue to elude you, let’s try some other ways to get them transferred.
When you first power on your new iPhone you’ll go through a setup process where you’ll choose your language, sign up for your iCloud account, and more. If you take your time moving through this setup, you’ll notice an option to ‘Move Data from Android.’ Tap it and follow the remaining steps.
For this to work, ensure that both devices are connected to power and wifi. Next, follow the prompts to connect your devices and choose what content you’d like to send to your new phone. You can choose photos, texts, contacts and more. For the purposes of this article, choose contacts of course.
Once the process is finished you can proceed with setting up your phone.
There are a number of third-party apps available or transferring your contacts from an Android to an iPhone. So, if you need to use one of those, we’ll discuss them.
If you’re using one of the top carriers in the U.S. there are contact transfer apps available. We like these because they’re simple to use, free, and they come from trusted developers.
The Verizon Content Transfer app is free to use with an added bonus; you don’t actually have to be a Verizon customer to use the service! Similar to the steps above, you’ll need to ensure that both phones are connected to the same wifi network for this to work. Follow the prompts and pair your two devices. Once your contacts are properly transferred, the app will notify you. That’s all there is to it!
The AT&T Mobile Transfer app is incredibly similar to the Verizon app with one major exception; you have to be an AT&T customer to use it. If you are a customer, you need to set up your iPhone and download the app on both phones from the App Store, and the Play Store. Choose which phone you’re transferring content to and from, then select the data you’re transferring. Use the QR code to pair your phones and you’re set.
If, for some reason these don’t work for you, there are more apps to try.
The Copy My Data app has been around for a long time and it’s available in the Google Play Store and the App Store. It is simple and free to use just like the apps we discussed above. Simply download the app on both phones and pair them following the instructions. Again, just be sure both phones are connected to the same wifi network otherwise this method won’t work.
Things To Know
When it comes to transferring contacts technology has certainly made the process much simpler than it was before. If you’re reading this article it’s a good idea to go ahead and backup your contacts so they’re safe and easy to transfer in the future.
When you’re doing a data transfer you’ll need wifi. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the quickest process. If you’re still at the Carrier’s store it will take longer because their wifi is often stretched thin among multiple customers and their own proprietary equipment. This is why we prefer the email method listed above. It’s quick and doesn’t require you to sit in one spot until the transfer is complete.
We’ve compiled the answers to some more of your questions below:
Frequently Asked Questions
I lost my Android device, can I still get my contacts on my iPhone?
Absolutely! Assuming they were saved to your email account, follow the instructions above to recover them. If they don’t appear at first, try another email account you may have had.
Unfortunately, if they were saved to an Android cloud service rather than an email, you’ll likely need another Android device. If you have a tablet, or spare phone, try signing into your (LG, Samsung, etc.) cloud then saving the contacts to your email address.
Can I bulk delete contacts?
One problem that comes with simpler methods to transferring contacts is that our phones get over loaded with useless phone numbers. If you follow any of the steps above, you’re transferring all of your contacts over at one time.
If you need to get rid of some, you may want to use a bulk delete feature. Unfortunately, your iPhone doesn’t offer this feature so you’ll need a third-party app for help. Head over to the App Store and do a quick search to find the app that suits your needs.