How to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone

We explain how to move your Android contacts onto a shiny new iPhone


With Apple constantly releasing new and exciting iPhones and other devices, there's never a bad time to pick up an iOS device. However, if you're an Android user, the prospect of using a totally new device can be daunting —you don't know how it works, and your old device has all your important contacts, pictures and message history.

Never fear, however, as Apple makes the entire process so blissfully smooth that you’ll wonder why you ever worried in the first place. Their simple system lets you transfer most things on your Android device over to your new iPhone with minimal effort.

How to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone with Move to iOS:

  1. Firstly, visit the Google Play Store on your Android handset and download Apple’s Move to iOS app – ignore the negative reviews, they're from Android owners angry at the prospect someone might want to abandon their precious operating system. Bear in mind, your device must be Android 4.0 or later to use the app.

  2. Turn on your brand new iPhone and when you reach the “Apps & Data” screen during setup, tap “Move Data from Android”.

  3. Now open “Move to iOS” on your Android phone and follow instructions until you see the “Find Your Code” screen. Tap “Next”.

  4. Back on your new iPhone, press “Continue” and wait for a ten-digit code to appear. Enter this code on your Android phone.

  5. Now you can pick what you’d like to transfer over. In this instance, we’re going to make sure “Contacts” is selected, but you can move multiple things over at once if you wish.

  6. Once the loading bar finishes on your iOS device, tap “Done” on your Android phone and press “Continue” on your iPhone to carry on setting it up for use.

  7. Always check to see if everything has been transferred. If it hasn’t, you can do so manually or wipe your new iPhone and try again.

How to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone manually:

Transferring your contacts manually from your Android phone to your new iPhone is incredibly simple, thanks to Google’s love of integrating everything into its own services.

  1. On your Android phone, make sure your contacts are backed up to your Google account. You can do this in Settings | Backup & Restore, making sure automatic backups are on and set to sync to your Google account.

  2. On your iPhone, go to Settings | Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap “Add an account”.

  3. Enter in your Google email address and select what you’d like to sync

  4. Done!

Things to keep in mind when transferring contacts from Android to iPhone:

  • Using your Android phone, including getting a phone call, during the transfer process will stop the transfer process. Consider turning on airplane mode for the transfer duration, as most devices let you do so while keeping Wi-Fi connected.

  • On your Android device, turn off apps and settings that could meddle with your Wi-Fi connection. This'll stop any slowing down or interrupting the process.

  • If you can’t get a connection, reset both devices and try again.

  • The transfer can take a while, so be patient – it’s unlikely the process has hung or crashed. If it's taking too long, you could consider removing contacts or images from your phone you don't need.

  • Your phone may show an alert about having a weak internet connection, ignore it and carry on with the transfer.

  • If you change your mind, it's just as easy to transfer all your data back.

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