How To Transfer Contacts From an Android Device to an iPhone
Your Android smartphone can do many things, including organizing your contacts efficiently. It lets you easily find people and connect with them at the push of a button.
But what if you decide to switch phones and opt for an iPhone? What will happen to your contacts? Will you still be able to easily get in touch with Mom or your boss?
This article will walk you through the various known methods to get your contacts transferred from one OS to the other.
How to Transfer Contacts From an Android Device to an iPhone
There are several ways to move contacts from your Android device to your iPhone. These include wirelessly or with a USB cable, using a third-party app, or emailing the contacts to yourself then accessing the email to save the contacts to your iPhone.
These options are free, straightforward, and will transfer your contacts seamlessly to your iPhone in a blink of an eye. Read on for detailed steps on how to use these methods.
Transfer Contacts to iPhone Using Google Sync
This method will only work if you sync your contacts to your Google account; then you’ll need to add your Android’s Google account details to your iPhone:
- On your Android device, open Settings and tap on Accounts and backup (some Android devices may say Accounts, or Backup).
- Next, tap on Manage Accounts.
- Then, tap on the email account where you’d like to save your contacts.
- After you’ve selected the email, tap on Sync Account
- Verify that the option next to Contacts is toggled on.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Select Mail.
- Tap Accounts, then Add account.
- Add your Gmail account and ensure the “Contacts” option is checked.
Your contacts should now be on your iPhone.
Transfer Contacts Manually Using a VCF File
This method involves making a vCard File (VCF) then accessing it from your iPhone to get the contacts. This is a great method to use when only some of your contacts are in a Google account, or you just want to transfer a few contacts:
- Launch the Contacts app on your Android device.
- Click on the three-dotted menu, then Import/export and Export to storage.
- This creates the VCF and saves it to your device.
- Next, sign into your email account, attach the VCF to an email, and address the email to yourself.
- Sign into your email account on your iPhone and launch the VCF. You’ll be prompted to add all contacts.
- Follow the on-screen steps for completion.
Transfer Contacts Using Your Sim Card
Using your SIM card to transfer contacts from your Android phone to iPhone is handy if you’re having problems with your Google account or don’t have one:
Note: This option will only work with certain models on some carriers. Some phones do not take the same size SIM cards while some carriers may not accept another carrier’s SIM card. We do not recomment cutting your SIM card to fit another device’s SIM slot.
- Launch the Contacts app on your Android device.
- Click on the hamburger menu icon.
- Select Manage contacts.
- Via the Manage contacts screen, select Import/export contacts.
- Click on Export.
- Select where you want your contacts to be exported: SIM card.
- Select the contacts you wish to export. Click on All or select them individually, then click Done.
- Select “Export” and confirm if prompted.
- Next, insert your Android SIM card into your iPhone.
- Via your iPhone, launch the “Settings” app.
- Click on Contacts, then Import SIM Contacts.
- Select the account you wish to store your contacts.
Transfer Contacts to iPhone With Third-Party Apps
There are several third-party apps available to facilitate the process of transferring your contacts to an iPhone. Here are some of the good ones:
- Xender – This free app allows users to wirelessly transfer content from Android to iOS as long as they’re both connected to the same WiFi network.
- AT&T Mobile Transfer – AT&T customers have the free Mobile Transfer app is a reputable option that works with iOS and Android devices. The only drawback: This app only works for AT&T customers.
- Verizon’s Content Transfer app – Unlike the AT&T mobile app, Verizon offers one in the Play Store and the App Store that’s free for anyone to use regardless who their mobile carrier is.
- Copy My Data – This app is also free, available to anyone with an iOS or Android device, and it trusted in the industry.
All you need to do to use a third-party transfer app is download the software on both devices, connect them both to the same WiFi network, and follow the on-screen prompts.
Transfer Contacts to iPhone Using Move to iOS App
The Move to iOS app is an Apple creation available from the Google Play Store. It’s specifically for the wireless transference of Android data to iOS. Before moving your contacts, be sure to have the following in place:
- The Wi-Fi is enabled on your Android device.
- Your Android device and iPhone are plugged into a power source.
- You have the latest version of Move to iOS installed on the Android device.
- From your iPhone, complete the initial setup instructions up until the Apps & Data screen.
- Click on Move Data from Android.
- From your Android device, launch the Move to iOS app then select Continue.
- Go through the terms of service, then to continue, select Agree.
- On the top right of the Find Your Code screen, click on Next.
- On your iPhone via the Move from Android screen, select Continue.
- Now, wait for either a six or 10-digit code to display.
- You can ignore the weak signal alert that your Android device may display.
- Enter the code on your Android device. Shortly after, the Transfer Data page will appear.
- Via your Android device, select to transfer the Contacts, then click on Next.
- Leave the devices until the loading bar on your iPhone completes.
- When the bar has finished, select Done on your Android device.
- On your iPhone click on Continue, and complete the setup instructions.
Transfer Contacts to iPhone Through Bluetooth
You can transfer your contacts from Android to iOS using the Bluetooth technology too. Here’s how:
- On your Android device open the Contacts app (this is different from the dialer). Then, tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- Tap on Share Contacts.
- Tap on All to share all of your contacts or scroll and select the ones you’d like to transport.
- Tap Share at the bottom of the screen. Then, select the Bluetooth option that appears.
- Now, select your iPhone from the list.
Note: Make sure that your iPhone is nearby, the screen is unlocked, and the Bluetooth is turned on.
The process may take a while (especially if you have a lot of contacts). But, this method only requires Bluetooth connectivity making it the perfect solution if you don’t have internet access.
Here are more answers to your questions about transferring your important information between operating systems.
How do I sync Android Notes to an iPhone?
The following method uses the Google Sync feature via Android. Which allows notes and other data to be stored automatically to a Google account then accessed from an iPhone.
1. Launch “Settings” via your Android app.
2. Towards the bottom, select “Accounts” then “Google.”
3. Enable “Sync Now.”
· All your notes, contacts, calendar, and mail data will be updated in your Google account.
4. When complete, launch the “Settings” app via your iPhone.
5. Click on contacts, mail, and calendar, then select “Add accounts.”
6. Complete the details, then log into the account accessed on your Android device prior.
7. Click on “Next,” then enable “Notes” to begin the sync.
How do I transfer music from Android to iPhone?
You can transfer your music from your Android device to your iPhone using a computer:
1. Connect your Android device to your computer, then find your music. If you’re using a Mac, install the Android File Transfer, launch it, then go to “Music.”
2. Choose the music you wish to transfer, then drag them to a folder on your computer.
3. Next, disconnect your Android device, then connect your iPhone to your computer.
4. On your computer, launch iTunes, then click on “Songs” or “Music.”
5. Drag your songs to the “Songs” section via the music app.
6. Click on iPhone and select “Music.” You can then sync your complete library or only the songs added to the songs section.
7. Select “Sync.” Your music will move to the music app.
How can I transfer contacts from Android to a computer?
If you prefer not to use a third-party app, you can use the vCard file (VCF) method. It involves saving all your contacts to a VCF then transferring the file from your Android device to your computer using a USB cable:
1. Launch the “Contacts” app on your Android device.
2. Click on the three-dotted “More” menu.
3. Select “Manage Contacts.”
4. Click on “Import/Export contacts.”
5. Confirm and export the contacts as a VCF to the SIM card/internal storage.
Now it’s time to transfer the VCF from your Android device to your computer:
1. Using a USB cable, connect your device to your computer.
2. Then, via your computer, open “This PC”/”My computer.”
3. Under “Devices and drivers,” locate your device and select it.
4. Navigate your device’s internal storage.
5. Locate the “Contacts” VCF, then copy and paste it to your computer.
Ditching Your Robot for an Apple
Android and iOS are two of the most prevalent mobile operating systems in the world. Purchasing an Android device then later wanting to experience an iOS device is common. So common, that Android and iOS have created dedicated apps and other methods to transfer your data between devices should you decide to swap.
Now that we’ve shown you how to transfer your contacts and other data, did you use any of the methods suggested in this article and, if so, which one? Did your contacts and other data transfer to your iPhone as expected? How are you finding your new iPhone? Let us know which you prefer in the comments section below.