There was once a time when transferring contacts from one mobile platform to another meant typing an endless amount of names, phone numbers and other information manually. Nowadays smartphones’ built-in features and apps can now do most of the work for us in a small amount of time.
So which is the best way to transfer contacts from an iPhone to an Android phone? Lets walk you through all of the easiest methods so you can get started and enjoy your Android device in no time.
Sync contacts with your Google account
Firstly, in order to use your Android phone you’ll need a Google account. If you have to set one up, head to Google’s homepage and select the “create account” tab. You can also do so directly from your smartphone.
Once you’ve created your Google account, pick up your iPhone and navigate to the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” section of your Settings menu. This is where you’ll enter in your Google account. Press the “Add Account” button, select the Gmail option, and enter in your login information.
Your iPhone will then ask which parts of your Google account you’d like to sync. Make sure the Contacts option is selected; then your iPhone and Android devices will start syncing contacts with one another. This is the part where you’ll need to be patient. If you have a lot of contacts, it could take a while. Just make sure to keep an internet connection active while your contacts are syncing.
Once your contacts are done syncing, log in to your Android device with your Google account information, and you should be all set!
Method #2 – Transfer with iCloud
If you have iCloud enabled on your iPhone this method should take no time at all.
Pick your iPhone, go to Settings, choose “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”, then choose “Accounts” where you’ll see “iCloud”. Choose this option, then turn on the toggle for “Contacts”. Your iPhone will prompt you to “Merge” your device’s contacts with iCloud.
Once this process is done, navigate to icloud.com on your computer’s web browser, log in with your Apple ID, then select “Contacts”. Click on the gear icon in the lower-left corner, then press “Select All”. After that, click the wheel again and choose “Export vCard”.
Then navigate to gmail.com, click on the “Mail” button, then select “Contacts”. Click the “More” tab, select “Import”, select “Choose File”, then select your saved vCard file. When it gets done importing, Gmail will display the number of contacts that have been imported. At this point you may have some duplicate contacts, and getting rid of these is easy. Simply press the “Find & Merge Duplicates” button under the “More” tab.
Transfer with iTunes
If your contacts are stored locally or you’re using an account other than Gmail, you can also transfer your contacts through iTunes on your Windows or Mac computer.
First, connect your iPhone to your computer. Open iTunes and navigate to the device screen by clicking “iPhone” in the upper left-hand corner. Open the Info tab, then check the box next to “Sync Contacts with.” Choose “Google Contacts” from the dropdown menu and enter your Google account information when prompted.
Once your iPhone is finished syncing, log in to your Android device with your Google account information and your contacts should all be there.
You can also use a third party app but its better to go for one of the three listed ways as they are less complicated. There are a few more ways to transfer contacts from iPhones to Android devices as well, but the methods listed above are by far the easiest.