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How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone 12 - 5 Options

face Lucas Seltzer Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:27 PM

If you're getting a new iPhone 12, one of the first things you'll tend to do is to transfer all contacts from old Android phone to new iPhone. The process is pretty easy, but you can go through any one of several methods depending on the your needs.

Use Google Account

Before implementing a strategy of contact-transfer, consider whether you've synced contact information on Android device over to Google server. If you've already done this, you can log into Gmail account and enable "Contacts Sync" feature to transfer Android contacts to iPhone 12 (Pro, Max, mini). Follow these steps:

  • On Android, go to Settings and choose "Accounts and Sync" (or the similar option). Then enter your Google account credentials and enable Sync Contacts option. All Android contacts should keep in sync with Google.
  • On iPhone 12, go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Google (or Add Account if you haven't add your Gmail account).
  • Move to Contacts slider and tap it to turn on, and the contacts in Android synced with Goggle should now added to Address book on iPhone 12 (Pro, mini, Pro Max).

Transferring Contacts from Android to iPhone 12

Turn to this page if you fail to sync Google contacts with iPhone 12 or other models.

Take the Easy Way Out : Use Data Transferring Tool

If you have a large amount of contacts to transfer, or if you want more control over the process, you can try to grab a third-party Android-to-iOS migration utility to get contacts from Android to iPhone 12 (Pro, mini, Max). Phone Transfer application works exactly as advertised:

It's fairly simple and developed to move files. It can transfer nearly everything to iPhone 12. When both devices is detected, the software gives you better capabilities and flexibility to control over what you want to transfer. After the migration process, the transferred contents should be placed in the correct app, for example, the contacts info is maintained in Contacts app on iPhone.

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The tool also has been enhanced with a few features like back up and restore smartphone, and even completely erase files on a device.

Steps to migrate Android contacts to iPhone 12

Step 1: Select "Phone to Phone Transfer" mode

Launch the software, and click the green Phone to Phone Transfer mode in the screen.

You now plug your Android phone and iPhone 12 to computer. On Android device, you need to enable USB debugging mode to allow connection.

If you have trouble in doing that please click here: How to enable USB debugging mode on Android

Step 2: Select contacts on Android

The utility will scan the devices that are connected to computer. When it does, the icon and name of the Android phone and iPhone 12 should display in its screen. Make sure Android phone is the Source device. Achieving this with the Flip button.

With that done, you'll be shown options for the Android data to copy to iPhone 12 on middle pane.

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Step 3: Move Android contacts to iPhone 12

Now, select Contacts option in the list and click Start Copy button to begin transferring contacts from Android to iPhone 12. You should see the ongoing progress of the copying operation on the window.

Done!

Use Move to iOS App

Likewise, if your contacts are just stored in Android's storage rather than Google service online, you still have chance to copy Android contacts to the iPhone 12. Apple makes it easy with a free utility called Move to iOS. It's the one that specifically designed to wirelessly transfer data including contacts from Android over to new iPhone 12. Here's how it works.

  • Power on iPhone 12, and go through the setup process.
  • When you reach "App & Data" screen, choose "Move Data from Android" option
  • Download and install Move to iOS app on Android.
  • Launch the app on Android, and tap Continue, agree to term of use, and Next.
  • Enter the six-digit code or 10-digit code displayed on iPhone screen to Android phone.
  • Now you are given a list of options of files to copy over from Android.
  • In Transfer Data screen, select Contacts.

Your Android device will transfer contacts to iPhone 12 and import them to Contacts app.

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Note: Move to iOS is capable of transferring data files to a factory-reset or brand-new iPhone only. If you've your iPhone 12 set up, you need to reset it by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

Also see: How to restore deleted contacts on Android.

Use Android SIM Card

If you saved some of your contacts in the SIM card on Android phone and want to transfer over to iPhone 12 (Pro, Max, mini), there's a way out by using the "Import SIM Contacts" option offered by Apple (the SIM card should be the same size in both devices).

The problem is that most current smartphones don't store contacts to SIM anymore, and thus this seems to a dead route for migrating Android contacts to iOS.

  • On Android, go to Contacts app and export contacts to SIM card.
  • Remove the SIM and get it inserted to iPhone 12.
  • On iPhone, go to Settings > Contacts.
  • Tap Import SIM Contacts, and the Android contacts should appear in Contacts app on iPhone 12.

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Related: How to recover text messages from iPhone 12

Transfer a VCF File via Email

The last solution for putting contacts from Android phone to iPhone 12 is to manually send the vCard of contacts via an Email that is accessible on iOS. This involves creating a VCF file on Android storage.

  • Unlock the Android phone, and head to Contacts app.
  • Tap Menu button (three dots), and then Import/Export.
  • Find and tap on Export to Storage. The contacts are saved as vCard in Android internal memory.

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  • Now get the file on iPhone 12. Just email it to yourself and then open it.
  • Tap the "Upload" icon on the top right of the screen and select "Save it to Contacts" option.

Done! You are now able to bring the Android contacts with you, together with contact numbers and details of per contact.

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