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How to Transfer All Contacts from Android to iPhone [7 Options]

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 5:29 PM

Switching to iPhone from an Android phone is an exciting thing. You're experiencing a completely different ecosystem. But it can also be a huge pain—you'll have to deal with a wealth of vital contacts that you have accumulate for years on old device. If you're like me, you may want to make sure that all your contacts are transferred from Android to iPhone. Thankfully, there are couple of ways to transfer contacts from Android device to iPhone.

Option 1: Apple's Move to iOS App

Move to iOS is an application Apple designed for data migration during iPhone setup process. Apple makes it freely available for download on both Play Store and App Store for transferring content including contacts from Android to new iPhone. Here is how it works.

  • Install Move to iOS app on both old Android and new iPhone.
  • Power on your new iPhone.
  • When reach the Apps & Data screen, tap Move Data from Android option.
  • Open the Move to iOS app on Android and tap Continue > Agree > Next.
  • On your iPhone tap Continue and wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code to appear.
  • Use the code on your Android device.
  • Choose the content that you want to transfer. Here select Contacts.
  • Wait for the transfer process until it's complete, and follow the onscreen steps to finish setup for your iOS device

Learn more about Move to iOS app to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone, please refer to Move content from your Android phone to iPhone.

Note, if you want to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone after setup, you need to erase your iPhone and start from the scratch. Or you can choose to employ other methods which will be presented below.

Option 2: Get Phone Transfer Software

This is probably the most straightforward way to sync Android contacts with iPhone on your computer. Phone Transfer is our pick. You just connect you both iPhone and Android phone, it scans the source phone automatically to identify the files to be transferred, and you're in business. All common files such as photos, videos, music, call logs, calendar, messages are supported.

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Another great thing of this tool is it includes backup and restore functions, which means you can keep your phone data safe on computer, or retrieve files from your iTunes/iCloud backup and get them onto your any Android & iOS phone. Also see: How to copy songs from an iPhone to a Mac.

Below, we have step-by-step guide for you.

  • Run Phone Transfer on computer.
  • Plug both old Android device and iPhone to machine.
  • Turn on USB debugging mode on Android to get authority.
  • Check Contacts in the list.
  • Click Start Copy button to begin transfer process.

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In brief, the contacts transfer process is very simple and straightforward. You can monitor the progress of the transferring process in a new small window.

When the transfer is complete, to check everything go well it's worth go to the Contacts app on your new iPhone to see the result.

Congratulation, you're done!

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Option 3: Sync Contacts with Google to iPhone

Can Google sync contacts with iPhone? Absolutely Yes! You just need to sync contacts from Android to Google account and then sync from Google contacts to iPhone, or export the contacts and import to iCloud (we'll talk about this in the next way in detail).

  • On Android, go to Settings > Account > Sync.
  • Enable Google synchronization.

Your Android contacts will now upload to your Google account.

  • On iPhone, go to Settings > Accounts & Password.
  • Tap Add Account.
  • Select Google icon, and sign in with your Google account that you use in Android.
  • Toggle the Contacts option to ON.

Now the Android contacts are syncing to new iPhone. Also read: How to back up an iPhone.

Read next: How to recover deleted contacts on Android phone.

Option 4: Import Google Contacts to iCloud

Another simple way to transfer contacts from old Android phone to iPhone is by exporting your contacts from Google account into a vCard and importing to iCloud for easy synchronization across iPhone. Here's what you need to do:

  • On the computer, launch a web browser and go to Google contacts.
  • Sign up for your Google account to get to the contacts page.
  • Click on the More option and select Export.
  • On Export as field, select vCard (for iOS Contacts)
  • Click Export. You will get a .vcf file on your computer.

The next step is to load the contacts to iCloud. Here's how:

  • Head to iCloud website on computer and sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Click on Contacts icon to get into the Contacts page.
  • Click on the tiny Cog icon at the lower left of the window and select Import vCard.
  • Navigate to the .vcf file you just exported from Google and click Open.

That's all about it. Your contacts are now saved in iCloud. The rest thing to do is

  • Go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud on the new iPhone.
  • Turn the Contacts toggle on.

Done! Your contacts should appear on iPhone's contacts list.

Option 5: Use SIM Card

If you have your Android contacts saved on a micro-SIM that like the iPhone, you can also import the contacts from the microSIM into the Contacts app on iPhone.

  • Get the micro-SIM card out of Android device and insert it into new iPhone.
  • Go to Settings > Contacts > Import SIM Contacts.

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The transfer between SIM card and iPhone will start. When it's done, your contacts should be saved in iPhone. More information: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4994

Option 6: Get Android Phone Contacts on iPhone via Email

Another basic method that works in moving contacts from Android smartphone to iPhone is Email. Here are the steps needed to take.

  • Set up your e-mail account on new iPhone.
  • Export all contacts on Android device to VCF file.
  • Send yourself an e-mail with the VCF file as an attachment.
  • Open that e-mail from your iPhone and tap the attachment.
  • Tap "Add all contacts".

Your contacts will be saved to your iPhone. So easy!

Option 7: Sync Outlook Contacts with iPhone through iTunes

Like iCloud, iTunes can syncs contacts from Android to iPhone. Here's what you need to do:

  • Sync contacts on Android device to Outlook.
  • Launch iTunes, and connect iPhone to computer.
  • Click the entry for your iPhone.
  • Click the Info tab.
  • Check Sync Contacts with, and then select Outlook.
  • Click All contacts.
  • Click Apply.

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