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This is a 5-step guide on how to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone.

So you just switched from Android to iPhone, and now you’re wondering how to take your contacts with you.

It has never been easier to move your contacts from one mobile platform to another. In this guide, you’ll learn five (5) simple but efficient ways to take all your contacts with you when switching to iPhone:

How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone

Tip: Tap or click the links below to jump to a specific section or keep scrolling to learn how to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone:

  1. Sim Card
  2. Google Account
  3. Move to iOS App
  4. VCF File
  5. Third-Party App

1. Use Your SIM Card to Transfer Contacts

Using your Sim card is probably the easiest way to move your contacts from Android phone to iPhone.

how to transfer contacts from android to iphone
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To transfer your contacts, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Contacts app
  2. Tap on the three dots menu
  3. Select “Manage contacts”
  4. Click on “Import”
  5. From the list choose “Sim card”

Remove your Sim card and insert it into your iPhone. Go to the “Settings” app, tap “Contacts”, then choose “Import Sim Contacts”. Within a few mins, all your contacts will be transferred to your iPhone.

2. Use Your Google Account to Transfer Contacts

Another easy and convenient way to move your contacts is via your Google account. But first, make sure to back up your Android phone.

Activating contacts sync on  Android
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If you’ve been using an Android phone, chances are you have a Google account. Otherwise, you’d miss out on all the Google service benefits. If you do, your contacts may have been automatically synced and backed up to Google.

You can also do so manually by going to your Android phone’s settings. Next, tap “Accounts” > choose the Google account you want to sync > swipe the switch next to “Sync Contacts” to the ON position.

Now, open your iPhone settings app, tap “Passwords & Accounts”, select “Gmail”, then enter your Google account. Once you’ve added your account, toggle “Contacts” to ON (it’s green when it’s ON). You can also activate the other options.

Soon after that, all of your Google contacts are on your iPhone. Going forward, anything change that you make on your contacts will synchronize with your Google account.

3. Use the Move to iOS App to Transfer Contacts

Apple has made it easy for Android users to migrate their data to the iPhone with its “Move to iOs” app. The app is available on both the App Store and Google Play store.

For this to work, you need an Android device running Android 4.0 or later and an iPhone running iOS 9 or later. Go ahead and download Move to iOS from Google Play.

Move to iOS app transferring contacts from android to iPhone
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Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll be able to import all the data from your Android phone (contacts, messages history, photos, and videos, mail accounts, calendars, web bookmarks) to your new iPhone.

Keep in mind you should have both devices close to each other and connected to the same Wi-Fi network. That way the app can create a direct network with the iPhone. Don’t forget to turn off cellular data on your Android device. Besides that, make sure there’s enough space on the new device you wish to move the content.

During the setup, there’ll be a six or ten digits code that you need to enter on your Android phone from your iPhone. Then, the transfer data screen will appear where you can select the type of contents you want to transfer. The whole process can take a little time depending on how much content you’re moving.

4. Use a VCF File to Transfer Contacts

Another way to transfer your contacts from Android to iOS is to use a VCF file.

Unlock your Android device and tap the “Contacts” app from the Home screen. Tap the menu button, select “Import/export”, then “Export to storage”. This will create a VCF file and save it on the phone itself.

The easiest way to transfer contacts to iPhone that is contained in the VCF file is to email the vCard file to yourself. Open the file in the Mail app on your iPhone and it will prompt you to “Add all contacts”.

You can either tap “Add all contacts” to transfer all your contacts at once or individually select the ones you want. Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer your contacts to your iPhone. It should be a quick process from there.

Further reading: What happens when you block a number on Android? »

5. Use a Third Party App to Transfer Contacts

Last but not least, you can use a third-party app to move your contacts to your iPhone. As we all know there’s an app for everything. And “CopyMyData” is what we recommend. You can download it from the App Store and Google Play.

This app not only transfers your contacts but also your calendar, photos, and videos. You need to download the app on both devices (iPhone and Android phone) and make sure they’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it up on your iPhone, and follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure your Android phone is running the “CopyMyData” app. It should be a quick process depending on how many contacts you’re transferring and your Wi-Fi connection.

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Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

2 thoughts on “How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone”

    • Hi Jay, you may want to look into premium services or apps that let you export data from Android to iPhone. Hope that helps.


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