How to Transfer Your Contacts from iPhone to Android

When you change your handset, one of the most annoying tasks is to transfer contacts from your old phone to the new one. One way to transfer your contacts from iPhone to any other device would be to connect it to your computer, sync the contacts using iTunes and pray that the new device can sync with iTunes as well. Here are a few ways you can easily transfer contacts from iPhone to Android.

Method 1: backup contacts to a vcf file

There is a very handy iOS application known as My Contacts Backup that allows users to backup their contacts in VCF or CSV format and save them online.

Once installed, run the application and it will show you the total number of contacts you have on your iPhone.

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Before you start the backup, first tap the small wheel cog icon at the bottom right and change the export type to “vCards”.

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Next, go back to the main screen and tap the “Backup” button. This will backup all your contacts in the vCards format. After creating the backup, email the file (to your Gmail address) from within the app to yourself.

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Method 2

If you don’t like installing third party applications, you can configure your iPhone to backup your contacts to Google. All you have to do is to setup a CardDAV account using your Gmail address. To do so, go to “Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap on Add account”. From there, tap on “Other” and select “Add CardDAV” account under Contacts heading.

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Just enter the details including your login credentials and server. Make sure you write your complete email address in the username field and use google.com as the server. Tap Next and you are done. After setting it up, open your contacts application and it will automatically sync your contacts with your Google account.

If you are using Method 1 to create a backup of your contacts, open the Gmail app that comes with the phone and open the vcard file that you sent to yourself earlier. It will ask you which application you want to use to open the file. Select “Phone” and it will restore all the contacts to your device.

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If you are using Method 2, you just have to make sure that your phone is connected to your Google account. Go to “Settings -> Accounts & Sync” and tap on your Google account.

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Now, tap on “Sync Contacts” and it will restore all your contacts.

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Personally, I used the first method to transfer the contacts as it’s less time consuming and can get things done in five minutes or so. Which method do you use to transfer your contacts from your iPhone to any other device? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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13 comments

  1. Hi, I hold a iPhone is there a possibility to transfer contacts from android to iPhone, MIne is Specifically iPhone 4S. Help me out!. With a little more I would like to know do you know any app that supports iPhone and interface the Android mobile or PC to sync contacts?

  2. My last three phones have been Motorola Droid models. Using a combination of GMail Contacts, Yahoo Contacts, and Facebook contacts, without making any changes, when I move from one phone to the next one, I can see and access all of the Email message contacts, addresses, and phone numbers of my contacts from multiple sources – with no effort when I change phones. The same information is also accessible from my tablet and my desktop systems as well. That beats monkeying around with additional apps that I have to download and install. GMail, Facebook, and Yahoo Mail have built in integration.

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  4. I’ve tried something like exporting iPhone contacts as Excel before and then import to Android.

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