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.

Backup Up iPhone contacts

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.

Restoring Contacts on Android

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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In the End

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. I just received my galaxy s4. My primary email is associated with hotmail, so I don’t use gmail. I used this in order to transfer my iPhone contacts to my Samsung instead:

    http://www.copytrans.net/support/how-to-transfer-iphone-contacts-to-galaxy-s4/

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. I usually transfer my numbers from iPhone to Android phone via iTransfer tool.
    http://www.leawo.org/tutorial/how-to-transfer-contacts-from-iphone-to-android-phone.html

  5. I suggest you use Google account to export your contacts to a vcard format, and import to iCloud. If you found this is difficult, you can use some third party software to save your time. H ere I recomened one is iPhone to Android Transfer. It is not only support contacts but also music and photos, even text message:

    http://www.android-recovery.net/transfer-iphone-contacts-to-android.html

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  7. While using Bluetooth you can move contacts from that device.
    Or else just move all contacts to SdCard and its saved as a file name 0000.vcf
    And just move that saved file to your present device and it will show all your contacts and it is one of the best method. Or else take back up that contacts file to your PC and save from there also.
    Hope you got it.
    http://www.coolmuster.com/android/transfer-contacts-from-android-to-computer.html

  8. It seems that there are 2 different ways to move contacts on your iPhone to the android phones. One is via gmail accounts with Vcard file and the other is via a third tool. Anyway, backing up contacts is the critical steps. Regarding a transfer tool, wondershare mobiletrans is a good choice. Here how it does: http://www.wondershare.com/mobile-phone/iphone-to-android.html

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

    1. Here is a guide on how to export iPhone contacts:
      http://www.vibosoft.com/ios/export-iphone-contacts-to-excel-csv-mac.html

  10. For SMS, SMS messages can’t be stored on the external memory card, it is only can be saved in the internal flash card. That means the storage space is limited and sometimes you need to delete some files to free up more spaces. transferring Galaxy S3/S4 text messages to computer with a special tool like Samsung Messages Backup software can perfectly save your messages in XML or Txt format for your reading.

    http://www.samsung-messages-backup.com/resources/transfer-text-messages-from-galaxy-to-computer.html

  11. Maybe you have mount of choices to backup the iphone contacts, like gmail, istonsoft, amacsoft or iPubsoft iPad iPhone iPod to Computer Transfer. What’s ever you choose, you can’t miss this guide, it’s will give you some tips.
    http://www.ipubsoft.com/iphone/copy-sms-from-iphone-to-computer.html

  12. Actually, when the message is deleted, it doesn’t go to the trash or the recycle bin, because there isn’t a trash or a recycle bin on your Samsung as on the computer. And it’s only marked as useless information and can be overwritten by new data. Therefore, the deleted message only turns to be invisible, and disappear until being overwritten.

    http://www.recover-deleted-text-messages-samsung-galaxy.istonsoft.com/

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