How To Transfer Contacts From Android to iPhone (Step-By-Step)

How To Transfer Contacts From Android to iPhone

While Android remains the dominant platform, iOS is also an important platform, and you may wish to convert to an iPhone at some point. We're not going to pass judgment! That's when you remember that you'll need to learn how to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone, because your contacts are critical!

After all, there are a few things that iOS excels at over Android. However, you'll almost certainly want to move all of your data to your new phone.

This transition is usually smooth, however, it depends on the devices involved. Because we're dealing with two completely distinct systems in this scenario, a little extra effort may be required.

Here are the most effective methods for transferring contacts from Android to iOS!

Editor's note: We used a Google Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 12 and an iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 15.0.2 to create these instructions. But in general, these will work for all of the latest phones with some minor tweaks.

Keep in mind that depending on your phone and software version, some of these processes may be different for you.

How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone

1. Move to iOS app

Did you know that Apple has apps available for Android in the Google Play Store? One of the few Apple apps available on Google Play is Move to iOS.

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Move to iOS is designed to assist Android users in doing just that: moving to iOS, and that includes a way to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone. Despite the negative reviews, the software does exactly what it claims to do.

Apple is known for delivering simple and straightforward experiences, and this data transfer software is no exception.

When it works, you can quickly migrate contacts, messages, images, videos, bookmarks, email accounts, and calendars to any iOS device. Your mileage and experience may vary.

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  • Start by downloading the Move to iOS app on your Android device.
  • Open the program, follow the on-screen instructions, and choose what you wish to move.
  • Click on Next 
  • Begin configuring your iPhone, there is an option Move Data from Android in the iOS Setup Assistant. Choose it.
  • Your new iPhone will set up a secure Wi-Fi network for you. Connect to it from your Android.
  • Allow the process to run after entering the security code.
  • Your stuff will be transferred, and if free apps are available, your iPhone will download them from your Android smartphone.

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2. Use Google Sync

While Apple has a reputation for being uninterested in helping Android users, Google is the polar opposite.

On iPhones, the majority of Google's services and features operate flawlessly, and getting contacts from their servers is a breeze.

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Keep in mind that this only works if your contacts are already synced to your Google account. Some gadgets aren't set up to do this by default. Transferring contacts will be simple if you've linked all of your contacts to Google's servers.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone after turning it on.
  • Go to the Contacts tab.
  • Chose Accounts.
  • Select the option to add an account.
  • Make sure the Contacts checker is turned on in your Gmail account.
  • Your phone should now have all of your contacts!

3. Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone manually using a VCF file

Don't want to deal with all that cloud nonsense, or maybe you've run into a problem trying this out? There are various manual methods for transferring contacts from Android to iOS devices.

One of these is a method called VCF file. This is simply a file format that is used to transfer contact.

What you'll need to do is create a VCF file, transfer it to your iPhone, and then open it to get all of your contact information. Let us guide you through the process, which is actually much easier than it might seem.

  • Go to the Contacts app after unlocking your Android handset.
  • In the top-right corner, press the three-dot menu button.
  • Select all by tapping on it.
  • Click on the Share button.
  • You now have the option of sharing the file with your iPhone in a variety of ways. You can just email it to yourself, so go to Gmail and send yourself the file.
  • Open the file on your iPhone, then email or extract it from wherever you saved it.
  • Select the Share button after tapping on the associated file.
  • Select the Contacts app from the list.
  • Select Add All Contacts.
  • Simply follow the steps and you'll be fine. Your contact information has been transferred from Android to iOS!

4. Use your SIM card

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Another option is to use your smartphone's SIM card to move your contacts from Android to iOS.

This is useful if you're having issues with your Google account, are offline, or otherwise don't want Google to be involved.

The only issue is that Google is abandoning this method, and there is no official way to do it through the Contacts app any longer.

Nonetheless, some manufacturers continue to allow it. You can also install third-party applications that allow you to do this. For example, Copy to SIM Card is one of these useful tools.

To begin the transfer procedure, go to Settings > Contacts > Import SIM Contacts after you've placed the SIM card from your Android phone into the iPhone and turned it on.

Your Android contacts should then be saved in Contacts on your iPhone.

5. Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone with a third-party app

If you've exhausted all other options, there are a number of third-party apps that can help you transition to an iPhone. Copy My Data (Android/iOS) is one of our tried and tested favorites. Do check it out!

As you can see, there are a variety of options for dealing with this. Keeping track of your contacts shouldn't be difficult, so we're thrilled that having various platforms isn't getting in the way of keeping access to your contacts.

Although the procedure isn't quite simple, any of them can be completed without much work or hassle.

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone FAQs

What is the best way to transfer contacts from an Android phone to an iPhone?

The best way to do this is using Move to iOS app, which is available on the Google Play / Android platofrm. Another option is to use the Phone Data Transfer, a third-party program, that allows you to copy contacts from an Android phone to an iPhone with a single click. This phone-to-phone transfer is available for both Windows and Mac, catering to a variety of uses.

How can I move contacts from my Android phone to my SIM card?

To move your Android phone contacts to your SIM card, follow these steps: Launch the Contacts app on your Android device, hit the menu button, then select Settings. Locate and hit the Import/Export option. Select the Export option. Then select "Export to SIM Card." Allow time for the contacts to be transferred to your SIM card.

How can I move my info from my Android phone to my iPhone?

To move all your info from Android phone to your iPhone, wou can also use the Move to iOS app. You will have your Android stuff immediately transferred to your new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 

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