How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android

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There are plenty of great Android phones out there, so it’s understandable if Google and its partners have managed to lure you away from that trusty iPhone, but getting settled into a new platform isn’t always easy. Luckily, some of your most basic wants are covered, including the transfer of contacts. Don’t waste your time and money getting a carrier store to do what ultimately amounts to a simple task.

Transferring your existing address book from an iPhone to your new Android device is easily accomplished, and the majority of the process actually doesn’t even need to be completed from your smartphone. Here is how to get it done using only a few basic tools.

You will need

  • Your old iPhone (and its associated USB cable)
  • A PC or Mac running the latest version of iTunes OR iCloud account
  • A Google account
  • Your new Android phone

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Google account using iTunes

Transferring contacts directly to your Google account using iTunes is the easiest way to accomplish the task of syncing your Address book across platforms. Follow the below steps.

NOTE: If you have a Mac running the latest version OS X Mavericks you will not be able to perform an iTunes sync. Proceed to our section on how to transfer contacts via iCloud for further instructions.

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  1. Connect your iPhone to you computer using its included 30-pin (iPhone 4s and earlier) or Lightning (iPhone 5 and newer) cable
  2. Open iTunes and navigate to the device screen by clicking iPhone in the upper right-hand corner
  3. Open the Info tab
  4. Check the box next to Sync Contacts with
  5. Choose Google Contacts from the drop down menu
  6. Enter your Google account credentials when prompted and wait for your iPhone to sync

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Google account using iCloud

In case you don’t have a USB cable handy, or in the event that your contact list is already synced to an iCloud account, you can easily transfer your address book using this “wireless” method. It is slightly less straight forward than using iTunes, but hardly more complicated.

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  1. If you haven’t already done so, on your iPhone navigate to Settings > iCloud and toggle on the option for Contacts in order to backup your address book to Apple’s cloud servers
  2. From a computer, log on to iCloud.com and enter the account credentials associated with your iPhone
  3. Click Contacts to open the address book
  4. Select all contacts by pressing Ctrl + A (Cmd + A for Mac users) or by clicking the gear icon in the lower left-hand corner followed by Select All
  5. Click the gear icon in the lower left-hand corner, then click Export vCard
  6. Choose a name for your file (it will be a .vcf file type) and download it to your computer
  7. Open Gmail in your browser and navigate to Contacts from the main drop down menu
  8. From the bottom of the lefthand list, choose Import Contacts…
  9. Click Choose File then locate the .vcf file you saved earlier, then click Import

 

 

 

 

How to sync iPhone contacts with and Android device

After syncing your contacts from your iPhone to your Google account using either the iTunes or iCloud methods described above, the final step in the process is to move your address book from Google’s servers to your Android device. This process is readily accomplished through the Android Settings menu.

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  1. From your Android device navigate to Settings > Add Account and choose Google
  2. Choose Sign in and enter the account information for the Google account you have already synced with your iPhone contact list
  3. After logging into the account on your Android device, check the box next to Sync Contacts and tap the arrow at the bottom righthand corner of the screen (in some cases you may need to tap Finish) 
  4. Allow time for your Android device to download your contacts from Google’s servers.

And that’s all there is to it. Your complete iPhone contact list should now be synced to your Google account and in turn to any Android device connected to that account. Future changes made to either your Gmail contacts or those on your Android phone will be reflected across devices.

 

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  • DavidVarghese

    Why does the picture on the header of the article show an Android to Apple picture, when the article is talking about transferring your contacts from Apple to Android?

    Also noticed that Kevin wrote this article. Coincidence? I think not.

    • CodyTaylor

      Haha I was wondering too about the backwards arrow

  • Fel Pe

    Hmmm… really?

  • Dan

    Simpler still would just be to sync the contacts with Google. Worked when I switched from iPhone to android, and worked again when I switched from android back to iPhone.