How to transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android

April 9, 2013
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    The iPhone and Android are two of the world’s greatest mobile platforms. Despite the huge chasm between the two and the perpetual war between die-hard fans from both camps, one can easily be tempted to presume that phone data on an iPhone and Android cannot be shared from one to the other, or vice-versa.

    But, of course, that’s an easy misconception to make. Many types of phone data can be shared between iPhone and Android. In this guide, for example, you’ll learn how to transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android. (For a visual walkthrough, check out our video guide at the end of this post.)

    Manually sharing contacts

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    The iPhone’s Contacts app allows you to manually share contacts — one at a time — to another device. Open the Contacts app and select a contact. From the contact info page, scroll down and select Share Contact. You can share the contact either as Email or Message.

    Sadly, you can only share one contact at a time. It would take some time if you have hundreds or thousands of contacts to be shared.

    There are other methods, though, that allow you to share multiple contacts at once.

    Via iTunes

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    You can use iTunes to sync your contacts from your iPhone to your Google account. For this approach, you will need iTunes installed on your PC, Internet connection on the PC, the proprietary data cable for your iPhone, and a Google account.

    Synced contacts will include the contact’s name, image, number, and other information such as the address, contact notes, email, homepage, and other fields.

    1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
    2. Connect your iPhone to the computer.
    3. Your connected device will appear in iTunes. Click on it to open the device’s summary page
    4. Click the Info tab.
    5. Place a checkmark beside “Sync Contacts With” and select “Google Contacts” from the drop-down menu.
    6. Input your Google account and password, if you haven’t done so yet previously. Or, you can click Configure to change a previously set Google account.
    7. Click Apply. iTunes will then sync the existing contacts from your iPhone to your Google account.
    8. If you haven’t registered your Google account on your Android phone yet, add your Google account in Settings > Accounts.
    9. Allow your Google account to sync your contacts to your Android phone.

    Via iCloud

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    If you’ve enabled the iCloud service on your iPhone, your phone contacts have most likely been backed up to your iCloud account.  You can then export those contacts into a file that can be imported into Android directly, or indirectly through Google Contacts.

    1. Using your desktop Internet browser, go to https://www.icloud.com/ and sign in with your iCloud account.
    2. Click Contacts to view a list of contacts.
    3. Select the contact(s) that you want to export.
    4. Click the cog wheel icon at the lower left and select Export vCard.
    5. Your computer will download a VCF file containing the exported contact(s).
    6. Import this VCF file to Google Contacts or copy the VCF to your Android phone’s /sdcard directory and import it to your phone through the People app or Contacts app.

    Via apps

    My Contacts Backup

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    Apps can also help with contact sharing. The My Contacts Backup app for iOS is one such app. This app allows you to backup and share your contacts from iPhone to Android handsets without the need for connecting your device to a computer.

    1. Install the My Contacts Backup app from the App Store.
    2. Launch the app and tap on Backup. This backup your current contacts on your iPhone.
    3. Once complete, tap Email to attach the VCF file to an email.
    4. Send the email with the attached VCF file to your Gmail account.
    5. On your Android phone, open the email with the attached VCF file and download the file to import the contacts to your phone.

    Bump

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    Another interesting app to use is Bump. With this app, you can share contacts and other files by just bumping two devices together. For this method, you will need the Bump app installed on both devices and an active Internet connection.

    1. Install the Bump app on your Android phone and on your iPhone.
    2. Launch Bump on both phones. Allow permissions when prompted.
    3. On the sender device, which is the iPhone, swipe to the right until you reach the contacts section.
    4. You will see a list of all your contacts. Select those contacts that you want to share.
    5. A label “Bump now!” will appear at the upper-right corner.
    6. Lightly bump your two devices.
    7. Tap the Connect button on the popup dialog to let the two devices communicate.
    8. A copy of your selected contacts will be sent to the receiving device.

    Video Tutorial

    Check out our video tutorial on how to transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android.

    Conclusion

    As you’ve seen, sharing contacts from your iPhone to an Android phone is not that difficult. The process may not be as straightforward as you’d want it to be, but it’s doable. There may even be other easy methods that we missed or overlooked.

    Which of the methods described in this post worked for you? If you know of other easy methods for transferring contacts from iPhone to Android, let us know in the comments.

    (with contributions from Elmer Montejo)

    Comments

    • Anon

      i use CoBook – it a free app for mac and ios (with android coming i believe). it will sync your between google and icloud contacts, as well as connect with FB, linkin, twitter. i just installed it on my mac, did some tweaking, let it sync, and that’s it.

    • CmnSent

      If you back up your contacts to google (as I recommend everyone to do), then whatever device you sign on to(iPhone or Android), will import your contacts automatically. I do not understand why people dont do this. Use Yahoo if you would like, no matter. All contacts should be saved to your account, Not to your phone.

      • calinere

        Hello, here is a method which may help, and i’d like to share it with all of you:http://www.ipubsoft.com/iphone/transfer-iphone-contacts-to-galaxy.html

      • WRP

        Some of us who have hundreds or more business contacts in google might NOT want all of these in their phone.

      • Dr Sudhansu Kumar Dash

        I just bought a Samsung Galaxy s4 (still using my trusty iPhone4s). I tried to transfer data from my iPhone to new Android with Samsung Smart Switch but I could manage to transfer only pictures and few songs. Not too impressive at all. There is another program called mobiletrans helped me to transfer my most important data including sms and contacts from my iPhone 4S to Galaxy s4: http://bit.do/iphone-contact-android

    • Moty Grossman

      Save the trouble! Simply drop by your nearest point of sale (http://www.save-and-go.com/EN.html )and ask for Save&GO, for the perfect shopping experience.Save&GO is the only software solution that will solve your problem on the spot, in front of you, right in the store. Safely and automatically, regardless of the differences of producer/ model/operating system, between your old and new device. So you can walk out of the store with a perfectly functional new phone!

      • tester

        yes thats fine if you have your phone that is still working in your hand.
        its only transfering, which is what this is all about but long term back up is better. set up the google account ( g mail) and you have them forever no matter if you borrow a phone in another country.

    • iOS to Android to BB10

      Smooth sync for contacts and calendar works very well too.

    • http://twitter.com/SarangLakare Sarang Lakare

      You missed out on the easiest way to keep contacts in one place and sync to any device you use: IntouchApp! Its the Dropbox for contacts.. check it out: http://intouchapp.com/apps

    • Livia Alexandra

      Super guide, thanks for the tips! Easiest way to go is to Google sync, just takes a few minutes. Contacts can be transferred to Android even if you lost or broken the iPhone, just extract them from the iTunes backup using an iPhone Backup Extractor and import to Gmail, easy as pie!

    • droidbones

      how about you do what i did before i even moved the SIM card
      transfer contacts via….(wait for it)…Bluetooth!!
      but CMnSent is right – just back up to the cloud for accessibility

    • Jewest

      Or download a program named Backuptrans iPhone Contacts to Android Transfer. One click to finish the transferring.

      • yi zeno

        Thanks, I have tried. And I also recommend a tool named Mobile Transfer which is quit useful in transferring contacts to from iPhone to Android.

      • Krista Hiles

        I tried using the second method to transfer my iPhone 5 contacts to my Galaxy Note 2, however, Gmail does no longer support Exchange so it did not work out.

        I did not use the first method since I’d rather keep away my iPhone from that monster iTunes. I ended up using the Phone Desktop Software and then these quick directions( http://x.co/3UV9U … ) in order to transfer my complete iPhone 5 contact list to my new Samsung GALAXY Note 2.

    • Jukkky

      Oh, Dear, thanks for spend time to make this userful videos, i also like to share a tip about iPhone contacts recvoery app: http://www.vibosoft.com/ios/recover-deleted-lost-contacts-backup.html

    • Nick

      This should work as well: http://youtu.be/6xioGjcM0go

      And I guess it’s more easy.

      • Andrewss

        Hey Nick, it worked for me. Transfer my contacts from iPhone 4 to my new HTC android :) Cheers

    • http://www.clone2go.com/ Victor

      hey, if you’d like to transfer photos from iphone to android, you may follow the steps here http://www.android-to-iphone.com/phototransfer/download-photos-iphone-mac/
      it doesn’t require any usb cables.

    • henryros

      you should try this small transfer tool here
      http://www.iphone-to-android.com

    • henryros

      you should try this small transfer tool here
      http://www.iphone-to-android.com

    • zoenzo

      Is there a way that I can transfer contacts to PC first and then restore to any other phone no matter it is an IOS or Andriod

    • g

      thanks this was a quick way for me

    • Cotueny

      Nice tips. If you want to transfer Messages, a program called iPhone SMS + MMS to Android Transfer can help you copy both SMS and MMS messages from iPhone to Android. All the messages will be merged perfectly.

      Tutorial: http://www.backuptrans.com/tutorial/how-to-transfer-sms-mms-from-iphone-to-android.html

      Hope this can help.

    • nunu

      I used Bump app. It’s works! thanks :)

    • Raha

      My contact backup works greaaaaat for me . It was easy.

    • Chaman Goyal

      While this might not be the best method, I have found it best served what I needed when transferring my iphone contacts to my Android HTC:

      http://tinyurl.com/qa7pyno

      First, I don’t have a Gmail account, and even if I had, I would not wish to mix my email addresses with my iphone address book by syncing Gmail with my iphone address book. As a result, I used the above method in order to manually export my iphone contacts to my computer and in turn import them to my new HTC phone.

    • Shylo

      iTunes 11 no longer has a drop down box to sync to Google!

    • Amar Yellow Pages

      I used the contact backup app.. :-) thanks a bunch!

    • Mark

      I used an app called PhoneSwappr to transfer my contacts from iPhone4S to my new Galaxy S4 … and what was cool is that i did not need access to both the phones simultaneously… worked like a breeze.. it costed me $3 … http://www.phoneswappr.com

    • yvan.p

      iPhone contacts to Android transfer could be tricky. I had my iPhone contacts synced to iCloud which automatically meant that I cannot send the contacts to my Gmail account. I then decided to export the iphone contacts to the PC in Android format. As described here:

      http://www.copytrans.net/support/how-to-transfer-contacts-from-iphone-to-android/

      Then import the contacts from the PC directly to the Android phone after connecting it to the PC too.

    • Colin Coye

      While this might not be the best method, I have found it best served what I needed when transferring my iphone contacts to my Android Galaxy S4:

      http://fff.re/8Tio

      First, I don’t have a Gmail account, and even if I had, I would not wish to mix my email addresses with my iphone address book by syncing Gmail with my iphone address book. As a result, I used the above method in order to manually export my iphone contacts to my computer and in turn import them to my new Samsung Galaxy phone.

    • John LeGrand

      My contact list in my iphone was great because of the custom fields. But when the salesman at AT&T copied them to my motox x the fields didn’t transfer. I can’t tell which is my contacts home number vs the wife’s mobile, the husband’s mobile, the nanny’s mobile… they just say “other”.

      Also, none of the business’ transferred. So I tried WonderShare MobileGo to try to clean it up but made a bigger mess (duplications). Then before I had time to figure it out the trial subscription ended.

      So my question is; which is the BEST application, if possible (easiest, not cheapest), to get my contacts from iphone to motox, with and get rid of duplicates?

      Thanks!

    • Omri

      The email say this: “If you want to restore backup contacts, tap on the attachment file on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and import all contacts.” Implying that this app works only with iOS devices and restoring the contacts to Android would be impossible.

    • Rin

      My Contacts Backup App worked great! Super easy for someone like me who isn’t great at tech stuff! Thanks!

    • Mello

      Bump is no longer available :(

    • copeland lee

      here is another easy way for that http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHs9AjQ5FCQ

      Music useful for you!

    • Dave West
    • iPhone_is_2_small

      The iTunes process does not work (there’s no Google selection possible), but the iCloud process worked perfectly! Thank you!!!

    • Dick Rubbins

      This worked excellent. I did the “Log into iCloud” technique and downloaded a .vcf of my contacts – I never knew about this before. Then I plugged my phone into my laptop via USB cable and copied the file into the phone’s storage folder. Then I did the import via the People app.

    • Teddy

      I’m moving away from i-anything. Thanks for the tip on My contacts backup app. It saved my day with just a few clicks of what took unsuccessful hours with icloud and blogs research.

    • Skingrob

      My Contacts Backup fantastic!!! iPhone to a Nexus 5. My Verizon Backup app had a bug that created duplicates. They fixed the bug with no way to erase the duplicates. My contacts worked great. Totally worth the $1.99.

    • shiva

      thanks for the tips it worked. Transfered all contacts form iphone to anroid.

    • Smmhhyy

      A good solution to use iStonsoft program to transfer iPhone contacts to Android phone.You can have a try.

      Tips:
      http://www.istonsoft.com/iphone/transfer-contacts-from-android-to-iphone.html
      http://www.istonsoft.com/iphone/transfer-contacts-from-iphone-to-galaxy.html

    • tyer
    • Amanda King

      why not use mobiletrans, it is an intuitive software to transfer between iphone, android, and nokia phone.
      http://www.switch-phone.com/

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