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