While Android is still king, iOS is a very important platform and at some point you may want to try Apple‘s mobile OS. We won’t judge! Hey, maybe you just want to have a secondary iPad or something like that. Regardless, you will probably want to take all your contacts with you, but you must remember these are two completely different platforms.
This is definitely not like switching between two Android devices, which can easily sync through Google‘s servers. It’s also important to note that transferring contacts isn’t super tough. There are multiple ways to share information between Android handsets and an iPhone. In this post we will show you some of our very favorite solutions.
Using the Move to iOS app
Move to iOS is meant to help Android users… well, move to iOS. Despite all the hate it got at first, the application certainly does what it’s advertised to do. And it does it very well. It can migrate contacts, messages, photos, videos, bookmarks, email accounts and calendars straight to any iOS device.
When you are ready to transfer all your data, the iPhone or iPad will simply create a private Wi-Fi network and find your Android gadget. Enter the security code and the process will start. Simple as pie!
Using Google sync
While Apple is not traditionally fond of supporting Android users, Google is the complete opposite. Most of the search giant’s services and features work very well on iPhones, and grabbing contacts from their servers is not the exception.
Do keep in mind this only works if you already sync your contacts to your Google account. Some devices don’t do that by default. If you have been associating all your contacts with Google’s servers, transferring contacts will be a breeze.
Just unlock your iPhone and head over to Settings > Passwords and Accounts (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar on older devices). From there, enter your Gmail account and make sure the Contacts checker is turned on. Done!
Transfer manually using a VCF file
Don’t like dealing with all that darn cloud stuff? We can understand. There’s also ways to manually transfer your contacts from Android devices to iOS ones. You can make a VCF file, transfer it over to the iPhone and then simply open it to grab all your contacts data. The process is simpler than it seems; let’s walk you through it.
- Unlock your Android device and head to the Contacts app.
- Hit the menu (three dots) button and select Import/export > Export to storage.
- This will create a VCF file and save it on your phone.
- Get this file on your iPhone. I like sending it to myself via an email synced to the iOS device (simple, fast and no cables required).
- Open the file and the iOS device will prompt you to Add all contacts.
- Follow the steps and be on your way. Your contacts have been transferred!
Using your SIM card
Another way to transfer your contacts from Android to iOS is to use your smartphone’s nano-SIM card. This is handy if you’re either having trouble with your Google account, are offline, or don’t want Google’s involvement for whatever reason.
To transfer your contacts to the SIM card from your Android phone, you’ll first need to visit your phone’s contacts app. The process differs slightly depending on the manufacturer from here. For instance, Huawei users should choose Settings > Import/export > Export to SIM card. Meanwhile, Samsung users should tap Manage contacts > Import/export contacts > Export > SIM card.
Once you’ve inserted your Android phone’s SIM card into the iPhone and turned it on, you’ll need to hit Settings > Contacts > Import SIM Contacts to begin the transfer process. Your contacts should then be saved on the iPhone in Contacts.
Using a third party app
If you are having trouble with all other available solutions, there are also a number of third-party apps that can facilitate the process of switching to an iPhone. One of my favorites is Copy My Data (Android/iOS). Give it a look!
As you can see, there’s plenty of ways to get this taken care of. Keeping your contacts shouldn’t be a tough endeavor, so we are glad having multiple platforms isn’t stopping us too much. The process isn’t exactly straightforward, but you can definitely do any of these without too much effort or research.
Which of these methods do you prefer? I am a fan of simply using my Google account to transfer everything I can, including contacts.