How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android
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What is the best way to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android? The process isn’t as convoluted as it once was. I remember a time when we had to input all names, numbers, and other info manually! Now smartphones, apps, and cloud services can do most of the work for us. Today we’ll go over a few methods, so you can pick whichever you prefer.

Also read: How to switch from iPhone to Android

Editor’s note: All instructions in this post were put together using a Pixel 4a running Android 11, an iPhone SE running iOS 15, and an Asus ZenBook Pro Duo running Windows 10 Pro. Keep in mind steps may differ slightly, depending on the hardware and software you have.


Transfer contacts from iPhone to Android manually

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You might not care for fancy apps or cloud services. Those with a more hands-on attitude can transfer all their contacts manually with a .vcf file. You’ll need a little help from iCloud to do this, but if you’re using an iPhone, chances are this is not an issue.

How to download a .vcf file of your contacts:

  1. On your iPhone, go to your Settings app and then your profile at the top.
  2. Tap iCloud and toggle on Contacts. Your contacts will upload to Apple’s cloud services shortly.
  3. Use a browser to go to iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID.
  4. Select Contacts and then click on the gear icon in the lower-left corner.
  5. Click Select all.
  6. Click the gear again and select Export vCard. When the .vcf file downloads, you can import that file to your Google Contacts or straight to your phone.

How to import contacts into an Android phone:

  1. Transfer the .vcf file into your phone using any method, such as transferring via a microSD card or by hooking up your phone to your PC.
  2. Open your Contacts app and tap the 3-line menu button.
  3. Go into Settings.
  4. Select Import.
  5. Pick .vcf file and press OK.
  6. Pick which account you want the contacts saved to.
  7. Find the file and select it. Now let the phone work its magic, and you’re done!

Transfer contacts from iPhone to Android with your Google account

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First and foremost, to use your Android phone, you’ll need a Google account. If you have yet to set one up, head to Google’s homepage, select Sign in, click on Create account, and follow instructions. Once that’s done, follow the steps below to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android using your Google account through the cloud.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android using your Google account:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Accounts & Passwords.
  3. Hit Add Account.
  4. Select Google and sign in to the Google account you’ll use with your new Android phone.
  5. Switch the Contacts toggle on.
  6. Hit Save.
  7. Now contacts will automatically sync from your iPhone to Google Contacts. In turn, they will also sync to your Android device.

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Transfer each contact with email or text

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There’s a third method to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android, but it requires much more work and patience. You can do this by sending each contact via email or SMS. It’s a good solution if you only have a few contacts to transfer, but those with a long list of friends are better off with any of the previous methods.

Open your contacts section in your iPhone and select the contact you want to transfer from iPhone to Android. Finally, swipe down to transfer that contact, either with an email or via text.


Should you try a 3rd-party app?

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Honestly, you could also use a 3rd-party app, but we feel like it’s better to go one of the three listed routes as they are less complicated, and utilize accounts you already had for your iPhone or will need for your new Android devices. The methods listed above are by far the easiest. You can always check out apps on the Play Store, though.

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