How to Transfer Your Contacts From Android to iPhone

Take your data with you when you switch phones

Transfer contacts from android to iphone

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When you switch from Android to iPhone, you want to make sure that all of your important data makes the switch with you. Among your most important data are all of the phone numbers, emails, and addresses stored in your Contacts app. There are four relatively easy ways to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone. They are:

  • Using Apple's Move to iOS app
  • Using a SIM card
  • Using Google
  • Using iTunes on a PC

There's a lot of data besides contacts to transfer from one phone to another, of course. To learn more about that, check out What You Need to Know When Switching from Android to iPhone.

For this article, though, we're going to focus on transferring of all the contacts from your address book so you don't lose hundreds (or more!) of phone numbers and email addresses and have to rebuild your contacts from scratch.

Use the Move to iOS App

Screenshots of the Move to iOS App
Move to iOS App.

Apple has made transferring data from Android to iPhone easy with its Move to iOS app for Android devices, which is available in the Google Play store. This app consolidates all the data on your Android device — contacts, text messages, photos and videos, calendar, email accounts, website bookmarks — and then imports them to your new iPhone over Wi-Fi. The process couldn't be simpler. 

If you have an Android smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or higher and an iPhone running iOS 9.3 or higher, download Move to iOS from Google Play and get started. It doesn't transfer your Android apps, but it makes suggestions from the App Store based on the apps you have on your Android device. Matching free apps are suggested for download during the transfer. Matching paid apps are added to your App Store Wishlist for later purchase.

Use Your SIM Card

Screenshots showing how to export contacts to an Android SIM card and then import them into an iPhone

If you are only interested in moving your contacts, you can do so by using the SIM card in your Android phone. Since you can store address book data on an Android SIM card, you can back up your contacts there and move them to your iPhone (the SIM cards need to be the same size in both devices, of course). All iPhones beginning with iPhone 5 use Nano SIMs.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. On your Android device, back up your address book contacts to your device's SIM card.

  2. Remove the SIM card from the Android device.

  3. Insert the SIM card into your iPhone.

  4. On the iPhone, tap the Settings app to open it.

  5. Tap Contacts (on some older versions of the iOS, this is Mail, Contacts, Calendars).

  6. Tap Import SIM Contacts.

When the import is done, your contacts will be available in the pre-installed Contacts app on your iPhone. 

Use Google

Screenshots showing how to use Google to back up your contacts

You can use the power of the cloud to keep all your data in sync. In this case, using Google is the best choice because both Android and iPhone support for it. Follow these steps:

  1. On your Android device, back up your contacts to Google. The backup should happen automatically if you use your Google account on your device.

  2. With that done, add your Google account to your iPhone.

  3. When the account is set up, you may be able to enable contact syncing right away. If not, go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords and tap the Gmail account.

  4. Move the Contacts slider to the On (green) position, and the contacts you added to your Google account sync to the iPhone. 

From now on, any change you make to your iPhone address book syncs to your Google account. You'll have a complete copy of your address book in two places, safely backed up and ready to transfer to other devices as needed.

If you prefer, you can use Yahoo to sync your contacts to the iPhone rather than using Google. The process is similar.

Use iTunes

Screenshots showing how to back up Android contacts to iTunes and then copy them to an iPhone

The last method for transferring your contacts from one platform to another involves the classic way of syncing data to the iPhone: iTunes. 

This method assumes that you have a computer you sync data to, rather than syncing solely with the cloud. If so, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Android device to your computer and sync it with your address book data. If you are running Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, you can download the Microsoft Phone Companion from the Microsoft Store to make this easier.

  2. Once your Android data has been synced, connect your iPhone to the computer.

  3. In iTunes, click the iPhone icon in the top left corner of the screen beneath the playback controls.

  4. With the iPhone management screen open, click the Info menu in the left column.

  5. On that screen, check the box next to Sync Contacts to enable address book syncing.

  6. In the drop-down menu, select the address book program you use.

  7. Click the button next to All Contacts.

  8. Click the Apply button in the bottom right corner to save this setting and transfer all your contacts to the iPhone.