How to Transfer Contacts From iPhone to Android

Making the leap is pretty simple with these tips

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Getting your contacts from iPhone to Android doesn't have to be hard.

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If you're switching from iPhone to Android, there's a lot of data you need to ensure makes the move with you. Along with your photos, music, and apps, it's crucial you also transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android. After all, you don't want to start using your new phone only to realize you left every important phone number, email, and physical address on your old device.

There are a handful of different ways to transfer your contacts between phones. Which one is best for you will depend on what services and apps you already use, among other things.

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android Using iCloud

Perhaps the easiest way to get your contacts from one phone to another is by using the cloud. In that scenario, you simply upload all of your contacts from your iPhone to the cloud, then download them to your Android device.

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iCloud can store and sync your contacts.

There are a number of cloud services to choose from to do this; one you may already use with your iPhone is iCloud. To use iCloud to transfer your contacts between phones, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your contacts are uploaded to iCloud. To do that, tap Settings.
  2. Tap your name at the top of the main Settings screen.
  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Toggle the Contacts slider to on/green. Depending on how many contacts you have, it may take a few minutes to upload.
  5. Confirm your contacts have uploaded by going to iCloud.com; log in with your Apple ID, and viewing Contacts there.

Once you're confident your contacts are safely uploaded to iCloud, it's time to download them to your Android device. Android doesn't have built-in iCloud support, but you can get apps that provide the ability to download iCloud contacts, including:

The exact steps to follow will differ based on the app you use, but generally speaking, you'll log into your iCloud account in the app, then download your contacts. Confirm they're imported into your preferred contacts app on Android and you'll be good to go.

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android Using Online Contacts Apps

While iCloud is an appealing option because it's built into the iPhone, it's not the smoothest cross-platform experience; and it's far from the only cloud service capable of transferring contacts.

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Storing contacts online with Google Contacts or Yahoo Address Book makes them easy to move.

Other strong options include Google Contacts and Yahoo Address Book. These, and similar, tools are totally based in the cloud and can sync contacts to any compatible device, including basically all iPhones and Android phones.

To get the lowdown on using these services, read How to Sync iPhone With Yahoo and Google Contacts.

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android Using a Computer

If you sync your iPhone regularly to your computer to back up your data, in most cases you can skip the cloud and just use iTunes to transfer your contacts from one phone to another.

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You can get contacts off of your iPhone using iTunes.

To do so:

  1. Sync your iPhone to your PC or Mac using iTunes and make sure your contacts synced. You may even want to make a back up of your phone to be safe.
  2. Make sure you know what contacts program your data has been synced to. On a Mac, this is probably the pre-installed Contacts app, while on Windows it could be the pre-installed Windows Contacts, Outlook, or a similar program.
  3. When you're sure all of your contacts have been transferred from your iPhone to your preferred contacts app, connect your Android phone to your computer to sync it.
    1. Tip: If you're using a Mac, you'll need some additional software; certain programs can work with iTunes to sync Android and Mac.
  4. Configure your sync settings to transfer contacts from your contacts app to the address book app on your Android phone and sync.

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android Using a SIM Card

Depending on what other phones you've had before your iPhone, you may be thinking the simplest way to transfer your contacts to a new phone is using your SIM Card. With other phones, you can simply back up contacts and other data to the SIM Card, swap the card into the new phone, then import the data. No need to mess with the cloud.

Unfortunately, that's not possible with an iPhone because iOS doesn't support storing data on the SIM Card.