How to Transfer Contacts From iPhone to Android

Making the leap from iPhone to Android is simple with these tips

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When you switch from iPhone to Android, there's a lot of data to move from one phone to the other. When you move your photos, music, and apps, transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android and don't leave important phone numbers, emails, and physical addresses on your old device. There are several ways to transfer your contacts between phones. The one you choose depends on the services and apps you use.

Instructions in this article apply when transferring contacts from an iPhone to an Android. You can also transfer contacts from Android to iPhone and from iPhone to iPhone.

How to Use iCloud to Transfer Contacts

The easiest way to move your contacts from one phone to another is to export your iPhone contacts to your iCloud account and then use a special contact list downloader on your Android to retrieve those contact entries on your new phone.

To upload iPhone contacts to iCloud:

  1. On the iPhone, open Settings.

  2. Tap your name, then choose iCloud.

  3. Turn on the Contacts toggle to back up your contacts list to your iCloud account.

    Profile, iCloud, and Contacts toggle ON in iOS Settings app

    If the toggle is on, your contacts are backed up. Do not change this setting and continue with the next step.

  4. Select Contacts.

    screenshot: iCloud contacts app
  5. View the Contacts list and make sure all your contacts are on the list.

Select an App to Transfer Contacts from iCloud to Android

After your contacts are uploaded to iCloud, download your contacts to your Android device. Android doesn't have built-in iCloud support. Instead, install an app that provides the ability to download iCloud contacts. Here are a few examples:

The steps to transfer your contacts from iCloud to your Android device differ slightly based on the app you chose, but all apps follow the same process:

  • Log in to your iCloud account in the app.
  • Download your contacts.
  • Confirm the contacts imported into your preferred Android contacts app.

If you use two-factor authentication with iCloud, set up an app-specific password from your iCloud account before you sign in to these Android apps.

Transfer iPhone Contacts to Android With Apps

iCloud is built into the iPhone, but it's not the only cloud service capable of transferring contacts. My Contacts Backup is a contact transfer app that sends your iPhone address book to your email as a VCF file.

  1. On the iPhone, tap Backup.

    Before you export your contacts, go to Settings and choose which fields in the address book to export. Options include the phone number, email, URL, and address.

  2. Tap Email.

    Backup and Email buttons in MCBackup app
  3. Send the contact list backup to yourself or another email address that you have access to on the Android phone.

  4. From the Android device, open the message and select the Download icon for the VCF file.

  5. In the Open with dialog box, choose Contacts.

  6. When prompted to confirm the import of the iPhone contacts to the Android phone, select OK.

    VCF attachment, Contacts button and OK button in Android
  7. The contact list appears in your Android contacts.

Other cloud services that you can use to transfer contacts from one device to another include Google Contacts and Yahoo Contacts. These tools and similar ones live online and sync contacts to any compatible device, including iPhones and Androids.

Can't You Use a SIM Card?

With some phones, you can back up contacts and other data to the SIM card, put the SIM into the new phone, then import the data.

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