As smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Oneplus 3T, Xiomi Mi5 hit the market, many people find a golden opportunity to switch from iOS to android. Unlike previous years, transferring contacts from your iphone to android has become quite simpler and better. Earlier, users were supposed to engage in a manual job of selecting each and every contact and type the new name/number in the new phone. Today things have entirely changed, smartphones are extremely smart and allows the user to move contacts without much hassle.
Listed below are some of the tried and tested methods one can perform to send contacts from an iPhone to android device.
Method 1 – Doing Manually
Now there are times when a user wishes to move a specific bunch of contacts instead of the entire list. In such cases, one can use the share contact option.
Open up the contacts→ select the contacts you wish to save→ swipe down and select the tab which allows you to share either via e-mail or text.
If the number of contacts you want to transfer exceeds ten, then it is but obvious that you need to select a different option. But if the number is below ten then the manual transferring method is perfect.
Method 2 – iCloud
Another interesting way to sync contacts is by using Apple’s iCloud system.
- First, merge your contacts on the device with iCloud and then go to iCloud.com via your computer.
- Log in with your Apple ID and password. Next, click on Contacts from the launch pad.
- Select the contact list that you wish to export
- Either one by one
- Click on the gear and select all
- Click the gear again and select export vCard. A VCF file containing the selected contacts will automatically get downloaded on your PC.
- Plug your android phone to computer and copy the VCF file to the local storage.
- Once the file is copied, import contacts from the contacts app.
After saving the .VCF file in the download folder on your computer. Open your Gmail account and log in with your user ID and password. Click on the Gmail button and click on contact option and import button
Choose CSV and vCard file from the pop-up option
Method 3 – Via an app
The good news is there are a couple of apps that might be useful for this procedure and your PC does not need to be consulted at all.
One is My Contacts Backup App
- Download and launch the app
- When “MCBackup” asks to access your contacts, tap “OK”
- Tap Backup → email → attach the VCF file to an email and send it to your Gmail account
- Open up the email from your Android device, download the VCF file and import your contacts to the phone.
Additional tip: – “A VCF file allows the user to either select a specific contact or the entire address book to import to your list.”
Method 4 – Via Google account
Users are entitled to create a Google account on their Android phones. The moment you have created your Google account, choose Settings→ Mail→ Accounts→ Add Account from your iphone device. Add the recently created account and enter the login details.
Don’t forget to toggle the option of contacts ON. By doing this, both devices- iphone and android will start syncing contacts with each other. And yes, the process might take some time. Just make sure that your internet connection is not being interrupted as syncing will be entirely done through the internet.
After the process is done, open your android phone with Google account info and your synced contacts will automatically be seen in the new phone.
One great thing about using Google Contacts to sync your contacts is that even if you lose your phone or switch to another smartphone, you will never lose your contacts. They are kept safe within your Google account.
Method 5 – Export contacts to Gmail with iTunes
The rest of methods are practically irrelevant only if your phone is running iOS 4.x and lower. As the current apps are not compatible with those versions of IOS and iCloud did not exist back then. So what can be done?
Simple, transfer contacts to Gmail via iTunes
- Launch iTunes
- Connect your iphone to the computer
- Open the handset’s device summary page.
- Click the Info tab.
- Check “Sync Contacts With” and then select “Google Contacts”.
- Type your Google account’s username and password.
- Click Apply.
- Make sure your Android device is connected to the particular Gmail account.
- Allow Google to sync your contacts to your Android phone.
And you are done!