What Are The Different Ways To Move Contacts From iphone To Android?

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.

On your iPhone, launch Settings→ Contacts→ Accounts→ iCloud→ toggle Contacts option ON

  • 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.

Or else

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!


iOS v/s Android- A Comparative Analysis

Over the last few years, smartphone segment has seen a familiar battle between IOS and Android on the yearly basis. Each year the two tech giants tend to pull a classic tug of war vying for a leading market share and supremacy. Together they have successfully created account for more than 99% in smartphone sales. The start of 2017 has been an exciting year for both mobile apps development, as there is a host of new technologies to play with. Meanwhile, the question of which operating system to choose continues to haunt almost every business owner competing in the market.


The following post incorporates quantitative and qualitative approach of Android vs iOS application development, which is important as long as business proceedings are considered.

iOS V/S Android

Worldwide Market Share


Originally developed by Android Inc. and later acquired by Google in 2005, Android is a Linux-based and a partly open source operating system dominating the market share with 87% while iOS is Apple’s operating system competing from corner to corner of different regions. In japan, the team of iphone application developers has detained the largest share for the year 2016 with 51% of mobile sales. Where in US Android still holds the share of 57.9% of market.

According to the above chart, Apple knows how to keep a solid client base in built up and lucrative markets while android is keeping tempting customers in large emerging markets due to a wide range of devices and price options.

When it comes down to development

Whether it’s Android or iOS, Developing a mobile apps that is bug-free, stable and reliable is the main objective for any mobile apps development agency. And with the emergence of new technology upgrades happening every now and then, it becomes difficult for a professional to get used to the change on the frequent basis. However, they manage to overcome the challenge and come up with a unique product without glitches.

According to several studies, android application developers require more time to build an app that iOS developers as they need to write 40% more code. In a layman’s language, the time consumed in making a highly functional android app is 28% more than what is required to build an iOS app.

Post releases

Post releases trends continue to favor android application developers offering a smooth and easier phase than that of development. Android apps can easily get published on the Google play store with cheap app store functionalities and features. On the other hand, the process gets a bit troublesome for iphone application developers.

It may also interest you to know that Apple experts review each and every app manually and change in case if they don’t comply with the pre-determined standard and guidelines. A special effort is made to get these mind boggling mobile apps published on the app store.

User engagement


iOS apps are beautifully designed, modified, easy to use and well-presented on the iTunes store. While Android offers an extensive range of apps on the Google play store. iOS users can access more content categories and do more online shopping in comparison to Android users. Which means they have a higher mCommerce engagement than android users. In addition to this, iPhone developers tend to make more In-app purchases compared to Android ad displays, the main revenue generator for android apps

It’s always survival of the fittest

For the year 2017, iOS and Android both have plans to excel and maintain places in the hearts of people. Google with Android Instant Apps while the Apple with iMessage Apps will continue to heat up the mobile battlefield.

The Android Instant App has been released by Google to revolutionize the entire digital experience for users especially those who do not have the app installed on their smartphones. Follow the link from the search engine in the browser and get the feel of app-like interface.>

iMessage apps introduced by Apple previous year was developed to bring back all the users to the conventional ground from other prominent messaging platforms such as Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook messenger and so more. The iOS application development marketplace is reported to have more than 400 apps and over 1,250 stickers.