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While Android is still king, iOS is a major platform and at some point you may want to switch to the iPhone. We will not judge! You probably want to transfer all of your data to your new phone. This transition is often seamless, but depends on which devices are involved. In this case, they are two completely different platforms, so it may require some extra work. These are the best ways to transfer your contacts from Android to iOS!
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1. Go to the iOS app
Did you know Apple had an Android app in the Google Play Store? Yes, Move to iOS is one of the few Apple apps on Google’s storefront, alongside Beats and Apple Music.
Move to iOS is intended to assist Android users; Well, go to iOS. Despite some bad reviews, the application certainly does what it is advertised to do. And it does very well. Your mileage and experience may vary, but you can easily migrate contacts, messages, photos, videos, bookmarks, email accounts and calendars directly to any iOS device when it works.
When you are ready to transfer all your data, the iPhone or iPad will create a private Wi-Fi network and find your Android gadget. Enter the security code and the process will begin. As simple as pie!
2. Use Google sync
While Apple traditionally isn’t keen on supporting Android users, Google is the opposite. Most of the search giant’s services and features work very well on iPhones, and grabbing contacts from their servers is no exception.
Keep in mind that this will only work if you already sync your contacts with your Google account. Some devices don’t do that by default. Having all your contacts linked to Google’s servers makes transferring contacts a breeze.
Just unlock your iPhone and go to Settings> Email> Accounts> Add account. From there, enter your Gmail account and make sure the contacts check is turned on. Done!
3. Transfer manually with a VCF file
Don’t like dealing with all that damn cloud stuff? We can understand. There are also ways to manually transfer your contacts from Android devices to iOS devices. You can create a VCF file, transfer it to iPhone and then open it to get all your contact information. The process is simpler than it may seem; let’s walk you through it.
- Unlock your Android device and go to the Contacts app.
- Press the menu button (three dots) and select Import / export> Export to storage. This step may be different depending on the phone you have. In my case (on a OnePlus device) I have to go to Contacts Managerand scroll down to search Import / export.
- This will create a VCF file and save it to your phone.
- Download this file on your iPhone. I like to send it to myself via an email synced with the iOS device (simple, fast and no cables required).
- Open the file and the iOS device will prompt you for it add all contacts.
- Follow the steps and get going. Your contacts have been transferred!
4. Use your SIM card
Another way to transfer your contacts from Android to iOS is to use your smartphone’s nano SIM card. This is useful if you are having trouble with your Google account, are offline, or don’t want Google’s involvement for any reason.
To transfer your contacts from your Android phone to the SIM card, you must first visit your phone’s contacts app. The process differs slightly from here depending on the manufacturer. For example, Oneplus users should go to Contacts> tap the three dots icon> Contact management> SIM card contacts> Manage SIM card contacts. Tap the three dots icon in the top right corner and select Import from phone.
After inserting and turning on your Android phone’s SIM card in iPhone, you need to press Settings> Contacts> Import SIM contacts to start the transfer process. Your contacts should then be saved on iPhone in Contacts.
5. Use a third-party app
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If you’re having trouble with all of the other available solutions, various third-party apps can make switching to an iPhone easier. One of my favorites is Copy My Data (Android / iOS). Give it a look!
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to take care of this. Maintaining your contacts shouldn’t be a difficult endeavor, so we’re glad having multiple platforms doesn’t hold us back too much. The process isn’t exactly easy, but you can certainly do it without too much effort or research.