How to Transfer Your Contacts from Android to iPhone

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When you're switching from Android to iPhone, you need to make sure that all of your important data makes the switch with you. Luckily, there are four relatively easy ways to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone. This article walks you through each one and helps you decide which is best for you.

  • The Move to iOS App
  • Sim Card
  • Google
  • iTunes

This includes music and photos, but you also want to make sure that you transfer all the contacts from your address book.

You wouldn't want to lose hundreds of phone numbers and email addresses and have to rebuild your contacts from scratch.

Option 1: Use the Move to iOS App

Difficulty: Low

Apple has made transferring data from Android to iPhone easy with its Move to iOS app for Android devices. This app consolidates all of the data on your Android device – contacts, text messages, photos and videos, calendar, email accounts, website bookmarks – and then imports them onto your new iPhone over Wi-Fi. The process couldn't be much simpler. 

If you've got an Android smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or higher, download Move to iOS from Google Play and get started.

Option 2: Use Your SIM Card

Difficulty: Low

Another simple way to move contacts is by using your SIM card. Since you can store address book data on SIM card (on Android only; you can't do that on iPhone), you can back up your contacts there and move them to your iPhone.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. On your Android device, backup your address book contacts to your device's SIM card.
  2. Remove the SIM card from your Android device.
  3. Insert the SIM card into your new iPhone.
  4. On the iPhone, tap the Settings app to open it.
  5. Tap Contacts (or some older versions of the iOS, this is Mail, Contacts, Calendars).
  1. Tap Import SIM Contacts.

When the transfer is done, your contacts will be on your iPhone. You can then remove the old SIM if you're going to use a new one with your iPhone or leave it in.

Option 3: Use Google

Difficulty: Medium

You can also use the power of the cloud to keep all of your data in sync. In this case, using Google is best, since both Android and iPhone have good support for it. Follow these steps:

  1. On your Android device, back up your contacts to Google (this should happen automatically if you use your Google account on your device. If not, check out this tutorial).
  2. With that done, add your Google account to your iPhone (learn how to add accounts to iPhone).
  3. When the account is set up, you may be able to enable contact syncing right away. If not, go to Settings -> Accounts & Passwords -> tap your Google account.
  4. Move the Contacts slider to on/green and the contacts you added to your Google account will sync to your iPhone. 

From now on, any changes you make to your iPhone address book will sync back to your Google account. You'll have a complete copy of your address book in two places and ready to transfer to other devices as needed.

If you prefer to use Yahoo rather than Google, learn how to sync your iPhone contacts with Yahoo in this article.

Option 4: Use iTunes

Difficulty: Medium

The last method for transferring your contacts from one platform to another involves the classic way of syncing data to the iPhone: iTunes. 

This method assumes that you've got a computer you're syncing data to, rather than just syncing with the cloud. If so, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Android device to your computer and sync it. Ensure that your address book data is being synced to Outlook Express or Windows Address Book.
  2. Once your data has been synced to one of those programs, connect your iPhone to the computer to sync it.
  3. In iTunes, click the iPhone icon in the top left corner beneath the playback controls.
  1. With the iPhone management screen open, click the Info menu in the left column.
  2. On that screen, check the box next to Sync Contacts with to enable address book syncing.
  3. In the drop-down, select the address book program you use (Outlook Express or Windows Address Book, from step 1).
  4. Click the button next to All Contacts.
  5. Click the Apply button in the bottom right corner to save this setting and transfer all of your contacts to your iPhone.