Last Updated on March 11, 2019 by Husain Parvez
Have you recently switched from an Android to iPhone, and need to transfer your contacts? The process is easier than you think, and there are several methods you can use to do so. It helps to have several options to choose from, so here are some below.
Moving data using the Apple’s move to the iOS app
Move to iOs app is Apple’s first Android centered app. It works by linking an iPhone and Android together over a direct Wifi connection, where it then transfers all your data from the Android to the iPhone.
- Begin the setting up process on the iPhone, stopping when there is a screen titled “Apps and Data”.
- Tap the “Move data from Android” option
- On the Android phone, open the Google Play Store and search and select “Move to iOS”
- Open the “Move to iOS app listed in the Google Play Store and install it
- Accept the permissions request
- Open the app after installation
- Select continue on both Android and iPhone devices
- Select Agree and Next on Android phone
- On Android phone, enter the 12-digit code that is displayed on iPhone screen
- After entering this code, the Android will connect to the iPhone over a peer-to-peer Wifi connection to select what data will be transferred
- It will ask exactly which information should be transferred (i.e. Google account information, text messages, contacts, and pictures. Select what should be transferred.
- Android will complete the transferral process.
- Once complete, finish setting up the iPhone. When the set-up process is complete, the iPhone will prompt the user to login to all transferred accounts
Transfer contacts Using Google Accounts
Using this method is perfect for those who want an easier option than the “Move to iOS” application. This is a simpler process that takes a shorter amount of time to complete.
- Check to make sure that all contacts are associated with Google accounts. (Most Androids are reliant on Google accounts to store contacts and apps, so contacts should be associated with Google accounts)
- Check to make sure the Android phone is backed up
- Go to Settings on Android and select “Accounts and Sync”.
- Remember, the difference between active, working models of the Android supplied by various manufactures makes it slightly difficult to select precise wording for this. Search for similar wording.
- Enter Gmail account information and allow synchronization. Both phone and Google contacts should synch.
- Unlock the iPhone and open Settings
- Select Accounts & Passwords
- Add Gmail account and make sure contacts are enabled for Gmail account
- Google contact information should now be in the iPhone
Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone (more difficult)
This method is similar to the one above, however, it is a more thorough process that can be implemented in the case that the previous method does not work.
- Open Settings on the iPhone
- Select Accounts & Passwords (or Mail, Contacts, Calendar for old iOS
- Select Add Account and then Select Other
- Select Add CardDAV account
- Fill out your account information in the following fields that appear:
- Server: Enter “google.com”
- Username: Full Google Account or Google Apps email address
- Password: Enter full Google account or Google Apps password (After allowing 2-step verification, generate and enter an app-specific password)
- Description: Enter full account description (i.e. Personal Contacts)
- Select the Next option that appears at the top of the screen
- Make sure that the “contacts” option is turned on
- After setup, open Contacts app on iPhone
- Syncing process will automatically begin between the iPhone and Android
Use Android’s Sim Card
This is an option for a user that only wants to transfer contacts. This can be done directly through the Android Sim card. Keep in mind, however, that this method will only work if the Sim cards are the same size in both devices (either a micro- or nano-Sim for later iPhone models). Here are the instructions below.
- Save all contacts on Android onto Sim card
- On Android, select the Contacts app, and select the menu button
- Navigate to settings and locate the Import/Export setting and select it
- Select the Export option, then the Sim card storage option
- Following that, remove your Sim card from Android and insert it into iPhone
- Be sure not to mislay iPhone SIM card
- Select contacts (In older iOS versions, this is listed in Mails, Contacts, Calendars)
- Select Import SIM Contacts
- When the import is complete, contacts will be available in the pre-installed application on iPhone
- Put the iPhone SIM card back into iPhone
Transferring contacts from an Android to an iPhone can be an easy process that can be undertaken with no hassle. With four options to complete this task, users can pick the most convenient option for them.