How to transfer contacts from an iPhone to an Android, and vice versa

You have decided to leave the dark side. You have bought an Android after spending the last few years with an iPhone. Well done. Now, what about all your contacts? One of the main reasons why iPhone users refuse to abandon the Cupertino ship is because of the so-called “Apple ecosystem,”; and it is that once you are inside, it is difficult to leave.

Therefore, after having explained how to transfer all the data to your new mobile, and of course, how to start with Android in case you have never used a terminal based on the Google operating system, today we will detail you, step by step, how to transfer your contacts from an iPhone to an Android smartphone, or how to carry out the opposite process if necessary.

Although the process is simpler than it may seem at first glance, there are several options to transfer contacts from an iPhone to an Android. They can lead to confusion for those users who have never used a device with the system operating the green robot. Without further ado, we go on to see two of the best methods and the simplest to do it.

How to transfer contacts from an iPhone to an Android and vice versa

Transfer contacts from iPhone to Android

There are two different ways to transfer contacts from an iPhone to an Android mobile. The first one consists of making the transfer manually through iCloud, and in the second –faster–, we will use an application that allows this procedure to be carried out.

The manual way

Since if you have an iPhone, by default, your contacts will be stored in Apple’s cloud, iCloud, it is possible to access it and export the contacts in a file, which can later be imported manually on the new Android device. To do this, you will have to follow these steps:

  • From the Android phone, with the Google account already configured, access the iCloud website and log in with your Apple ID.
  • contacts tab will appear in the lower-left corner. Access it.
  • Select the contacts, and click on export as “vCard.” This will generate a file that will be stored in the memory of your mobile.
  • Enter the Contacts apps on your Android. Access the settings from the sliding panel on the left, and click on “Import.”
  • Now, select “.vcf file,” and in the explorer, choose the vCard file generated previously.

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In this way, the application itself will allow you to choose which exported contacts you want to import to your Android, either all of them or just some.

The fast way

The fast way

If, on the other hand, you prefer to pass your contacts in a faster and easier way, and without having to resort to the tedious process of dealing with iCloud, you can do it using one of the many applications that exist for this purpose. Due to its usefulness and a more than proven operation, we have chosen Copy my Data, a free tool available on iOS and Android.

Once the application is downloaded and installed on both devices, you have to follow the following steps:

  • Open the application, both on the iPhone and the new Android device.
  • Make sure both terminals are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • On the Copy, my Data home screen on your iPhone, select the “To or From Another Device Over Wi-fi” option.
  • You will see a wizard appear in which you choose what data you want to pass. Mark only contacts.
  • The app will ask you for the iPhone security code. Once entered, you have to select the Android device to which you want to transfer the contacts.

Once the process is finished, all the contacts you had stored on your iPhone will be available on the Android device, including all the data such as names, surnames, phone numbers, and email addresses. That easy. Now you have to make sure you don’t lose contacts along the way the next time you buy an Android smartphone.

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone

If you have decided to carry out the opposite process, that is, transfer your contacts from an Android mobile to an iPhone, the steps to follow are straightforward if your contacts are saved in your Google account.

As Apple itself explains on its support website, the iPhone software allows you to keep the contacts stored on Android thanks to the compatibility with third-party email providers. To add the Google account in which you have your Android contacts stored to your iPhone, you must follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings and then access the Passwords and accounts section.
  2. Tap on Add a new account (if you haven’t entered your Google account yet), or tap on the Google account where the contacts are located.
  3. Activate the Contacts switch within the Google account settings panel.

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone

That is all. From that moment on, the contacts stored in your Google account will begin to synchronize with your iPhone and will appear in your contact list.