Transferring phone contacts from Android to iPhone

26 June 2015

In the wrong place? Maybe you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android.

Porting your phone contacts from Android to iPhone is nice and easy. You do it by backing your phone’s contacts up in the Google cloud and then syncing them with your new iPhone. It's far less complicated than it sounds, and we'll walk you through the whole process.

You will need:
  • Your Apple ID and password
  • Your Google ID and password
  • Either WiFi or mobile broadband access for your devices

Step 1: SIM is dead, long live the cloud

SIM cards aren't often used to store contact information these days, but you still may have a few key numbers stored away in there.

Let's begin by syncing those straight to your Google account.

  • Go to Contacts and hit the Menu button. Select Manage Contacts and then Import.
  • In the 'From' section, select SIM. In the 'To' section, select your Google account email.
  • Hit Ok, then select which contacts you want to sync. You can grab all of them at once by tapping the option at the top right of the screen.

Step 2: Backup phone contacts to Google

By default, Android phones back up your contacts to the cloud automatically about once a day when you are on a WiFi network. Even so, it's best to make sure everything is in order by triggering a sync yourself.

  • Go to [Settings] and find the Accounts section, then select [Google].
  • Tap on your Gmail account. If you have multiple accounts repeat the following instructions for each account you wish to sync.
  • Tap the Menu icon at the top right, then select Sync Now. If this is not an option, there may also be a Sync Contacts button already onscreen.

Step 3: Importing to the iPhone

  • On your iPhone open up [Settings] and select [Mail, Contacts, Calendars].
  • Hit [Add Account].
  • Select [Other]. Note: do not select Gmail, this will not allow you to sync phone contacts; only other services, like email and calendars.
  • Select [Add CardDAV Account]
  • Enter your Gmail address in "User Name", Gmail password and a description.
  • Hit [Next] and you’re all done.



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