How to Transfer Your Contacts from iPhone to iPhone / Android

06/19/2019     Author: Billy Gray

Got a new iPhone? Manually transferring all your contracts will take all day. Fear not, there’s a much easier way to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android/iPhone.


There’s nothing quite like getting a new iPhone, ey? The shiny and unscratched screen, the smooth back, the clean camera. It’s a beautiful piece of tech. Who doesn’t enjoy setting them up as well? Installing all the essential apps and making it your personal little buddy. That being said, transferring contacts over can be a b!tch.

Don’t stress though, there’s a bunch of quick and easy ways to get all your old contacts from one iPhone to another. In this post, we’ll go through three ways to get your contacts from where they are to where they need to be. Let’s get you up and running.

Method I: iCloud

Our first method is simple enough for any iPhone user to wrap their head around. To begin, simply follow these steps.

  1. First thing’s first, you’ll need to make sure you’re signed into your Apple account on your old iPhone (go to Settings to sign in).
  2. Open the Settings app and tap your name at the top.
  3. Go to iCloud.
  4. Check that Contacts is switched to green.
  5. Scroll down and turn on back up. Back up your phone.
  6. Now when you turn on your new iPhone, sign in to your Apple account when prompted.
  7. Select Restore from backup.
  8. Away you go.
  9. Done.

You can also use this method if this isn’t the first time that you’ve used the new iPhone. Simply follow the same steps to start synching your contacts on iCloud, back up your contacts, then open the contacts app on your new iPhone and refresh it. This should load your contacts onto the new phone.

Method II: iTunes

Not everyone uses iCloud. Even if you do usually use it, you only get 5G for free, which for many people gets used up pretty much immediately. So, if you’ve got no space or simply don’t use iCloud, then you can also use iTunes to get the job done. Here’s how:

  1. Plug your phone into your Mac/PC and open iTunes.
  2. Go onto the iPhone symbol.
  3. Press info and ensure that contacts synching is enabled.
  4. Click Sync.
  5. Unplug your old iPhone once it’s done and then plug in the new one.
  6. Go back onto the phone icon and make sure that synching is enabled.
  7. Go to the Advanced Menu.
  8. Click ‘Replace information on this iPhone’
  9. Click sync.
  10. Done.

It’s worth mentioning that this method will clear any contacts currently on your new iPhone and replace them with the ones on your old iPhone.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android

Say you’ve got an Android and you want to get you iPhone contacts onto it. You might be thinking this isn’t possible due to the difference in operating systems. My friend, you are mistaken.

While iOS and Android are like Mars and Venus, you can still make them work together if you have a Mac or PC working as a middle man.

To transfer your contacts from your old iPhone to your new Android, simply:

  1. Back up your contacts into your iCloud (as in previous examples).
  2. Go to on your computer.
  3. Go on contacts and press the cog in the bottom right.
  4. Choose ‘Select all’
  5. Click the gear again and choose ‘Export vCard’ – your computer will download your contacts in the form of a VCF file.
  6. Plug in your Android.
  7. Put the VCF file into the local storage.
  8. You can now choose to add contacts from local storage.

As well as this method, you can also import your contacts via Gmail. Here’s how to set that up…


  1. Follow the first 5 steps of the above method to put all your contacts into a VCF file.
  2. Open Gmail on your new Android and sign in to your account.
  3. Press the Gmail logo and select Contacts.
  4. Press ‘More’ and choose Import from the drop down menu.
  5. Press import again and your contacts will be synced to your Android device.

Final note

I hope these tutorials helped you figure out how to transfer your contacts. If you have any more questions around this subject or something similar, then just drop us a message and we’ll put something together about it. Enjoy the rest of the day (or night!).

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