How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android

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There are multiple ways you can transfer contacts from an iPhone to an Android phone. If you have up to ten contacts you want to transfer, then it’s easier to do it manually. However, if your list exceeds that number, then we recommend learning how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android.

Our guide features several methods to easily transfer contacts between the two mobile operating systems. The most common and simple methods involve the exporting and importing your contacts from one OS to another using iCloud, Google, iTunes and even third-party apps.

1. Transfer Contacts with iCloud

iCloud main webpage

We’re starting our guide on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android by exporting your contacts using iCloud, Apple’s cloud service. This method requires an Apple ID to work. Make sure you create an account if you don’t have one already.

  1. Go to on your device.
  2. Log in using your ID and password.
  3. Select Contacts
  4. Click All Contacts.
  5. Select either all or specific contacts you want to export.
  6. Click the gear-like Settings
  7. Click Export vCard.

The last step saved your contacts list as vcf file at your selected location. The simplest way to import your contacts is to follow the next steps:

  1. Copy the vcf file on the local storage of your Android phone or send it in an email.
  2. Go to the Contacts options menu on your phone.
  3. Select Import vCard.
  4. Go to the location of your vcf file.
  5. Wait for your contacts to sync.
  6. Click OK.

With that last step you have managed to learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android. If for whatever reason the previous way of importing contacts does not work for your then try the following method.

2. Importing Contacts with Google

Google Contacts

This method of importing contacts to your phone starts after the seven step of exporting contacts with iCloud. It also requires a Google account, so go ahead and create one if you don’t have one already.

  1. Log in into your Google account.
  2. Go to the Contacts
  3. Select Import Contacts.
  4. Choose the vcf file you exported with iCloud.
  5. Click Import.

After a few seconds all your iPhone contacts should appear in your Google account.  All that is left to do is to sync your phone with your Google account so that the contacts can appear in the phone app.

  1. Go to the Settings menu of your Android Phone.
  2. Select Accounts.
  3. Tap Google.
  4. Make sure that Contact Sync is turned on.
  5. Select Sync Now from the drop down menu.

With that last step you have learned how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android by importing your contacts with Google. However, if you would like to avoid dealing with Google then we recommend the following method.

3. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android Using an App

My Contacts Backup app on iTunes

There are many third-party apps that can help you transfer contacts, but to avoid any complications, this guide will focus one of the most popular apps for this tasks, My Contacts Backup.

  1. Download the app on your iPhone.
  2. Start the app and tap the Backup
  3. Press the Send
  4. Enter your email address and attach the vcf file.
  5. Go on your Android phone.
  6. Import your contacts from the vcf file using either one of the first two methods.

4. Transfer Contacts with iTunes

If you using an iPhone running iOS 4 or lower, then you can’t use any of the previous methods since iCloud and third-party apps are not available for that version. Your only option is to use iTunes to export the contacts and import them with Google.

To learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android using iTunes, follow the next steps:

  1. Download and start iTunes.
  2. Connect the iPhone to your computer.
  3. Go to the Summary page of the phone.
  4. Click
  5. Check the ‘Sync Contacts With’
  6. Select ‘Google Contacts’.
  7. Enter your Google username and password.
  8. Connect your Android phone to your Google
  9. Sync your contacts.


This concludes our guide on how transfer contacts from iPhone to Android using several methods. Exporting your contacts through iCloud, iTunes or third-party apps like My Contacts Backup, and importing them manually or through Gmail represents some of the simplest ways move your contacts across different operating systems like iOS and Android.

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