Contact management can get tricky when you switch your device from Android to iPhone. After all, you won’t want to lose hundreds of contacts while transferring from Android to iPhone. Unlike Android, there is no easy way to sign in using Google account during setup and sync the contact list automatically. Things can get tricky if you don’t know how to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone.
Switching from Android to Android phone can be painless as you are probably using the same Gmail ID to sync notes, tasks, contacts, and apps. When switching from Android to iPhone, you need to use relevant tools to make the transition as smooth as possible.
In this post, we will talk about easy ways to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone. We will also mention adding Outlook contacts to iPhone. We will also cover how you can use Apple iCloud platform to sync the recently transferred contacts.
Use Apple’s Solution
Apple has developed a solution called ‘Move to iOS’ for users migrating from Android to iPhone. With the ‘Move to iOS’ app, one can transfer messages, call logs, contacts from old Android devices to the new iPhone.
First, you need to download the ‘Move to iOS’ app from the Play Store. Keep your new iPhone with you on the setup screen. Now, open the app on Android and go through setup screens. After that, the app will ask you to add the code from the iOS device to Android. Enter the code and the transfer process will start.
In a couple of minutes, all your relevant data, such as contacts, messages, calendars, photos, and videos, will start copying from Android to iOS. Move to the iOS app uses a secure private Wi-Fi network to make the transfer.
If you don’t want to go with Apple's way, then you can use the trick below to transfer all the Gmail or Outlook contacts to iPhone.
With iOS, you can directly integrate email accounts such as Yahoo, Outlook, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, and more into the Apple ecosystem. Apple offers a central place to add, manage, delete all email IDs. Go through the steps below to add Gmail and Outlook account to iPhone and sync contacts.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on the iPhone.
Step 2: Go to Passwords & Account.
Step 3: Select Add account and login using Google and Microsoft account credentials.
Step 4: Open the Gmail menu, and you will see Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Notes to sync with iPhone. Enable Contacts to sync the Gmail contacts to iPhone.
Step 5: Move back to the All accounts menu and go to the Outlook tab. Enable contacts for Outlook as well.
Google Play Store is filled with dozens of contacts and messages backup solutions. Among them, the Super Backup App is one of the best I have seen.
Note: Super Backup or any other app typically gets access to your backup data. There's no guarantee that none of those apps offer perfect security to transfer your data. So use them at your discretion.
First, you need to download the Super Backup app from the Play Store. Open the app and it will offer you to backup Apps, SMS, Contacts, Call Logs, Calendars, Call Recordings, and Picture.
Go to the Contacts tab and use the Backup All option. The app will start to generate a .vcf file with all the contacts. After a successful file creation, share the file to the iPhone using Bluetooth or Email.
Move to iPhone and open the .vcf file and it will import all the contacts.
Now that you have transferred all the contacts from Android to iPhone, it’s time to take advantage of iCloud integration on the iPhone. First, you need to change the default contact location on the iPhone from Gmail to iCloud.
Open the Settings app on the iPhone and go to Contacts > Default Account > and change it to iCloud.
From the same screen, one can import the SIM contacts using the option below. It will ask you the location to export the contacts.
From now on, whenever you add a new contact on the device, it will get saved to the iCloud platform.
Backup Contacts to iCloud
You have transferred all the contacts from Android to iPhone. Now, it’s time to take a backup of them using the iCloud platform. The practice makes it easy for you to restore contacts from the iPhone backup.
Apple provides a robust backup and restores function when switching from one iPhone to another (something iOS is known for compared to Google’s messy solution). It’s essential to back up the required data to iCloud to make a smooth transfer.
You need to go to Settings > Profile > iCloud and switch-on back up for contacts, messages, calendars, and more.
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You can easily transfer contacts from Android to iPhone using the tricks above. I would recommend going with adding Gmail or Outlook account on the iPhone to sync contacts. You can always use apps like Super Backup to generate a .vcf file for offline backup.
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