How to Trans­fer Con­tacts from Android to iPhone

Parth Shah

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.

Transfer contats from android to i Phone

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.

Move to ios code
Move to ios

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.

Enter code

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.

Add Gmail and Outlook Account on 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.

Gmail or outlook
Add mail account

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.

Enable gmail contacts

Step 5: Move back to the All accounts menu and go to the Outlook tab. Enable contacts for Outlook as well.

With Outlook, you can integrate Outlook tasks with the Apple Reminders app as well.

Use Super Backup App on Android

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.

Super backup
Backup all contacts

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.

Vcf file
Share contacts

Move to iPhone and open the .vcf file and it will import all the contacts.

Change Default Contact Account on iPhone

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.

Change contact location
Default location

From the same screen, one can import the SIM contacts using the option below. It will ask you the location to export the contacts.

Import sim 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.

Icloud account
Backup contacts

You need to go to Settings > Profile > iCloud and switch-on back up for contacts, messages, calendars, and more.

Manage Contacts Like a Pro

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.

Next up: iCloud comes a free 5GB of storage for every iOS, iPadOS and macOS user. It can quickly feel up with all the options switched-on. Read the post below to delete the iCloud storage from iPhone and Mac.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.