How To: Transferring Contacts between Android and iOS

Some may find this hard to believe, but there are non-Apple and non-Android fan boys out in the universe who may have an iPhone one year and an Android phone the next. Or perhaps both platforms are used. Shocking!

We’d like to present to you some steps in ensuring your contacts are synced across both platforms.

From iPhone to Android

1.) The Setup

  • Sign up for a Gmail account, if you don’t already have one
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and open up iTunes
  • Click on the iPhone icon on the left side of iTunes and from there click on the Info tab in your iTunes main window. You’ll see the Sync Contacts option
  • Select Gmail and enter your Gmail account information. This allows Gmail and Apple to update your contacts so that all the contact information is now stored with Google

Verify the accuracy of your contacts in Gmail through your web browser prior to syncing them with your phone.

2.) The Transfer
Once your contacts are organized in Gmail, you are ready to transfer them to your new phone.

If your phone has yet to be booted up: it will ask if you want to sync your phone to a Google account. Simply enter in your Gmail info and that’s it. Your phone will import all your Gmail contacts automatically.

If your phone has been booted up already: go to the Settings menu. Select “Accounts & Sync,” which will show you ever account synced with your phone. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see a button “Add Account,” where you will enter your Gmail login. Once selected, it will sync your contacts and your email to your phone.

And that’s it.


From Android to iPhone

  • Navigate to the Contacts screen on your Android phone.
  • Choose the Import/Export option from the menu, which will create a file containing all of your contacts in the root directory to the phone’s microSD card as a .vcf file.
  • Connect the phone to a PC in mass storage mode, and copy the .vcf file onto your PC’s desktop.
  • On your desktop, the contacts file can be imported into your Gmail account.
  • Transfer your Gmail contacts directly into your iPhone.

And that’s it.


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