How to transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android handsets
From Apple Fanboys to Android Fanboys you’ll be sure to hear as to why their favoured handset is superior to anything else on the market.
iOS and Android are the two biggest mobile operating systems, with iOS only available on Apple’s premium handsets, Android however is heavily fragmented and has been made available on a host of different handsets from manufacturers like HTC, Sony and Samsung.
The competition between Apple and Google is fierce with each trying to release a better OS with every update. Due to this you’d be mistaken for thinking that you cannot transfer data between the two mobile ecosystems – however that assumption isn’t entirely correct.
It is possible for data to be shared between both platforms and there are many different ways of moving that data, a few of which we’ll cover in more detail below.
By using iTunes
We think it’s fairly safe to say that most iPhone owners will have an iTunes installation on their home PC for music, podcasts and things.
Using iTunes you can sync your contacts from your iPhone into a Google account, then on your new Android based tough phone you only need to sign into that Google account and all of your contacts will download themselves onto the handset, simple eh?
Firstly, you’ll need to have iTunes installed on our PC for this to work, so if you haven’t already got it, download it and install it: iTunes Download
Step by step guide
- Start iTunes on your PC.
- Connect your iPhone to your PC via USB.
- In iTunes you should now see your connected handset appear in iTunes. Click on the device to open up that device’s summary page.
- Now click on the info tab.
- Now select ‘Sync Contacts With’ and choose ‘Google Contacts’ from the drop-down menu.
- You’ll now be prompted to enter your Google account and password.
- Click Apply and now iTunes will sync your any contacts on your handset to your Google account.
- On your Android phone you have to sign into your Google account if you haven’t already done so. You can do this by navigating to Settings > Accounts.
- Your Google account will now sync your contacts onto the handset.
By using an App
My Contacts Backup is an app that is available on both the iOS and Android apps markets and allows you to backup your iPhone contacts and port them over to an Android based handset all without the need for connection the devices to a PC.
Step by step guide
- Install My Contacts Backup onto your iPhone and Android handsets. You can find them both here:
- Launch the My Contacts Backup app on your iPhone.
- Once the app is open tap on Backup. The app will now backup all of the contacts on your device and save the data into a VCF file which is the internet standard for sharing contact information.
- Once the backup is complete you can tap on Email to attach the VCF file to an email address of your choice. To make things easier send the VCF to the Gmail account that you plan on using on your Android device.
- On your Android handset open the email that you should have received with the VCF file attached. Download/Save the VCF file from the email onto your android device and the contacts should be imported onto the device.
By manually sharing them
If you don't want to to mess about with connecting your iPhone to a PC or installing apps onto the device it is also possible to transfer your contacts manually. This can be useful if you only need to transfer only a few, or even one contact instead of the lot.
Step by step guide
- Open your contacts app.
- Select the contact that you want to send to your new device.
- From that contacts info page scroll down and select Share Contact. You can share the contact via Email or Text Message.
This is useful for when you only need to send a small number of contacts as you can only do them one at a time, so if you have a lot of contacts it can be very time consuming.
We hope that this short guide helps you to make the move from iPhone to your new tough Android based smartphone as smooth and simple as possible.