Those who enjoyed the flip phone days may feel anxious when transferring contacts to a new phone. However, it’s much easier to transfer contacts today than fifteen years ago, even if you’re changing from an Android to an iPhone.
You don’t have to store your contacts on your SIM card anymore, and you don’t have to go to your nearest cell phone store to do it either. Below we look at ways to transfer contacts from an Android to an iPhone.
Transferring Contacts from Android to iPhone
Moving contacts from your Android to your iPhone, at one time, was incredibly difficult. However, it’s pretty easy today and there are multiple days of doing so.
Of course, you can transfer contacts when you set up a new iPhone by tapping the Move iOS option (during the setup process). But how do you transfer contacts between Android and iOS after setting up your iPhone?
You can transfer your friends and family’s phone numbers using your email, a VCF file, or via Bluetooth. We’ll walk you through all of them.
How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone Using Email
One of the easiest ways to transfer contacts between operating systems is with your email. This method works best if you’ve already set up your iPhone and your email account is attached to your Android.
Before transferring contacts using your email, ensure they’re saved to your email account. Then, all you do to transfer the contacts is sign into your email account on your iPhone. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Go to Your Contact Settings
Open the Contacts app on your Android and tap the three-line menu icon to the left.
Helpful hint: Different Android versions and manufacturers can make pinpointing the contact settings menu challenging. It’s typically characterized by a three-line or three-dot icon in the Contacts App.
Step 2: Tap Manage Contacts
A new menu will open, and you can tap Manage Contacts.
Step 3: Tap Sync Contacts
Choose the Sync Contacts option to move them to your email.
Step 4: Add the Email Account
Now, tap Add account and add your email account. Then, tap Sync at the bottom of the page.
Step 5: Open Your iPhone Settings
Now, pick up your iPhone and tap the Settings app.
Step 6: Tap Mail
Scroll down the Settings page and tap Mail.
Step 7: Tap Your Email Account
First, tap Accounts. Now, you can tap the email account that has your contacts. Or you can add a new account by tapping Add account and following the steps.
Step 8: Toggle the Contacts Switch
After tapping on the email with your contacts, tap the toggle switch to the right of Contacts. Your contacts will transfer from Android to iPhone.
How to Transfer Contacts from Android Using a VCF File
You can also condense all your Android contacts into a VCF file and transfer them to your iPhone. This process is a bit easier for some because you don’t need to log into any of your accounts. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Select All Contacts
Open the Contacts app on your Android device and long-press one of the contacts. Bubbles will appear next to all the contacts, and you can tap the All option to select them all.
Note: If you don’t want to transfer all your contacts, you can select only the ones you want to share during this step.
Step 2: Tap Share
Now, tap Share at the bottom of the page. Then, tap VCF file in the small pop-up window.
Step 3: Share Your Contacts
Choose one of the options in the menu at the bottom of the page. You can share via Bluetooth, email, text, and more.
Step 4: Open the File
Grab your iPhone and select the app you used to share the VCF file. Your contacts will now appear on your iPhone.
Helpful hint: If you chose the Bluetooth option, check the Notification panel on your iPhone.
How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone Using Bluetooth
Perhaps the easiest, yet more unreliable, of our methods is transferring contacts via Bluetooth. This method is great because you don’t need anything besides your Android, iPhone, and Bluetooth connection.
So, if you don’t have access to the internet right now, do this:
Step 1: Select All Contacts
Long-press a contact and select All. You’ll see all the bubbles to the left of your contacts fill with a check.
Step 2: Tap Share
Tap Share at the bottom of the page. A small window will appear; tap VCF File.
Step 3: Tap Bluetooth
You may need to scroll to the right a bit, but tap Bluetooth when you see it.
Step 4: Select Your iPhone
The available device list will now appear. If you see your iPhone, tap it. If you don’t see your iPhone, ensure Bluetooth is enabled and tap Scan.
Your contacts will transfer to your iPhone in a VCF file. Open the file, and they’ll all appear in your Contact list.
Note: Based on our tests, it takes several tries to get this method to work properly. If you receive a notification that the transfer failed, ensure the devices are close together and both have Bluetooth enabled. Then, try again.
Check out this informative video tutorial that walks you through the simple steps to effortlessly migrate your contacts from your Android device to your new iPhone. Say goodbye to manual entries and hello to a smooth transition!
Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone Using Third-Party Apps
Third-party apps are helpful when native features are lacking. If for any reason, you can’t transfer your contacts using the methods above, you can install a trusted third-party app on both devices and move your contacts from one device to the other.
The Verizon transfer app doesn’t require anything but an internet connection and your two phones. (get the app in the Google Play & Apple App Store). Simply download the app on each phone, and follow the setup process.
The above methods of transferring contacts are pretty simple and effective. You can transfer any phone numbers, emails, or addresses from your Android to your iPhone using Bluetooth, email, or by sharing a VCF file. Hopefully, all your contacts are on your iPhone now, and you can move on to more important things.
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