How to transfer contacts from an iOS to Android phone? Here’s a guide

How to transfer contacts from an iOS to Android phone? Here’s a guide

Switching to an Android device from an iOS can be hard for many reasons, as the interfaces for both are very different. If you have to buy a new phone and have to transfer a lot of data from the previous one, it’s usually considered easier to go for a device with the same interface.

Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems are very different in terms of functions and uses. However, in case you are looking for a complete change and planning to switch your mobile phone, there are a lot of ways of transferring contacts from an iOS to an Android device and vice versa, and it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

There are three ways of transferring contacts from an Apple mobile phone to an Android. These are – through Google Drive, iCloud, or Gmail.

Transfer using Google Drive:

Step 1: From the App Store, download the Google Drive app on your Apple device.

Step 2: Log in to your Google account using your email id.

Step 3: Tap on the three lines in the upper left-hand corner and click on Settings.

Step 4: Choose Backup and find the Contacts, Calendar Events, and Photos & Videos options.

Step 5: To back up everything on your iOS device, tap on Start Backup. If you want to back up individual sections, turn off the toggles for the others as you wish.

Step 6: All of what you chose should be backed up in some time.

Step 7: On your new Android device, sign in to your Google Drive with the same email id you used earlier.

Step 8: All the data you saved on your iOS will be backed up on the Android device.

Transfer contacts using Gmail:

Step 1: Go to Settings on your Apple device and select Mail and then select Accounts.

Step 2: Your Gmail account should be in the options below. If it isn’t, select the ‘add account’ option and enter your Gmail account after tapping on Google.

Step 3: Then, tap on the Gmail option and turn Contacts on.

Step 4: The contacts will be synced to the Google account you chose.

Step 5: Log in with the Google account you chose on your Android phone. Now, your contacts will all be there.

Transfer using iCloud:

Step 1: Go to Settings on your iOS device

Step 2: Go to your Profile, and click iCloud.

Step 3: See if the Contacts toggle is turned on–if not, turn it on.

Step 4: Find the iCloud Backup option by scrolling down and select the option.

Step 5: Click on the Back Up Now option. The backup will finish in a while.

Step 6: While the backup is happening, open the browser on your android, go to and log in using your Apple account.

Step 7: With the help of the three-dot menu in Chrome, change to desktop mode.

Step 8: Select Contacts after you have logged in.

Step 9: Select the Gear settings icon, which will be at the bottom left of your screen. Click Select All.

Step 10: Click on Gear settings once more and then select Export VCard.

Step 11: This will download a vcf file of your contacts, which you should open.

Step 12: Then you will see an option to save your contacts on either your phone or email ID. Pick the phone option and the final process to import data will begin.

Step 13: All of your contacts will now be present on your new device.

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