How to transfer contacts to a new Android or iPhone smartphone

You have bought / received a new smartphone or a new iPhone. You have it in your hands just out of the box, new and shiny, but without any of the contacts you had stored in your previous phone.

If you are facing this situation, you have nothing to worry about, it is very easy to transfer contacts from Android to Android, or from iPhone to iPhone, since everything is usually associated with the ID of your account but, what happens if you change from Android to iOS or vice versa?

Fortunately, Google Contacts makes it easy to make backup copies and transfer your phone numbers, regardless of the platform. Below we explain how it is used.

Transfer contacts from iPhone to Android

To transfer your contacts from an iPhone to Android you first have to export them from iCloud and import them into Google Contacts. The easiest way to do this is to export a vCard file from the iPhone, which can then be uploaded to Google Contacts.

Then we explain how to get it using a laptop or a PC, but if you only have your smartphone by hand you can also use an application like MyContactsBackup to export and share contacts in vCard format. This free application is available both for Android As for iPhone.

  • Open the Settings menu of your iPhone and select your Apple account.
  • Select iCloud to enter the iCloud configuration
  • Make sure your contacts are synchronized with iCloud: the slider next to Contacts should be green.
  • On a laptop or PC, log in to icloud.com with your Apple ID.
  • Go to Contacts and select everything by pressing CMD + A on a Mac or Ctrl + A on Windows.
  • Click Settings in the lower left corner of the screen and select Export vCard to download a .vcf file that contains your contacts to your computer.
  • On your laptop or PC, access contacts.google.com.
  • Click on the menu on the left to reveal an import option – click on that option.
  • In the pop-up window, select 'Choose file' and look for the .vcf file you downloaded previously (it will probably be in your Downloads folder).
  • Click Import to copy contacts from your iPhone to your Google account.
  • If your Android phone has already logged into this Google account with Sync enabled, it should be available on your new phone.

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone

If you have accessed a Google account on an Android phone, your contacts must already be synchronized with those of Google. To check it, open the Settings menu and tap on Accounts, select your Google account, choose Sync account and make sure the option to switch next to Contacts is activated.

So all you have to do is get the phone numbers from Google contacts to iCloud.

On your iPhone, open the Settings application and select 'Mail, Contacts, Calendars'. Click Add account on the right and select Microsoft Exchange from the list that appears.

Enter the email address associated with your Google ID, along with your username and password (leave the domain blank). Tap Done on the upper right of the screen.

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