Transferring your contacts from an Android device to an iPhone has never been easier, and there are multiple ways in which you can choose to do so. Saving your contacts and important data like photos, emails and apps is the most important aspect for us when switching mobile devices, with our step-by-step guide you can be confident in transferring from one device to another yourself, without the need to pay someone to do it for you.
The three methods we will be guiding you through are:
Transfer contacts using a sim card
Transferring using Apple’s “Move to iOS” app for Android
Transferring using your Google account
Using your sim card to transfer contacts
If you have no plans to use your Google account on your new iPhone, the best option for transferring all your contacts will be using your sim card, likewise if you prefer not to have your contacts saved to your Google account, transferring via your sim card will be your best option.
Note: You cannot transfer any of your data this way.
To transfer your contacts using your sim card, you need to make sure that the sim card size for your new device is the same as your previous device. It won’t be possible to transfer using your sim card, if the sim doesn’t fit your new phone.
Sim card sizes the same? Great, you’re ready to save your contacts to the sim card.
Open your contacts app through your Android device and tap on the menu button, from the menu you should tap on manage contacts, where you will find the option import/export contacts.
From the import/export options, tap on export, from here you will be asked where you want to export from. Select sim card. Your Android device will now back up your sim card with all your contacts. Once your Android device has completed the transfer, you can remove the sim card, and insert it into your iPhone.
Once your sim card is in your iPhone, open the settings and tap on contacts. From the contacts menu you will see the option import sim contacts. When the import is complete, all the contacts will be available to view in the devices pre-installed contacts app.
Transfer contacts using Apple’s Move to iOS app for Android
Available from the Google Play store, Apple have created an app, which makes transferring your contacts and data from Android to iPhone really simple and easy. The data that the app will transfer for you will include contacts, emails, addresses, message history, photos and videos, website bookmarks. Even your calendar will be transferred to ensure you don’t lose all those important reminders.
Open Google Play store on your Android device and download the move to iOS app, the app will support phones running on Android 4.0 or later.
During the start-up process on your new iPhone, you will see some options for your apps and data, choose the move data from Android option.
Now open the move to iOS app on your Android and select continue. Also, tap continue on your iPhone where you should see a 10-digit code, enter the code into your Android device to allow both phones to communicate with one another.
Both devices will now be preparing to transfer, you will be asked from your iPhone which data you want transferred, once you have made your selections tap next and the transferring will begin. After the transfer is complete, tap done on your Android device and you are now ready to use your new iPhone with all your chosen data successfully restored on your new device.
Using your Google account to transfer contacts
Transferring your contacts using your Google account is made simple as both Android and apple support it. Firstly, you will need a Google account to do this, it is likely that you created one when you first set up your Android device. If by chance you don’t have one, and would still like to transfer your contacts in this way. You can create a Google account on your Android device and come back to this guide later.
First you need to ensure that your contacts are backed up onto your Google account from your Android device. Your contacts will automatically sync to your Google account if you have the sync contacts option selected. To ensure you have, open settings on your Android device and select accounts, from the account’s menu tap Google and then sync account, under sync account turn the toggle on for sync accounts.
Now that your contacts are backed up to your Google account, you can go ahead and add your Google account on your iPhone. On your iPhone open the settings and tap on passwords and accounts, select add account and then Google. You will now be prompted to enter your email address and password.
You will be asked to authorize iOS access to your Google account and which information you want transferred to your iPhone including contacts, calendar and notes. Once you have selected, tap save.
All the contacts from your Google and Gmail accounts will now be saved onto your iPhone.