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How To Transfer Contacts From Android to iOS

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Google and Apple are two tech giants with their own mobile Operating System. While Google has Android, Apple has iOS.

These two companies have been rivals in the mobile operating system market for years, taking over from the relegation of Blackberry OS, and successfully beating Windows OS to a corner.

You would agree with me that iOS is cool, but if you really want to be sincere, Android is King. Yes, I said it! However, I won’t judge you for your choice.

A lot of people switch from Android to iOS for many reasons. Switching is easy, but one of the issues that comes with switching between those platforms is how to transfer your contacts.

Transferring contacts from Android to iOS is not as simple as transferring between Android devices. However, it is still very much possible.

I’m going to show you a couple of ways to transfer your contacts from an Android device to an iOS device.

Method 1:

Using VCF file.

This method is quite simple and also works with Android to Android transfer.
Also called vCard – VCF stands for Virtual Contact File. It is the file extension for contact file, and used for digital contacts.

  1. Go to Contacts on the Android device.
  2. Go to settings on the Contact app. Select Export.

Some devices might ask you to choose where you want to export from – Gmail, phone contact or Sim card. When this is asked, you would also be asked where you want to export to, choose vCard or VCF file.

  1. Add a filename, and save the file to wherever you want it to be saved in your phone storage or SD card.
  2. Find a way to get this file to your iOS device. You could email the file to yourself, and download from the iPhone device.
  3. Once the file is on your iPhone, open the file. Select “Add all Contacts” when prompted to.
  4. Let your iPhone do the rest.

Method 2:

Transfer using Sim card.

This method is a little similar to the first method.

Make sure you have a Sim card inserted into the Android device.

  1. Open settings on the Contact app on the Android device.
  2. Select Export, and choose “Export to Sim card”.

3: Remove the Sim card from the Android device, and insert into the iOS device.

  1. On the iOS device, go to Settings > Contacts > Import Sim contacts.
  2. Sit back, and let your iOS device do the rest.

Method 3:

Using Google’s contact synchronization.

For this method to work, you have to first of all, make sure there is a Gmail account signed in on the Android device.

  1. Turn on the setting to sync contacts; some devices don’t put this on by default.
  2. Synchronize your contacts to Google. Wait till this is done.
  3. On the iPhone, go to Settings > Password and Accounts. Login to the Gmail account used to sync on the Android device. Toggle on the switch on Contacts.
  4. iOS got the rest covered.

Method 4:

Move to iOS app.

The Move to iOS app is an Android application by Apple Inc.
Yes! That’s right. Apple has an Android app on Google Play Store.

The app was made to make the switch from Android to iOS easy. The app can be used to transfer Messages, Photos, Videos, Contacts, Bookmarks, Mail account, Calendar, etc.

To transfer data using this app, your iPhone will create a private Wi-Fi network, and find your nearby Android device running the Move to iOS app. You would be prompted to enter a security code, after which, transfer of your selected contents would begin.

So, those are four ways to transfer contacts between Android and iOS device. I hope you find at least one of the working for you.

Good luck.

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