Now that you have your new phone, you are probably excited. One of your first steps is transferring your contacts to your new device. Your transfer depends on the type of phone you are transferring from and to. There are several methods for each type of phone. Simply follow the steps below for your type of phone and choose the method that suits you best to transfer contacts from one phone to another. Once you have completed your transfer, you will be able to see all of your contacts on your new phone.

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Part 1. Transferring Contacts from Android to iPhone

Once you have got your new iPhone, you can transfer your contacts using any of the following methods.

1.1 Using Google Sync

This is a simple way to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone. You must have your contacts synced to Google for this method to work. Open Settings on your iPhone and go to Passwords and Accounts. Make certain your Contacts checker has been turned on. Enter your Gmail account and you are done.

transfer contacts via google sync

1.2 Using the SIM Card

To use the SIM Card to transfer contacts, you need to open the Contacts app on your Android phone first. The actual process is dependent on the manufacturer of your phone.

  • Insert the SIM card from your Android phone into your iPhone.
  • Turn on your iPhone, then select Settings.
  • Navigate to Contacts, then Import SIM Contacts to start your transfer. Your contacts will then be saved on your iPhone.

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1.3 Manual Transfer with a VCF File

You can also transfer your contacts manually with a VCF file, just follow the steps:

  • Open the Contacts app on your Android phone. Open your menu by selecting the button with three dots. Choose Import/Export then Export to Storage. A VCF file will now be created and saved to your phone.
  • Email the file to yourself. Make certain your iPhone is synced to your email.
  • Open your file to receive a prompt from your iPhone to Add all Contacts. Your phone will display each step to transfer your contacts. Follow the prompts and you are done.

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Part 2. Transferring Contacts from Android to Android

Transferring your contacts from Android to Android is simple. You can choose from the methods below.

2.1 Using a Google Account

  • Open your Settings app, then tap Accounts.
  • Tap Google account, then Google Account settings.
  • Tap Account Sync, then Account Sync Settings.

sync contacts via google account

You must enable your Contacts toggle to synchronize your contacts. Your Google account will synchronize your contacts. When you sign in to your new Android phone, your contacts will be available.

2.2 Manual Transfer with a VCF File

Of course you can also transfer your contacts from Android to Android manually, but it's a little more complicated than other methods. See the steps below:

  • Open your Contacts app. Look in the upper-left corner for the menu icon.
  • Tap Settings, then the Export option.
  • When you see the permission prompt, tap Allow and then Save.
  • Move your VCF file by copying the file to your USB drive, a cloud service or your computer.
  • Open the menu icon on your new phone, then tap Settings.
  • Tap Import, then select the VCF file in the popup window.
  • Open the VCF file on your old phone, then select Import.

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Part 3. Transferring Contacts from iPhone to Android

You can use any of the three following methods to transfer your iPhone contacts to your new Android.

3.1 Transfer via Text or Email

This method is simple but not recommended if you have a lot of contacts.

  • Open Contacts on your iPhone. Choose the contact to transfer to your Android phone.
  • Scroll down to transfer your contact through text or email. You will need to transfer every contact individually.

3.2 Using a Google Account

A Google account willl help to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android.

  • You must have a Google account to use this method. Open the settings menu, then go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  • Enter your Google account, then press the button labeled Add Account. Choose the Gmail option, then enter the information for your login.

add google account to iphone

  • You will be asked what you would like to sync. Select the Contacts option. This will enable your contacts to sync between your Android phones. Your internet connection must be active until your phones have finished syncing.
  • Log into your new phone using your Google account to view all of your contacts.

3.3 Transfer via iCloud

It's way more complicated to use iCloud to transfer your contacts, so it's not recommended. However, you can also read through the steps as you like.

  • You must have enabled iCloud on your phone to use this method. Open Settings on your iPhone and select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  • Select Accounts, then iCloud. Turn on your Contacts toggle. You will receive a prompt asking you to Merge your contacts with iCloud. Select Yes.

merge contacts via icloud

  • Once the process is complete, use your computer's web browser to go to icloud.com. Use your Apple ID to log in.
  • Select Contacts, then look for the gear icon located in the bottom left corner and click.
  • Select All, then click the gear again. Select Export vCard.
  • Go to gmail.com, then click the button labeled Mail, then Contacts. Click on More, then Import, then Choose File. Select the saved vCard file.
  • When you are finished importing, the number of contacts successfully imported will be displayed by Gmail. If you have any duplicate contacts, go to the More tab and select the button labeled Find & Merge Duplicates.


Part 4. Transferring Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

Now that you have your new iPhone, you can easily transfer your contacts from your old phone.

4.1 Using the SIM Card

Contacts are not stored on an iPhone using a SIM Card. You must have phone numbers previously stored on your SIM card to use this method.

  • Make certain the SIM card from your old phone will fit into your new phone properly. Place your old SIM card into your new phone.
  • Open Settings, then Contacts. Select Import SIM Contacts. Wait until your contacts have finished importing. Your contacts are now in the Contacts app on your new phone.

4.2 Using an iCloud Backup

  • Connect your old iPhone to Wi-Fi. Open your Settings app, then tap your name listed with iCloud. Your contacts toggle must be on.
  • Select iCloud backup, then Back Up Now.
  • Turn on your new iPhone. Navigate to Apps & Data. From iCloud backup, tap Restore. Use your Apple ID to sign in.
  • Choose the backup you created with your old iPhone. Wait for your data transfer to complete.

restore from icloud backup

You will be prompted to complete the steps required for setup on your phone. Use iCloud sync to transfer your contacts from phone to phone. If you have already used your new iPhone, you can still use iCloud. Make certain both phones are connected to Wi-Fi.

  • Check Settings on both phones to ensure you are signed in with the same Apple ID.
  • Open Settings on both phones, then select your name under iCloud. The Contacts toggle must be enabled on both phones.
  • When you see the Merging Contacts message appear, select Merge. Your contacts are now synced.
  • Open the Contacts app on your new phone. Refresh your app by pulling down from the top. The contacts from your old phone will appear on your list.

4.3 Using iTunes

When transferring contacts from iPhone to iPhone, iTunes can be a useful tool.

  • Open iTunes, then connect your old phone to your computer. If you receive a popup message requesting access, follow the steps you see on the screen.
  • On the top toolbar, select your phone.
  • On the left sidebar, click on Info. Click Sync Contacts then Apply.
  • At the bottom, click Sync, then wait until your sync is complete.

sync iphone contacts wit itunes

  • Unplus your old phone, then connect your computer to your new phone.
  • Click on the Info section using your new phone. The options for Sync Contacts must be checked. Go down until you reach the Advanced section.
  • Go to Replace information and check to replace your contacts with those from your old iPhone.

Q&A: Can I Transfer Contacts to an iPhone from a Lost iPhone?

Luckily YES. If you no longer have your old iPhone or if your old phone no longer works, you can still transfer your old contacts to your new phone. For this method to work, you must have used iCloud and turned on the backup on your old phone.

  • Use your Apple ID to open your new phone by signing in using your Apple ID.
  • Open Contacts to see all contacts you synced through your iCloud account. Use the iCloud backup to transfer all of your contacts.

If you do not have any contacts previously saved in iCloud, you need to look for an iTunes backup. Connect the computer you used when you backed up your old phone to your new phone.

  • Open iTunes, then select your new phone from the upper left of your screen.
  • Click on Restore Backup, then choose your most recent backup. If your backup has been encrypted, you will be unable to continue until your password is entered.
  • Your phone must remain connected to both Wi-Fi and iTunes until your transfer is complete. Your phone will then offer prompts to complete the remaining steps.


Conclusion

Your contacts are an important part of your new phone. We hope you will enjoy your new phone for many years to come.