How to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone, the easy way

How to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone?

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Moving all your contact list from Android to iPhone may sound complicated, but actually it’s very easy. What you need to do is to sync your entire contact book from your Android device to Google’s cloud contacts service and then transfer them to the iPhone from Google’s contacts service.

 

The benefit of using this method is that you’ll have synced the same contact list between both devices running Android and iOS. It is great for permanent migration and transferring the contacts over to iOS, but also good for temporary transition between the two operating systems.

 

How to transfer contacts from your Android device to iPhone – Step by Step

 

Step 1 – Sync from Android device to Google Contacts

Start with the Android device that you would want to sync your contact from. You will need a Google account for the transfer, which if you have an Android phone you should already have one. Nevertheless, if you don’t you can create one during the process to sync your contacts. From your Android device :

  • Open ‘settings’ then select ‘Accounts and sync’ then go to ‘Google’ account (if you don’t have a google account, tap on add account to set up a new one for the transfer)
  • Tap on ‘Sync Contacts’ (or ‘Sync All’ if you prefer to sync everything) and wait for the syncing process to complete, this may take some time if you have a very large address book
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Now that the contacts have been synced to the Google server, you can proceed to sync the same contacts to your iPhone.

 

Step 2 – Sync from Google Contacts to iPhone

Now it’s time to sync the contacts to the iPhone. From your iPhone :

  • Open ‘settings’ then select ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’ and tap on ‘Add Account’
  • Select ‘Other’ and go under ‘Contacts’ to choose ‘Add CardDav Account’
  • Enter the account info into the following fields, then tap ‘Next’
  • Syncing starts once you tap ‘Enter’, exit from Settings and launch ‘Contacts’ to check on the progress, it may take awhile if the address book is large
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You should have your contact list in the iPhone now. This works on all versions of iOS and have been tested on iOS 6 and iOS 7.

 

In case you encounter any problem during syncing, check the settings in ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’ and confirm that the account syncing settings are configured to use SSL with port 443. This is auto detected by default, but it’s not unheard of for the settings to not set themselves properly.

 

Since you have synced the iPhone and Android to the same Google Contacts service, any changes on either device will sync over to the other, making it unnecessary to make changes on both devices unless one has been disconnected.

 

Note : You can manage your contact list conveniently by typing www.google.com/contacts into your browser’s address bar.


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