How to Transfer Contacts from One Phone to Another

No matter you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone or Android to iPhone, iPhone to Android, or Android to Android, you can find a solution in this post. This post contains all the methods you would need while transfer contacts. Keep on reading and figure the best for you.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Aug. 23, 2021

With the release of new iPhone and Android phones, people have involved in a new round of waves to switch phones. Switching phones means that we actually need to transfer data from one phone to another.

Moreover, sometimes, some unexpected things may happen, for example, the phone has been stolen, lost, or broken. Under such circumstances, we have no choice but to switch to a new phone. Then, the same problem occurs, how can we move or restore data stored on the old phone to the new one. In this article, I will mainly focus on present you with methods to transfer contacts from one phone to another.

Since this article focus on how to transfer contacts from one phone to another, I will show you specific methods on how to transfer data from Android/iPhone to iPhone & Android/iPhone to Android. If you are eager to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone or with other combinations, you can keep reading this article to learn these methods.

Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone

Move to iOS is an app that is designed for Apple users who just switched from Android to iPhone, iPad, etc. With the help of this app, you are able to move contacts, photos, videos, calendars as well as free apps, etc. to the new iPhone. Here, I will show you how to use this app to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone step by step.

A friendly reminder: Please make sure that both Android and iPhone are connected to Wi-Fi and powered on.

Step 1: Download and install Move to iOS on Android

Please go to Google Play Store to download and install Move to iOS on your Android phone.

Step 2: Choose Move Data from Android on iPhone

When you are setting up your new iPhone, please choose the Move Data from Android on iPhone’s Apps and Data setup interface.

Step 3: Allow Move to iOS access to Contacts on Android

Run Move to iOS on Android > click Continue option > read and agree to the terms & conditions that pop up > click Next in the Find your Code page.

Step 4: Get the code from iPhone

Back to your iPhone > tap Continue on Move from Android page > the code will appear.

Step 5: Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone

Enter the code on your Android > wait for a while until the Transfer Data screen shows > choose Contacts > click Next > wait for the transfer journey to finish.

Move to iOS on Android

Move to iOS on Android

If you have already set up your new iPhone, in order to successfully move contacts from Android to iPhone via Move to iOS, you have to erase your iPhone at first.

Go ahead to erase your iPhone:

Head to Settings on iPhone > click General option > click Reset > choose to Erase All Content and Settings > click Erase Now > enter your Apple ID and password to erase the contents.

Also Read: How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud >

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

Fortunately, there are several efficient ways to help transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. You can sync your contacts through iCloud, back up contacts via iTunes, and AirDrop the contacts between iPhones. Each of them has pros and cons as so many users have reported. iTunes backup restore would cover all these data on iPhone, iCloud syncing would miss the latest contacts if you didn’t turn on the automatic sync. AirDrop will take lots of time to complete. Sure, if you got more than 100 contacts, this would be the last choice you want.

Restoring iTunes/iCloud Backup to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

Actually, it is relatively easy to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. When it comes to iPhone and Apple products, it will inevitably think about iTunes and iCloud which enable its users to backup various data.

Tutorials on How to move contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud are listing below.

Please connect both iPhones to Wi-Fi and power them on.

Step 1: Head to Settings on old iPhone > click the Profile banner > scroll down and click iCloud > enable Contacts > then the contacts on that phone will be synced to iCloud.

Step 2: Go to the new iPhone > head to Settings app > log in with the same Apple ID > enable iCloud and Contacts > click Merge option. After that, the contacts will automatically sync between two iPhones.

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Syncing

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Syncing

Further Reading: How to Transfer Contacts from one Apple ID to Another >

AirDrop Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

AirDrop is a feature of the iPhones that enables its users to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone with ease. How to use AirDrop to move contacts between iPhones? Follow the below steps to solve this issue.

Note: Please put the two iPhone close to each other. Meanwhile, please make sure that they are connected to the internet and the Bluetooth has been turned on.

Step 1: Head to Settings on the old iPhone > tap General option > click AirDrop > choose Everyone to enable all Apple devices nearby who are using AirDrop can see your device.

Step 2: Go to Contacts app on your old iPhone > choose the contacts you want to transfer > choose Share Contact > choose AirDrop as the mean of contacts sharing > choose the user you want to share with.

Step 3: Go to the new iPhone > click Accept to agree to the contacts sharing.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android via Google Account

Go to iPhone > head to Settings app > click Mail, Contacts, Calendars option > click Add account if you haven’t added Google account yet > click Google icon > enter your Google account and password to sign in > then please back to Mail, Contacts, Calendars interface > choose Google account > enable Contacts > click Save.

Head to Settings on your Android > click Accounts > sign in with the same Google account > click Account Sync > enable Contacts > check whether the contacts have been synced between your iPhone and Android.

Transfer Contacts from Android to Android

Android to Android contacts transfer has also several great methods. No matter using Google Drive or Bluetooth, you can get there in minutes. Also, each of the methods mentioned below are not perfect, but they are proved by hundreds of thousands of Android users.

Using Google Drive to Transfer Contacts from Android to Android

Google Drive is a convenient tool that offers 15G free storage space and supports to transfer data like contacts from different devices. Here, I will show you how to transfer contacts from Android to Android.

Step1: Download and install Google Drive on both your Android > run it on your old Android > sign in with your Google account > back to the Menu interface of Google Drive > head to Settings > click Backup option > choose to backup Contacts.

Step 2: Sign in with the same Google account on your new Android > go to the Settings > choose Contacts > choose Add Account option > add and sign in with the same Google account > enable Contacts option > tap Save option.

Transfer Contacts from Android to Android Phones via Bluetooth

For Android users, using Bluetooth is also a good method to transfer contacts between Android devices. Actually, though it is an old way to transfer data, it works effectively!
Note: Please turn on the Bluetooth feature of both Android phones and put them near to each other.

Steps: Pair the two Android phones via Bluetooth > choose the contacts you want to transfer > choose to share the contacts via Bluetooth > choose to accept the transferred contacts on the new Android phone.

The Bottom Line

In this article, I briefed you with some methods to fix how to transfer contacts to new phone issues at ease. No matter you want to move contacts from iPhone/Android to iPhone or you prefer to transfer contacts from iPhone/Android to Android, you can find the solutions available in this article. Just read this article and find the methods you prefer to transfer contacts from one phone to another effectively!

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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