How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPad in 3 Ways

Want to sync contacts from iPhone to your new iPad? In this quick tip, we will show you how to sync contacts from iPhone to iPad.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Feb. 20, 2021
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Does anyone know of a way to sync all my contacts from my iPhone straight into my iPad Air 2 without having to re-type all of them in? Thanks a lot.

The iPad can be regarded as a bigger iPhone that can complete almost everything we do on our handy iPhone. For iPhone users, when they get a new iPad, the first thing must be syncing data to the new tablet-like contacts, calendars, photos, movies, etc.

On your iPad, you can send iMessages or make a call with FaceTime, so you will need to sync iPhone contacts to your iPad for convenient use. In this guide, we show you how to sync all contacts from iPhone to iPad with iCloud, AirDrop, and also offer you one simple tool to selectively transfer from iPhone to iPad in a quick way.

How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPad

How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPad

Before we start, we’d like to tell you that this post works for all kinds of iPhones and computers.

  • Supported iPhone: iPhone 5/5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s (Plus), iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR
  • Supported Computer: Windows XP/7/8/10, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac

Method 1: How to Easily Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPad

AnyTrans is developed by an Apple trusted team – iMobie. It is an all-in-one iOS content management tool. With AnyTrans, you can not only transfer contents from iPhone to iPad but can also transfer data from iPhone to computer as well as from Android to iPhone. Here are some features of AnyTrans:

  • It helps sync contacts from iPhone to iPad directly. and you can preview and get the selected contacts to iPad instead of iCloud full sync.
  • It manages to remove all contacts from iPhone/iPad to save your time.
  • It allows you to transfer contacts from iPhone/iPad to computer in CSV/VCF format.
  • Besides contacts, you can get messages, notes, calendars, photos, music, videos, and more from iPhone to iPad, or to your new iPhone.

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Step 1. Launch AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone and iPad to your computer via USB cables > “Device Manager” > Click on “More” option.

Main Interface of AnyTrans

Main Interface of AnyTrans

Step 2. Scroll down the left panel screen > Select the contacts you want to transfer > Click the “To Device” button in the upper right corner to start transferring the selected contacts to your iPad.

Select Contacts and Click To Device

Select Contacts and Click To Device

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Method 2: How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPad with iCloud

Theoretically speaking, syncing with iCloud is the easiest way to get contacts from iPhone to iPad, you just need to set up your iPhone and iPad and navigate to the following options:

Setting > iCloud > Enter your Apple ID and Password > Sign in > Switch on Contacts > Select Merge to combine your contacts with iCloud database.

How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPad with iCloud

How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPad with iCloud

  • Please perform these steps both on your iPhone and iPad.
  • Ensure your iPhone and iPad have a Wi-Fi or 4G connection.

Method 3. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPad with AirDrop

As a built-in feature on iOS and Mac devices, AirDrop supports sharing files between two AirDrop-supported devices. The reason we recommend this method first is that Airdrop won’t ask you to install an application, connect your iPhone or use a computer. Now let’s check the detailed steps below:

  1. Turn on AirDrop, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection both on your iPhone and iPad.
  2. Open Contacts app on your iPhone, then find and click on the contact you want to move to your iPad.
  3. Tap Share Contact and choose the name of your iPad in the AirDrop section.
Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPad via AirDrop

Transfer Contacts iPad via AirDrop

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The Bottom Line

With iMobie AnyTrans, not only can you sync contacts from iPhone to iPad, but also you can sync music, photos, videos, messages, calendars, notes, and other iOS data to the iPad and iPod touch. Why not download AnyTrans and have a FREE trial now? By the way, if you have any questions about this post or meet any problem, be free to contact us by email or leaving a comment, and we will reply to you as soon as possible!

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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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