As the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5 hit the market, some of you may see a good opportunity to switch from iOS to Android. Interestingly, when we talk to prospect switchers, the question that we get the most is how to go from iPhone to Android without losing the iPhone’s contacts? Fortunately, we have some step-by-step solutions for you.
Method 1 – Manually (for small lists)
If the number of contacts you want exceed ten, then this obviously is not your place to go. But if it is below that number, there is no need for using the methods below.
The second way to accomplish transferring your contacts from your iPhone to your Android device is by simply using Apple’s cloud system.
Both Contacts and People applications feature an option that allows you to add contacts from various sources. Since you saved it to your SD card, you will select the Import from storage source.
Quoting the iPhone 3G commercial back in 2009; “there is an app for that”. We found two apps that might be useful for this procedure. And no, your computer does not need to be consulted. In this example, we will use the My Contacts Backup app, but there are other options out there.
As demonstrated by the image below, the VCF file allows you to either select specific contacts to import to your list, or add the entire address book with the Add All X Contacts tab.
In case your world revolves around Google’s ecosystem, there actually is a way to transfer your contacts via GMail. It’s pretty simple. Following method #2:
If your iPhone is running iOS 4.x and lower, then the rest methods are practically redundant, since apps are not compatible with that version of iOS and iCloud did not exist back then. I know, iTunes can cause frustration sometimes, but it’s the only way out in some occasions. It is as easy as the other methods, and it definitely gets the job done.