If you’re moving from one platform to another, iOS to Android in this case, you might wonder how much your data you can take with you. For the most part, you might have to leave a lot behind — some apps that are on iOS just aren’t on Android. Transferring applications specifically would require those apps to have an Android counterpart as well as data kept in the Cloud for a seamless transition. However, if you’re just worried about transferring contacts from iOS to Android, you are in luck. There are a couple of ways that you can get your contacts from iOS over to Android in the snap of your fingers.
Follow along below, and we’ll give you a couple of options on how you can complete this task seamlessly.
One thing to keep in mind is that transferring your contacts might just be as simple as swapping your SIM card over. Depending on options you selected when you first started up your iPhone, sometimes your contacts are saved directly to your SIM card — this means that simply swapping your SIM card over to your Android phone should automatically bring all of those contacts with you.
There might be an extra step that you have to take upon setting up your Android phone, such as telling it to pull contact information from your SIM card. It really is as simple as that. However, if you didn’t select that option when you first setup your iPhone, this won’t work for you. But, don’t lose hope! There are still a few options to get your contact information over quickly.
Most Android phones nowadays are allowing you to transfer a lot of your data from your iPhone to your Android device with a hardware adapter. Usually, you will find an adapter you can connect up to your iPhone and then to your Android by cable. With it hooked up, you simply start the process on your Android device and it will pull as much data as it can from your iPhone, including all of your contact information.
In recent time, Google has made it super easy for iPhone users to switch over to Android using the power of Google Drive. Transferring your data over to Android is as simple as downloading Google Drive on your iPhone and logging in with your Google account. Once you log in, head into Menu > Settings > Backup and backup your iPhone’s data. Once the backup process is finished, you can move over to your Android device, and log into it with your Google account that you backed up your iPhone data to. In just a little while, all of your iPhone’s data, including all of the contact information, will be loaded on your Android device.
Keep in mind that backing up your iPhone could take some time depending on the speed of your WiFi connection and how much data you have to back up. It can be a lengthy process doing the restore on your Android phone as well because of those factors.
You can read more about making the Android switch here.
Another alternative, and one that is much more tedious, is sharing vCards. On your iPhone, you can send individual contacts to your Android phone through email. These are called vCards, and they’re usually shared individually. So, if you have to, you can send a ton of vCards over to your email account, open your email over on Android, and open the contacts individually. This will add them to your Contacts app as you open them.
It’s a pretty tedious process, but is still a way that you can move your contacts over in the event that the other options don’t work out for you.
As you can see, moving your contacts from iPhone to Android can be a quick and easy process, depending on the tool that you use. Obviously downloading Google Drive on your iPhone, backing it up and then logging into the same Google account on Android is your fastest option here. However, if you have slow Internet or can’t use that options for some reason, transferring contacts via SIM card or vCards are decent options as well. With vCards, you’ll have to go through each contact individually, but this gives you time to decide what contacts you want to remove from your phone as well. There’s no need to keep folks around that you don’t want to stay in contact with anymore!