How to transfer contacts from Samsung Galaxy S9 to Apple iPhone XS

Cross platform transferring of data is now very easy to do and among the things you really don’t want to leave in your old phone are your contacts. If you happen to be a Galaxy S9 who upgraded to the new Apple iPhone XS, then you’re in the right place.

I will walk you through on how to transfer your contacts from your S9 to your XS in this post. I will give you a couple of options here without having to buy a software that offers this kind of service. You just have to be practical so you don’t have to spend a dime for doing this very simple procedure.

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Transfer Contacts from Galaxy S9 to iPhone XS using Move to iOS app

Apple already thought about users who want to transfer from Android to iOS so it developed an app that’s designed solely to help new iOS users migrate their data from their old phones. The app is called Move to iOS and it’s available on the Play Store. Now, here’s what you need to do…

  1. While setting up a new iPhone XS or any iPhone device for that matter, you will reach a screen called “Apps & Data.”
  2. Tap “Move Data from Android” option to initiate the process of transferring your contacts and data.
  3. Now, on your Galaxy S9, open Google Play Store and search for the app Move to iOS developed by Apple Inc.
  4. Tap on the Install button to download and install it on your phone and then follow on-screen instructions to make sure it’s properly installed.
  5. Once installed, tap Open to launch it.
  6. Now tap Continue on both your Galaxy S9 and iPhone XS.
  7. Tap Agree and then Next on the Android phone or tablet.
  8. On your Android device, enter the 12-digit code displayed on the iPhone.
  9. After entering the code, your Galaxy S9 will connect to your iPhone XS over peer-to-peer Wifi connection and it is in this step that you will need to determine the data you want transferred. So, since we simply want to transfer contacts in this post, tap Contacts or leave it as is to transfer everything.

Your Android will transfer the selected data to your iPhone and when the transfer is complete, they will disconnect automatically. You may now tap on Continue Setting Up iPhone and carry on setting up a new Apple ID or logging into your existing one.

Once the setup process is completed, you’ll be prompted to log in to the accounts you transferred from your old Android device. Do that, and then you’re good to go!

Transfer Contacts from Galaxy S9 to iPhone XS via Google Account

If you want to use the same Google account you’re using on your Galaxy S9  with your new iPhone, then transferring of data and contacts will be a lot easier. You just have to make sure that your data are synced with your account and then just log into your Google account on your iPhone. Here’s the step-by-step instruction…

  1. On your Galaxy S9, go to Settings and then select Accounts.
  2. If you’re already using the account you want to use with your iPhone, you just have to enable Sync Contacts to save your contacts list in the cloud. Meaning, they will be backed up on Google servers and you can access them anytime as long as you have an internet connection.
  3. On your new iPhone XS, navigate to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Add account.
  4. Select Google and sign in with the account you’re using on your Galaxy S9.
  5. Now, tap the switch beside Contacts.
  6. Wait as all your contacts are synced and downloaded into your iPhone.

That’s pretty much it!

For those who were asking whether it would be fine to export contacts from Galaxy S9 and import them to iPhone XS, well, that could work but remember that the latter doesn’t have a microSD card slot so importing is a hassle. But it would also work.

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