How to transfer Android contacts to iOS

How to transfer Android contacts to iOSNow that I’m officially Mobot’s “Head Apple Fanboy” (iPhone 5, iPod touch, MacBook Pro, iMac, new iPad, iPhone 2G in a drawer somewhere), you can expect loads more features like these, advocating turning your back on smelly old Android and embracing the “world’s most advanced mobile operating system”, iOS.

I jest, of course, but I do have some hopefully useful tips for those who have made the leap, in particular how to transfer your Android contacts to your iDevice.

While iOS is arguably the most intuitive operating system on the market (for the most part), it’s not entirely obvious how to sync Google contacts with your iDevice. Maybe Apple is being dickish ‘cause it hates Mountain View.

In any case, it’s not exactly difficult; it’s simply a case of knowing where to look. Where not to look, as I discovered, is in the phonebook or the Contacts app. Having a little ‘Sync’ button in there would make too much sense. Ahem.

Your Android contacts should sync with Google automatically, but it won’t do any harm to force a manual sync. On your Android phone, simply tap Menu > Settings > Accounts & sync > Google > Sync now (making sure ‘Sync contacts’ is ticked at the top).

Now all your contacts are backed up on ye olde Google servers, and it’s simply a case of using your iDevice to go grab ‘em.

For starters, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account. This next screen is potentially a tad confusing, as we want Microsoft Exchange, not Google Mail.

How to transfer Android contacts to iOS

Under Email, enter your Gmail address – the one you used to set up your Android phone. Incidentally, it’s always amusing when Android owners insist that they don’t have a Gmail account. Yes, you do. You might not use it, but you need one to get up and running with Android.

If, for whatever reason, you can’t remember your Gmail username, follow the steps above to sync your Android contacts (Menu > Settings > Accounts & sync). Under ‘Google’, you’ll see your Gmail address.

Where were we? Ah, we’re setting up this Microsoft Exchange account. So, enter your Gmail address and password and tap Next.

Under Server, enter, leave Domain blank, and Username is just your Gmail address again. Tap Next.

On the final screen, you have the option to sync your Mail, Contacts, and/or Calendars. Finally, hit Save.

For Facebook contacts, tap Settings, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen, tap Facebook then enter your details. Simples.

And that’s that. Tap the Phone app on your iDevice’s home screen, and you’ll see your contacts in all their glory.

Boom! No more smelly Android (joke).

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 28, 2012 at 13:15

Does that also take care of my myspace contacts?

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 28, 2012 at 15:11

And Bebo, yes.

ian2606  Sep. 28, 2012 at 15:14

Smelly iOS is right. You got it wrong way round. Android rocks. Smelly is too good for Blackberry. Windows and other OS's I have no opinion on.....

wigles  Sep. 28, 2012 at 15:49

I bet this won't get much use :p

JASION  Dec. 24, 2013 at 19:49

Android or iPhone is a question. But now, it seems more and more Android phone user switch to iPhone, maybe because the super App, or the adorable interface. Without change, you can’t get that feeling that how hard it would be to transfer all phone data from Android to new iPhone. But it you are one of them, it must be good news for you : the best phone transfer tool, which is capable to switch data including contacts from Android to iPhone easily and quickly. Yes, it is Wondershare MobileTrans.

Free download the World’s best phone transfer tool – Wondershare MobileTrans. And follow the steps, you will find out how easy it is to transfer data from Android to iPhone, or sync contacts from Android to iPhone.

Download MobileTrans (Windows Version):

Simple ways to switch data including contacts from Android to iPhone:

Step 1: Install Wonderful MobileTrans and launch it

Step 2: Connect your Android phone and new iPhone to PC

Step 3: Transfer data from Android to iPhone


danchaofan  Aug. 29 at 08:17

Thank you so much for your post. To transer contacts from Android to iOS, Gmail account or mobile transfer tool is really helpful, cause they are running on different OS.

AnnieChow  Sep. 6 at 08:38

Thanks for you tips, Move to iOS is a data transfer tool from Apple, which helps you transfer data from android to iphone, but you cannot move paid apps, and some music cannot be palyed on iphone, so are the videos.
And if you don't have Gmail account, you can't transfer data.
So, I think a professional data transfer program is more reliable, you can copy android contacts to iphone.


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