How to Move Contacts from an iPhone to a Different Device
Your iPhone contacts will immediately transfer to a new phone if the new phone is an iPhone, the contacts are backed up to iCloud, and both phones share the same iCloud account. However, if you want to do anything more, things get a little more complicated.
If you’re switching to an Android phone and don’t want to back up your contacts to iCloud, or if you just want to utilize a new iCloud account on your new iPhone, here’s how to do it.
Sign Into iCloud on a New iPhone if Your Contacts Are in iCloud
If you’re updating to a new iPhone, this should be a simple process. Normally, your iCloud account syncs your contacts online. If you sign in to your new iPhone with the same iCloud account, it will be automatically downloaded to your new iPhone.
Open the “Settings” app on the original iPhone and select “iCloud” to ensure that you’re synchronizing your contacts with your iCloud account. Make sure the “Contacts” option is turned on. Your contacts are only stored on your iPhone if it isn’t. If that’s the case, they’re synchronized online.
Your contacts should instantly sync after you sign into the new iPhone with the iCloud account showing on your iCloud screen.
Contacts on your iPhone can also be synced with a variety of other accounts. If you link your Google (Gmail), Outlook.com, Yahoo!, or AOL accounts to your iPhone, for example, they’ve already set up to sync their contacts with your iPhone. This implies that the contacts from your Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo!, or AOL accounts will appear in your iPhone’s Contacts app. However, your phone’s existing contacts will not be linked with that account. This also applies to Exchange accounts that you may have obtained through your workplace or school.
Open the Settings app, pick “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” and tap the account to see if it’s set up to sync its contacts. If it’s synchronizing contacts, the “Contacts” slider will be activated. To discover which accounts are syncing contacts, open the Contacts app and tap “Groups” in the top-left corner of your screen. You can view which contacts are affiliated with which account in your Contacts app by showing or hiding different groups from here.
Simply sign in to the same account on your new phone, and all of your contacts from your online account will sync. You can connect to the same accounts to sync your contacts on both an iPhone and an Android phone, except iCloud, which you can’t connect to from an Android phone.
If your contacts are a jumble, use Easy Backup to export them all at once.
If your contacts are spread over several accounts–some on iCloud, some on Gmail, and so on–you may export them all into a single file that you can carry around with you. It makes no difference if the contacts are iCloud contacts, Google contacts, Yahoo! contacts, Outlook.com contacts, or any other type of contact. They’ll all be combined into a single file that you can use to transfer to another phone or provider.
Sadly, neither the Contacts app nor any of Apple’s other bundled apps feature a built-in option to export your contacts. To do so, you’ll need to download a third-party program from the App Store.
We tested Easy Backup and found it to be adequate. Install, launch, and provide the app access to your contacts. To email yourself the result.cf file, hit the “Backup now” button, then press “Email” and enter your email address. After that, you can uninstall the program because you won’t need it anymore. You don’t have to use it regularly, and none of the in-app purchases are required.
Simply open that email in your new iPhone (or Android phone’s) email program and tap the. cf file to import it. You’ll be able to import contacts from it.
If You Can’t Sync Your Contacts Because They’re on iCloud: From iCloud, export
There is another way if you don’t want to use any extra software and your current contacts are synchronized to iCloud. This strategy works if you’re converting from an iPhone to an Android device or if you’re upgrading to a new iPhone and want to utilize a different iCloud account. You’ll need to export and relocate these contacts from the iCloud website. The iTunes application does not have this option.
To do so, go to the iCloud website on your PC or Mac and sign in using the same iCloud account as your iPhone. You may be asked to authenticate ownership of the account by agreeing to a prompt on your iPhone or receiving an SMS message to your registered phone number–just follow the prompts. After then, go to the website and click the “Contacts” icon.
The list of contacts you’ve synchronized with iCloud will appear. On a Windows PC, press Ctrl+A, and on a Mac, press Command+A to select them all. Select “Export vCard” from the gear icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The website will save an a.vcf file with all of the contacts you chose.
Aren’t all of your contacts listed here? They’re most likely synchronized from another account, such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or Outlook.com. Contacts synced this method will not show up on iCloud. Sign in to that account on your new phone, or go to the account’s contacts page on the web and look for a comparable option that will export your contacts as a downloaded file.
Simply send this. vcf file to yourself to simply load your contacts onto a new iPhone. Send yourself an email and include the vcf file as an attachment. You may import the. vcf file into your Contacts by opening the email in the Mail app on your new iPhone and tapping the. vcf file. You could alternatively create a new iCloud account and then utilize the “Import vCard” option in the web-based Contacts interface.
Import your contacts into a Google account to simply transfer them to a new Android phone. Go to the old Google Contacts website (the new UI doesn’t have this functionality yet), go to More > Import, choose the. vcf file from iCloud, and upload it. Your Google account will be populated with all of your iCloud contacts. All of your contacts will be there when you go into that Google account on your new Android phone. You could alternatively send the. vcf file to yourself via email or copy it to your Android phone’s storage via USB cord and open it using a file manager, but both ways aren’t as quick or convenient.
Contact syncing is also available on iTunes. However, you must disable iCloud sync before syncing your contacts with iTunes, and iTunes will not just provide you with a contacts file that you can load onto another computer. Rather than relying on the clumsy old iTunes, you should use one of the methods listed above.