How-To: Transfer Your Existing iPhone Contacts to Your New Android

Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2011 15:47

The transition from iPhone to Android can be daunting for many people.

The first obstacle or issue that many people will encounter should be the transfer of existing contacts from their iPhone to their new Android phone.

Let’s take a look at some steps that you will want to know during this transition process.

First of all, we shall assume the following in the article:

- You have iTunes installed on your PC and already in sync with your iPhone Contacts (please refer to Disclaimer at the end of this article)

- You have your Android phone with a MicroSD card and know how to access the files on it.

- You have a valid GMail account


With that in mind, let’s go on with the first bit of syncing – your all important contacts. There are 2 methods that are generally used thus far:

1) Syncing your iPhone contacts directly via iTunes to Google Contacts, which will then sync with your Android phone

2) Outputting your iPhone contacts to Windows Contacts (CSV format) and then importing your CSV files to Google Contacts (Windows Vista and Windows 7)

For Option 1, it is perhaps the easiest and most straightforward way to get your contacts from your iPhone to your Android phone.

Steps as below:

- Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your computer using the USB cable.

- Open the iTunes application.

- Select your iPhone and click the Info tab.

- Check the Sync Contacts with option and select Google Contacts from the drop-down menu.

The downside of this is that Apple does not allow you to sync these contacts to a specific group that you set up. Only 2 syncing options will be provided: Merge and Replace. Your iPhone contacts thus, will simply be added to the rest of your Google Contacts (if you choose Merge). So, if you were to sync your Android device after this, you would get a massive group of both email contacts and phone contacts with no way to identify your imported iPhone contacts.

For Option 2, it only works with Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Using Windows Contacts to export Existing Contacts to CSV

- Check the Sync Contacts with option and select Windows Contacts from the drop-down menu.

- Save this file in a convenient location for the next step.

Importing Your CSV File To Google Contacts

Log into your Gmail account and click the “Contacts” link.

Click Import On the right hand side of the Contacts screen and then Browse to find the CSV file you exported earlier.


Make sure you click the Also add these imported contacts to: tick box and select a new group for these contacts to be added to. You can create a new group prior to this by clicking on the 2nd left icon – Creating New Group. This will make sure that your iPhone contacts are differentiated from all other contacts and you can simply import them to your new Android Phone.

*Disclaimer: There is a real possibility of removing your existing contacts in iPhone by accident while using the built-in iTunes Contacts Sync due to the relatively non-intuitive interface for first time users. It is thus highly recommended to make use of other applications for iPhone (some free) which can offer a more intuitive and safer contacts backup/syncing interface for frequent usage.*



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