A new year is upon us, and if you’re one of the many who made the switch from Android to iOS, then allow me to guide you through the dreaded task that is transferring contacts.
Okay, fine, it’s not that terrible, but Apple has made some notable changes to the iPhone over the years which, depending on which model you bought, may require one or two extra steps in the process.
I’ve broken down all of that below, including steps for iPhones that support physical SIM cards and ones that support the newer eSIM.
Below I’ve listed three simple methods to transfer your contacts from Android to iOS, with the first one being my go-to if you’re just starting to set up your iPhone.
How to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone
How do I transfer contacts from Android to iPhone without a SIM card?
If you don’t have a physical SIM card installed in your existing or old phone, there’s a likelihood that your contacts were linked to a cloud account, like Google. In that case, all you’ll have to do is log into Gmail from your new device by going to the settings > Mail > Accounts > Add Account.
Can I transfer contacts via Bluetooth?
Yes, but I’d recommend using the three methods above before you do. The main reason for this is that, depending on what Android phone you own, some models will allow you to transfer contacts in bulk, while others will limit you to just one number at a time. If you only have to transfer one or two contacts — or have a lot of patience — then you can transfer them individually by tapping on the number from your contacts app > Share > Bluetooth > and selecting the external device that you’d like to send to.
Is there an app to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone?
There are plenty of apps that let you transfer contacts, but I’d generally avoid the third-party ones. You can never be sure what their security and privacy policies are, so for information as personal as your contacts’ information, I’d stick with services developed by the phone manufacturers themselves. That includes Apple’s Move to iOS (demoed above), Samsung’s Smart Switch, and OnePlus’s Clone Phone.