Smartphone market is mainly filled by two rivals – Android and iOS. As far as market share is concerned; Android is the leader. If there is only Apple on one side, there are too many on the other including Samsung, Huawei, LG, Lenovo and Nokia as well. If you are an iPhone user and planning for a shift to most popular OS, this article is for you as you’ll learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android device.

If you don’t know basic tips of iOS and Android, transferring your data especially contacts would be a quite hassle for you. But you need not to worry. Keep in mind there is always a solution for any problem. It may not be evident, but there are several options available that let you transfer data from one device to another. Let me talk about five of them.

Method 1 – Manual Sharing

In case you want to move specific contacts only (not more than 10), you can use the ‘Share Contact’ option. Open up the contacts and select the contact you wish to save. Swipe down and select the tab, which allows you to either share it via e-mail or text.


If the number of contacts you want to export exceed ten, then this obviously is not your place to go. But if it is below that number, there is no need for using the methods below.

Method 2 – via iCloud

  • Head up to iCloud.com via your computer.
  • Select the contacts that you want to export
    • either one by one
    • or click on the gear and use Select All
  • Click the gear again and select Export vCard. Your computer will download a VCF file containing the selected contacts. The name of the file will be explicit as for how many contacts were exported
  • Plug your Android phone to the computer, copy the VCF file to the local storage and import the contacts from the Contacts or People app.


Both Contacts and People applications feature an option that allows you to add contacts from various sources. Since you saved it to your SD card, you will select the Import from storage source.

Method 3 – via Third Party App

The App Store has some apps that let you easily transfer contacts from iPhone to Android device. One such app is the ‘My Contacts Backup’ app.

  • Download and launch the My Contacts Backup app on your iPhone.
  • When the app (“MCBackup”) asks to access your contacts, tap OK
  • Tap Backup
  • Tap email, attach the VCF file to an email and send it to your Gmail account.
  • Open up the email from your Android device, download the VCF file and import your contacts to the phone.


As demonstrated by the image below, the VCF file allows you to either select specific contacts to import to your list, or add the entire address book with the Add All X Contacts tab.

Method 4 – Import into GMail

In case your world revolves around Google’s ecosystem, there actually is a way to transfer your contacts via GMail. It’s pretty simple. Following method 2:

  • Head up to iCloud.com via your computer.
  • Select the contacts you want to save.
  • If you want to save the entire list, click the little gear button at the lower left and Select All.
  • Click the gear icon and select Export vCard (see method #2).
  • Your computer will download a VCF file containing the exported contacts.



  • Log in to your Google account.
  • Click on the Gmail logo, located at the top left corner of your dashboard.
  • Select contacts
  • Click the “More” dropdown menu in Contacts, and select Import.
  • Click Import again. The contacts will be automatically synced to your Android device(s), connected to this account.

Method 5 – Export via Gmail

If your iPhone is running iOS 4.x and lower, then the rest methods are practically redundant, since apps are not compatible with that version of iOS and iCloud did not exist back then. I know, iTunes can cause frustration sometimes, but it’s the only way out in some occasions. It is as easy as the other methods, and it definitely gets the job done.

  • Download and launch iTunes.
  • Connect your iPhone to the computer.
  • Open the handset’s device summary page.
  • Click the Info tab.
  • Check “Sync Contacts With” and then select “Google Contacts”.
  • Type your Google account’s username and password.
  • Click Apply.
  • Make sure your Android device is connected to the particular GMail account.
  • Allow Google to sync your contacts to your Android phone.

Enjoy using Android with all of your contacts imported from iPhone!