How To Transfer Contacts From iPhone To Android Without Computer

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Have you ever switched phones before? If you have, you’ll know just how much of a hassle it is to transfer contacts from one phone to another, especially if you’re moving from iOS to Android and vice versa.

So, what’s the best way to transfer contacts if you’re moving to an Android phone from an iPhone?

Actually, you have a few options available at your disposal. In this article, I’ll discuss how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android without computer.

4 Ways To Transfer Contacts From iPhone To Android – Step By Step

From iPhone To Android Without iCloud

iPhone has a native solution for contact sharing, found in the Contacts app itself.

This is called the Share Contact option, and it’s one of the most convenient ways to share contacts from iPhone to Android.

However, it’s also one of the most limited options since you can only share one contact at a time. If you’re transferring your entire contacts list, this may not be the best solution.

If you’re only planning to transfer a couple of contacts from iPhone to Android though, just follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone.
  2. Pick which contact you want to transfer by tapping it.

    Iphone contacts list with a a selected contact highlighted
  3. Scroll down until you find the Share Contact option. Tap it.

    Contact profile screen with the share contact option highlighted
  4. This will open a pop-up window, showing you the options for transfer, such as Message or Mail. For this tutorial, let’s go ahead and tap Mail.

    Iphone contact sharing options with the mail option highlighted
  5. You’ll be directed to another pop-up menu to input the email address and the subject. You will see the file of your contact attached.

    Composing mail in iphone with the recipient field highlighted
  6. Hit send, and you’re done. You’ve now sent your contact through the native Share Contact option.

    A composed email message in iPhone with the send button highlighted
  7. To access the new contact, simply open the mail app on your Android device and open the message.

    A new e-mail message  as seen in Android mail app
  8. Click the file attachment to save it as a New Contact.

    An open email message with the attached contact information file

By Exporting With iCloud & Importing With Your Android Gmail

If you have many contacts to transfer and the native Share Contact option is too tiring, there’s another option that allows you to transfer large batches of contact details to your Android phone.

This method uses your iCloud and a Google Account, so make sure you have these before you start.

Additionally, since you’re going to export from iCloud, you should also check if your contacts are actually backed up to your iCloud. If they aren’t, make sure that you do so.

How To Export Your Contacts From iCloud

As mentioned, this method involves exporting your contacts from your iCloud Account into Gmail and then downloading from your Gmail to your phone. In this first phase, we will export your contacts from iCloud using the .vcf file format.

Take note, although you don’t need a computer to transfer your iPhone contacts to your Android, you do need a computer to first export your contacts into a file with the .vcf format.

That’s because the mobile version of iCloud doesn’t show your contacts list, so you have to use your desktop browser.

  1. On your desktop browser, log in to your iCloud account using your email address and password.

    iCloud sign in page
  2. From the menu, pick Contacts. This will show you a list of all the contacts uploaded to your iCloud account.

    iCloud dashboard with the contacts option highlighted
  3. From the list, pick the contacts that you want to export. If you want to select just a few, only highlight those.

    iCloud contacts list
  4. If you want to select all your contacts, the easiest way to do so is to click Cmd+A on Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows.

    iCloud contacts list with all the contacts highlighted
  5. Once you’ve selected the contacts you want to transfer from iPhone to Android, click the gear icon at the bottom-left corner of the page.

    iCloud contacts list window with the gear icon highlighted
  6. Here, you’ll see the Export vCard option. This will convert all selected contacts into a readable .vcf file.

    Menu options in iCloud contact list page with the export vcard option highlighted
  7. Click ‘Save.’

    Exporting contacts list from iCloud to desktop with the save button highlighted
  8. Open your email client. You can now attach the .vcf file to an email address that you’ll be sending to the account logged into your Android phone.

    Composing an email in a desktop email client

How To Import Contacts From Gmail

At this point, the .vcf file that contains all your contact info should have been sent to the email that you have logged into your Android device

Now, the only thing left to do is import that .vcf file from Gmail into your Android. To do that, follow the steps below.

  1. On your Android phone, open the email that contains the .vcf file you just received and download it.

    An open email message in an android phone with the download button for the attached contact information file highlighted
  2. Next, open your Contacts app and tap the kebab icon, usually located on the top right of the interface. A pop-up window should show up.

    Top portion of the android contacts app with the kebab icon highlighted
  3. Pick Import/Export Contacts.

    Import/export contacts option in contacts app for android
  4. From the list of options, pick Import from Storage.

    Import/export option in android contacts app with the import from storage option highlighted
  5. Your device will then scan your phone and look for usable files to import. If you’ve properly saved the .vcf file on your device, the scan should pick it up. Click the recently exported .vcf file.

    Recent files in android with the recently exported .vcf file highlighted
  6. If your phone asks you for confirmation, click OK. Your phone will then start importing all the contacts on the file. Once it’s done, though, you should see a notification saying so.

    Android notification for completed .vcf file import

That’s it, you’ve now transferred your iPhone contact list to your Android phone. Depending on your phone, you may even be given the option to choose where to save it.

You can save it to your SIM, to your phone brand account, or as Google Contacts on your Google Account.

Once again, keep in mind that if you already have a .vcf backup of your contacts list on your email account, you can technically do this method without a computer.

The only reason why you might need a computer for this is if you don’t have the required .vcf file on hand yet.

Using A Third-Party App

You can also use third-party apps to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android without computer.

One example is My Contacts Backup, a free app available on the Apple App Store.

It works the same way as the previous method: by creating a .vcf file of your contacts and sending it to your email address, which you can then open on your Android phone.

  1. Download My Contacts Backup on the Apple App Store.

    My contacts backup details page in app store
  2. The app will ask to access your contacts. Click OK.

    Access permission prompt for my contacts backup in iphone
  3. Click the green Backup button to begin.

    My contacts backup main screen with the backup button highlighted
  4. When it’s done, click Email.

    My contacts complete backup main screen with the email button highlighted
  5. Enter the email address that you want to send it to.

    Composing email in iPhone with the recipient field highlighted
  6. Follow the steps to the previous subsection, “How To Import Contacts From Gmail.”

Using Manufacturer Tools

In most cases, Android manufacturers create tools to help you transition from iPhone to their brand. Google Pixel, Samsung, and OnePlus do this for their phones, making the entire process very streamlined and convenient.

However, the drawback is that not all brands have such tools. If your phone isn’t either one of those three, I suggest searching on the internet for a similar app.

In this section, we’ll discuss how the Google Pixel and Samsung Switch apps work.

Google Pixel’s Quick Switch Adapter

With the newest Google Pixel having just been released, it’s only natural to expect some iOS users to switch to this latest iteration of the beloved Google phone.

Google actually has a help page that contains full instructions on how to transfer data from your iPhone to your Android Pixel phone. This is usually available from the very first time you boot your Pixel phone.

Before everything else, have both iPhone and Android phones on hand and fully charged.

To learn how to transfer contacts from your iPhone to your Pixel phone, follow the steps below.

  1. Power up your Pixel phone.
  2. A welcome page will then greet you. From there, tap the Start button on the bottom right of the interface.
  3. Insert your SIM card.
  4. Connect your device to a mobile or WI-FI network.
  5. You will be prompted to copy apps and data from your old phone to your Pixel on the next screen. Tap the blue Next button on the bottom right.
  6. On your iPhone, turn off your iMessage by going to Message in Settings and toggling the iMessage option off.

    The iMessage option in iPhone message settings
  7. Use the quick switch adapter to connect your iPhone’s cable to your Pixel phone.
  8. Your iPhone will confirm if you want to trust the attached device. Tap Trust.
  9. On your Pixel phone, sign in with your Google Account.
  10. Once signed in, you will see a list of data and apps that you want to be copied from your iPhone to your Pixel phone. Make sure that the Contacts option is checked.
  11. Tap Copy and wait for it to finish. Once done, the data copied from your iPhone, including your contacts, can now be used on your new Pixel phone.

Samsung Smart Switch

Samsung is one of the biggest manufacturers of Android phones in the world. That’s not the only thing they’re good at, though. They’re also good at getting people to switch to their phones.

In fact, the Samsung Smart Switch tool is also one of the fastest native ways to transfer your iPhone data to an Android phone.

Besides contacts, this tool can also help you transfer other data, such as messages, app data, and even music.

To use this tool, follow these instructions:

  1. Like Pixel, the Smart Switch is also part of the initial setup of your Samsung Galaxy phone. In case you missed it, you can also open it under Settings and Accounts and Backup or download it from the Play Store.
  2. Open the app and tap Receive Data to start.
  3. From the list, you will then be asked to choose your last phone model. Pick the iPhone/iPad option.
  4. On the next screen, you can pick the method of transfer. You can transfer wirelessly or through a cable with the Samsung dongle.
  5. Log in to your Apple account. Your device will then verify your account and downloadable data. 
  6. The next screen will show all the data that you can download to your phone. Make sure that the Contacts option is checked.
  7. Tap the blue arrow on the bottom of the screen.
  8. Your phone will then copy all of your data from your iPhone to your Galaxy phone. Once this is done, you should be able to see all your iOS contacts on your new Android device.


Can You Share Contacts Between iPhone And Android?

You can share contacts between iPhone and Android, as long as you use the various methods I listed in this article. You’ve got the Share Contact option, the Import/Export option, and the manufacturer tools.

How To Transfer Contacts From iPhone To Android Without Computer – In Conclusion

Switching to a new phone can be a fun and exciting experience. What’s not fun or exciting, however, is the hassle that you have to go through to make sure that you retain your previous data, especially if you’re transferring from an iOS to an Android phone.

However, there are a lot of ways to get around this particular problem.

You can use several solutions, such as using the native Share Contacts option, exporting using iCloud, using a third-party app, and transferring with manufacturer tools like Google Pixel’s Smart Switch and Samsung Smart Switch.

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    Tech editor and senior writer Michael Duong is passionate about technology and innovation. He codes open-source projects and plays quiz games in his free time. An expert in his field and an avid learner, always seeking to expand his knowledge and skills in the ever-evolving world of technology. His specialization is mobile security and mobile data safety. Follow Michael on Twitter and Github.

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Michael Duong

Tech editor and senior writer Michael Duong is passionate about technology and innovation. He codes open-source projects and plays quiz games in his free time. An expert in his field and an avid learner, always seeking to expand his knowledge and skills in the ever-evolving world of technology. His specialization is mobile security and mobile data safety. Follow Michael on Twitter and Github.

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