How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android

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You've made the brilliant decision to switch from iPhone to Android. Congratulations and welcome! Now you just need to get all of your contacts off your iPhone and onto your new Android phone and your Apple ties will be severed and you shall be reborn anew (or something like that). 

We have a definitive guide on how to switch from iOS to Android that includes adding contacts. Essentially, when setting up your new Android phone, you can use a Lightning-to-USB-C cable to directly transfer contacts, photos, and other data. However, this method doesn't work if your Android phone is already set up. 

If you need to add contacts and other iCloud data to an Android phone that isn't in factory settings, it's a bit trickier. Here's how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android.

How to export contacts using iCloud

You'll first want to make sure that your iPhone is backed up to iCloud. Once that's done, you're ready to make the move. You'll start by exporting your vCard.

1. Launch your web browser on your computer.

2. Navigate to

3. Sign in using your Apple ID and password.

4. Click Contacts.

5. Click All Contacts in the top left corner of your screen.

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6. Press the Command key and the A key on your keyboard simultaneously if you have a Mac. Press the Ctrl key and A key on your keyboard simultaneously if you have a PC. Or, if you're having trouble, simply click your first contact, scroll down to the bottom, and shift-click your last contact.

7. Click the Settings button on the bottom left corner of your screen. It looks like a gear.

8. Click Export vCard. Your contacts will all be saved as a .vcf file in your downloads. If a new window pops up, you'll just have to select all of your contacts again, right-click, and export again.

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How to import iPhone contacts using Google Contacts

Next, you'll import your vCard using Google. If you don't have a Google account, sign up now, since you'll need a Google account for any of the best Android phones. If you've already set up your Android phone, you likely set up a Google account in the process.

1. Launch your web browser on your computer.

2. Sign into your Google account.

3. Go to

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4. Click the Import icon (next to Print on the top bar). 

5. Click Select file and find your vCard file. Click Import. All of your contacts should appear after a few seconds.

How to sync your Google account with your Android phone

Most likely, you already synced your primary Google account to your new Android phone when you set it up, or will do so when you first set it up. Simply log into that account, and your recently imported iPhone contacts will be available in the Phone app once you finish set up. 

If you have turned on your Android phone and gone through the setup, here's how to sync your new Google account to get your contacts on your phone.

1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen, the Notification Shade, or the app drawer.

2. Go to the Accounts section and (in One UI) tap Manage accounts.

3. Tap your Google account.

4. Tap sync Account. You'll see when your Contacts were last synced, and your phone should automatically sync with the latest account info. 

How to transfer iPhone contacts to Android without using Google

You'll only want to email yourself your vCard if you don't have a Google account to sync with your Android phone. If you do have a Google account, your phone will inevitably sync with it and then you'll likely have duplicate contacts and it'll just be a mess.

1. Email yourself the vCard that you previously downloaded with the steps above.

2. Launch your email app from your home screen or app drawer of your Android phone.

3. Download your vCard file from the email you sent yourself. 

4. Swipe down from the top of your screen to reveal the Notification Shade.

5. Tap the completed download notification to open the vCard file.

Depending on which phone you have, you'll be able to save your contacts to your device or the Google Contacts app.

If all else fails, then try visiting, which walks you through using Google Drive to transfer everything from your iPhone to your new Android phone. You'll need to use Safari to do this.

Now that you know how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android, you may also want to know how to set up your iCloud email account on Android, or how to transfer your iPhone photos and videos to Chrome OS.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.