One of the first things that someone who leaves Android to start using their first iPhone thinks about transferring all their contacts from the old device to the new one. Apple even created a special application to migrate all content (contacts, photos, music, favorites), but it only works for those restores the entire iPhone and it starts from scratch. If the person is already using the iPhone and does not want to restore the system, they cannot use the Move to iOS.
Fortunately, there are other ways to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone, without having to touch what’s already installed.
The purpose of this article is to explain how export Google contacts and pass them on to iCloud once and for all. There are ways to connect to your Google account on iOS and continue syncing data with the search giant, but we’ll explain that in another article.
The contact format supported by Apple devices is vCard (YOU F). If you can export directly from the Android device in this format, you can transfer by email, cloud or WhatsApp to the iPhone, which will import all contacts (or those of your choice).
But if this seems too complicated for you, we’ll explain how to use Google to transfer your contacts.
Export Google contacts
For Android users, you are supposed to use the Google as a way to synchronize all contacts. If not, then the suggestion is to synchronize the device’s contacts to facilitate the transfer. On your Android phone, go to Settings> Accounts> Google> Contacts> Sync Now. This will transfer all of your contacts to Google’s servers, which will then allow you to export them to your iPhone.
With all contacts in sync, what we have to do is access on the computer (or on the iPhone / iPad itself) the Google Contacts and export in vCard format. Following is the step by step:
Step 1: Sign in from the Google Contacts website, with your account whose contacts are synchronized. You will even see an option at the top of the screen to merge duplicate contacts if they exist. Do it.
Step 2: For some bizarre reason, the new version of Google Contacts does not allow them to be exported. Therefore, you need to change the layout to the old version. There is an option for that in the menu.
Step 3: In the old layout, look for the top “More” button.
Step 4: Opening the button menu, you will see the option to Export contacts.
Step 5: At this point, you will choose which contacts to export and in which format. Select the “vCard format” option, to generate a file compatible with Apple devices.
Importing contacts to iCloud
As we already said, you can send the vCard file to your iPhone or iPad and import it directly into your device’s address book. But if for some reason it’s not connected to iCloud, they won’t sync to all of your devices, just staying on what you’ve imported. If anything happens to the device, you will be left without contacts.
Therefore, the ideal is to import directly into iCloud and then everyone will be permanently in the cloud. Follow the steps:
Step 1: On your computer, go to iCloud.com. You probably already created an account when setting up iPhone for the first time. If you have not done so, on the page itself there is a link for you to create a new account.
Step 2: You will then see several icons, as if you were on iOS. click in Contacts.
Step 3: In the bottom left corner of the screen, you will see a gear symbol. In it, there is a menu with the option to import vCard, exactly the format you already have ready. Import here that file you exported from Google (contacts.vcf) and with that all will be saved in your iCloud.
Step 4: Ready, imported contacts! Now make sure your iPhone (or iPad) is syncing contacts with iCloud. Open the Settings on the device (that application with the gear icon) and in the iCloud settings, make sure the contacts are selected. With that, everything that is included in iCloud will appear on your device automatically.
You will notice that the pictures of the contacts will not come together, because Google export does not do this, so you will have to redo all the pictures. But apart from a few adjustments, this is the easiest way to permanently import your contacts from Android to iOS.
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