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How to Send All Contacts from iPhone to Android

Send All Contacts from iPhone

This is will teach you how to share all contacts from iPhone to Android using the Contacts app on iPhone since Apple has set all the contact cards to share via vCard, which is compatible with every operating system. If you’re transferring phones, many newer Androids usually have their own apps to transfer data (like Samsung’s Smart Switch), but you can also use iCloud and Google Contacts with a computer.

Method 1

Sharing Contacts with the Contacts App

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  • 1 Open the Contacts app on your iPhone. This app icon looks like an address book with grey, blue, orange, and green tabs that you’ll find on one of your Home screens.
    • You can also tap the “Contacts” tab from your phone app.
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  • 2 Long-tap a contact from your contact list until you see a checkmark next to it. Tap to select and checkmark other contacts to add them to your list or tap Select All Contacts at the bottom of your screen.
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  • 3 Tap Share. It’s in the upper right corner of your screen.
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  • 4 Tap to choose a method of sharing. A list of compatible apps will load, like text message or mail, and you can pick out of these to send the contact(s).

Method 2

Transferring Contacts with iCloud and Google Contacts

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  • 1 Backup your iPhone to iCloud (with Contacts selected). If you aren’t sure how to do this, refer to How to Back Up to the Cloud. You’ll most likely find your iCloud settings in Settings > iCloud > (make sure Contacts is enabled) > Backup > Back Up Now.
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  • 2 Go to https://www.icloud.com in a browser like Firefox or Safari (not Chrome). Since this process does not work with Chrome browsers, you need to use a different web browser.
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  • 3 Sign in with your Apple ID and password. After you enter your Apple ID, you’ll need to click the arrow to see the prompt to enter your password.
    • Click the arrow in the password field to log in.
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  • 4 Click Contacts. This is usually the second icon in the first row with an icon that matches the iPhone app icon, which looks like an address book with grey, blue, orange, and green tabs.
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  • 5 Click All Contacts. You’ll see this button in the top left corner of your screen under iCloud Contacts.
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  • 6 Press ⌘ Cmd+A (Mac) or Ctrl+A (Windows). This will select all the information of all the contacts listed.
    • You should see the panel on the right side of the page reflect that you have all your contacts selected.
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  • 7 Click . You’ll see this gear icon in the bottom left corner of the browser.
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  • 8 Click Export vCard. It’s usually near the bottom of the pop-up menu.
    • Your contacts might automatically save as a .vcf file in your “Downloads” folder; if not, a file manager window will pop-up for you to select where to save the contacts file and what to name it.
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  • 9 Go to https://contacts.google.com in a web browser. Any web browser (like Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) will work to import contacts in Google Contacts.
    • Log in if prompted. You’ll need to log in with the same Google account that you set up your Android with.
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  • 10 Click Import. It’s in the vertical menu on the left side of the page. You may need to click ^ next to “Labels” to collapse that menu to see the import option.
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  • 11 Click Select File. You’ll see this in the middle of the screen.
    • Your file manager should open.
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  • 12 Navigate to and double-click the .vcf you exported from iCloud. The file manager will close and your vCard will display in the pop-up window next to “Select File.”
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  • 13 Click Import. The vCard will begin to import and you’ll see the import progress in a pop-up box in the lower right corner of your browser window.
    • If you’re already signed into the same Google account on your Android, the newly imported contacts will appear momentarily, depending on your Wi-Fi/data connection and sync settings. To force a sync, go to Settings > Accounts > Google Account > Account sync > ⋮ > Sync Now. To add the Google account on your Android, open Settings > Accounts > Add Account.

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