Switching from iPhone to Android: Here’s How to Export Contacts

April 25, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Android handsets are flooding the market, and it is only natural that smartphone freaks would want to try out every new one as soon as it arrives. Being an iPhone owner also doesn’t mean that Android is a no fly zone.

It has been seen that iPhone fans too get tempted by Android devices that appear in the market boasting features that could charm anyone. So consider this: What if you bought an Android device and want to switch to Android without losing contacts on the iPhone ?

There are many ways to do that, folks. If you do have just a small list, you can go about doing it manually.  The Share Contact option is best way. All you need to do is to open the contacts folder and select the contacts you need to move. Once you have done this, you just need to  swipe down and select the tab so that it lets you share the stuff by way of e-mail or SMS.


But then the manual method is only for those who have less than 10 contacts to switch. There are other means by which others can do the same. One of them is via the iCloud. Making use of Apple’s cloud would come as helpful here.

For that you need to browse iCloud.com on your PC and then select the contacts to be exported.  You can do it one at a time or by selecting a whole bunch with Select All.  Then select Export vCard when you can see your PC downloading a VCF file that has the selected contacts.

Now plug your Android handset to the PC, copy the VCF file to the local storage and import the contacts from the Contacts or People app.

Another way for exporting contacts is by using an app that performs the task for you. One helpful app is the My Contacts Backup app which can be downloaded to your iPhone. The app then takes over and asks you for access to your contacts, and you will allow it to do so.  Tap on Backup, and then email so that you can attach the VCF file send it to your Gmail account.


This email can be opened from your Android device, and the VCF file can be downloaded. Now import your contacts to the phone.

Aren’t these methods pretty easy?

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