Are you thinking about switching from Android to iPhone but does it sound daunting to transfer all the data? Data like photos, music, texts, calendar, and all the contacts from your address book. We feel you, and that’s why we’ve made an easy how-to-guide to accomplish this in the easiest way possible.
Moving Data from Android to iPhone
Option 1 – Utilizing Your SIM Card
The easiest way to move contacts is by using your Universal SIM Card. You want to make sure that the SIM card you have is the same size, or can be cut into the appropriate size, to fit the new phone. Before you switch phone, simply store the address book on your SIMaddress by doing the following:
- Make a backup of your address book on your Android to your SIM card.
- Move the SIM from your Android to your iPhone.
- On the iPhone, tap the Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendars – Import SIM Contacts
- Choose the account you want to transfer them into.
- Once the transfer is down, your new iPhone will have all your old Android contacts.
Option 2 – Use Apple’s App
Since it’s in Apple’s interest to make a switch from Android to iPhone, they’ve created an app specifically for moving data from one to the other. The app is called Move, and according to Apple it will “migrate your content automatically and securely”. The app basically consolidates all of your Android data including contacts, texts photos, calendar, email accounts etc and imports them to your new iPhone. The only two steps you need to take are:
- Download Move.
- Connect to WiFi and get started with the app.
Make sure that your Android phone or tablet is running on Android 4.0 or higher in order to use this option.
Other ways include copying everything over to Google’s cloud, which means that it will always be synced, no matter which device you’re on. You could also syndicate your contacts via iTunes but it’s a bit tricky and we promised you to keep it simple!
Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android
Of course, we don’t want to leave you hanging if you want to do the reverse, going from iPhone to Android. Before you do anything else though, make a fresh backup of your iPhone in iCloud.
Use vCard to Move Contacts
- Open Firefox or Safari (not Chrome as it won’t work) and go to iCloud.com.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Click Contacts – All Contacts.
- Press the Ctrl key and A key on your keyboard simultaneously if you have a PC. If you have a Mac, press the Command key and the A key on your keyboard simultaneously. Then, click the Settings button on the bottom left corner of your screen.
- Click Export vCard and y. Your contacts will be saved as a .vcf file.
Import Contacts via Google
- Sign into your Google account and click the Google apps button in the top right corner.
- Tap Contacts – Import Contacts on the bottom of the left menu.
- Tap Choose File – Import Contacts – Choose File
- Click your vCard and open it, then click Import and all of your contacts should appear.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to move all other data, like photos and calendars separately. For more information on how to do that, check AndroidCentral.
No matter which route you take, please allow yourself some time to get used to your new phone. It’s a learning curve going from one system to another. Enjoy your new phone!
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