How to Transfer Your Contacts to a New iPhone

Getting a new iPhone may mean losing all your contacts or having to save them again one at a time which can be a pain. The good news is there are steps you can do to transfer them all together quickly without much hustle. Whether you were previously using an android phone or an iPhone, it is quite easy for both of them.

In this tutorial, we have included two sections; the first section talks about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone and the second section talks about how to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone. To save time, jump to the section that matches the device you were previously using. Let’s get into it.

How to transfer your contacts from iPhone to iPhone

In this section, we have compiled three proven solutions:

  1. Using iCloud to sync contacts
  2. Using iCloud backup
  3. Using iTunes

1. Using iCloud to sync contact

iCloud provides a way to synchronize all kinds of data, information, and files between two or more devices including your contacts. Syncing your contacts on one device using iCloud will provide access to your contacts on the other devices you own. Here is how to sync your contacts on iCloud:

  • Make sure your old and new iPhones are connected to wifi.
  • Sign in on both devices using the same Apple ID (The one you were using on the old phone).
  • Next, open Settings on your old device and tap on your name at the top of the screen.

  • On the next page, select iCloud.

  • Make sure the contacts toggle switch is turned on. It should appear green when enabled.

  • You are then likely to see a pop up prompting you to merge contacts. Go ahead and select “merge”. Contact sync is now turned on.

  • Do the same procedure on the new iPhone. Refresh the contact list and all contacts from the old phone should appear. It may take a while to complete depending on the number of contacts you had. That’s it.

2. Transfer contacts using iCloud backup

This lets you transfer contacts by restoring them from a backup that you had previously made on iCloud. Bear in mind for this method you should have a backup in the beginning. If you don’t already have a backup of your data on iCloud, we have included how you should do it at the beginning then the restoring process at the end.

  • First off make sure both devices are connected to wifi and signed in with your Apple ID.
  • Open setting on your old iPhone and select your name at the top of the screen.

  • Go ahead and select “iCloud”.

  • Scroll down the page and choose “iCloud Backup”

  • If you find the iCloud backup is not enabled, tap on the toggle switch to turn it on. Select the “ok” button when prompted to start iCloud Backup.

  • Go ahead and tap “Back Up Now” to start backing up your data right away. Wait for the progress to finish.

  • When done saving the backup on iCloud, head over to the new iPhone and open “iCloud” from the settings. Makes sure the contacts toggle switch is turned on. Your contacts will then be transferred from the backup and should appear on your contacts list after a short while.

3. Transfer contacts using iTunes

iTunes comes with a feature that lets you backup and restore data using your computer. Here are the steps to transfer contacts using iTunes:

  • Connect your old iPhone to your computer using a USB data cable. Then go ahead and launch iTunes from your computer.

  • Click the iPhone-like icon at the top of the window.

  • Next, make sure “Summary” is selected at the side menu. Right under “Backups”, tap on the radio button next to “This Computer”.
  • Now click on the “Back Up Now” button to begin saving you data into your computer. Once the backup is complete, unplug the old iPhone from your computer.

  • Next, connect your new iPhone and go to the “Summary” section as we did in the previous steps.
  • This time around, click the “Restore Backup” button to transfer data from the backup we did a while ago.

  • Choose the backup you want to restore in case there are more than one in your computer then tap the “restore” button.

  • Your new device should restart automatically. If it doesn’t, restart it manually. The imported contacts should now appear.

How to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone

Transferring contacts from an android phone to an iPhone is easier than you think despite the platform difference. If your old phone runs on Android, the following two methods will definitely work:

  1. Transfer contacts using Google account
  2. Using the “Move to IOS” app

1.Transfer contacts using Google account

Google automatically syncs your data as long as you have a google account set up in your android phone. What you have to do is add the same google account to the new iPhone and sync on that end as well. To do that:

  • Make sure your android device is connected to wifi. Open settings and go to “Accounts”.
  • You should see all the accounts in your android device. Tap on “Google”.

  • All the sync options plus your Google email will be revealed. Ensure the toggle switch for contacts is turned on.

  • Next, add the same Google account to your new iPhone.
  • Once the account is set up in your iPhone, go ahead and open settings. Select “Passwords & Accounts” then “Gmail”.
  • Turn on the toggle switch for contacts. Ensure the iPhone is connected to wifi as well. Contacts from your android device should reflect on the new iPhone.

2. Using the “Move to IOS” app

This is an Android app that makes moving contacts from your android device to your iPhone easier than ever. The app is readily available on the Google Play store. It is compatible with android 4.0 or higher.

  • Set up your new iPhone normally until you reach the “Apps and Data” screen. Note you get this chance once while the device is new. Otherwise, you will have to reset it to access this screen again.
  • Select “Move Data from Android”. A code will then be generated.

  • Go ahead and download the app on the old android device. Enter the code that was generated by your iPhone then a connection will be made. Tick the items you want to be transferred and tap “Next”. Contacts is listed as well. Place the two phones side by side until the transfer is complete.


Transferring contacts using iTunes does not exclusively let you choose contacts only. A bunch of other things is transferred as well since this was a backup of all your data. iCloud sync is the best way to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.

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