How to transfer iPhone Contacts, Photos, Music and Videos to your new Android for Dummies

circular-android My father-in-law went on a business trip to China recently and since these days everything is made in China, I couldn’t help but ask him to bring me a cutting-edge Android phone from Huawei. I saved 200 bucks on the purchase and after a day of play, I managed to bring it to looks with my old iPhone.

If you decided to switch camps, read on to see just how easy it is to transfer contents over from your iPhone. The good news is the transfer method remains the same whether it is a Huawei, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7, Nexus 6P, Xperia Z5 or even Microsoft Lumia and BlackBerry Priv.

So where do you begin?


My old iPhone 5 contacts were all over the place. I sourced most of them from my Gmail account but I also had some contacts in iCloud and a small portion saved directly on the phone memory. copytrans contacts icon

To avoid this, it’s a good idea to know exactly where you wish to keep all your Android contacts before you actually begin the transfer. I chose to transfer all my contacts to an easily accessible and a reasonably private location – the phone memory.

I used CopyTrans Contacts as a starting point as it helped me get all iPhone contacts from multiple locations (i.e. iCloud, Gmail, local memory, etc.) and transfer them to a single place. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Download CopyTrans Contacts from the page below

    Download CopyTrans Contacts
  2. Fire up CopyTrans Contacts and connect your old iPhone. The local iPhone contacts will display in the main program window. Contacts you source from iCloud or Exchange will also display automatically copytrans contacts program window loading cloud contacts

    If you keep contacts in a Gmail a Yahoo, or a custom cloud account, navigate to “More > Cloud setup” and connect the respective accounts with the program. cloud setup in copytrans contacts

  3. Select the contacts you wish to transfer. I selected all contacts by checking the box next to “Contacts” on top of the list copytrans contacts window to enlarge
  4. Click on the “Export selected” button export selected button
  5. From the popup, select “Android (multiple .vcf files)” export contacts to android single vcf files
  6. Select a folder on your PC where to save the contacts and click “OK” browse for folder window
  7. Once the transfer is through, you can see your contacts saved as vCard (.vcf) files. In my case, I exported almost 2,000 contacts! vcard contact files in windows explorer
  8. Now that you have the contacts on the PC, connect your new Android phone and access its internal memory from “My Computer” internal memory of huawei windows explorer
  9. Optional: you can create a new folder in the Android storage where to place your contacts. I named the new folder “Contacts”. This way the storage of your Android phone looks a little more organized
  10. Now select all vCard files and drag-n-drop them to the internal Android storage drag and drop contacts from pc to android
  11. If prompted, click “Yes” after checking the box next to “Do this for all files” android do you want to copy file to your device
  12. Open the Contacts app on your Android phone android contacts app
  13. Tap on the “Menu” button from within the Contacts app and tap “Import/Export” android contacts import/export
  14. Tap “Import from storage” android contacts import from storage
  15. If prompted, tap “Select all” to choose all contacts at once and then tap “OK”. import android contacts from storage

This is how I imported all my iPhone, iCloud and Gmail contacts at once into my new Android phone. iphone contacts on android

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