How to transfer contacts from an Android smartphone to your Apple iPhone XS

Just made a switch from Android to iOS with the latest iPhone XS and need help importing contacts? If that is so, then we’ve got you covered. Illustrated below are simple steps on how to sync contacts between the iPhone XS and Android smartphone. Read on if think you need this information.

One of the first things most people do when switching from Android to iOS device or procuring a new iPhone is to import Gmail or Google contacts. To many, this has been among the priority list as Gmail contacts are essential to business and personal communication purposes.

Before cloud was introduced, syncing of personal information required plenty of cables and a computer. But today’s technology no longer needs such setup as everything can now be shared instantly, seamlessly, and wirelessly through the cloud. And this post will walk you through the standard process.  

Before you begin syncing contacts between your Android and new iOS device, make sure that Wi-Fi is enabled on both devices. If necessary, plug both devices into power. The syncing process could take a while depending on the number of contacts to transfer.

How to transfer contacts from Android to iOS during initial setup

If you wanted to transfer contacts during the initial setup process, you can use the Move to iOS app on your iPhone XS. Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and install the Move to iOS app on your Android device, if necessary.
  2. Whenever you’re ready, start setting up your new iPhone XS using the setup wizard.
  3. When you get to the Apps & Data screen on your iPhone, tap the option to Move Data from Android.
  4. Open the Move to iOS app on your Android device and tap Continue. Read and review the terms and conditions, then tap Agree to proceed. On the Find Your Code screen, tap Next on the upper-right corner. A code will then be sent to your iOS device.
  5. From the Move from Android screen on your iPhone XS, tap Continue.
  6. Wait for a 10-digit or 6-digit code to show up on your iPhone screen.
  7. Enter the code on your Android device then wait for the Transfer Data screen to show up.
  8. Select the files you want to move from your Android device then tap Next.
  9. On your iPhone XS, wait for the progress bar to finish.
  10. Go to your Android device then tap Done.
  11. Go back to your iPhone XS then tap Continue.

Then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to finish the initial setup process for your iOS device. Make sure both devices are turned on until the transfer is finished.

Syncing contact information from an Android phone to iPhone XS using built-in sync functions

Once you add a Google account on your device, Gmail is set up to sync by default. This means that all contents you create or edit on Android are saved to Google’s servers. This therefore allows you to easily sync the information with your iOS device in such a way that lets you create changes from iOS platform. The syncing process could take a while depending on the number of contacts to transfer, so you just have to be patient.

And here’s how to get this done on your iPhone XS:

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone XS.
  2. Scroll down and tap Accounts & Passwords.
  3. Tap the option to Add Account.
  4. Select Google from the list of servers.
  5. Enter your Google ID (email address) then tap Next to continue.
  6. Type in the password for your email address.
  7. Then tap Next again to proceed.
  8. If two-step verification is enabled for that email address, you will be prompted to enter the verification code sent to your indicated phone number.
  9. Next, toggle the Contacts switch on the Gmail screen to turn it on.

You can set your Google account as default so that anything you add on your iPhone XS will be directly synced to Google servers.

How to remove unwanted Gmail contacts from your iPhone XS

In case you no longer want to keep your Gmail contacts on your iPhone XS, you can easily delete them at any time. Just follow these steps:

  1. Tap to open Settings on your iPhone XS.
  2. Tap Accounts & Passwords.
  3. Scroll to and tap Gmail.
  4. Toggle the switch next to Contacts to turn it off.
  5. If prompted to confirm, tap Delete from My iPhone.

All Gmail contacts will then be removed from your iPhone.

Aside from the iOS native functions, there are also other solutions or software tools that are designed to serve similar purpose of managing essential files. Most of these tools allows you to transfer contacts, photos, music, text messages, videos and other files from an Android device to your iPhone XS in just a click. Nevertheless, this is more like a manual data transfer as it requires you to connect your iOS device to your computer. These tools work the same as Apple’s very own iTunes software. In order to use any of these alternative iOS data transfer solutions, you will need to download and install it on your computer. After installing the software, launch it and connect your iPhone XS to your computer using the original USB cable/Lightning cable.

In case you will encounter errors when attempting to sync or transfer contacts from your iPhone XS to an Android device, you can refer to the iPhone XS troubleshooting guides outlined on the Troubleshooting page of this site.

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