5 Methods on How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Samsung

“How to transfer my contacts from iPhone to Samsung? I have got a new Samsung, but don’t know how to move my contacts from my old iPhone 7!”

A friend of mine who has recently got a brand new Samsung Galaxy asked me this as he wanted to move contacts from iPhone to Samsung. Well, when we get a new smartphone, this is the first thing that comes to our mind. Earlier, moving data from iPhone to Samsung or vice-versa used to be a tedious job. Luckily, with the change in time, there have been several solutions to transfer contacts from iPhone to Samsung. You can use any third-party tool and native solutions like Smart Switch or iTunes. Let’s proceed and learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Samsung in 5 different ways.

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Part 1: One-click Solution to Selectively Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Samsung

I’m going to start with the tool that I use all the time to move my data from one device to another. With the help of Wondershare MobileTrans, all it takes is a single click to move contacts from iPhone to Samsung or vice-versa. Apart from contacts, it can also move other data types such as photos, videos, audios, messages, notes, call logs, and so much more. The interface will let you pick the category of data that you wish to move to save your time. The quality of your data will remain 100% intact and it will only take a few minutes to complete the transfer process.

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  • MobileTrans is extremely easy to use with an intuitive interface that does not need any technical background.
  • It supports the direct phone to phone transfer of data for photos, videos, music, contacts, call logs, bookmarks, messages, notes, and so much more.
  • Users can first select the type of data they wish to move before commencing the process. You would not encounter any compatibility issues using it.
  • It is compatible with 6000+ different phone models and even supports the cross-platform transfer of data like iOS to Android (and vice versa).
  • The quality of the data would remain 100% intact and it would not be saved anywhere in between.
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To learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Samsung with a single click, follow these basic steps:

Step 1: Firstly, install MobileTrans on your system and choose the “Phone Transfer” option after launching it.

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Step 2: Now, connect your old iPhone and the new Samsung to the system using working cables and let MobileTrans detect both of them.

Step 3: Ideally, iPhone should be listed as the source while Samsung should be the target device. If not, use the Flip button to change their positions and subsequently, select the type of data you wish to transfer.

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Step 4: After selecting the “Contacts” option, click on the “Start” button and simply wait for a while as MobileTrans would move contacts from iPhone to Samsung.

Step 5: Once the data transfer is completed, MobileTrans will let you know so that you can safely remove both the devices from the system. Later, you can access the transferred contacts on your Samsung.

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Pros:

  • One-click data transfer
  • Direct transfer between different platforms
  • Supports different types of data transfer
  • Compatible with 8000+ phone models

Cons:

  • None

Part 2: Install Samsung Smart Switch App to Transfer Contacts to Samsung

To make it easier for new Samsung users to move their data from an existing data, the company has released a dedicated app – Smart Switch. With it, you can transfer contacts from iPhone/Android to Samsung directly. Besides contacts, it also supports the transfer of your media files, documents, etc. as well. While the time taken is more than MobileTrans, it will let you meet your basic data transfer requirements for sure. The app is available for free and can be downloaded on your phone from the Play Store. After downloading the app, follow these steps to learn how to move contacts from iPhone to Samsung.

Step 1: Firstly, launch the Samsung Smart Switch app on your new phone and select a mode to perform data transfer.

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Step 2: To proceed, you need to select if you wish to transfer data from an iOS or Android device – in this case, it will be an iPhone. Also, you can select if you wish to transfer data from iCloud or the device itself.

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Step 3: If you tap on the “Import from iCloud” option, then just log-in to the iCloud account where your contacts are stored. Select the type of data you wish to transfer (including Contacts) and tap on the “Import” button.

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Step 4: Alternatively, if you have opted to Import data from iPhone, then you need to connect both the devices using an OTG cable. Select Smart Switch as the application to connect and trust the connected device on your iPhone.

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Step 5: Once your iPhone is connected, you can select what you wish to move to your Samsung. Select “Contacts” from the list and tap on the “Import” button to copy contacts from iPhone to Samsung.

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Pros:

  • Free solution
  • Supports iCloud transfer as well

Cons:

  • Complicated to use
  • Compatibility issues

Part 3: Get iPhone Contacts from an iTunes Backup to Samsung

Apart from a mobile app, Samsung Smart Switch is also available for desktops as well. One of the added features of the desktop application is that it can also restore an existing iTunes backup to your Samsung. The solution is pretty fast and will let you restore other data types present in the iTunes backup file. Needless to say, you should have maintained a prior backup of your iPhone on iTunes for this technique to work. Once you have the backup stored on the system, follow these steps to transfer contacts from iPhone to Samsung.

Step 1: To start with, connect your Samsung to the system (Mac or Windows) and launch the Smart Switch desktop application on it. After your device is detected, choose the “Restore” option.

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Step 2: From the available features, click on the “Select a different backup” button at the bottom of the screen.

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Step 3: This will let you import backup from different sources. On the top of the screen, you can click on the dropdown option and select the iTunes backup data field.

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Step 4: A list of the saved iTunes backup would be displayed for you to select an appropriate option. Now, just select the type of data you wish to restore and make sure the “Contacts” option is enabled.

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Step 5: Confirm your choice and click on the “Restore” button to start the transfer process. Once your contacts are moved successfully, you will be notified so that you can safely remove your phone.

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Pros:

  • Easy iTunes backup extraction process
  • Can restore other data types as well

Cons:

  • Compatibility issues
  • No preview of data available

Part 4: Use iCloud to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Samsung

A lot of iPhone users prefer to take a backup of their data on iCloud or simply sync their contacts over the cloud. This makes it easier for them to access their contacts remotely and export it whenever they way. Therefore, if you have already synced your iPhone contacts with iCloud, then you can follow this approach. In this, we will first export the iCloud contacts to a VCF file and later use it to transfer contacts from iPhone to Samsung. Here’s how to get contacts from iPhone to Samsung using iCloud.

Step 1: Sync your iPhone contacts with iCloud from its settings and later go to the official website of iCloud. Log in to your account, and from its home, select the “Contacts” field.

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Step 2: This will launch a dedicated screen with all the iCloud contacts listed. You can mark the contacts you wish to move or go to the settings (the gear icon at the bottom) and select all contacts.

Step 3: Afterward, go to the settings (the gear icon) again and click on the “Export vCard” option. This will let you export the selected contacts into a VCF file.

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Step 4: Now, copy the recently exported VCF file to your Samsung’s internal storage or its connected SD card. Once you have the vCard saved on your Samsung, go to its Contacts > Settings > Import/Export and choose to import contacts from the copied vCard.

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Pros:

  • Free solution

Cons:

  • Only contacts can be transferred
  • Additional data related to contacts is often lost
  • Takes more time than the above solutions

Part 5: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Samsung via SIM card

Lastly, if nothing else would work, then you can also transfer contacts from iPhone to Samsung using your SIM card. Earlier, SIM cards used to have a restricted memory and were not able to accommodate all our contacts. Though, even now, the SIM card would only be able to store your contacts and the additional data like ringtones or contact’s photos would be lost. In this, we will first save contacts on iPhone’s SIM card and later would use the same SIM to copy contacts from iPhone to Samsung.

Step 1: Firstly, make sure that your contacts are saved on the SIM card on your iPhone. If not, then just go to its Contacts settings and save your contacts on the SIM card instead.

Step 2: Now, just remove the SIM card from your iPhone using a SIM ejector tool and carefully insert it into your Samsung instead.

Step 3: Once the new SIM is detected, go the device’s Contacts > Settings > Manage Contacts. Under the Import/Export option, simply choose to import contacts from the SIM card.

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Pros:

  • Free solution

Cons:

  • Extremely time-consuming
  • Can only transfer contacts
  • Additional information of contacts is lost

That’s a wrap, everyone! After reading this extensive guide on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Samsung, you would be able to move your contacts like a pro. As you can see, the guide has provided 5 different solutions to move contacts from iPhone to Samsung and even listed their pros and cons. From these solutions, I personally use MobileTrans by Wondershare to transfer my data from one device to another. With just a single click, it will let you move your contacts, messages, photos, videos, call logs, notes, and so much more between any two devices!

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