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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android Without iTunes [4 Ways]

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Sofia Albert updated on Aug 29, 2023 | Home > Mobile Transfer

When you have a large list of contacts to transfer and your iPhone is running an iOS version of iOS lower than iOS 5, the only way to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android is to sync contacts with your Android device's Gmail account through iTunes.

Today, thanks to new technological innovations in email, Google Drive, iCloud, and data transfer apps, there are a number of ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android without iTunes.

This article primarily talks about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android without iTunes. Read to find the best way for you to get your Android phone ready and stay connected with your social and work life.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android Using Gmail

Syncing contacts from your iPhone to an Android smartphone using a Gmail account is still possible, but it now functions differently. Google Contacts, not iTunes, is used to sync the contacts to the Gmail account.

Step 1. Add your Gmail account linked to the Android phone to your iPhone through the Mail app. You need to have the Gmail account enabled on your iPhone beforehand. 

Step 2. Open the Settings app and go to the Mail option on your iPhone. 

Step 3. Tap Accounts and select the specific Gmail account.

Step 4. Toggle on the Contacts slider. 

Step 5. Log into the same Gmail account on your Android device. 

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The contacts from that Gmail account should all transfer automatically.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android with Google Drive

Another effective way to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android without iTunes is to back up and sync contacts through Google Drive. Working as an intermediary, Google Drive lets you migrate all contacts from an iPhone to an Android phone. 

Step 1. Download the Google Drive app on your iPhone and log into it with a Google account.

Step 2. Tap the menu icon (the three lines) in the top-left corner and then tap Settings > Backup. 

Step 3. Select Contacts and toggle on the Back up to Google Contacts option. 

Step 4. Tap the back arrow and hit Start Backup. Before you hit the Start backup button, you can also ensure the Calender and Photos & Videos are toggled on if you want to create a backup of these items too. 

Step 5. After contacts have been backed up, sign in Google Drive app with the same Google account on your Android Phone and open the Contacts app to see if all contacts are there. 

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Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android by a vCard File

A standard file for storing contact information is a vCard, also referred to as a.VCF file. It is ideal for exchanging contacts because every phone can read it. This VCF file can be backed up and exported from your iPhone by using iCloud. Then you just import the VCF file to your Android and all contacts will be transferred. 

The process can be done via a computer, while the steps below describe how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android without computer.

Step 1. On your iPhone, open Settings and then tap on your name at the top. 

Step 2. Tap iCloud and make sure Contacts are toggled on for iCloud backup.

Step 3. On your Android phone, open a browser to visit and sign in with your iCloud account.

Step 4. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner and select the Desktop site to make the iCloud display a desktop version. 

Step 5. Select Contacts in the home menu, and then tap the small gear icon in the bottom-left corner.

Step 6. Tap Select All and then Export vCard. You can use this method to transfer contacts selectively by selecting contacts one by one.

Step 7. Find the downloaded VCF file in your files app on your Android and open it.

Step 8. When asked "Import contacts from vCard?", click OK. 

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Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android via a Contacts Transfer App (MobileTrans)

Unlike all the previously recommended methods will require data synchronization or backup, a third-party iOS-to-Android data transfer app can directly copy your contacts from iPhone to Android. Both mobile and desktop apps are available. MobileTrans is one of the best contacts transfer apps and it will be used as an example to show how these apps work. 

MobileTrans can transfer 18+ types of data including messages, contacts, videos, photos, apps, music, and more between iPhone and Android phones. It also supports exporting data like the vCard file to computer and importing files on a computer to your mobile device. It makes data transfer between an iOS device and an Android device seamless and wireless. 

Step 1. Launch MobileTrans after installing it on your computer. 

Step 2. Connect both phones to your computer. 

Step 3. Select iPhone as the source phone and Android as the destination phone for transferring contacts. 

Step 4. Select Contacts or other information you want to transfer in the file type list.

Step 5. Click Start to copy contacts from iPhone to Android. 

Now you can check your Android phone to see if all 


When you switch to a new Android phone from an iPhone, the first thing after the device setup is usually to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android. Transferring contacts between two phones used to be easy as contact information used to be stored directly on the SIM card. But now it is more likely you have to transfer contacts from your iPhone to your Android phone manually, such as using iTunes. 

Thankfully, iTunes is not the only way to accomplish this task. This article concludes how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android without iTunes in 4 ways. The methods include using a Gmail account, Google Drive, vCard file, and iPhone to Android contacts transfer tool. A tool like MobileTrans gives you more control and flexibility in moving data between mobile devices. 

FAQs on How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android Without iTunes

Here are some other questions that may also concern you:

1. How do I transfer contacts from iPhone to Android directly?

As iOS and Android are two entirely distinct mobile operating systems that don't cooperate with one another, it is currently difficult to transfer contacts from an iPhone to an Android device directly unless you use a contacts transfer solution between mobile devices. 

2. Is there free software to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android?

Yes, you can use Google Drive or iCloud to help you move contacts from iPhone to Android at no cost.