3 Methods to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy

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The biggest event of this month in mobile industry was the new arrival of Samsung's flagship smartphone Galaxy S10 and Note 10. News reports and testing reviews start to pump in on all major online publications. A portion of ordinary users like me is convinced to buy the new device because of its revolution technology and Touchwiz interface. However, switching from iPhone to Samsung powered device is not easy as imagined. They are totally different kind of devices and have different ways to do things. In here, we will use Galaxy S10 as an example. However, it is not limited to S10, but also for Samsung Galaxy Note 10/9/8, Galaxy S9/S8/S7and iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6S.

One of firs things to bring the new device into practical use is to transfer all of contacts from iPhone to Galaxy S10. This could be done with iCloud in minutes if both were iOS devices. So things are a bit complicated in this case. This applies to the same from iPhone to Android. After digging out for a few hours online, I finally found out an easy and workable way to figure it out.


Method 1: Best Way to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Samsung

Androidsoft Phone to Phone Transfer is an ultimate desktop tool to copy content from one mobile device to another among different platforms, including iOS and Android. Contacts and text messages can be easily transferred between various smartphones. What's more surprising is that the entire transfer task is done automatically at the background, just within a few mouse clicks. No more additional work is involved, anyone who even has no prior computer knowledge can get the items transferred without much effort.

Supported iPhone Models: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone 8/8 Plus, Phone 7/7Plus, iPhone 6S Plus/ iPhone 6S/ iPhone 6 Plus/ iPhone 6/iPhone 5S/iPhone 5/iPhone 4S

Supported Samsung Models: Galaxy S10/S10+, Galaxy S9/S9+, Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 10/9/8/7/Note 5Ace/A/J series.

Step 1 Install and Run Phone Transfer Program

First, download and nstall the software on a computer. When the installation is finished, it will be opened automatically. Below is the main screenshot of the program. At this time, Click Switch tab to start the data transfer process.

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Step 2 Connect iPhone and Samsung Smartphone to Computer

Plug the two smartphones to the same computer via USB cable. Once connected, both devices should be recognized by the computer if USB drivers are installed previously. Head to the device's official site to download the proper driver if the driver is missing. Please be noted the notification on the smartphone. Don't forget to tap "Yes" or "Trust" on the dveices when the message pops up.

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Step 3 Scan Contacts Stored on iPhone

Once the devices are recognized by the software, it will start scanning contacts and other items on it. All of the contacts and text messages will be discovered and display the total number beside each item on the center.


Step 4 Start Transferring Contacts from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S10

Select the items you are preparing to transfer and click Start Transfer button to start the transferring process. It should be done in a few minutes, depending on how many contacts and messages stored on the iPhone. Besides contacts and text messages, photos/music/videos transfer is also supported by the program.

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Note: You can also extract iPhone contacts from iTunes backup within this program, then transfer them to Android. However, you should input the right backup password to unlock the backup. If you just forgot it, then yo can use iSeePassword iTunes Password Recovery tool to recover the iTunes backup password.


Method 2: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Samsung with iTunes

Step 1. Plug your iPhone to computer via USB cable. Make sure the USB driver is installed properly.

Step 2. Open iTunes program from Startup menu or desktop shortcut. It will automatically detect the iPhone attached on the same computer.

Step 3. Click on the name of your device on iTunes, which leads to details page of iPhone.

Step 4. Click Info tab on the navigation menu, and mark the "Sync Contacts With" check box, and choose "Google Contacts" from the drop-down list.

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Step 5. Register your Google account if you haven't done this already. Otherwise, you can click "Configure" and select an existing Google account.

Step 6. Click "Apply" and allow iTunes to sync contacts with your Google account .

Step 7. Go to "Settings" > "Accounts" on your Galaxy S5 to add the account to the new device, the same account as the one used in iTunes.

Step 8. Set Google so that it syncs contacts with your S5, and you're all set.


Method 3 : Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Samsung with iCloud

Step 1. Turn on iCloud Backup option on your iPhone and make sure Contact backup is enabled.

Step 2. Go to iCloud.com and click Contacts icon listed in the main screen.

Step 3. Find the little gear icon at the bottom of left corner.

Export Contacts vCard


Step 4. Select Export vCard, then all of the contacts will be stored in a vcf file.

Step 5. Copy the .vcf file to the root folder of Galaxy S10 and import them to Galaxy S10 with default People app.

However, in case you don't have iCloud service enabled previously, then follow the below tutorial instead.


Method 4 : Transfer iPhone Contacts to Samsung via Smart Switch

The Smart Switch app is free to download from App Store and Play Store. The coolest part is that it does not include any type of subscription pricing tiers. Smart Switch is not just about transferring data between devices as it can do a lot more things. One such thing lies in the ability to reinstall your device’s drivers and recover your device system software.

Step 1. Please install Smart Switch app on both iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone. Open it on your device and then select how you want to transfer data to Samsung Galaxy device.

Step 2. Next up, select your preferred transfer mode and then proceed with the next step (if you choose the USB Cable mode, make sure you connect the iPhone to the Galaxy device using the USB Cable).

Step 3. Now, tap Import from iOS device option and check the box next to iOS device under the "Select your old device" option.

Smart Switch for iOS


Step 4. Enter the code displayed on Galaxy device to establish a secure connection. Once it is done, select the content you wish to move over to your Samsung phone and then the tool will start transferring your contacts to your Samsung device.

One of the biggest problem with Smart Switch is that the connection is not stable. And some of the iPhone models with low iOS version are not able to be deleted by this app. Hence the transfer won't get started.


Method 5 : Transfer iPhone Contacts to Samsung via FoneCopy

FoneCopy is another poplular software for data transfer between Android and iPhone. It is not a complete content migration but it is ideal for contacts transfer as well as for photos and media files. Unlike Androidphonesoft Phone Transfer, the supported data types are limited, meaning you can not transfer private items such as messages, call logs, WhatsApp etc.

Another benefit from FoneCopy is that it lets you remove data on old phone. This should come in handy for those who want to sell it or give it to others. However, one major drawback is that it requires a computer to work and does not come with an intuitive UI.

Step 1. Download and install FoneCopy on your computer.

Step 2. Once you are done, connect both devices to your computer using the USB Cables and then they should show up in FoneCopy.

Step 3. Select the source device and target device, then select Contacts from the list of options and hit the Start to Copy option. A few minutes later, all contacts on iPhone will be transferred to Samsung Galaxy S10.




This article compared 3 methods to see how they performed on different phones, the first two methods are totally different and may be annoying, tedious, and time-consuming. In addition, they only work contacts transfer. For text messages transfer, method 3 is the only way. Meanwhile it requires you to take the time to arm yourself with some basic information. Conversely, the method 3 will provide a hassle-free experience when copying data to another phone. Finding out which method is the best data transfer solution for you is your priority when you need to replace your cellphone, here the Method 3 is highly recommended!



Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee

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Sophia is a senior editor of Androidsoft. She discovered the fascinating world of Android and constantly share the most practical tips and tricks for Android users.

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