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5 Tips | How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone 12/11/XS/XS Max/XR/X/8

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Myra updated on Feb 22, 2021 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Transferring contacts between iPhones is a common requirement in iOS users. This often happens when they switch devices or want to get contacts synced between different devices. Whatever the purpose of doing this, try the methods offered in this post to finish the task. 

PAGE CONTENT:
Tip 1. Use an iPhone Data Transfer Tool
Tip 2. Use AirDrop
Tip 3. Use iCloud
Tip 4. Use iTunes
Tip 5. Use a SIM Card
Bonus Tip. Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone

Tip 1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iPhone Data Transfer Tool

One of the easiest, quickest, and most convenient options to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another is to use iOS data transfer tools, which are easy to use and often offer more choices for data transfer. Let's take EaseUS MobiMover, one of the most popular iOS data transfer tools, for example. As a professional iOS data transfer tool, it has almost all basic functions for data transfer. See below.

  • Transfer iOS data between two iOS devices.
  • Transfer iOS data between an iOS device and a computer (Mac or Windows).

Apart from that, it is also equipped with some additional functions, such as:

Notes: The WhatsApp Manager tool is only available in EaseUS MobiMover's free version

Step 1. Connect your iPhones to your computer and launch EaseUS MobiMover. Make sure you have trusted your computer on your iPhones and go to "Content Management" > "Contacts".

Select category

Step 2. Select the contacts you want to transfer from iPhone to iPhone X/8/8 Plus and click "More" > "To Another Phone".

select items

Step 3. Wait for the transfer process to complete. Then you can view the contacts transferred to your target iPhone in the "Contacts" app.

transfer process

In addition to transferring contacts from iPhone to iPhone, you can also do many other things like saving iPhone text messages to the computer, putting music to iPhone, and syncing photos from one iPhone to another. As an iPhone user, you will need a tool like EaseUS MobiMover in many situations. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Tip 2. AirDrop Contacts from iPhone to iPhone One by One

If you don't want to install any third-party software on your computer, AirDrop is another convenient option to pass your contacts from one iPhone to another without a problem. But note that AirDrop is not suitable for transferring mass contacts. 

Before getting started, be sure your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have been enabled on both iPhones if you have the "WiFi not working" or "Bluetooth not working" problem on your device, learn how to fix it first.

Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on both iPhones.

Turn on AirDrop on iPhone

Step 2. Go to the Contacts App on your source iPhone, tap on the contacts you'd like to send to another iPhone, and then choose "Share Contact."

Step 3. Click AirDrop and choose the target device.

Share contacts via airdrop

Step 4. Then a notification will pop up on your target iPhone. Click “Accept” to receive the contact and then check it in the Contacts App on your target iPhone.

Using this method, you can not only AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone but also share contacts from iPad to iPhone with AirDrop and vice versa.

Tip 3. Transfer Contacts from One iPhone to Another via iCloud

Apart from AirDrop and third-party software, iCloud is also a good choice for contact transfer. Compared with the two methods we introduced above, iCloud is more flexible. Whether to get all iOS data transferred from to the new iPhone or get contacts only synced between iPhones, iCloud can make that happen. The only downside of iCloud is that the contacts you transferred with iCloud will erase your current contact. 

Depend on your needs, we will show you two ways to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another with iCloud.

To transfer contacts, together with other iOS data between iPhones:

Step 1. On your source iPhone, go to the Settings app.

Step 2. Tap [your name], then tap iCloud.

Step 3. Make sure you've enabled the "Contact" button.

Step 4. Select "iCloud Backup" and tap "Back Up Now."

Back up iPhone with iCloud

Step 5. Open your target iPhone, set it up if it is a brand new one. If not, you'll need to erase it by going to the Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Then, set it up.

Erase all content and settings from iPhone

Step 6. Once you reach the App & Data page, tap "Restore from iCloud backup."

Step 7. Then, follow its on-screen prompts to finish the rest of the steps. 

Set iPhone up

To transfer contacts only from the old iPhone to the new iPhone:

Step 1. Make sure both iPhones are connected to Wi-Fi. Also, make sure both iPhones are signed in to the same Apple ID.

Step 2. On your old iPhone, head to the Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Move the Contacts slider to ON.

Step 3. Repeat Step 2 on your new iPhone. 

Step 4. Then a message will appear about merging the contacts. Just choose "Merge."

Sync contacts via iCloud sync

Tip 4. Transfer Contacts Between iPhones via iTunes

If you prefer to use iTunes instead of iCloud, here's how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes. 

Step 1. Connect your old iPhone to a computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Click your iPhone tab and click "Info."

Step 3. Tick the box next to the "Sync Contacts" option and then click "Apply."

Step 4. Then, disconnect your old iPhone and connect your new iPhone to the computer.

Step 5. Choose your new iPhone and click "Info."

Step 6. Next, tick the box next to "Sync Contacts."

Step 7. Under the "Advanced" section, make sure the "Contacts" option is checked.

Step 8. Click "Apply."

Sync Contacts via iTunes

Tip 5. Import iPhone Contacts from SIM Card

If you have ever stored contacts in your SIM card on your old iPhone, you can import them to your new iPhone. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Remove the SIM card from your old iPhone.

Step 2. Put it into your new iPhone. 

Step 3. On your new iPhone, go to the Settings.

Step 4. Tap "Contacts," then tap "Import SIM Contacts."

Bonus Tip. Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone

Currently, you can transfer contacts from Android to iPhone in three ways: by syncing a Google account, using a VCF file, using a SIM card. Here is how each way works.

Use a Google Account

Step 1. On the iPhone, go to the Settings app.

Step 2. Tap "Password & Accounts" > Tap "Add Account" > Tap "Google."

Step 3. Follow the on-screen prompts to add your Google account to the iPhone. Then, your contacts will be automatically synced.

Use a VCF File

Step 1. On your Android device, open the Contacts app.

Step 2. Tap the three dots at the top right corner of the screen and then tap "Share."

Step 3. Choose the contact you wish to transfer and tap "Share."

Step 4. Select "VCF file."

Step 5. Choose the way you wish to send the VCF file via emails or text messages.

Step 6. On your iPhone, open VCF files and add the contacts to your iPhone.

Use a SIM card

Step 1. On your Android phone, open the Contacts app. 

Step 2. Tap the hamburger menu.

Step 3. Tap "Manage Contacts."

Step 4. From this page, tap "Import/export contacts" and then Tap "Export."

Step 5. Select where to export your contacts to.

Step 6. Choose the contacts you wish to export and tap "Export."

Step 7. Remove the SIM card from your Android device and insert it in your iPhone. 

Step 8. Import SIM contacts: Go to the Settings > Contacts > Import SIM Contacts.

The final words

These are the most practical and effective ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. As you can compare, EaseUS MobiMover gives you the most freedom in choosing the items and saves more time for you during the transfer process. Get it now, and you will enjoy a good helper forever.