5 Tips | How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone 11/XS/XR

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Myra Updated on Mar 27, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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Whenever you switch to a new iPhone, you will want to transfer contacts from the old iPhone to the new one since contacts are important for all of us. Then how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone? When you see this question, what flashes into you your mind may be iCloud or AirDrop. Yes, you can use these built-in features on your device to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another. But actually, there are other ways available for you to send contacts to the new iPhone. All five workable ways are detailed below.

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How to transfer all/multiple contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iOS data transfer software
How to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone
How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud
How to sync contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes
How to import  contacts from iPhone to new iPhone via SIM card

Notes: If you want to transfer contacts and everything else from your old iPhone to a new iPhone that hasn't been set up yet, you can learn how to transfer all data from one iPhone to another to get things done.

As you can see, there are altogether five methods for you to choose, including using iOS data transfer software, AirDrop, iCloud, iTunes, and SIM card. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Carefully read these tips and then carry out the one best suited to your needs.

Method 1. How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iOS data transfer tool

EaseUS MobiMover is a reliable iPhone data transfer tool that will help you send contacts from one iPhone to another. Whether you want to transfer all contacts from the old iPhone to the new one at once, or selectively share multiple contacts on one iPhone, you can use the tool to get your needs met.

To transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone:

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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".

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

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

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This tool also helps when you need to transfer files between an iOS device and a computer, be it Mac or PC. In addition to contacts, MobiMover also supports:

  • Audio: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memo, Audiobooks
  • Photos: Pictures and Albums
  • Videos: Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos
  • Others: Messages, Books, Voicemails, and more

What's more, MobiMover can also serve as a video downloader that will bring you much convenience when you want to download online videos to your computer or iPhone/iPad. As an iPhone user, you will need such a tool at one time or another. Get it now and you will find how useful it is.

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Method 2. How to AirDrop Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Wirelessly

Without any third-party software, USB cable, or iCloud, you can AirDrop contacts from one iPhone to another over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. AirDrop is a useful feature on Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that enables the data transfer between Mac and iOS devices or between two iOS devices. With AirDrop on, you can send files like photos, videos, contacts, locations, websites and more from one device to another. In addition to AirDrop contacts, you can also AirDrop photos from Mac to iPhone, AirDrop notes from iPhone to iPad, share locations between two iPhones and more.

However, there is an unignorable disadvantage of this solution. That's you can only AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone one by one. That means if you want to share multiple contacts on the iPhone via AirDrop, you will need to repeat the steps below again and again and it'll take you a long time. If you don't mind it, read on to see how to AirDrop contacts with a few simple steps.

To AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone:

Step 1. Open the "Control Center" on both of your iDevices.

Step 2. Tap on "AirDrop" to turn it on and make sure you have switched on WLAN and Bluetooth.

Step 3. 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 4. Click "AirDrop" and choose the target device.

Step 5. 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.

How to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone

If AirDrop is not working on the iPhone, make sure you have turned on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on both of the iOS devices.

Method 3. How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone all at once with iCloud

Similar to AirDrop contacts, you can transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly with iCloud. To use this method, you need to ensure you have your devices connected to the Wi-Fi network and there is enough space on your iCloud storage. 

With iCloud, all your contacts will be synced from one iPhone to another. Thus, if you want to transfer multiple but not all contacts from iPhone to iPhone, iCloud is not a good choice for you. Luckily, there are other ways for you to transfer contacts without iCloud in this article. Switch to other proven ways freely if you need to.

To sync contacts from an old phone to the new phone using iCloud (make sure you have signed into the iPhones with the same Apple ID):

Step 1. Open "Settings" on the iPhone you want to transfer contacts from.

Step 2. Go to [your name] > "iCloud" and turn on the "Contacts" option.

Step 3. Open the "Settings" App on the iPhone you want to import contacts to.

Step 4. Click [your name] > iCoud > and switch on "Contacts".

Step 5. When a prompt appears asking what to do with the existing contacts on the target iPhone, click "Merge".

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

Syncing contacts to your new iPhone using iCloud is a convenient way to apply. It's especially helpful when you want to copy all your iPhone contacts to the new device. All you need to make sure is that there is enough iCloud space. Besides, you can also transfer iPhone contacts via iCloud backup, which requires you back up the old iPhone using iCloud and then restore the new iPhone from the iCloud backup. By doing so, you can not only transfer contacts but also other files and settings from the old iPhone to the new device.

If the contacts are not syncing, learn how to fix it from the solutions provided.

Method 4. How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes

Like using iCloud, to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes, you first need to sync the contacts from your old iPhone to a computer, then you can copy contacts from the computer to your new iPhone. As you may know, syncing contacts from iTunes to an iOS device will erase the existing ones on the device. If that's not what you want, try other solutions instead.

To send contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes:

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Connect the source iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

Step 3. In iTunes, click the "Device" tab and choose "Info" > "Sync Contacts".

Step 4. Click "Apply" to sync the iPhone contacts to the computer.

Step 5. When it has done, remove the source iPhone and connect the target iPhone instead.

Step 6. In iTunes, click the "Device" tab and choose "Info" > "Sync Contacts".

Step 7. Check the "Contacts" option in the "Advanced" section and click "Apply" to copy contacts to your new iPhone.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes

Method 5. How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone via SIM card

Are your iPhone contacts stored on the SIM card on your iPhone? If so, the easiest way for you to send contacts from one iPhone to another is to import contacts from the SIM card to your new iPhone. (You can apply the method to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone or vice versa.)

Step 1. Carefully take the SIM card out of the old iPhone and insert it into the new one.

Step 2. Open "Settings" on the target iPhone and go to click "Contacts".

Step 3. Choose "Import SIM Contacts" to import contacts from the SIM card to your new device.

How to import contacts from iPhone to iPhone via SIM card

This solution only works for the contacts saved on the SIM card. For the ones you store on the iPhone internal storage, try one of the four tips above.

Frequently Asked Questions About iPhone Contact Transfer

You may have some questions related to iPhone contact transfer to ask. There are the ones that are asked most frequently by users:

How to AirDrop all contacts?

Although you can AirDrop contacts from one iPhone to another, you cannot AirDrop all contacts at once. With AirDrop, you can only share contacts from iPhone to iPhone one by one.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android?

To transfer contacts from iPhone to Android, you have six ways to choose from. For the detailed steps, refer to the article on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to android.

How to save contacts from iPhone to SIM?

iPhone disallows you to save contacts on a SIM card. To transfer contacts from your iPhone to SIM card, you need to export contacts from your iPhone and then import the contacts to the SIM card. Read the guide on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to SIM card for the details.

The Bottom Line

These are the most practical and effective ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. Now you know all the ways on how to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another. For you to make a better decision:

  • Using EaseUS MobiMover to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone gives you the most freedom in choosing the items and saves more time for you during the transfer process. 
  • AirDrop contacts is convenient if you don't have a computer available and just want to share one or several contacts.
  • Applying iCloud to transfer contacts to new iPhone is a wireless solution for you to sync all contacts from one iPhone to another (make sure the Apple ID is the same on the devices).
  • Syncing contacts via iTunes is a solution but not the best one.
  • Importing contacts from the SIM card is the easiest solution if the contacts are stored on the SIM card.

Choose one of the ways to apply according to your specific needs and situation.