How to transfer your phone contacts from iPhone to Android

There was a time when moving from one phone to another meant an incredibly painful exercise. A task as simple as moving your contacts was excruciating, to the point that many people would just pay their carrier for a transfer fee (on top of buying their new phone). This process have grown easier and easier over the years, and now it takes no time at all. If you need to transfer contact from an iPhone to Android, it's really simple to do now.

This quick tutorial requires iOS 7. Apple has made iOS 7 available to almost every version of the iPhone, so if you haven't updated your iPhone yet that is going to be step one in this process. Follow this guide here if you have any problems. As long as you have iOS 7, it couldn't be easier to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android. If you already are running iOS 7, all you need is an Internet connection and a Google account. Android phones all use Google accounts to store your contacts, making them available for all of Google's services.

If you don't already have a Google account, you will need to create one. The fastest way to do this is from a computer, by heading to the Google homepage and creating an account. You can also do this from your phone if you choose just by going to Google.com in your browser. Once you have a Google account, you'll be ready to go.

Head to Settings on your iPhone and look for the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" section of the menu. From here you'll be able to add an account to your iPhone with the "Add Account" button. You will see Gmail in the list of providers that appears. Select Gmail and enter your Google account login information.

Once you have logged in, the next screen will ask you which parts of your Google account you'd like to sync. The second option in this list, Contact, will be toggled off. Tap this once and the toggle will flip and glow green. Once this happens, you iPhone and your Google account will begin sharing contacts.

You need to remain connected to the internet with your iPhone on during this process, but the phone won't tell you when the contact sync has completed. If you have a lot of contacts, this could take a little while. The best way to keep an eye on this sync process is to head to your Google account with a web browser and check for yourself. Contacts.Google.com in your browser will take you right to the list of contacts.

When all of the contacts have been moved over, all you need to do next is log in to your Android device. Once you have logged in to that phone with your Google account, the contacts from your iPhone will sync to your Android phone and the process will be complete!