How to Transfer Samsung Galaxy Contacts to iPhone in 2021

By Vernon Roderick, Last updated: January 26, 2021

While it is a given that iPhone products are a bit more expensive than Samsung devices, there are perks to having an iPhone. One of the biggest perks would be the fact that there are many functions available such as iCloud, iTunes, AirDrop, and more.

However, since Android and iPhone are a bit incompatible, migrating from Samsung Galaxy to iPhone will be a bit bothersome. While it may be a bit easier for files like photos and videos, it’s not the same for contacts.

Find out different ways for you to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone with ease. Let’s start with what I consider to be the most effective method.
Transfer Samsung Galaxy Contacts to iPhone

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How to Easily Transfer Samsung Galaxy Contacts to iPhone

There’s no denying that the easiest way to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone, let alone transfer any files for that matter, is by using specialized software. And among the endless variations of tools out there, you’ll find FoneDog Phone Transfer to be the most ideal.

FoneDog Phone Transfer is a file transfer tool that allows users to transfer all kinds of files, be it photos, videos, contacts, and more. It can be run on Windows, but unfortunately, it doesn’t support Mac, though you can use it on the latest version of iPhone or Samsung.

Below are the steps to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone:

FoneDog Phone Transfer

Step 1. Connect Your Devices to Computer

Connect the Samsung Galaxy and iPhone to the computer with their appropriate USB cords. Open the FoneDog Phone Transfer software on the computer. Click on the dropdown menu from the middle-top area and select your Samsung Galaxy device’s name.

Step 2. Choose File Type

Choose the file type on the left side of the window. Since we are trying to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone, select Contacts. This will scan for files belonging to the selected file category.

Select Samsung Galaxy Contacts

Step 3. Transfer Samsung Galaxy Contacts to iPhone

Once the scan is finished, you’ll be able to see a list of files on the right side of the window. These are the scanned contacts. Click on the contacts that you want to transfer. Once you are done, click on the third button from the top menu bar and select your iPhone device.

Start Transfering Samsng Galaxy Contacts to iPhone

This will automatically transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone. Remember to disconnect your devices once the transfer is complete so as to avoid any issues.

Transfer Samsung Galaxy Contacts to iPhone with Move to iOS App

If you’re switching to an iOS device, then it’s crucial that you know about Move to iOS app.

Move to iOS is an app available for most devices, even Android. Basically, it is an app that helps with moving your files and other data from one device to another, just like how a mover helps you move from the old house to the new one.

Below are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Turn on the WiFi on your Samsung Galaxy only, not your iPhone.
  2. Install Move to iOS on your Android from your Google Play Store. Since it is built-in on your iPhone, there’s no need for installation.
  3. Now while setting up your iPhone, you’ll come by the Apps & Data screen. Select Move Data from Android once it pops up.
  4. On your Samsung Galaxy, open the Move to iOS app.
  5. Proceed with the intro. Simply tap on Continue, read the terms and conditions, agree, and continue until you see the Find Your Code screen and when you do, tap Next.
  6. Tap on Continue on your iPhone and you’ll see a code. Enter this code on your Samsung.
  7. On the Transfer Data screen, select the file types that you want to include, which should be Contacts.
  8. Follow the onscreen instructions on your iPhone and tap Done when you’re finished.

Transfer Contacts by Move to iOS

The contacts should now be moved over to your iPhone, along with the other files that you have selected, if you did select other files besides contacts.

That’s how to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone using the Move to iOS app. Note that the app is not available for extremely old models of iPhone, though that’s unlikely nowadays.

Transfer Samsung Galaxy Contacts to iPhone with Email Account

Previously, you used the power of a well-developed app. This time, we will be making use of cloud to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone.

As you may already know, you can link your iPhone to an email account. As luck would have it, Samsung can only link to an email account. So, if you link to the same account, you will get the same contacts.

Here’s how it basically goes:

  1. On your Samsung Galaxy, head to Settings.
  2. Go to Account.
  3. Now tap on the Google account that you are currently using and tap on Sync account.
  4. Turn on the slider for Sync Contacts.

This will set up the account on your Samsung. Next would be on iPhone.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings.
  2. Select Passwords & Accounts.
  3. Tap on Add Account and select the email provider that you are currently using on your Samsung, whether it is Google, Yahoo, or others.
  4. Enter your credentials (email address and password)
  5. Tap on Next.
  6. Now on the next screen, make sure the slider for Contacts is green or turned on.

Transfer Samsung Contacts by Email

You should then be able to see the contacts on your iPhone. Simply go to your Contacts app and there’s a whole group where all synced contacts are piled up.

That is how you can transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone by syncing them up. Remember that any change done to the Samsung contacts will be applied to the iPhone contacts.

Transfer Samsung Galaxy Contacts to iPhone via SIM Card

We all know that SIM cards can store contacts, so there’s no need to be an expert to get the idea of learning to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone using a SIM card, but how?

Every Samsung device has a function that allows users to Import or Export their contacts to or from a SIM card. The same goes for iPhone, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Below are the steps to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone:

  1. On your Samsung, open Contacts.
  2. Tap on the three dots (Menu) at the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Manage contacts > Import/Export contacts.
  4. On the next screen, tap on Export.
  5. You’ll be asked where you want to export the contacts. Select SIM card and tap Export.
  6. Once the export is complete, remove your SIM card from Samsung Galaxy and then insert it on your iPhone.
  7. Now on your iPhone device, head to Settings > Contacts. This may appear as Mail, Contacts, Calendars in other iPhone models.
  8. Select Import SIM Contacts.

This will import all the contacts from the SIM card into the iPhone’s Contacts app. Once this is finished, you are free to remove the SIM card and return it to your Samsung Galaxy.

Now, what if you don’t have a SIM card, plus, you don’t want to use any of that cloud methods?

Transfer Samsung Galaxy Contacts to iPhone as VCF Card

Our last method will make use of a file with the .VCF extension.

VCF is a format for contacts. If a file has this extension that means you can use it to extract the contacts and include them on your device. Lucky for us, there is a method to turn Samsung Galaxy contacts into VCF cards.

Below are the steps to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone:

  1. On your Samsung Galaxy, go to Contacts.
  2. Now hit the three dots (Menu).
  3. Again, go to Manage contacts and select Import/Export contacts.
  4. Tap on the Export button but this time, select Internal storage instead of SIM card.
  5. This will create a VCF that will be used later on to get the contacts into iPhone. You can do so by sending it as a mail, copying via USB cable, and such.
  6. Now once it is on your iPhone, open it and it may ask you to Add all contacts, in which you should allow.
  7. Follow the onscreen instruction to the end.

Export Samsung Galaxy Contacts

This is how you can transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone without having to worry about built-in apps or such. This is a manual method so it may not be for those looking for a quick fix to their problems.

Conclusion

There are quite a number of files that you need to transfer when migrating from one device to another. But everyone knows that transferring contacts is on a whole new level of being a hassle.

Lucky for you, you now know how to transfer Samsung Galaxy contacts to iPhone very easily. Hopefully, you won’t struggle in the future when you want to switch from Android to iOS.

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Vernon Roderick

Technical Expertise for PC / YouTube Scriptwriting /Website Optimization

One of my passion is to develop software of my own

I write articles to share knowledge about IT technology and some experience in developing my own software, and developing my own software is one of my passions for work.

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