#1 The Hardware Solution
This may come across as rather unusual, but there are many people who wish to use a hardware-based solution for content transfer. Perhaps it’s because when you have all the “participants” of the process in front of you, you feel more in control of your content. You think that it is safe and would not end up in a third person’s hands. Available in the market are gadgets that you can connect to the two devices and transfer content between them. Some of the solutions resemble small, portable printers, others look like flash drives. Some allow more user-control than others, but the concept remains the same – connect the two smartphones to the gadget and transfer files between them. Since this approach involves being in possession of an additional device, it is expensive. Some solutions are for as low as USD 150; others can retail for as high as USD 10,000.
#2 The Sync Solution
This means of content transfer is one of the oldest in the smartphone manual. In retrospect, there was only one way of syncing devices, through the desktop. The idea was to use the phone manufacturer’s desktop suite to extract the contact list from your smartphone onto the desktop; then connect the receiving device (the iPhone in this case) to the same desktop and move the contacts there. Now, however, considering how obsolete the use of a desktop computer has become, account sync is the way to go. There are multiple posts online that will give detailed tutorials about how to sync your accounts to transfer contacts. Following is the gist of it.
If you are an Android user, you are most likely the owner of a Google account. This account is imperative to gain any sort of access to the Play Store. So assuming you have a Google account and have the device’s ‘Sync Mode’ activated, chances are that all of your contacts will be linked to your Google account. If you don’t, do the following. Go to Settings > Accounts and Sync (or something to that effect). Enter your Gmail account details and enable synchronization. Done! That’s just Step 1. Step 2 is setting up the Google account on your iPhone. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and add your Gmail account. Contacts should be enabled for the account, and if you did everything right, all your old phones contacts should now appear on your iPhone.
#3 Third-party apps
Perhaps the most popular method of transferring content between Android and iOS is via third-party apps. You will find a lot of apps, free and paid, on the Play Store and the App Store that can help you do this. Of course, ease-of-use is one of the most important factors when deciding on an app, but in our humble opinion, it’s better to choose one comprehensive app that transfers as many content types as possible, rather than a separate app for different content types. It will only make your life easier, if you have one app that can transfer your contacts, pictures, videos, messages and bookmarks etcetera to your new device.
One of the biggest issues during transfer of Contacts is the duplication of items on the receiving device, especially if you have a lot of contacts and the process gets interrupted for whatever reason. Make sure you use an app that takes care of data duplication. One app that avoids the duplication of contacts during transfer is SmartIO
App. It is the most comprehensive content transfer solution that offers support for up to 12 different content types, and is available for cross-platform content management. The thing about third-party apps is that you are spoiled for choice. So it’s very easy to end up with 5 mediocre apps that do ten different things. Apps like that can sometimes ruin a perfectly smooth smartphone experience. So don’t get lost in the woods. Be Smart.