How to Transfer iPhone Contacts from iCloud to Samsung Galaxy S3 ?

If you’ve been using iPhone, it’s very likely you have most of the things including contacts being backed up in iCloud.

In that case, you can export the same set of contacts from iCloud to your Gmail contacts, and then follow by getting them on to your Galaxy S3.

In summary, here are the steps involved, and the walkthroughs for each of these steps are available further down the page.

  1. Export iPhone contacts to a vCard file on iCloud.
  2. Import the vCard file to Google Contacts.
  3. Sign in your Samsung Galaxy S3 using your Gmail account.

i. Export iPhone contacts to a vCard file on iCloud.

  1. Go to and sign in using your apple ID.
  2. Select Contacts.
  3. Click the settings icon at the lower left corner, and then select Select All.
    Select All Option
  4. Click the same settings icon again, and then select Export vCard. A .vrf file will be generated.
    Export vCard Option

ii. Import the vCard file to Google Contacts.

  1. Go to Google Contacts and sign in using your Gmail ID.
  2. Go to More > Import.
    More and Import Option
  3. Click Browse to select the vCard file that was generated in Part i and then click Import.
    Import Contacts Window
  4. In less than a minute, you should see all the contacts imported to My contacts and at the same time to an auto created [Imported + DD/MM/YYYY] group.
    Auto Generated Groupname
  5. For housekeeping purpose, it’s ok to delete [Imported + DD/MM/YYYY] group. Click on the group name, go More > Delete Group.
    G Contact Delete Group Option
  6. Click OK to confirm you would like to delete the group.
  7. While the [Imported + DD/MM/YYYY] group has been deleted, you should still see all the contacts remain in My Contacts.

ii. Sign in your Samsung Galaxy S3 using your Gmail account.

When you turn on your Galaxy S3 for the first time, you’ll be prompted to complete the initial setup which includes signing in with your Gmail ID.

Well, if you’ve skipped that sign in, below are the steps to show you how to get the Gmail sign-in screen.

  1. On your Galaxy S3, go to home Settings > Add account.
  2. On the Add account screen, tap Google.
    Add Account Screen
  3. Next, tap Existing.
  4. On the Sign in screen, enter your Gmail, password and then tap the next icon.
    Sign in Screen
  5. Once you’ve entered the username and password correctly, continue with the on screen instructions to complete the setup.
  6. Once completed, the contacts of the Gmail account should appear on your Galaxy S3.

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  1. Robert says

    Thanks – Awesomely simple advice. My iPhone was stolen and I was worried about having lost contact details… and there it all is online and ready for my new Galaxy S4 (I love Apple OS but the iPhone 5 screen is too small)

  2. Greeno says

    thank you. last step is to sync the contacts from the account. I did it now and it is working.


  3. Deborah TX says

    I do not mean to offend – however, I do not intend to load all my contacts on to a public site. There is too much personal information(both mine and others)in my contacts and none of these sites are secure (no matter what they tell you). I work in IT security.

    Not a good solution.

    • Suffy says

      I know what u mean man. Although what u say is definitely correct but i doubt most people care about it or even know what they are doing when uploading all their contacts.

      Although great and easy to follow guide, appreciated.
      Thank you