How transfer iPhone contacts from iCoud to Galaxy Note 3 ?

If you’ve upgraded the iTunes to version 11.1, you might find that the option to sync contacts with Google is not longer there.

In that case, you need to make use of the export-contacts-from-iCloud method to get all your contacts from iPhone to your new Galaxy Note 3.

The export-contacts-from-iCloud method involves the following 3 steps, and each step will be explained in more detail in following subsections:

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

Note: This method is only possible if you’ve your iPhone contacts synced with iCloud.

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.
    icloud select all option
  4. Click the same Settings icon again, and then select Export vCard. A .vcf file will be generated. Kindly save this file on your computer.
    icloud 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.
  3. Click Choose File to select the .vcf file that was generated in Part i, and then click Import.
    gmail import contacts
  4. In less than a minute, you should see all the contacts get imported to My contacts, and at the same time, it also creates an [Imported + DD/MM/YYYY] group.
  5. For housekeeping purpose, it’s fine to delete the [Imported + DD/MM/YYYY] group. Click on the group name, go to More > Delete Group.
    gmail contacts 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 removed, the contacts would still remain in My Contacts.

ii. Sign in your Samsung Note 3 using your Gmail account.

If you’ve signed in your Galaxy Note 3 using the above Gmail ID  during the initial setup, then you should see all the contacts on your phone the next time it syncs.

If you haven’t done so already, kindly follow the steps below :

  1. On your Galaxy Note 3, go to home Settings > General.
  2. Tap Accounts.
  3. On the Accounts screen, tap Add account.
    note3 add account option
  4. On the Add account screen, select Google.
  5. Next, tap Existing.
  6. On the Sign in screen, enter your Gmail, password and then tap the Next icon.
  7. Once you’ve entered the username and password correctly, continue with the on screen instructions to complete the setup.
  8. Once it’s completed, the contacts of the Gmail account should appear on your Galaxy Note 3.

Note: The above steps are tested on a Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) Android 4.3 and an iPhone with iOS 7.

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  1. sachin says

    Thanks a lot. it took only 5 minute and all my contacts are imported from iphone.
    gre8 work. much appriciated

  2. says

    I really messed up when I upgraded to the galaxy note 3. I had AT&T transfer contacts, but not photos and most importantly my itunes music etc. The phone was erased when I later realized I could not access my photo stream.

    How do I access the cloud using my Note 3?

    • Ethan says

      You can try using the Boat and Dolphin browsers to access the iCloud. Be warned, it will feel sluggish and you’ll probably find it hard to navigate. You can refer to this guide I’ve written for Galaxy S4.

  3. rita says

    Thank YOU so much Ethan for the very clear instructions.I was prepared to enter my address book from icloud when it came to the worst scenario.However,your instructions saved my day – 843 contacts imported to my note 3 within a couple of minutes.I feel very lucky to have found your answer on google.Bless you and Merry X’mas btw – what ethnic background are you from?

  4. Andros says

    Was very worried at first as I went and asked at mobile phone shop where they gave me a leaflet for smart switch.This did not work and then found easy and perfect step by step tuition.
    Thanks guys.

    • Ethan says

      The export file from iCloud itself doesn’t include the contact pictures. In that case, you can either use CopyTrans or My Contacts Backup to export the iPhone contacts to bring the contact photos along. Read this.

  5. Lee says

    Very helpful, thank you… i just wanted to do this without Kies and this proves to be so much easier

  6. Kautils says

    This is an amazing tutorial! I really appreciate as it worked magnificently without any hassles! Thanks again

  7. alex says

    Thanks a lot!! I tried to get my contacts to my samsung 3 for hours but not able to do so.. this really helped a lot. thank lots!

  8. EliGlinn says

    This tutorial is great. Right to the point with excellent instructions and works first time every time. Thanks for this