There are more than one ways to the question on How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. Here are some ways you could do it.
1. Sharing contacts
This method comes handy when you want to share a few contacts to another iPhone user.
Step 1: On the home screen, tap the Phone icon on the bottom left corner. Navigate to All Contacts.
Step 2: Search for the contact you want to share.
Step 3: Tap the contact. You will see an option Share Contact. Tap on it.
Step 4: You will be redirected to a tab showing the possible sharing options for the contact, by mail, message etc.
Step 5: Your choice will open the respective app . The contact will be transferred in the form of a VCF file. Once the receiver opens the file in their iPhone, the contact gets automatically stored in their Contacts.
2. iCloud Sync
You could transfer contacts using the iCloud backup in your previous iPhone and restoring it back on the new one.
Follow these steps using your old iPhone:
Step 1: From your home screen, navigate to Settings > iCloud. Tap on Contacts and make sure its switched on.
Step 2: Tap on Backup located at the bottom of the page.
Step 3: As you are directed to the next screen, make sure the iCloud Backup is On.
Step 4: Tap on Back Up Now to start the backup.
On your new iPhone, its advisable to restore the contacts right in the beginning, while setting it up.
Step 1: When you configure your new iPhone, you will see the Setup iPhone option.
Step 2: Under that, tap on Restore from iCloud Backup. Select the backup you created on your last phone.
Step 3: Once the setup is complete, you will find all your old contacts from the other phone restored in the Contacts app.
3. Using iTunes Contact Sync
This method can be used when you are setting up your new iPhone. iTunes can be used not only to transfer contacts, but also other data and media from your old iPhone. Here’s how.
Step 1: First, it is necessary to have iTunes on your computer.
Step 2: Connect your old iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. Open iTunes.
Step 3: Click on the iPhone icon on the top left toolbar. Click on Summary under it.
Step 4: You will see a Backups option on the screen. Under Automatically Backup, select This Computer.
Step 5: Click Back Up Now ( a backup of all your files will be created. This might take some time )
Again, you need to do this along with the initial configuration of your new iPhone.
Step 1: Setup the new iPhone.
Step 2: Under the Setup iPhone option, tap on Restore from iTunes Backup.
Step 3: Connect the device to your computer when prompted to do so.
Step 4: The backup files are transferred to your new iPhone. The transfer might take some time.
4. File export (.vcf)
You could create a vCard of all your iPhone contacts and share it. The new iPhone can import the same VCF file to restore the contacts.
Step 1: You will need an app called My Contacts Backup. Install it on your old iPhone.
Step 2: Running the app will automatically create a VCF file of all the contacts stored in that device.
Step 3: You may now share this file via email.
Step 4: When you open the email in your new iPhone, you will get a prompt message. Import the VCF file to restore the contacts.
5. Using Third-party Apps
There are apps available in the App Store for helping users to transfer contacts. Copytrans is one such app.
The user needs to install Copytrans on their computer. Run the software and connect it to your iPhone. Follow the navigation as required.
I hope this article has guided you through the contact sharing process. 🙂
* How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using Bluetooth?
The Bluetooth facility in iPhone only enables the user to connect it to a hands-free device or a handset. It cannot be used to transfer contacts to another device.
* How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using NFC?
In models uptil iPhone 5, Apple doesn’t have NFCs. In iPhone 6 and 6S though, it has decided to finally join the NFC Club. Although the NFC chip in the newer models could only be used for Apple Pay, i.e. money transactions and not for contact transfer or any other such uses.
* Is there a way to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone by just tapping ( or bumping ) the iPhones?
Unfortunately iPhones do not transfer contacts by tapping or bumping them together against each other.
* Of all the ways above to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone, which is the quickest & easiest?
According to me, the quickest and easiest way would be to transfer contacts through iCloud. You wouldn’t be needing any other device than the two iPhones you want to transfer the contact between. And hence, it is less time consuming.
* Are the ways same for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S & iPhone 7?
Yes, the transfer sharing process is pretty much the same in all the iPhones. Though you might look out for slight variations in the headings and tabs.