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How to export Android phonebook: Have you purchased a “secondary” Android smartphone , to be used for work, and would you like to synchronize the address book of the latter with that of your “main” smartphone? Would you like to copy the contacts you have saved on your Android smartphone to the address book of your iPhone or your computer? No problem, I’m happy to announce that you’ve come to the right place at the right time.

In the following lines, in fact, you will find explained how to export Android phonebook to any device and operating system in a very simple way. There are several ways you can follow, for example you can synchronize your Android address book with Gmail and connect your Google account to all the devices on which you want to import it, or, alternatively, you can export all the contacts in your address book locally, in the form of VCF files and then import them on the device of your choice.

In any case, it is child’s play. It’s up to you to choose the solution that best suits your needs and put it into practice. So what are you waiting for to take action? There is no reason to delay! I assure you that by following my instructions to the letter you will find all your contacts on your new device in no time at all. Happy reading and good luck for everything!

How to export phonebook from Android to Android

As I mentioned earlier, if you are planning to export your address book from an Android phone to another phone that has the same operating system installed, you have several really immediate solutions at your disposal.

Synchronization with Gmail

Google Android account synchronization

By associating your smartphone to a Google account you can automatically synchronize all the contacts stored in the address book of your Android device with the cloud (therefore to the Google address book that resides on the Internet) and copy them to any device simply by associating the latter with the same Google account. Not only that: in this way, the contacts will remain synchronized, so the changes to the address book made from any device connected to the Google account will be automatically reported on the others as well.

Usually, the association of an Android smartphone with a Google account occurs during the first configuration of the device, i.e. when the device is turned on for the first time and connected to the Internet. If you’ve done this before, contact syncing should already be on by default.

To verify that this is indeed the case, you need to access the Android settings (to do this, you just need to tap on the gear icon that you find in the notification area, on the home screen or in the app menu). Next, scroll through the list of items and press on the word Accounts (on some devices this item could be replaced by the word Accounts and synchronization ). Tap, therefore, on the Google entry and, at this point, select your Google account among those present.

To proceed, then click on the Contacts item and, finally, click on the button at the bottom and select the Synchronize now item from the menu that opens. On some Android devices, just move the switch lever next to the Contacts item to ON ; on still other devices, to proceed, after pressing on the Account item or the Account and synchronization item , it may be necessary to press on the switch located next to the words Synchronize data automatically .

If you have not yet connected a Google account to your Android phone, go back to the system settings , tap on the Account item (or the Accounts and synchronization item ) and, from here, tap on the word Add account . Press, therefore, on the Google entry and, if necessary, verify your identity with a fingerprint, face recognition or by entering the unlock code / pattern.

Next, enter your Google account login credentials in the appropriate fields (don’t you remember them? Then take a look at my tutorial on how to recover Google account). Finally, make sure that contact syncing is on by repeating the steps above. After completing these steps, to find your contacts on the new device you intend to use, just add the Google account on which you have synchronized the contacts as I indicated above and make sure to activate the lever relating to the synchronization of the address book (always as seen before).

VCF file

VCF file sharing

If you want to export the Android address book to another smartphone or tablet (or even a computer) you can create a VCF file with all your contacts. VCF files are “universal” files that can be imported into any application or device to copy names, emails, telephone numbers, addresses and other information contained in the address book to it.

To copy the Android address book into a VCF file you can use the Google Contacts application (which I will use for the tutorial) or the similar one included in your smartphone / tablet (although some menu items may change).

So, click on the ⁝ button located at the top right, next to the profile photo of your Google account, and, from here, click on Select all ; or, if you want to transfer only some names, press on the Select item and then, from time to time, tap on the contacts you want to export.

Subsequently, press on the sharing icon (the three interconnected dots) and, in the screen that opens, tap on the logo relating to the sharing method you prefer to auto-send you the file (e.g. an email with Gmail , a message on WhatsApp or Telegram and so on).

Once these steps have been carried out, hold the phone on which you want to import the contacts, open the service or application you have chosen to use for sharing and tap on the attachment of the message you have self-sent containing the VCF file with your contacts, in order to save it in the download folder.

Once you open the VCF file you will have to select the name of your Google account to import the contacts or, alternatively, you can import the contacts on your device account (eg Mi Account ) and that’s it.

Alternatively, open the Contacts app , go to Settings , select the word Import and, finally, select the File .vcf option and press the OK button .

Do you want to copy the contacts in the address book directly to your Google account or to the SIM of your device? Nothing simpler. Open the Contacts app again , tap the ≡ button located at the top left and go to Settings> Export . At this point, select the option most congenial to you ( Google Account or SIM ) and, finally, press on the items Export to .vcf file and Save . Easier than that ?!

Do you want to transfer contacts from a device that does not have access to Google services ? In this case I suggest you use the Phone Clone application developed by HUAWEI (the latter is present both on the Play Store and on the alternative stores). Phone Clone will allow you to quickly and immediately copy the contacts (and not only) stored on an Android smartphone to the address book of another Android smartphone via QR code. For more details on this, I refer you to my guide on how Phone Clone works.

How to export phonebook from Android to iPhone

Android iPhone

After having used an Android phone for a long time, have you decided to start using an iPhone and are you going to transfer the contacts stored on your “old” device to it? No problem, follow the steps below, the procedures are really simple and similar to those already seen so far.

Synchronization with Gmail

Google iPhone account synchronization

Adding the same account associated with your Android smartphone to iPhone will allow you to automatically import and synchronize the contacts stored in the Android address book . The condition for this to be possible, however, is that, of course, the Android address book must also be synchronized with your Google account .

To carry out this preliminary step, just follow the step-by-step instructions that I have listed in this chapter of the guide that you found reading. Once the preliminary step of synchronizing Android contacts on the Google account has been completed, you can proceed using your iPhone. On the latter you have to add the Google account on which you have synchronized the contacts.

Therefore, open the iOS settings by pressing the gear icon on the home screen or in the app Library. Subsequently, if iOS 14 and later versions of the latter are installed on your “iPhone by” , press on the items Contacts> Account Add account ; otherwise, if your phone has an older version of iOS, go to Passwords and Accounts> Add Account .

Then choose the Google logo , authorize the opening of the login screen by pressing the appropriate button and log in to your Google account by entering the relevant credentials in the appropriate fields.

In conclusion, tap on the switch next to the Contacts item , to move the lever to ON , and press the Save button located at the top right. You are at a good point: to proceed, now, you need to set the Google address book as the default address book (in this way, the new contacts created will be automatically stored on it).

To carry out this step, open your phone settings again , press on Contacts> Account> Default account and tap on the Gmail item . Perfect! You just did everything there was to do.

How do you say? Have you already added a Google account on your iPhone and would like to check if contact synchronization is actually active? In this case, if you have iOS 14 or later installed on your device, go to Settings> Contacts> Accounts ; otherwise, go to Settings> Passwords & Accounts .

At this point, tap on the Gmail item and check if the switch next to the Contacts item is active. If not, fix it by pressing on it and that’s it. With the procedure I have just described, all your contacts stored on Google will be automatically stored on your iPhone as well.

Note: this procedure copies the Google contacts to the iPhone, but does not bring the old contacts already present on the iPhone to the Google address book (only the new ones created from now on will be saved, if you have set the Gmail address book as default ). If you also want to carry out the reverse step, that is to transfer the old contacts from your iPhone to your Google account, you will have to export the latter to a VCF file or a CSV file and import them with the appropriate Google contacts panel which I will talk about later . For more details on these procedures check out my tutorials on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Gmail and how to switch contacts from Android to iPhone.

VCF file

IPhone VCF file import

To import Android contacts to iPhone , you can also “fetch” them from a VCF file on which they were previously stored. I explained to you in the same chapter on Android how to create and share this type of file. Once you have the aforementioned VCF file, email it.

Subsequently, all you have to do is open Mail on the iPhone, press on the icon of the [filename] .vcf file in the message that you have self-sent to yourself and then tap on Add all [number] contacts .

See how easy it was? Now you can find all the contacts contained in the file directly in the iOS address book. Please note, however, that this procedure does not imply that the Android address book or that of your Google account are synchronized with your iPhone. It goes without saying, therefore, that if you make changes to the contacts in the Android address book or the one stored on your Google account, you will not find them on the iPhone. To transfer the edited contacts to Android, you will therefore have to repeat the above steps.

How to export Android phonebook to PC

Smartphone PC

Are you wondering how to export Android phonebook to a computer and maybe you fear that, in this case, a myriad of complex and tedious operations are required to be able to do this? Not at all! The procedures are no more demanding than those seen on smartphones. Find all the details below.

Synchronization with Gmail

Google Windows account synchronization

Have you synchronized the contacts stored on your Android phone’s address book with your Google account as I indicated in this chapter ? Yup? Optimal! Then, in this case, the contacts will also be synchronized with Gmail , the e-mail service of the Mountain View giant and you can import them to your computer (and from there to services such as Outlook and Thunderbird, etc.)

To do this, you will need to add your Gmail account on the PC on which you intend to import the contacts. On Windows 10 and later, click on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) located at the bottom left, on the taskbar.

Then click on the gear icon located at the bottom left and, once the Windows Settings screen has opened , go to Accounts> Email and accounts> Add an account> Google . Enter your login credentials in the appropriate fields and, finally, press the Allow button to allow Windows to access your Google account information, including your contacts. Easy, right?

Is what you use a Mac ? So do this: first open System Preferences by pressing on the gear icon that you can find on the Dock, in the Launchpad or in the Applications folder. After that, go to Internet Accounts> Google> Open Browser . Subsequently, enter the login data of your account and make sure that in the window that opens after logging in, the item Contacts is selected (if not, click on the box next to this item).

Finally, click on the Finish button . Perfect! Now you will find your Android contacts on your computer as well. For more details on this procedure, I invite you to read my tutorial on how to synchronize address book with Gmail.

VCF and CSV files

Outlook import VCF

As I have explained previously , the contacts stored in the address book of Android can be “merged” into a file VCF . Contacts in this type of file can then be imported directly into various email clients (eg Mail, Outlook or Apple Mail) by opening the VCF files themselves (in many cases, VCF files are mentioned by email programs with the term “vCard” ).

If you use Outlook and want to import a VCF file (you can find out how to create one in this chapter ) go for example to the File menu > Open and export> Import / export> Import vCard file (vcf) and select the file to import. For all the other details on this procedure and how to do it on other email clients take a look at my tutorial on how to open VCF files.

How do you say? The e-mail client you usually use, among the various contact import options, does not refer to VCF files but to CSV files ? Don’t worry: you can get this type of file simply by converting the VCF file you created with your contacts to the latter format.

As? In various ways, but my advice is to use Free VCF file to CSV Converter . It is a very simple tool for Microsoft Excel that gives you the possibility to open VCF files on the famous Windows spreadsheet program and save the document in CSV format. For details on using this useful tool, see the same tutorial on opening VCFs that I linked to above.

How to export Android address book to Gmail

VCF import to Gmail

Would you like to synchronize the contacts of your Android phone ‘s address book also on Gmail ? No problem, to do this, simply follow the instructions I have given you in this chapter of the guide to the letter . By activating the synchronization between the Android device and Google account, in fact, the smartphone contacts will also be automatically synchronized in Gmail.

However, Google also offers you the possibility to manually import the contacts contained in a VCF file or in a CSV file (I told you about the latter here) in order to add them to those already stored on your account. Are you curious to know how to do this? I’ll gladly explain it to you: first open the web panel of Google contacts (it is, in essence, a tool on which to view your virtual address book of your account, very similar to the Contacts app I told you about before ) and , if necessary, log into your account.

Once this is done, click on the Import item you see on the left and, in the box that opens, click on the Select file button . At this point, choose a file in VCF or CSV format from your device to import the contacts and then click on the Import button . It couldn’t be simpler, don’t you think? For further clarification on this procedure I recommend this guide on how to import VCF to Gmail.

How to export Android phone book with broken screen

Broken screen smartphone

After an accidental fall, unfortunately, the screen of your phone Android on which were saved all your contacts you are broke and want to know how to copy them on another device?

You could first try to recover contacts from the SIM card by inserting it on another Android phone and using the Contacts app I told you about in the third chapter of the guide. Anyway, I have told you in depth about how to behave in these cases in my tutorial on how to recover data from a broken smartphone.