You may have bought a new iPhone recently and enjoyed its excellent features which brought more convenience to your life. But another problem may occur, how to airdrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone since there are so many important contacts kept in your old device? Don’t worry, this article will guide you three ways to transfer your contacts between iPhones without hassle, no matter which model of iPhone you own, iPhone 11 or iPhone XS(Max) or iPhone XR or other models, it is feasible for all models of iPhone without any limit. Go on reading and you will find the best way to suit your needs.

Part 1: How to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone

By using AirDrop, you are allowed to transfer contacts between different Apple devices under the wireless connection. However, the drawback of it is that you must transfer the contacts one by one, which seems to be a troublesome work to transfer one contact at a time if you have hundreds of contacts needed to airdrop from your old device. If you just want to share one or two contacts between your two devices, that would be a great way to move on.

1.Bring out Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen on your both iPhones, or by swiping down from the upper right corner of the screen on your two iPhones via Face ID. Ensure to get your two iPhones closed to each other. Additionally, turn on your wireless connection and Bluetooth on both of your devices.

2.By pressing and holding on the wireless control box from the top left side of the Control Center, you will see the AirDrop icon and then tap on it.

3.The permission will be shown up when tapping on the AirDrop button, which includes Receiving off, Contacts Only or Everyone.

open control panel

4.Launch Contacts app on your old iPhone, then choose the contact that you would like to airdrop to your new iPhone.

5.Hit on the Share Contacts button, then tap on AirDrop and select your new iPhone. Afterward, tap on Accept option on your new iPhone and you will receive the contacts which are shared from your old device.

choose the contacts you want to airdrop

Part 2: How to AirDrop contacts between iPhones via Leawo iTransfer

If you want to AirDrop all contacts or selected contacts in an effective and simple from iPhone to iPhone, Leawo iTransfer will be a great help to complete the transfer task in higher efficiency than your expectation. As an outstanding and professional iOS devices transfer program, perfect solutions are provided by Leawo iTransfer between iOS devices. Up to 12 types of files including photos, music, contacts, apps and more are supported by this software. Furthermore, Leawo iTransfer also acts well in backing up the files from iOS devices to computer. Besides that, it is an excellent music management tool in creating or deleting the playlist of your iOS devices and iTunes.

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The advantage of Leawo iTransfer:
*With the help of Leawo iTransfer, users can fully control their different kinds of files like contacts, notes, media files and others without any limit.
*Based on the advanced technology of scanning and transferring, various kinds of files can be transferred and backed up in a safe and rapid way.
*The transferred or backed up files are ensure no data loss or no overwritten during the transfer process.
*The intuitive and easy-operated interface enables user to operate it with ease and experience a wonderful digital life.

Hereby, we will show you a full tutorial of how to airdrop contacts between iPhones step by step with Leawo iTransfer.

Step 1. Download and install Leawo iTransfer
Then, launch the software and connect your old iPhone to the computer with a supported USB cable. The information of your old iPhone will be detected automatically by Leawo iTransfer and then will be displayed in the library on the left sidebar of iTransfer.

connect your iPhone to computer

Step 2. Click on “Contacts” tab in your old iPhone library from the left sidebar
Then the detailed contacts will be shown in the right part of iTransfer. You can choose the certain contacts you want to transfer by checking the square checkbox or choose all contacts for transferring at a time. Moreover, the function of previewing, deleting, editing or adding contacts also can be done here.

click Contacts in library

Step 3. Click on the button “Export” on the top of iTransfer
Then a window will pop up which requires you to choose an output directory to save your old iPhone contacts to computer. Select the output format vCard(*.vcf) in the drop-down box “Save as type”, then click on the “Save” button to save the contacts from your old iPhone to computer. After that, unplug your iPhone from computer safely.

clcik export button

Step 4. Connect your new iPhone to the computer
And it will be scanned and detected by iTransfer. If the iPhone icon cannot be seen on iTransfer, you can click on “Tools” and then choose the option “Refresh Devices”, or press on the shortcut key “Ctrl + F5” from iTransfer’s menu bar. Then choose “Contacts” in the library from the left sidebar. Afterward, click on the button “Import” on the top of iTransfer to get your old iPhone contacts which you have saved on your computer previously imported to your new iPhone. You will be asked to get browsed and added the vCard file from your computer in the pop-up window by iTransfer. Finally, the contacts from your old iPhone will be transferred to your new iPhone.

connect new iPhone to computuer

As you can see, the whole transfer process can be done simply and effectively just by several clicks. You also can transfer multiple kinds of files like photos, music and more between iPhones, iTunes and computer with Leawo iTransfer.

Part 3: AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud

If you want to airdrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud, you should be noted that you are not allowed to choose the desired contacts for transferring because the contacts will be transferred in bulk. Below we will show to how to airdrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone by using iCloud.

1.Log in your two iPhones by entering the same Apple ID and make sure both of the devices must work under the Wi-Fi connection.

2.Confirm that all the contacts have been synced with iCloud on your old iPhone. Then enter Setting and click on Apple ID from the top. After that, tap on iCloud and switch the Contacts button to On position.

enter iCloud in Settings

3.If you haven’t logged in your new iPhone, you can enter Settings and then tap on Sign In to your iPhone. Next, type into your Apple ID and Passcode. Finally, click on the “Merge” option to get your contacts uploaded and merged with iCloud.

log in your new iPhone

4.Then, all contacts from your old iPhone will be synced with your new device after a while. But, you probably find that some contacts still are not existing in your new iPhone. That means those contacts are not kept in iCloud, they are just on your iPhone and haven’t been backed up to your iCloud.

Part 4: AirDrop vs. Leawo iTransfer vs. iCloud

Now you have got three ways of how to airdrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone, it is easy to figure out which way is the best one to help you complete the transfer task effectively from the chart shown below.

AirDrop Leawo iTransfer iCloud
Support selective contacts or not No, you just can transfer contacts one by one Yes, you can transfer certain contacts or all contacts as you need No, the contacts must be transferred in bulk
Workable condition Works under the wireless connection Just connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable Needs to sync contacts from old iPhone to iCloud firstly
Other functions No Multiple functions which not only can transfer contacts, but also different kinds of files like apps, photos, music and more. No
Efficiency Transfer one contact at a time, it takes a long time to finish. High efficiency in transferring contacts rapidly and safely without data loss

Not all the contacts can be synced to new iPhone, some contacts may disappear


With the comparison of the above mentioned three ways, you can find that Leawo iTransfer is superior to the other two methods in each aspect. There is nearly no drawback in iTransfer since it can help the users to airdrop the contacts as they need in an effective and simple way. What’s more, up to 12 kinds of files are supported to transfer via iTransfer, such as apps, photos, music and videos, etc. Apart from this, the versatile iTransfer is an excellent management tool to enable the users to control the Playlist, notes, contacts and more in high efficiency. For example, you can create or rename or delete the playlists to suit your needs. The song can be imported or exported in the playlist without any limit. iTransfer not only works between iOS devices, but also can transfer files between iOS devices, iTunes and Mac.