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4 Useful Tools to Get Your Android Contacts on Your iPhone

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4 Useful Tools to Get Your Android Contacts on Your iPhone

The release of the iPhone 7/7 Plus became the hottest topic this September. The new iPhone model has some new features and redesigns, like a refreshed water-resistant design without a headphone jack, a force-sensitive home button, and a new glossy finish. The larger iPhone 7 Plus model also features two separate camera lenses. Tim Cook described the new iPhone 7 as “The most powerful chip ever in a smartphone.”

All of these new features attracted many Android phone users to switch from Android phone to iPhone. It is easy for these former Android users to export their media files, such as music and movies, from their Android phone to their computer and then sync with their iPhone. However, when it comes to contacts, people are left wondering about how to transfer their contacts from their Android to their new iPhone easily. Here are 4 simple ways to solve this problem.

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1. Using the Move to iOS App

The first method is using the Move to iOS app to sync your Android contacts to your iPhone. The Move to iOS app is used for wirelessly transferring users’ contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books from an Android phone to an iPhone. You just need to install the app on the Android phone and you can easily move all your contacts to iPhone.

But there are some limitations: iPhone models have to be iPhone 5 or later and running iOS 9 or later. Also, your Android version must be 4.0 or later. Moreover, your media files — music, movies, and more — won’t be transferred when using the Move to iOS app.

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2. Gmail or Other Email Services

Android users can also take advantage of Gmail (or other emails that provide a contacts sync function) to sync Android contacts to iPhone.

You just need to log into Gmail on your Android phone and check the “Sync Contacts” option (if you are new to this method). After Gmail Contacts syncs with your Android Contacts, you should switch to your iPhone. With the iPhone, tap Settings > Mails, Contacts, Calendars, and tap Add Account. Then choose Google and enter your Gmail account info. After adding the Google Account, you can turn on Contacts and iPhone will ask whether you want to merge with your iPhone contacts. Click “Yes” and the contacts will be synced to your iPhone.

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3. SIM Card

If you’re an Android user that hasn’t cut your SIM card for your iPhone yet, you can take advantage of the SIM card to transfer your contacts from Android to iPhone. You just need to go to your Android Contacts app and choose Export Contacts to SIM. Then the contacts can be transferred to the SIM card. Now you can cut the card and install it in your iPhone. On the iPhone, go to Settings > Mails, Contacts, Calendars, and scroll down to find Import SIM Card Contacts.

4. Third-party iPhone Transfer Tool

If you find the above three methods don’t work well for you, you can also try to use third-party iPhone transfer software.

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While looking for an easy-to-use transfer tool to help with the transfer issue, I found an iTunes alternative, Leawo iTransfer, to accomplish the syncing process. This powerful transfer tool can be used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes, and PCs. This software can transfer apps, music, movies, ringtones, ebooks, photos and Camera Roll files, and so on. You can also take advantage of this software to get your Android contacts on your iPhone.

After downloading and installing the tool on your PC, you can connect both the Android phone and the iPhone to your computer with a USB cable and run the software. Then the software can help you to transfer your contacts.

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The four tools mentioned above are all useful and easy to use. Choose whichever works best to suit your needs!

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

    Featured photo credit: Benjamin Dada via unsplash.com

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