How to Backup iPhone Contacts

As you know there are many methods that can help you backup iPhone contacts. In this article, I will share with you 3 most used ways of doing this. You can easily pick up one method in this article and backup contacts on your iPhone according to your need.

Method 1. How to Backup iPhone Contacts with iPhone Transfer

This is the best way in my mind to backup iPhone Contacts. iPhone Transfer enables you to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer easily. You can select contacts to backup and backup to CSV format or vCard format. You can just keep them on your computer or import them to other Email account, Windows Address Book and so on.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Computer

Free download, install and run this transfer software on your computer. Connect your iPhone to it via USB cable. The software will recognize your iPhone and load your iPhone to its interface. On the left side of the interface, you can see the files you can manage on your iPhone. On the right side of the interface, you can check the basic information of your iPhone.

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Step 2. Backup iPhone Contacts

Go to the left side of the interface, find “Contacts” section and enter it. You will see all the contacts on your iPhone. Here you can easily select the contacts you want to backup and preview the details of the contacts. If you want to backup all the contacts on your iPhone, just select all of them. Once you select all the contacts you want to backup, go to the “Import/Export” section and select “Export Select Contacts”. You will see many options on the drop-down list. Just select one according to your need.

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This iPhone Transfer software can easily backup all the selected contacts from iPhone to PC easily. You can just keep the exported contacts in your computer or import to other contacts book or email account as you want.

Method 2. Backup iPhone Contacts with iTunes

iTunes is the most used tool if you are an iPhone user. You need to use it to sync contents to your iPhone and manage your local media collection. Yes, you can also use it to backup iPhone contacts. However, after backing up your iPhone contacts, you can’t check them. The only thing you can do is sync them to your iPhone when you need. However, if the backup file is out of date, it will wipe the new contacts you have on your iPhone.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iTunes

Run iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable. iTunes will detect your iPhone and load it.

Step 2. Backup iPhone Contacts with iTunes

Select your iPhone and go to “Summary” tab. Click “Backup Now” to make a backup file for your iPhone. In this backup file, it includes all the data such as iPhone contacts, messages, photos, and other data on your iPhone.

If you want to get back the contacts, just restore your iPhone with this backup file. All the data in this backup file will be restored to your iPhone easily.

Method 3. Backup iPhone Contacts with iCloud

You can also backup contacts from iPhone to iCloud. It is used more and more nowadays. However, just like iTunes, you can’t access the backed up contacts with iCloud unless you restore your iPhone with the backup file.

Step 1. Turn on Contacts in iCloud Settings

Go to the “Settings” > “iCloud” on your iPhone. Turn on the contacts option in the data list that you want to backup with iCloud service.

Step 2. Backup iPhone Contacts with iCloud

Click “Storage & Backup” and you will go to the backup interface. Click “Backup Now”. iCloud will backup all the data on your iPhone. Please make sure your iPhone connected to WiFi before you do this.

All the 3 methods above can help you backup iPhone contacts for you. In my opinion, the first one is the best way to backup iPhone contacts. Backing up iPhone contacts with iPhone Transfer enables you to access and view the contacts after you save the contacts on computer. You can also import the contacts to many email accounts and address books. It is the most easy to use and flexible way to backup iPhone contacts for you.

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