How to Transfer/Import Contacts from iPhone to Mac

“I am going to buy the latest MacBook. I wonder how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac computer to keep sync between my iPhone and Mac. So I can have a backup for my contacts and also work more convenient when I need the contacts on Mac. Thanks in advance!”
Asked by Jennifer

Many Mac users want to get contacts from iPhone to Mac for two reasons. One is for backup and the other is easier for work. After copying all the contacts from iPhone to Mac address book, you can access all the iPhone contacts on your Mac. In this article, I will show you how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac in two ways. One is directly import contacts from iPhone to Mac as vCard file. This is for backup. Once you lost or accidentally deleted contacts from iPhone, you can transfer the file back to iPhone easily. The other is import contacts from iPhone to Mac Address Book. You can read any part according to your need.

Part 1. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac as vCard File

If you just want to backup contacts from iPhone to Mac, the easiest way to do this is to use iPhone Transfer software. This software can transfer all the contacts from iPhone to Mac as vCard file. You can finish this in 3 clicks. It can also help you to transfer music, videos, photos, messages, playlist, voice memos, movies, TV shows, ringtones and other files from iPhone to Mac. It works perfectly with MacBook, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Mac

Run this transfer software on your Mac and connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB cable. The software will easily recognize your iPhone and load your iPhone to its interface.

connect iphone to mac

If your iTunes runs automatically, close it.

Step 2. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac

On the left side of the interface, you can easily find “Contacts” section. Go into it and you will see all the contacts on your iPhone. Click “Import/Export” > “Export All Contacts to Mac”. The software will easily backup all your contacts from iPhone to Mac as vCard file. Of course you can also select the contacts you want to backup from iPhone to Mac and transfer the selected contacts from iPhone to Mac computer.

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Part 2. How to Import Contacts from iPhone to Mac Address Book

You can easily sync contacts from iPhone to Mac Address Book via iCloud. The latest Mac OS X and iOS make it easier to share contacts and other data between iPhone and Mac computer.

Step 1. Switch on iCloud Contacts on iPhone

Go to “Settings” > “iCloud”, sign in your iCloud account via Apple ID and passcode. Switch on “Contact” in the list.

icloud screenshot

Step 2. Enable iCloud on Your Mac

Click the Apple logo on the top-left corner of your Mac and select “System Preference” and then click “iCloud”. Select “Contacts”. Now your iPhone contacts will be synced to your Mac Book Address automatically.

Mac address book

That’s all for the two ways of transferring contacts from iPhone to Mac. Both of them are really easy to do and you can follow my article to import contacts from iPhone to Mac and keep contacts sync between iPhone and Mac. It is much safer and easier for work.

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