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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer (PC & Mac)

How do I transfer contacts on iPhone to PC? Every time I sync it the PC blanks all my contacts. I want to transfer contacts to Windows 7 PC without outlook. Thanks!

You may lose important contacts on your iPhone due to accident deletion, iOS update, jailbreaking error, etc. Then you may want to transfer contacts from your iPhone to your PC or Mac as a way to keep the data safe. Whatever the reason, there are several ways to export contacts from iPhone to computer. In this article, we will share you 5 effective ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer easily and quickly. Read on and check out.

Way 1: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iTunes/iCloud

With the right tool, transferring contacts from your iPhone to computer now becomes much easier than before. And you’re able to do the iPhone contacts transfer without using iTunes or iCloud. One of the best contacts transferring tool you can use is FoneGeek Backup & Restore (iOS). Using it, you can easily export contacts from iPhone to computer in a variety of formats including Excel, Text and XML file. It is very easy to use, allowing you to transfer iPhone contacts in bulk or selectively. Also, it works on all iOS devices and iOS versions, including the latest iPhone 12 mini/12/12 Pro and iOS 14.

   

Here’s how to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer without iTunes/iCloud:

Step 1: Download and install the iPhone contacts transfer tool on to your computer. Run the program and then connect your iPhone using USB cable. Click on “Manage” on the top menu to continue.

ios transfer main interface

Step 2: Click on “Contacts” from the options on the left and all the contacts on your iPhone will be displayed on the screen with details.

manage file types

Step 3: Click on “Export” and then select “to vCard File” or “to CSV file” and your contacts will be exported to your computer in the format you have selected.

export contact

Way 2: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer via iCloud

If you don’t want to install third-party tool on your computer, you can transfer contacts from iPhone to your computer with the help of iCloud. You will first need to sync the contacts on your iPhone with iCloud and then export them from iCloud to your computer in vCard format. Follow these simple steps to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer using iCloud:

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and make sure that “Contacts” is turned on for syncing.

turn on contacts in icloud

Once your iPhone contacts are synced to iCloud, you should be able to access the contacts on any other device as long as you sign in with the same iCloud credentials.

Step 2: Now open the iCloud desktop application on your Mac or Windows PC and turn on the sync option for Contacts. Your iPhone contacts will be automatically synced to your computer.

icloud desktop

You can also manually copy iPhone contacts to your computer by signing in to the official iCloud website. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Go to iCloud official site on any browser and sigh in with your Apple ID. Click on “Contacts” and you will see a list of contacts available on device.

contacts in icloud site

Step 2: Select the contacts you want to transfer and then click on the “Settings” icon at the bottom left. Then click on “Export vCard” to begin exporting the selected contacts to your computer.

export contacts as vcard

Way 3: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer with iTunes

If you are searching for an alternative way to backup contacts from iPhone to computer, you can take the assistance of iTunes. Although you’re not able to select the type of data you want to backup while using iTunes, backing up the iPhone via iTunes is still a way to export contacts from your iPhone to the computer. Here’s how to copy contacts from iPhone to computer using iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer and make sure that you are running the latest version of iTunes. Then, connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable.

  2. Click on the iPhone icon when it appears in iTunes and then tap on the Summary tab on the left. Make sure that “This Computer” is selected on the Backups panel.

  3. Then click “Backup Now” to make a backup of your iPhone data including contacts. Keep the device connected to the computer until the backup process is complete.

export contacts as vcard

Note
Please note that you won’t be able to access and view the contacts in the iTunes backup until you restore the whole backup to your device or using third-party iTunes backup extractor software.

Way 4: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer via Email

You can also use email to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer without iTunes or iCloud. This method is very simple but it will only be helpful if you have a few contacts to transfer since you can only transfer one contact at a time. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone and locate the contact that you’d like to transfer.

  2. Click on the contact, scroll down to tap on “Share Contact” and choose “Mail”.

  3. Then enter an email address and tap “Send”. The contact will be sent as a vCard attachment that you can open and download to your computer.

transfer contacts from iphone to computer via email

You can repeat the process for all the contacts you wish to transfer to your computer.

Way 5: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer via AirDrop (Mac Only)

If you want to copy contacts from iPhone to Mac, AirDrop is also a good choice. However, same as using email, this transfer process can also be tedious since you can only Airdrop one contact at a time. Ensure that your iPhone and Mac connected to the same Wi-Fi network and then follow these steps:

Step 1: Begin by turning on AirDrop on your iPhone and Mac.

  • For iPhone: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center. Touch and hold the network settings card, then tap on the AirDrop button and choose either “Everyone” or “Contacts Only”.

  • For Mac: Go to Finder and choose AirDrop in the sidebar. Then click on “Allow me to be discovered by” in the AirDrop window. Set to receive from “Everyone” or “Contacts Only” of your choice.

Step 2: Now open the Contacts app on your iPhone. Select the contact that you want to transfer and then tap on “Share Contact.”

airdrop iphone contacts to mac

Step 3: Tap “Airdrop” and then select your Mac when it appears. In the notification that appears on your Mac, click “Accept” and the contact will be transferred to the Mac.

Fay J. Melton
Thursday on Dec 03, 2020, 11:36:47 GMT / Post By Fay J. Melton to Transfer

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.

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