How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer
“How do I transfer contacts on iPhone 14 Pro Max to PC? Every time I sync it the PC blanks all my contacts. I want to transfer contacts to Windows 11 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 the computer. In this article, we will share with you 5 effective ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer easily and quickly. Read on and check out.
Way 1: How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iTunes/iCloud
With the right tool, transferring contacts from your iPhone to the computer now become much easier than before. And you’re able to do the iPhone contacts transfer without using iTunes or iCloud. One of the best contact transferring tools you can use is iPhone Transfer. Using it, you can easily export contacts from your iPhone to the computer in a variety of formats including Excel, Text, and XML files. 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 14 Plus/14/14 Pro/14 Pro Max and iOS 16.
Here’s how to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer without iTunes/iCloud:
Step 1: Download and install the iPhone contacts transfer tool on your computer. Run the program and then connect your iPhone using a USB cable. Click on “Manage” on the top menu to continue.
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.
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.
Way 2: How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer via iCloud
If you don’t want to install a third-party tool on your computer, you can transfer contacts from your 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 the computer using iCloud:
Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and make sure that “Contacts” is turned on for syncing.
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.
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 the iCloud official site on any browser and sign in with your Apple ID. Click on “Contacts” and you will see a list of contacts available on the device.
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.
Way 3: How to 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 back up 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 the computer using iTunes:
- 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 a USB cable.
- 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.
- 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.
Way 4: How to 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:
- Open the Contacts app on your iPhone and locate the contact that you’d like to transfer.
- Click on the contact, scroll down to tap on “Share Contact” and choose “Mail”.
- 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.
You can repeat the process for all the contacts you wish to transfer to your computer.
Way 5: How to 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 are 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.”
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.
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