Backup iPhone Data
1.1 Backup iPhone Data
1.2 Backup iPhone Contacts
1.3 Backup iPhone Messages
1.4 Backup iPhone Notes
1.5 Backup iPhone iMessages
1.6 Backup iPhone Photos
1.7 Backup iPhone Apps
1.8 Backup iPhone Music

[7 Ways] Three-Step Guide to Backup Contacts on iPhone 12/11/X/8/7/6/5


If you also suffer from the question, "How do I backup iPhone contacts?", then you come to the right place. This page collects the easiest 7 solutions to save contacts on iPhone, and every solution only needs three steps to achieve the goal.

For communicating with others, contacts are the important elements on your phone. However, when you want to switch phone to new phone, or phone suffers from some damages, you will encounter the dilemma of contacts loss. Before your contacts are gone, the first thing you need to do is to backup contacts on phone.

Unlike Android phone, where you could backup contacts to SIM, and take the SIM card with contacts into another Android phone, iPhone does not let you save contacts to SIM, so you need to seek for another way to backup contacts.

How to save your iPhone contacts?

Backup Contacts on iPhone

Backup Contacts on iPhone

Someone may choose iTunes or iCloud to keep their iPhone contacts. Someone may back up the contact lists from iPhone to Gmail or Outlook. Some may save iPhone contacts to computer (PC/Mac). Of course, you can also follow that. This page gathers 7 ways to help you backup iPhone contacts.

This article is a little long, but you bear patience, because you can backup your contacts in simple three steps here.

Way 1. How to backup iPhone contacts to iTunes?

iTunes is the free tool provided by Apple. It enables you to backup iPhone contacts to computer for free. But you should pay attention before you use iTunes to backup contacts to computer.


iTunes will backup all data including contacts, photos, text messages, music, etc. to iTunes, forcedly without selectively.

Let's check:

Step 1 Run iTunes on your computer, and update it to the latest version.

Step 2 Connect iPhone to computer, and it will be detected by iTunes automatically.

Step 3 Click your iPhone tab > "Summary" > "Back Up Now".

Backup iPhone contacts to iTunes

Here, three steps are made to sync your iPhone contacts to iTunes.

If you like, you could learn from this page to restore contacts from iTunes.

Without iTunes or without computer?

No problem, keep reading to get the second way.

Way 2. How to backup contacts on iPhone using iCloud?

iCloud is the wireless contacts backup tool without computer. You can back up contacts on iPhone directly with iCloud through Wi-Fi.

So before you follow the three steps below, just keep your iPhone Wi-Fi is enabled (iPhone won't connect to Wi-Fi?) firstly.

Still, you need to note the tips below:


iCloud only provides you free 5GB cloud for storing data. For more storage, you need to purchase.

Step 1 Go to "Settings" > "Your iCloud name" > "iCloud".

Step 2 Slide "Contacts" to "ON" > "Merge" to do with existing local contacts on your iPhone.

Step 3 Scroll down to turn on "iCloud Backup" > Enable "iCloud Backup" to start to backup contacts on iPhone to iCloud.

Backup iPhone contacts to iCloud

Do not miss this page to restore contacts from iCloud, once you lose contacts accidentally.

"Wow, iCloud is limited storage, so is there any way to backup contacts to my Macbook or computer with Wi-Fi? I do not plan to spend money."


Just check the Way 3.

Way 3. How to send contacts from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop?

AirDrop lets you wirelessly send contacts, photos, videos, websites, locations, and more to a nearby iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.


1. You need to turn on WLAN and Bluetooth on bother devices to get the contacts transfer, and within 30 feet (9 meters) of each other.

2. You have to share the contact one by one with AriDrop.

But you still should know only some devices can only use AirDrop.

For Mac:
MacBook Pro (Late 2008) or later, excluding the MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
MacBook Air (Late 2010) or later
MacBook (Late 2008) or later, excluding the white MacBook (Late 2008)
iMac (Early 2009) or later
Mac Mini (Mid 2010) or later
Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

For iOS device using iOS 7 or later:
iPhone 5 or later
iPad Pro
iPad (4th generation) or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th generation) or later

Step 1 On Mac, open "Finder" > "AirDrop" > Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi > Set "Allow me to be discovered by" from "Contacts Only" or "Everyone".

Enable AirDrop on Mac

Share iPhone Contacts

Step 2 On your iPhone, navigate the contact person, tap it and select "Share Contact" > "Share Contacts" > Choose the name of your Mac.

Share iPhone Contacts

Share iPhone Contacts

Step 3 On your Mac, you just need to click "Accept" to save the contacts from iPhone to Mac.

In this way, you have to share the contacts one by one.

How huge task for hundreds of contacts using iCloud.

Exactly, if you want to backup the contacts to cloud, you have to.


Another way to send contacts to cloud is using mail.

Keep reading Way 4.

Way 4. How can I backup my iPhone contacts to Email (Gmail, OutLook, Hotmail, etc.)?

Backing up contacts from iPhone to Email will benefits you a lot:

Share contacts easily and quickly on iPhone.

Save contacts to cloud safely.

But still you need to keep in mind:


1. You need to add email account your iPhone, and keep iPhone connected to Wi-Fi.

2. Contacts limitations on Google: maximum number of contacts: 25,000, total storage space: 20MB and maximum size per contact: 128KB.

3. This solution only applies to iPhone 5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS.

Here, take Gmail as the example.

On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > "Contacts" > "Account" > "Add Account" > Select Google Account to type in the Gmail address, user name, password, etc. and move on with the on-screen instructions to add Gmail account to your iPhone. Then your contacts will be backed up automatically.

Add Gmail Account on iPhone

Add Gmail Account on iPhone

In this way, you will find your contacts by visit Google Contacts page.

The above four ways are free, and they all get some limitations to backup iPhone contacts.

So if any way that comes to be easier than above?


You can use iPhone contacts backup app in Way 5 to help you remove all barriers from the three methods.

Way 5. How to backup iPhone contacts to computer with FoneTrans?

In this way, the app, FoneTrans is the software, which can be the perfect tool to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer (PC/Mac) directly.

FoneTrans - iPhone Data Transfer For Mac

Surely, transferring contacts lists from iPhone to computer is not a simple drag-and-drop action via USB. You need to do as the following steps.

Step 1 Run this software on your computer, and connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2 Click "Contacts" to view the contacts details. Also, you could click "Edit" to change the contact information.

Choose iPhone Contacts

Choose iPhone Contacts

Step 3 Checkmark the contacts that you want to backup > "Import/Export" > "Export Selected/All Contacts" > Select the format saving the contacts as CSV, vCard, OutLook, etc. to export contacts to computer.

FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery Interface

Export iPhone Contacts

OK, here you must have grasped 5 ways to backup iPhone contacts to computer and cloud.

But, another question is coming:

"I buy a new Samsung Galaxy S8, and want to copy all contacts from my old iPhone 6 to the new Android phone. How can I do that?"

An app is enough.

Just continue reading the next part.

Way 6. How to extract contacts from iPhone to Android?

This is the means of getting contacts from iPhone to Android with FoneCopy.

FoneCopy is the Android and iOS data transfer.

Now, let's check the guide.

Step 1 Free download, install, and run FoneCopy on your computer.

Step 2 Connect iPhone and Android to computer with USB cables. Enable iPhone and Android in the correct place as Source Device and Target Device..

Step 3 Checkmark "Contacts" > "Start to copy" to backup the contacts.

Backup contacts from iPhone to Android

Easy, right? Backing up contacts on iPhone can be as easy as you can imagine.

Essentially, we should put an ending of this page, but we do not.


Backing up contacts on iPhone could be made via the methods above. But after backup, restoring the contact backups may also trouble you.

So in the last part, we will come to the last but not least part, how to backup and restore contacts at one time.

Way 7. How to backup and restore contacts on iPhone?

For achieving the goal to backup and restore iPhone contacts, you just need iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Look at the steps now:

Step 1 Free download, install and launch this software on your computer. Click "More tools" > "iOS Data Backup & Restore". Also, connect iPhone to computer.

Software Interface

Software Interface

Step 2 Click "iOS Data Backup" > "Standard backup" or "Encrypted backup" > Select "Contacts" to start to back up iPhone contacts.

Backup iPhone Contacts

Backup iPhone Contacts

Step 3 After backing up, click "Restore iOS Data" > Select the backup you did just now > "View Now" to view the contact backup > Checkmark the contacts and click "Restore to Device" or "Restore to PC".

Restore iPhone Contacts

Restore iPhone Contacts

Here, the perfect way to backup and restore iPhone contacts us fulfilled.

Check this video demo to get to know how to bakup iPhone contacts.

The Easiest Way to Backup iPhone Contacts to PC/Mac play-button


Now, we should make a conclusion for this page. iPhone contacts backup to iTunes, iCloud, PC, Mac, Google Drive, or Android will definitely meet your demands. Also, if you want to restore the contact backups, you could also find the exact solution in this page.

As another important data on iPhone, text messages, you should also backup text messages on iPhone, whether you switch iPhone or iPhone gets hurt.

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December 11, 2020 07:40 / Updated by to Data Backup, Contact

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