4 Methods to Backup iPhone Contacts with/without iTunes

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So you're looking for some methods for how to backup iPhone contacts to iTunes or backup iPhone contacts without iTunes, in case that you might delete contacts or loss them accidently. It's not a daunting job to backup contacts from iPhone any more. In this article, we are going to show you 4 methods to do the iPhone contacts backup easily.

Method 1. Selectively Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer or Device

Dr.Fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore is an easy and high efficient iPhone backup software, which helps to backup and save contacts from iPhone. Just in 3 steps, you can easily backup your iPhone contacts with no tutorial. It allows you to preview your backup contacts, which is much better than iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Since some of the contacts may be useless, you can selectively backup your contacts from iPhone, no need to backup the whole device, this will be efficient and save you much time.

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How to backup iPhone contacts with Dr.Fone

Step 1. In order to do the iPhone contacts backup, you are supposed to run Dr.Fone and choose "iOS Data Backup & Restore". Then connect your iPhone to computer.

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Step 2. Dr.Fone will detect your iPhone automaticly, then choose the file type "Contacts" to backup.Then click button "Backup". Dr.Fone will backup your contacts. From the below window, we can know that Dr.Fone can also backup and export notes, messages, photos, iMessages, Facebook messages and many other data to PC or Mac.

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Step 3. When the iPhone contacts backup process is completed, you will see all the contacts on windows, then click "Export to PC" to export contacts from iPhone to your computer. The exported contacts can be saved as .csv, .html, or vcard. So, here you just finish the iPhone contacts backup and export process successfully.

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Method 2. How to Backup iPhone Contacts To iTunes

iTunes also lets you do the iPhone contacts backup too. It's free and you can do it yourself. However, you have to backup other data while backing iPhone contacts. In other words, iTunes backup almost all data at a time, and it doesn't allow you selectively backup contacts. Below is the full guide on how to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes. Let's walk through together.

Steps on how to backup iPhone contacts to iTunes

  • Step 1. Open iTunes and use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.
  • Step 2. iTunes will quickly detects your iPhone and then show it in its left sidebar.
  • Step 3. Under DEVICES, click your iPhone. By doing this, your iPhone control panel will be shown on the right.
  • Step 4. Click Summary. Scroll down the window until find the backups section. Tick This computer and click Back Up Now.
  • Step 5. The iPhone contacts backup process begins. It will take you some time. Just wait until the process is completed. Then, your iPhone backup file will be on your computer, and your contacts are saved in the file. Here is for you to find your iPhone backup location on your PC or Mac.

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Pros and Cons: It is a general and free way to backup iPhone data with iTunes. iTunes can just backup your whole device in a time, and don't have a choice to backup only contacts on iPhone. Most important, iTunes backup files as well as contacts is not accessable because of the format problem. In order to solve these problems, we introduce an alternative tool - Dr.Fone for you in "Method 1"

Method 3. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iCloud

If you prefer to backup iPhone contacts to cloud, iCloud is a good choice. You can finish all the iPhone contacts backup process just on your phone. Now, follow the easy steps to learn how to backup iPhone contacts.

How to backup contacts from iPhone to iCloud

Step 1. On your iPhone, tap Settings. On Setting screen, scroll down to find iCloud and tap it.

Step 2. Fill in your iCloud accounts. Make sure your WiFi network is turned on.

Step 3. On iCloud screen, turn on Contacts option, and tap Merge.

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Step 4. Find Storage & Backup option and tap it.


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Step 5. Turn on iCloud Backup and tap Back Up Now.

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Step 6. Wait until the backup process is completed.

Pros and Cons: Backing up iPhone contacts with iCloud is very convenient, because you can handle all of this just on your iPhone and don't need to connect your phone to the computer. But cloud backup is usually slower than local backup, it need much more time to finish the iPhone contacts backup process. And you only have 5 GB free storage on your iCloud and there is no need to worry the storage limitation when you backup with iTunes or Dr.Fone. Finally, you can't access and veiw iCloud backup contacts. In this point, Dr.Fone is much better than iTunes since Dr.Fone can backup and export your contacts to your computer as .csv, .html, or vcard.

Method 4. How to Backup and Export Contacts from iPhone to Email

Apart from iCloud, Apple also gives you the power to backup contacts from iPhone to some email address, like Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, Exchange, and others. The tutorial to backup iPhone contacts to email is almost the same. Thus, I just take backing iPhone contacts to Exchange as an example.

Steps on how to backup iPhone contacts to email

Step 1. Go to Settings on your iPhone. Find Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Step 2. Click Add Account…. Then, you will find many email address are available. Tap Exchange.

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Step 3. Fill out the information about your name, email account, passwords and description.

Step 4. Tap Next. Make sure contacts icon is turned on. Then, click Save to save and export contacts from iPhone to Exchange.

Conclusion

From the above introduction, we can learn 4 ways to backup iPhone contacts. In the "Method 1", Dr.Fone can selectively backup your contacts from iPhone to PC or Mac in 3 steps. And you can preview your contacts before export them to your computer. The iTunes backup and iCloud backup can both backup your whole contacts with no preview and selectivity. Backing up iPhone contacts to Email is also not selective. And it maybe a little complicated to find them from your email in the future.

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