4 Ways to Import Contacts to iPhone Quickly

Bhavya Kaushik

Mar 08, 2024 • Filed to: Manage Device Data • Proven solutions

The iPhone is a premium smartphone and always hits the market hard. Even though iPhone is very expensive as compared to Android devices, still buying an iPhone is a dream of many. But after buying an iPhone, the question arises in the mind of many on how to how to import contacts to iPhone? Other who already had an iPhone will want to learn “how to transfer contacts from Mac to iPhone?” Backing up the contacts is necessary as if you find your iPhone contacts missing, at least you will be able to restore them on the new device. Otherwise, you will have to add every contact manually through the contacts diary if you have any, or from someone else’s device. Here in this article, you will learn 4 different ways to import contacts to iPhone.

Part 1: Import contacts to iPhone from SIM card

SIM cards play a very important part in a Smartphone or other mobile devices as they provide us network access. But they could also save contacts on it. This is very useful when you want to transfer contacts from an older device to new device. One just needed to insert it into the new phone and import the contacts. The same procedure follows in iPhone, though in this case, you can only import contacts to iPhone from SIM card. This comes very handily when you switch from Android or other devices to iPhone.

Follow the procedure below to know how to import contacts to iPhone from SIM card -

Step 1: Go to the iPhone settings by tapping on the “Settings” icon which looks like a gear.

Step 2: Now tap on the option titled “Contact” or “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” according to the iOS version.

Step 3: Then tap on “Import SIM contacts” from the options. It will display a menu popup up menu.

Step 4: Here you can choose where to save the imported contacts. Click on “On my iPhone”. 

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Step 5: This will start importing contacts from the SIM card to the iPhone.

Part 2: Import contacts to iPhone from CSV/VCF

In the previous method, you learned how to import contacts to iPhone from SIM card, but that isn’t the only situation when you want to import contacts. Often people search for a way how to transfer contacts from iPad to iPhone, iPhone to other iPhone, from iPhone to Mac, or vice versa. Importing contacts from iPhone/iPad/Mac, it can be done easily by backing up the contacts as CSV/VCF files. Doing this may get really complicated and tricky if you aren’t using Dr.Fone - Phone Manager. It is one of the best tools to manage contacts between iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Dr.Fone - Phone Manager is also available for Windows PC, so if you have an iPhone and Windows, it will be possible to save the iPhone contacts on the computer as CSV or VCF files. With this tool, you can do much more than transfer contacts from iPad to iPhone or between iPhone and Mac or other scenarios. Meaning it is also possible to transfer audio, video, images, messages, call logs, etc. It is also compatible with most iOS devices with iOS 7, 8, 9, 10, and also the latest iOS version.

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Follow the procedure to learn how to import contacts to iPhone from CSV/VCF using Dr.Fone - Phone Manager on Windows version.

Step 1: Open the Dr.Fone iOS toolkit on a Windows computer and click on the "Phone Manager" option from the set of utilities.

initial screen of the tool

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and wait for Dr.Fone - Phone Manager to detect and configure it.

Step 3: Now click on the Information tab on the navigation bar at the top of the Dr.Fone - Phone Manager interface and then on the Contacts in the left pane under the information tab. It will display all the contacts on the iPhone.

Note: The Information tab is not available on the Mac version because of the system limitation.

Information tab

Step 4: Click on the Import button and choose what type of contact file you wish to import i.e. CSV or VCF/vCard File.

Step 5: Go to the location where these files are located and click on OK button. This will import the contacts in the CSV/VCF file to the iPhone.

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Part 3: Transfer contacts to iPhone from Gmail

Transferring contacts to iPhone using Dr.Fone - Phone Manager is very easy when the contacts are saved on a CSV/VCF file on the computer. But what if you want to import contacts saved on Gmail. Though there is a method to transfer Gmail contacts to iPhone by logging in to the Gmail and then exporting the files to a CSV/VCF file which can be later imported on the iPhone. But, there is a direct method in which contacts can be directly synced between iPhone and Gmail. Follow the below steps to import contact to iPhone from Gmail -

Step 1: Open the “Settings” and then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”.

Step 2: Tap on Add account and a list of different account platforms will be shown.

Step 3: Click on Google and then sign in with the Gmail username and password.

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Step 4: After signing in, turn the Contacts toggle ON and it will contact between Gmail and iPhone.

Part 4: Import contacts to iPhone from Outlook

Like Gmail, Outlook also allows you to save your important contacts and email on the cloud. Outlook is the email service from Microsoft that mostly businessman use. After Gmail, it is the most widely used email service. The working of Outlook is just like Gmail, but here you can use the Gmail account to send an email. If you want to learn how to import contacts to iPhone from Outlook, follow the below steps -

Step 1: Setup the Outlook account on the iPhone using Exchange. You can do this by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Step 2: Then, tap on “Add Account” and select “Exchange” from the list of options displayed on the next screen.

import contacts to iphone from outlook

Step 3: Enter the valid Outlook email address or username and password and tap on “Next”. 

Step 4: iPhone will contact the Exchange Server and you will need to enter the server the Exchange server address.

Step 5: Now select what you want to sync with the Outlook account like Contacts, Emails, Calendars, and Notes. In this case, you need to toggle the Contacts switch ON.

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