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How to Backup Contacts on iPhone in 4 Proven Ways

Katrin updated on Sep 14, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

After reading this guide, you will learn all the workable ways on how to backup contacts on iPhone and an extra tip on how to restore contacts on iPhone without backup. Go on and learn how to protect your precious data easily.

Accidental data loss occurs daily. It's no exception when it comes to your iPhone contacts. Common issues related to iPhone contact loss include accidental deletion, contacts missing and showing no names, only numbers, contacts lost due to an iOS update, etc.. Given that, it's necessary to backup contacts on iPhone to avoid the loss of your precious data.

Luckily, there are many easy and proven ways to backup contacts on iPhone. Whether you want to backup iPhone contacts without iTunes or transfer contacts wirelessly, you will find the solution that fits your needs perfectly here.

How to Backup Contacts on iPhone in 4 Ways

How to backup iPhone contacts? The ways are many. You can backup contacts from your iPhone to PC or Mac, save contacts to iCloud, backup iPhone contacts to Google, or backup your iPhone using iTunes. Learn these tips in detail and you will know which one is the best for you.

Method 1. How to Backup Contacts on iPhone Without iTunes

How to backup iPhone contacts to PC or Mac and restore contacts back to iPhone from the computer when it's needed? If that's what you want to ask, the answer for you is to use the iOS content manager - EaseUS MobiMover. EaseUS MobiMover is an iOS data transfer tool that allows you to:

What's more, it can also work as a video downloader to help you download online videos to your computer or iPhone/iPad and an iPhone unlock tool to help you bypass the iPhone password when you forget your iPhone passcode.

To backup contacts on iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone your PC with a USB cable, launch EaseUS MobiMover, then unlock your iDevice and click "Trust" in the prompt. To back up your iPhone, choose "Phone to PC" > "Next".

connect device and launch EaseUS MobiMover

Step 2. Select "Contacts" and click the default path to set a custom storage path if you need to. Afterward, click "Transfer".

select files and set custom path

Step 3. When the transfer process has finished, you can go to view the contacts on your computer. You can view the contacts you back up on your computer freely and transfer them back to your iDevice whenever you need to.

start transferring contacts from iPhone/iPad to computer

The contacts backed up to the PC or Mac will be saved as an HTML file, which you can view with a browser and transfer back to your iPhone from the computer.

Method 2. How to Backup Contacts to iCloud

Are you wondering how to backup contacts on iPhone wirelessly? If so, iCloud is here to help. iCloud is the cloud service provided by Apple that enables you to view and access your data across your devices including contacts, photos, calendars, reminders, notes, and more. It allows you to make a backup of your iPhone data over a Wi-Fi connection. By turning on iCloud Backup, you can backup almost all your iPhone data and settings to iCloud wirelessly.

Note: If you only turn on iCloud Contacts, you will fail to make a backup. Why? Switching on iCloud Contacts allows you to access your iPhone contacts on other devices on which iCloud Contacts is enabled. However, when you delete a contact on your iPhone, it will also disappear in iCloud, either. Thus, it's not a way for iPhone contact backup but for data syncing.

To backup iPhone contacts to iCloud:

Step 1. Since iCloud Backup will back up all your photos, contacts, and other data and settings, you first need to make sure there is enough iCloud storage for you to make the backup.

Step 2. Open "Settings" on your iPhone.

Step 3. Go to [your name] > "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup".

Step 4. Switch on "iCloud Backup" to back up your iPhone data automatically when your iOS device is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi or click "Back Up Now" to initiate the backup right now.

How to backup contacts to iCloud

As you may know, you can not access the backup freely and can only re-access the data by restoring an iPhone from the backup. In addition, you need to make sure you are using the same Apple ID on the target iPhone as the one you used to make the backup.

Method 3. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Google

You can also export iPhone contacts to Google to backup contacts on your iPhone. To backup iPhone contacts to Google, you first need to export your iPhone contacts as a VCF file with the help of iCloud and then import the iPhone contacts to Google. Here are the details:

To export iPhone contacts as a VCF file:

Step 1. On your iPhone, tap "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" and toggle on the "Contacts" option.

Step 2. On your computer, open a browser and visit iCloud.com.

Step 3. Enter your Apple ID and password as required and choose "Contacts".

Step 4. Select the items you want to backup and click the "Gear" icon and tap "Export vCard" to export the contacts from your iPhone to vCard, which will be saved as the .vcf file.

How to export iPhone contacts

Then to import iPhone contacts to Google:

Step 1. Go to "Google Contacts" (https://www.google.com/contacts/) and sign in with your Google account.

Step 2. Choose "Import Contacts..." on the sidebar and click "Choose File" in the pop-up window.

Step 3. Find and select the exported contacts (.vcf) from your computer and import them to your Google Contacts.

How to import iPhone contacts to Google

By doing so, you can export your iPhone contacts to Google successfully. If your iPhone contacts are not syncing to Gmail, learn how to fix it from the solutions provided in the related article or try other alternative ways to backup your iPhone contacts.

Method 4. How to Backup Contacts on iPhone with iTunes

Similar to using iCloud, iTunes could also help you to backup iPhone contacts by making a backup of all your iPhone data to a PC or Mac. Besides, the iTunes backup is also unavailable like the iCloud backup. You can only restore your iPhone from the iTunes backup to re-access the files.

To backup contacts on iPhone using iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your mobile phone to the computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer.

Step 3. Click the "Device" tab and click "Back Up Now" to start backing up the contacts and other supported files on your iPhone.

How to backup contacts on iPhone with iTunes

These are the proven ways to back up contacts on iPhone. After you make the backup, you don't need to worry about data loss anymore. Other than the contacts, other files like photos, videos, messages, and more should also be saved to somewhere else to make a copy.

How to Restore Contacts on iPhone Without Backup

An unwanted situation is that you get your data lost with no backup available. How to restore contacts on iPhone without backup? You can use the iOS data recovery tool - EaseUS MobiSaver to help. This tool will restore deleted contacts, photos, videos, messages, and more on your iPhone, either with or without an iTunes or iCloud backup.

When data loss happens, stop using your device and perform data recovery immediately to ensure a better success rate.

The Bottom Line

Now you not only know how to backup contacts on iPhone but also learn how to restore contacts on iPhone without a backup. The main difference between these four ways to back up iPhone contacts is that: Using EaseUS MobiMover and Google Contacts allows you to access the backups freely and thus is more flexible, while using iCloud or iTunes disallows the operation but can help you back up all of your iPhone data at once. Choose the one best suited to your needs to apply.