Full Guide for Backup Contacts to iCloud on iPhone 6/7/8/X

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Alisa Updated on Jun 07, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s

In the past, if you had an iPhone or other iOS device and you wanted to backup important data like notes, SMS, calendars and contacts you needed to either jailbreak your devices or use special tools to do this for you. And even then, the result was usually a series of files with strange name extensions that hardly any non-tech user would be able to recognize.

What is even worse, all of these procedures had to be done by connecting wirelessly to your computer and you had to update your backups as often as possible if you didn't want to lose anything.

Thanks to iCloud since iOS 5, Apple's web-based data backup service, backing up data, like contacts, across multiple computers and devices is easy. With iCloud enabled on your devices, each time you're connected to the internet and make changes to the Contacts apps, those changes will automatically be uploaded to your iCloud account and then synced to all your compatible devices. If you want to restore the backups, just go to the iCloud Control Panel and download backup file from iCloud directly.

Part 1: How to back up contacts to iCloud on iPhone 6/7/8/X

What You Need to prepare to Use iCloud:

  • An Apple ID/iTunes account. Your iCloud account will use the same username and password.
  • A Mac running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, or a PC running Windows Vista or 7 or higher and iCloud Control Panel.
  • An iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5 or higher, and the latest iTunes.

Now follow the steps below to learn how to backup iPhone contacts to iCloud.

Step 1: Tap the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap [your name] > iCloud.

Step 3: If you're not signed in, tap the Account field and sign in with your Apple ID/iTunes account.

Step 4: Switch to turn on the On/green button beside Contacts icon.

That's it. Your contacts have been synced to iCloud, including all the changes you'll make since then.

How to back up iPhone 6/7/8/X contacts to iCloud

iCloud is easy-to-use, however, there's also the limitation. You only have 5 GB free storage on the iCloud. If you need to sync more than 5 GB data, you have to purchase more storage. Fortunately, there are some good free iCloud alternatives for you to sync iPhone data without limitation, like EaseUS MobiMover Free, the only free iPhone transfer software that can sync data between iOS devices and PC, such as to sync movies from iPhone to iPhone/iPad. MobiMover Free will backup your contacts to PC with few simple clicks. Let's see how to do it step by step.

How to Back up iPhone Contacts to PC/Mac with MobiMover Free

EaseUS MobiMover is the top one iPhone data manager and video downloader that enables you to transfer data between two iOS devices or between the iOS device and computer without any cost. You can transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud, transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes and export iPhone files to the Mac or PC to free up device space. Now, read on and see how to use MobiMover to back up iPhone contacts to the compuetr. 

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer (Mac or PC), run EaseUS MobiMover Free and click iDevice to Mac from the main interface.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer - Step 1

Step 2: If you want to transfer contacts only, go to click More and keep Contacts selected. As you can see, it would be time-saving to use MobiMover to transfer all the supported files from your iPhone to the computer at once.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer - Step 2

Step 3: Click the folder icon and set a storage path for the contacts to be imported from your iPhone to your computer.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer - Step 3

Step 4: Click Transfer to begin exporting contacts from your iPhone to the computer. Wait for the process to finish patiently. If you want to check the transferred items, open the contacts (in HTML format on your computer) with a browser to do it.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer - Step 4

In this way, you can download all contacts from iPhone to PC. If you need to transfer several specific contacts to computer, you can make use of the custom data transfer feature of EaseUS MobiMover Free from the main window.