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How to Import Contacts from iPhone to Mac with/Without iCloud

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"How do I transfer my contacts from iPhone to Mac?"

Your iPhone stores the most important contacts, including your families, friends, colleagues, and business partners. To make a backup or use them on a computer, you may want to transfer contacts from iPhone to the computer, be it a Mac or PC. That's why so many users are asking the question shown above. Since the ways to get iPhone contacts to PC have been detailed already, here, we'd like to show you how to import contacts from iPhone to Mac in five ways. If you have the same question to ask, you will get it solved after reading this article.

Part 1. Sync iPhone Contacts from iPhone to Mac with iCloud

One of the easiest ways to transfer iPhone contacts to Mac should be using iCloud - Apple's cloud storage solution that allows you to access your contacts, calendars, photos, and more from all of your devices, be it a PC, Mac, another iOS device, or even a web. To use iCloud's sync capability, you need to set up iCloud on your iPhone. Here are the steps.

To sync all iPhone contacts to mac via iCloud application:

Step 1. On your iPhone: Go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" and enable "Contacts." 

Step 2. On your Mac: Click the Apple menu > Choose "System Preferences" > Enable "iCloud" and sign in with the same Apple ID on your iPhone.

Step 3. Check "Contacts" and click "Manage." Then the contacts will be imported to Mac. When it has done, you can check the items on the Contacts app on your Mac.

How to get contacts from iPhone to Mac with iCloud

To transfer certain iPhone contacts to mac via the iCloud website:

Step 1. Enable iCloud Contacts on your iPhone.

Step 2. Visit iCloud.com on your Mac and then sign in with the same Apple ID you use on your iOS device.

Step 3. Choose "Contacts" among the options.

Step 4. Select the contacts you'd like to sync from your iPhone to Mac and go to "Settings" > "Export vCard."

How to export iPhone contacts

Note: Problems might arise while syncing iPhone contacts with mac, due to an unstable network connection, insufficient iCloud storage, improper iCloud settings, etc. If you're faced with problems, learn how to fix iPhone contacts not syncing with the proven tips.

Part 2. Import Contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud

If you don't like using iCloud or don't want to use iCloud for whatever reasons, here are four ways to import contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud. 

Option 1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac via EaseUS MobiMover

When it comes to syncing contacts from iPhone to mac, iCloud always comes into your mind first. However, sometimes you don't want to use iCloud due to iCloud not working or its space limit (You only get 5GB of free storage). Then, how to import contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud? The easiest way is to use EaseUS MobiMover - the iOS data transfer software. With it, you can:

  • Transfer files from iPhone/iPad to computer
  • Copy files from computer to iPhone/iPad
  • Transfer data from one iPhone/iPad to another
  • Download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and more to your computer or iPhone/iPad

Except for contacts, EaseUS MobiMover also supports photos, videos, music, ringtones, messages, books, and more. Therefore, whether you want to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud or transfer photos from one iPhone to another will help.

To import contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover for Mac on your computer > Connect your iPhone to your Mac > Unlock your iPhone and click "Trust" in the prompt asking for your permission > Choose "Phone to Mac" option > Click "Next" to move on.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone/iPad to computer - Step 1

Step 2. Check 'Contacts" > Click the default storage path to set a custom path where you want to store these contacts > Click "Transfer" to start transferring from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone/iPad to computer - Step 2

Step 3. When the transfer process has finished, you can go to view the contacts on your Mac. (Depending on your settings, the contacts will be saved as an HTML, CSV, or VCF file on your Mac.)

How to transfer contacts from iPhone/iPad to computer - Step 3

Option 2. Copy Contacts from iPhone to Mac via iTunes/Finder

iTunes or Finder is another option to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac. On macOS Mojave and earlier, you can sync contacts from iPhone to Mac with iTunes. But starting from macOS Catalina, iTunes is replaced by Finder, so you need some different steps to sync iPhone contacts with a Mac using Finder. Whether you're using iTunes or Finder, here are the steps.

To sync contacts from iPhone to Mac with iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac via a USB cable.

Step 2. Open iTunes on your Mac.

Step 3. Click "Info" in the sidebar.

Step 4. Tick the box next to "Sync Contacts."

Step 5. Click "Apply" to start syncing.

Sync contacts from iPhone to Mac

To sync contacts from iPhone to Mac with Finder:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and launch Finder.

Step 2. From the left sidebar, click on your iPhone name.

Step 3. Click on trust both in the Finder window and on your iPhone. 

Step 4. Click on "Info," and tick the box next to "Sync contacts onto [your iPhone's name], then click "Apply."

Sync iPhone Conacts via Finder

Option 3. AirDrop Contacts from iPhone to Mac

AirDrop is a pre-installed application on Apple devices. You can use it to share contacts, photos, videos, notes, and more between two devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac. With AirDrop, you don't need to install any software or any USB cable. Ensure both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work properly on your devices, and follow the steps below to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac using AirDrop.

Notes: AirDrop only allows you to sync contacts one by one. If you intend to export multiple or all contacts from your iPhone to Mac, you will need to repeat the operations many times. Thus, you'd better AirDrop contacts from iPhone to Mac when there are only several items to transfer.

To get iPhone contacts to Mac:

Step 1. Make sure your devices are within both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range

Step 2. Turn on AirDrop on your iPhone.

  • Swipe up/down from the bottom/top of your iPhone screen to open "Control Center."
  • Click to enable "Bluetooth" and "Wi-Fi," and then turn on "AirDrop."

Step 3. Turn on AirDrop on Mac.

  • Go to "Finder" > "Go" > "AirDrop".
  • In the AirDrop window, set your Mac to be discovered by "Contacts Only" or "Everyone."

Step 4. Send contacts from iPhone to Mac.

  • Open the "Phone" app and click "Contacts."
  • Tap the contact you want to transfer and choose "Share Contact."
  • In the prompt, choose "AirDrop" > [your Mac's name].
  • On the Mac, click "Accept" to receive the item.

Afterward, you can check the contact in Contacts on your Mac.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop

Option 4. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac via Gmail

The last workable way to transfer contacts on your iPhone to Mac is to sync iPhone contacts to Gmail and then export contacts from Google Contacts to your Mac. As you can see, this method is not straightforward, but it does work to help you sync contacts from iPhone to Mac.

To transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac :

Step 1. Go to the "Settings" app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down to choose "Passwords & Accounts."

Step 3. Click "Add Account" and tap on "Google."

Step 4. Enter the information required to add your Gmail account and click "Next."

Step 5. Once your account is successfully verified, click "Save."

Step 6. Turn on "Contacts" to sync your iPhone contacts to Gmail, then choose "Save" again.

Step 7. Go to Google Contacts and sign in with the account you use on your iPhone.

Step 8. Select the contacts you want to import to your Mac and choose "Export."

Step 9. In the new window, check "Selected contacts" and set it to export the contacts in the format you want. Then click "Export" to export your iPhone contacts to Mac.

How to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac with Gmail

The Bottom Line

All five ways will help you sync contacts from iPhone to Mac. Whether you want to import contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud or get iPhone contacts to Mac wirelessly, you can find the corresponding solution. Apply the one best suited to your needs to transfer contacts from your iPhone to the Mac with a few simple clicks.

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