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How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to Mac in 3 Ways

Three easy methods for you to sync or transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac with a few simple clicks.

"How do I transfer my contacts from my iPhone to my Mac?" To make a backup of your precious contacts or to access your contacts across your devices, you may need to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac. Transferring contacts from iPhone to Mac brings you many benefits. For example, you don't need to worry about data loss anymore and you can keep in contact with your families, friends, or colleagues seamlessly using different devices.

If you are thinking exactly the same, you will learn how to get iPhone contacts on iPhone in three proven ways from the paragraphs below:

PAGE CONTENT:
How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to Mac Using iCloud
How to Sync iPhone Contacts to Mac Without iCloud
How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop

Part 1. How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to Mac using iCloud

Apple provides its own solution for its users to share contacts from iPhone to Mac, which is to use iCloud. iCloud offers users a wireless way to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac in real-time. That means when you add, edit, or delete a contact on your iPhone, the contacts on your Mac will update automatically.

To keep your contacts in sync between your Mac and iPhone, all you need is to sign in with the same iCloud account on your iPhone and Mac and turn on the iCloud service for contacts.

To sync contacts from iPhone to Mac via iCloud:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" and turn on the "Contacts" option.

Step 2. On your Mac, click the Apple menu and choose "System Preferences" > "Sign In".

Step 3. Enter your Apple ID and password that you use on your iPhone.

Step 4. Click the Apple menu > "System Preferences" > [your Apple ID] > "iCloud" and then enable iCloud Contacts.

Step 5. Go to the Apple Contacts app on your Mac. Now you could see the items from your iPhone.

How to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac using iCloud

While using iCloud, you need to make sure you are using the same account on your devices and there is enough storage for you to store the contacts in iCloud, or you won't sync your iPhone contacts to Mac successfully due to iCloud contacts not syncing.

Part 2. How to Sync iPhone Contacts to Mac Without iCloud

If you are wondering how to import contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud, you may prefer using this method to transfer your contacts from iPhone to Mac, which is to import contacts from iPhone to Mac using EaseUS MobiMover - reliable iPhone transfer software and free video/audio downloader. With this tool, you will be able to:

  • Transfer files between an iPhone/iPad and a computer (Mac or PC)
  • Transfer data from one iPhone/iPad to another
  • Edit, delete or add contacts on/to iPhone/iPad from the computer
  • Download videos from YouTube/Twitter/Facebook or download music from SoundCloud/MySpace to a Mac/PC or iOS device

To transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac with EaseUS MobiMover:

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. Then contacts will be saved as an HTML file on your Mac. Thus, you need to open it with a browser to view the details.

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

This tool will transfer contacts from your iPhone to your Mac via a USB cable. And if you need to, you can also sync contacts from Mac to iPhone/iPad with it. Apart from contacts, it also supports photos, videos, music, audiobooks, messages, etc. You can apply the same steps to transfer other files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes or iCloud. 

The advantages of this method are:

  • You don't need a network connection to share contacts or worry about storage issues. 
  • You can freely share contacts between different Apple ID accounts.
  • When you delete contacts on your iPhone, the contacts on your Mac will keep unchanged.

Part 3. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac Using AirDrop

If you don't intend to share contacts from iPhone to Mac in bulk and only want to get several items from your iPhone to the computer, using AirDrop is advisable.

AirDrop is a file-sharing service based on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections that allows you to send contacts, photos, videos, websites, and more between two AirDrop-supported devices, including Mac and iPhone. Therefore, it will certainly help when you need to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac or vice versa.

However, you can only transfer one contact at one time. That's why it is recommended only when you want to copy a small number of items.

To transfer contacts from iPhone:

Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on both your iPhone and Mac.

Step 2. Go to the Contacts app on your iPhone and click the contact you'd like to share.

Step 3. Choose "Share Contact" > "AirDrop"  and choose your Mac.

Step 4. On your Mac, click "Accept" to receive the contact from your iPhone.

Step 5. When the transfer has done, go to the Contacts app on your Mac to check the newly added item.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop

A similar way to export contacts from iPhone to another device is using email or message. By sending contacts to another device via an email or message, you can also achieve your goal of transferring contacts from iPhone to Mac.

Bonus Tip: How to Sync Contacts from Mac to iPhone

All the three ways above are also workable when you want to transfer contacts from Mac to iPhone. In addition, there is one more way available for you to sync Mac contacts to iPhone - using iTunes or Finder, depending on your macOS version.

If you are using a Mac running macOS Mojave and earlier, use iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iOS device to your Mac and trust the computer.

Step 2. In iTunes, select the device icon and tap on "Info" in the sidebar.

Step 3. Select "Sync Contacts", choose the contacts or groups you want to sync, and click "Apply" to start syncing contacts from Mac to your iPhone.

How to sync contacts from Mac to iPhone using iTunes

If your computer is running macOS Catalina, use Finder:

Step 1. Connect your device to your Mac.

Step 2. Open Finder and select your iPhone under "Locations".

Step 3. Switch to the "Info" tab and check the option "Sync contacts onto[your iPhone name]".

Step 4. Select the contact groups and click "Apply".

How to transfer contacts from Mac to iPhone via Finder

The Bottom Line

Now you not only know how to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac but also learn the easy ways to transfer contacts from Mac to iPhone. To sum up:

  • iCloud syncs all your iPhone contacts to Mac at once over Wi-Fi.
  • EaseUS MobiMover transfers contacts from iPhone to Mac all at once or selectively.
  • AirDrop sends contacts from iPhone to Mac or vice versa one by one.

Whether you prefer to import contacts from iPhone to Mac wirelessly or via a USB cable, you can find the corresponding solution from this guide.