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How to Transfer Contacts from Computer to iPhone?

2015-10-21 14:05:02/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Transfer Topic/Follow @ AllenyGavin

Upgrade your old iPhone to the latest iPhone 6 Plus, you can easily transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone on your computer. Or switch your mobile phone from Android to iPhone, you also can copy contacts from Android to iPhone with a simple 3rd-party program. However, when you have a contact list on the desktop computer, you may feel confused of how to import it to your iPhone, right? So today, we write this article to show you several ways to copy contacts from computer to iPhone within few clicks. You can compare them and decide which one is better according to your own needs.

1. Best Way to Import Contacts from PC to iPhone without Data Losing (Recommended)

2. Sync Contacts from Computer to iPhone 7/6S/6/5S with iTunes

3. How to Move Contacts from PC to iPhone without iTunes

4. How to Sync Contacts to iPhone from iCloud, iTunes, Kies, etc. Easily

Best Way to Import Contacts from PC to iPhone/iPad

MobiKin Assistant for iOS is a reliable yet all-in-round management tool for iPhone, iPad and iPod users. It allows users to backup, export & import, uninstall, preview or edit all kinds of iOS data on the desktop computer directly. What's more, this program have been tested for hundreds yet thousands of times, and the facts have proved that no data losing during the exporting or importing process between your iPhone and computer. (Please ensure iTunes on your computer is the latest version)

Now, let's check how to transfer contacts from computer to iPhone 7/6S/6/5S/5 step by step.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone device to computer with USB cable, then launch the iPhone Contacts Manager on your personal PC. Then, it will detect your linked iPhone and show you an interface like below:

trust this computer on iphone

Step 2. Click on "Trust" on your iPhone, and tap on the "Continue" button in the program to finish the connection between iPhone and computer. When your iPhone is recognized, you'll get the main screen as follows:

iphone contacts transfer main screen

Step 3. Tick the category of "Contacts" in the left panel, then you can preview the whole contacts list in the program as you like. At present, this tool enables users to export contacts from iPhone to computer and save as 3 different formats: CSV, VCF and XML, and import contacts in XML format from PC to iPhone. So, if your contacts backup is not in XML format, you'd better to use this program to export and save as XML format at first, then import it to your target iPhone as you like.

transfer contacts from pc to iphone

Sync Contacts from PC to iPhone with iTunes

Syncing contacts with iTunes is a convenient and recommended method to import contacts from your PC to iPhone. You need to install the most recent version of iTunes on your PC. The iTunes installer is available for free download at: https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/.

Once you have set up iTunes on your PC, follow the following simple steps to transfer all contacts from your PC to your iPhone:

1. Connect your iPhone to PC with the USB cable and iTunes will be started automatically. Your device will be detected and recognized by iTunes by default

2. Under the "DEVICE" option, you can find your own iPhone, select it and open "Info" tab on the main window. Here, you can check "Sync Content with" option on the right panel, and choose the program on your PC that has the contacts you want to import.

3. In the advanced pane, place a check mark next to "Contacts". There is another option called "Replace information on this phone". If you have no contacts on this phone, check this option. When this is checked, the contact list on the phone is replaced the selected contacts from on the PC in the next "sync" operation. Any existing contacts, if they are not a part of the PC's contact list will be lost. It is a good idea to back up your phone’s contacts just in case you lose them.

4. The contact list appears in a panel underneath. Select the contacts you want to import and press sync' on the right bottom of the window. If the contact lists on the phone and computer differ by more than 5%, iTunes will ask you whether to replace data on the phone, or on the computer, or to merge them. Note that merging may create duplicate entries on both the phone and on the address books, particularly in cases where there are subtle differences in spelling or contact information.

5. Once you make a choice, iTunes will sync up contacts as per your choices. Verify that "automatically sync when this iPhone is connected" is checked. This updates any modifications in the contact details in either PC or the iPhone whenever you connect the phone to the PC.

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Move Contacts from Computer to iPhone without iTunes

This method can be used if you are not interested in installing iTunes on your PC. Follow the following simple steps to transfer multiple contacts from your PC to your iPhone:

1. Open your address book or contact list on your PC. Depending on the software you use, there are options to export the contacts into VCard Format (*.vcf) or Comma Separated Value (*.csv) formats. The export option is usually found on the "File" menu. If your software does not allow to VCard format, export to CSV format, and convert it to .vcf file using an online CSV to VCF converter (www.csvtovcard.com).

2. Attach the VCard file to an email and send it to yourself. Then download the attachment on your iPhone. When you tap on the downloaded attachment, the phone will provide you with an option to add all he contacts on the VCard file. You can also select if you want to "Add New" (contacts will be added even if there are duplicates) or "Merge" (the phone will check for duplicated entries and remove them during sync. Once you make these choices, go ahead and tap on "add all (number of contacts on VCard File) contacts". The import should be done in a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the number of contacts.

3. Check your iPhone's contact list to verify that the newly imported contacts show up.

If you think this method is too complicated to operate, here you also can ask help from an easy to use yet powerful 3rd-party tool - MobiKin Transfer for Mobile. In addition to the feature of phone to phone transfer, this program also have another prominent feature that have attracted people for downloading - Restore from backups.  You can use it to directly load contacts backups to your iPhone devices as you like, and you can also use it to restore data from iTunes or iCloud backups directly on your computer.

Extended Knowledge - How to Transfer Contacts from iCloud/iTunes/Kies/BlackBerry/OneDrive Backups to iPhone

Contacts backups on your desktop computer may have different formats due to the way you're choosing to backup the contacts. So when you're deciding to import the contacts from PC to iPhone, you have to take the file formats into consideration, then find a proper tool as your assistant. Under this situation, we could like to recommend an all-round software for your reference - Phone Manager. With it, you can restore data from all kinds of backups as you like, including iCloud backups, iTunes, Samsung Kies, BlackBerry, OneDrive, etc.  to iPhone without hassle.

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