[Top 4 Ways] How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer/PC?

2023-05-11 00:00:00/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Transfer Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

Q: I'm going to upgrade my iPhone 7 Plus. But when I'm surfing on the Internet, I've found that lots of iPhone users have complained that their contacts are lost after upgrading. So I'm planning to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer or other security places to avoid data losing. However, it is a pity that I can't come up with an effective way to reach it. Can anyone help me?


We always contact our family members, co-workers, clients, friends, etc. by a string of number or letters in our phone and we all know that it could be difficult and time-consuming to rebuild contacts by name, phone numbers and email addresses once you lose your iPhone or when the iPhone data are corrupted for re-installing system, virus attack, system broken and some other reasons. So in order to avoid the bad situation happens, you need to find a way to copy contacts from iPhone to computer for backup. But, how to achieve it?

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Way 1. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iTunes? (Recommended)

Maybe you'll think if there is a tool that can transfer contacts from iPhone to PC with one click, that would be wonderful, right? Luckily, MobiKin Assistant for iOS can help you do such a job. This software is a safe and easy solution to manage iPhone data, helping you to backup iPhone contacts to PC and keep them safe on the computer. As read-only software, the program performs the safe transferring without interference on any original data. Moreover,

Now, let's have a brief look on the key features of iPhone Contacts Exporter:

  • Transfer up to 14 types of files from iPhone to your PC, including Video, Photo, Music, eBook, Contacts, Text Messages, Notes, Safari Bookmarks, Voice Memo, Podcast, Ringtone, Playlist, etc.
  • Contacts on your iPhone can be exported and saved as 3 different types on computer, including CSV, VCF and XML.
  • Full contacts managing ability is available, including contacts importing, adding, deleting and editing on computer.
  • Compatible with almost all models of iPhone, such as iPhone 14/13/12/11/11 Pro (Max)/Xs/Xs Max/XR/X/9 (Plus)/8/7/6S.
  • Even though you have inadequate knowledge about computer technology, you still can finish the task in no time.
  • There are no spyware, malware, and adware, so no worries about any loss in data quality..

Now, just follow the simple step-by-step instructions given below to learn how to handle this powerful iPhone Contacts Transfer program.

Step 1: Launch the program and connect your iPhone

Download and install the iOS Assistant tool on your computer. Start it and you'll get an interface just like the below. Be sure the iPhone device is connected to your computer, and then the program will auto detect your device.

launch assistant for ios

Step 2: Preview detailed iPhone contacts info

After the deep and quick scanning, various categories of data will be shown in the left panel. Select the "Contacts" category, you'll be able to preview all contacts information in thumbnails. Directly go through them and mark all numbers you want to save on the computer.

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Step 3: Export and Save on Computer

After checking all the contacts you need, you can click the "Export" button from the top menu to save contacts from iPhone to computer as CSV, VCF or XML format as you like.

What a simple way to back up contacts from iPhone to computer by using MobiKin Assistant for iOS. Now download the software and has a try. I believe that its excellent programming, beautiful and simple interface will give you a wonderful experience.

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Way 2. How to Get Contacts from iPhone to Computer with iCloud?

The second method is to use iCloud to get contacts from iPhone to computer/PC. Not only contacts and PC, iCloud can also synchronize calendar and other data from iPhone, iPad and iPod to iMac, MacBook. However, it should be noted that the format of contacts exported by iCloud is VCF, which can only be viewed on iPhone. Now follow these steps:

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and go to Settings app > Tap on your Apple ID > iCloud > Toggle on Contacts option. Then, you will be informed that you will have to merge your contacts to iCloud. Just click "Merge" to confirm it.

upload iphone contacts to icloud

Step 2. Now, turn to your computer and visit the site of Login with your iCloud credentials.

Step 3. After successful login, you need to click the "Contacts" icon to access all contacts on your iPhone that have just been synced to iCloud. Click the gear icon in the lower left corner, select "Select All", and then click the "Export vCard" option to export these contacts as a VCF file.

how to export contacts from iphone to pc via icloud

Step 4. Once the exporting complete, you can check the VCF file on your computer that contains all the contacts you have uploaded to iCloud from your iPhone.

Cons: With iCloud, you can only export all contacts from your iPhone to iCloud at once, and can't export selectively. Also, you have to merge contacts with iCloud before exporting.

Way 3. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to PC with iTunes?

When you need to transfer data between iPhone and computer, the first thing that comes to mind is iTunes. It's true that iTunes can help you backup iPhone contacts to computer, but it only allows you to back up your entire phone, and contacts will be automatically included in the backup. If you don't mind this, you can perform the following steps:

Step 1. Launch your installed iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Turn to the upper-left corner of iTunes window to click on the device icon.

Step 3.Once done, you should click the "Info" tab which is located on the left-hand side of the interface and then check the option "Sync Contacts with Windows Contacts".

how to copy contacts from iphone to computer with itunes

Step 4. Navigate to the lower right corner of the screen to click the Apply button. Then, all the contacts on your iPhone will be transferred to PC.

Cons: iTunes does not allow you to back up your contacts individually. You can only back up the entire phone. This means that you become very tricky when viewing and managing your contacts. In my opinion, using the iTunes backup method is more suitable when you need to restore data to your phone.

Way 4. How to Copy Contacts from iPhone to Computer with Email?

Finally, we can also send an email to download contacts from iPhone to computer. You can send the contact to yourself as an attachment to the email, and then you can log in to your mailbox on your computer to access the contact. Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1. Open Contacts app on your iPhone, and find the contacts that you want to transfer from iPhone to computer.

Step 2. Scroll down to the bottom in order to choose the option of "Share Contact" and choose "Mail".

Step 3. Just enter the information needed so that you can send an email to yourself.

copy contacts from iphone to computer with email

Step 4. Now open your mail provider on your computer, check the email you just sent and download the attachment to your computer.

Cons: This method only works if you only need to export a small number of contacts. If you have a large number of contacts to export, we recommend the Way 1.

The Bottom Line

This is a detailed guide on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer. We have different ways to save contacts from iPhone to computer. In this case, you don't have to worry too much about losing contact information on your phone. MobiKin Assistant for iOS allows you to copy iPhone contacts to your computer with just a few clicks. Not only contacts, it also supports backing up many other mobile phone data types. You can choose to back up all your data at once, or you can preview to selectively back up your mobile phone data.

If you have any questions about this guide, or if you encounter any problems when using Assistant for iOS, please leave a comment in the comments section and we will answer your questions as soon as possible.

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Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
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