How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

If you have saved all of your contacts in the Contacts app on your iPhone, it’s recommended that you back them up with iTunes regularly so as you do not lose them. The following guide teaches how to backup iPhone contacts to iTunes so read on to learn how.

By iMobie | Posted on: Dec. 06, 2018, Last Updated: Dec. 06, 2018
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Phone contacts have been an integral part of our life as they let you easily get in touch with anyone you want without actually remembering or entering in their phone number. Your iPhone saves these details for you so all you need to remember is their name and you have got all of their contact details on your screen. In order for you not to lose your contacts in any data loss situation, it is suggested that you backup your iPhone contacts to the iTunes app so you have a backup of your contacts.

An iTunes backup could contain many things including your contacts. In future, if you ever lose contacts on your iPhone, you can easily restore the iTunes backup and all of your data will be restored on your iOS-based device. Let’s check out how to do it.

Part 1. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

The procedure to back up your iPhone contacts to iTunes is pretty easy as all you need to do is grab the iTunes app on your computer, click on a few options here and there, and your contacts will be successfully backed up to the app. Let’s get onto the steps and learn how to backup contacts from iPhone to iTunes.

Step 1Obtain and install the latest version of iTunes on your Windows PC or Mac > Connect your iPhone to your computer using a suitable cable.

Step 2Launch the iTunes > Click the Device icon > Click on the tab that says Summary > Click “Back Up Now”.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

Step 3iTunes will start to create a backup of your iPhone contacts and all other data. You will be notified when the backup has been fully created. So that’s how you backup contacts from iPhone to iTunes.

If you have noticed, the above procedure backs up all the data on your iPhone and not just your contacts. All of your data including your videos, photos, apps, etc, is backed up which will consume a large amount of memory space on your computer. Also, when you restore the backup, all of your data will be restored and not just your contacts.

Another drawback of using iTunes to create an iPhone backup is that it backs up all the contacts and you may not want to do it. If you wish to selectively backup your contacts, iTunes is not a suitable app for you.

If the above two drawbacks are keeping you from using iTunes to create your iPhone contacts backup, you have an alternate method available which we talk about in the next section.

Part 2. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer without iTunes

iTunes isn’t the only way for you to back up your contacts. Enter AnyTrans for iOS, an application that allows you to backup all kind of data including contacts from your iPhone to your computer. It does not require you to install the iTunes app as it can do all the backup tasks on its own.

AnyTrans for iOS – iPhone Backup Manager

Want to backup iPhone contacts to computer without hassle? AnyTrans for iOS as a professional iOS data manager can help you fix it out. Preview and backup iPhone contacts to computer can be done with simple clicks. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

So if you are ready to selectively or wholly backup iPhone contacts to your computer, the following is how to backup iPhone contacts to computer without iTunes:

Step 1Download and launch AnyTrans for iOS on your Windows PC or Mac > Connect your iPhone to your computer using a compatible cable > UnderDevice Manager tab, switch to Category Management > Click on the option that says Contacts.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer without iTunes - Step 1

How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer without iTunes – Step 1

Step 2To change the output format, click on the Settings icon on your interface > Choose either CSV or VCF from the dropdown > Click on the Save button.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer without iTunes - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer without iTunes – Step 2

Step 3Choose the contacts that you would like to be backed up to your computer > Click on Select All if you want to backup all of your contacts > Click on the “Send to PC/Mac” button at the top-right corner to start creating the backup. 

If you happen to use a Mac, the app allows you to directly backup your contacts to the Contacts app on your machine.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer without iTunes - Step 3

How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer without iTunes – Step 3

The Bottom Line

Data loss can occur at unexpected times and it is always a good idea to have a backup of your data, especially a backup of your contacts. The above guide should teach you to create your iPhone contacts backup with or without the iTunes app on your computer. Download AnyTrans for iOS now and give a free try!

iMobie

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