How to Backup Contacts on iPhone in 3 Ways

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If you want to backup iPhone contacts to iCloud, iTunes or computer, but don't know how to make it, you can follow this post to get 3 methods.

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Sep. 01, 2017

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It's vital to keep a habit of backing up data on iPhone to avoid losing momentous information, especially the contacts on your iPhone. Performing this task keeps your contacts safe even if you get your iPhone broken, lost, or stolen. So here comes the question, how to backup contacts on iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/ SE/5s/5/4s?

When it comes to backing up iPhone contacts, people tend to use iTunes or iCloud. Actually, there is also another easy & safe solution for you: backup only contacts on iPhone with an iTunes alternative. This guide prepares you 3 ways to back up contacts on iPhone, including iTunes, iCloud and a third-party software. Now read on this post to backup contacts on your iPhone. (This post also applies to iPhone 7 in iOS 11).

How to Backup Contacts on iPhone

How to Backup Contacts on iPhone

Option 1. Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

Backing up contacts on iPhone with iTunes, this will back up all the contents of your iPhone to computer, and you can’t get contacts from the iTunes backup unless you plan to restore your iPhone with this backup (during restoring, all the existing data on your iPhone will be replaced by the content in backup). Therefore, if you just want to back up only contacts on your iPhone, or get backed up contacts back to your iPhone at any time, you can move to Option 3 to backup contacts on your iPhone.

iTunes will create full backup for almost all your iPhone content as well as contacts. When using iTunes to backup iPhone contacts, you need to: Run iTunes on your computer (PC or Mac) > Connect your iPhone to the computer > Click the Device tab > Click Back Up Now under Summary to backup your iPhone data and settings to computer. About full steps, please read How to Backup iPhone to iTunes >

Option 2. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iCloud

When it comes to backing up iPhone contacts with iCloud, you have two methods. One is creating a full backup of your iPhone with iCloud, and the other one is syncing only iPhone contacts to iCloud server. The two methods we will show you detailed steps.

Method 1: Back Up Contacts on iPhone by Backing Up iPhone to iCloud

This method will back up all your iPhone contents to iCloud, and not only your iPhone contacts, but all the content on your iPhone will be backed up. And the only way for you get these backed up contacts to iPhone by restoring your device with this iCloud backup, during this process, the contents in backup will replace the existing data and files on your iPhone. If you just want to back up only contacts, you can move to Option 3 to make it.

Unlike iTunes, backing up iPhone to iCloud is backing up your iPhone contacts in the Apple’s cloud sever instead of keeping them on computer hard drive. To backup your iPhone to iCloud, you just need to log into iCloud on your iPhone with simple steps:

On your iPhone, go to Settings App > Tap on your Apple ID’s part > Select iCloud > Select iCloud Backup > Tap on it to turn it on if it is closed > Click Back Up Now. Then your contacts on iPhone will be backed up to iCloud server as well as other iPhone content.

Method 2: Back Up Contacts on iPhone by Syncing Contacts to iCloud

Syncing iPhone contacts to iCloud, this means all your iPhone contacts will be backed up to iCloud server, and all the contacts on your different devices logged in same Apple ID will be merged in iCloud, and synced to all your iDevice.

In other words, all the iPhone contacts you backed up will be synced to your other Apple devices logged in the same Apple ID with your iPhone. At the same time, the contacts on other iDevices will also come to your iPhone. Therefore, if you want to keep your contacts independent, and don’t merge with other iDevices’, you need to log in a different Apple ID on your iPhone, or move to Option 3 to backup only contacts on iPhone.

To backing up iPhone contacts by syncing to iCloud, you just need to ensure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, and then perform the steps below on your iPhone:

Go to Settings App > Click on your Apple ID’s part > Select iCloud > Tap on Contacts to turn it on > Click Merge when it asks “what would you like to do with existing local contacts on your iPhone”. Then wait for your iPhone contacts backed up to iCloud.

Option 3. Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer with AnyTrans

Backing up contacts on iPhone to iTunes or iCloud sounds great, but you are not allowed to view your contacts in the backup files unless you restore your iPhone with the iTunes or iCloud backup you made, and you cannot backup only contacts on iPhone. Therefore, in this guide we will introduce you a third option to back up iPhone contacts with a powerful iOS data management tool – AnyTrans, which allows you to selectively back up iPhone contacts to computer in readable formats.

AnyTrans is one easy-to-use iPhone backup extractor that you can use to quickly extract contacts from iPhone to computer, and save them as readable and printable format (CSV and VCF). It supports almost all iPhone models, including iPhone X/8, iPhone 7, and old iPhone 4s/4/5/5s/5c/SE/6/6s (Plus). Now follow the steps below to quickly backup iPhone contacts to computer.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans and run it. Connect your iPhone to computer. In AnyTrans, scroll down to choose Contacts.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans -Step 1

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans -Step 1

Step 2. You can tap the Settings button to set up the exporting format of your iPhone contacts when backing up them to computer. AnyTrans supports exports iPhone contacts to computer in VCF and CSV format.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans -Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans -Step 2

Step 3. Choose contacts you want to backup and click the Send to PC/Mac button to export iPhone contacts to computer for backup. If you are working with a Mac computer, you also can backup iPhone contacts to Mac’s Contacts App directly.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans -Step 3

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans -Step 3

That's what AnyTrans does to backup contacts on iPhone. This tutorial also can be applied to backing up contacts on iPad/iPod touch. Additionally, besides backing up contacts, AnyTrans also support another 20 types of iOS data and files, including Photos, Videos, Music, Messages, Notes, etc. 

Similar to backing up your iPhone contacts, the disk backup for your important data protection is also worth your close attentions, especially if you are using a Windows PC. Consider free AOMEI Backupper to create system image so as to make solid backups on your disk drive and data.

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