How to Backup Contacts on iPhone in 3 Ways

To save iPhone data, there are a lot of methods. In this article, we will introduce 3 ways about how to save contacts from iPhone. All iPhone models including iPhone 11 are compatible with these methods.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Apr. 23, 2020
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It’s vital to keep a habit of backing up data on the iPhone to avoid losing information, especially the contacts. Performing this task keeps your contacts safe even if you get your iPhone broken, lost, or stolen. Speaking of iPhone data backing up, most of the users would think about iTunes or iCloud. However, unlike Apple’s cellphone, iTunes and iCloud do not enjoy a good reputation among iPhone users. Groundless errors and crashes, unfriendly design and complicated operations, all drive people crazy.

Fortunately, there is also another easy & safe solution for you: backup iPhone contacts with an iTunes alternative. This guide prepares you 3 ways to back up contacts on iPhone, including iTunes, iCloud and third-party software. Now read this post to backup contacts on your iPhone.

How to Backup Contacts on iPhone

How to Backup Contacts on iPhone

Option 1. Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

In case there’s someone who is not familiar with iTunes, we’d like to introduce to you how to backup contacts on iPhone with iTunes first. iTunes will create a full backup for almost all your iPhone content as well as contacts. Here are steps to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes:

Step 1. Download and lunch the latest version of iTunes. As iTunes error always happens and has no reason, update it to the new version would be better.

Step 2. Run iTunes on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer, wait until iTunes has detected your iPhone.

Step 3. Click the Device tab > Click Back Up Now under Summary to backup your iPhone data and settings to the computer.

Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

iTunes would not send you information about when the backup process is finished, please do not unplug your iPhone until the backup process is finished.

Option 2. Backup Contacts on iPhone without iTunes

One thing that most of the users are unsatisfied with iTunes is that it is quite inconvenient to restore backed up files. For example, users have no access to check the backup files. In other words, they can’t check what contacts they have backed up. What’s more, when restoring iTunes backup, it will erase the existing content on your iPhone first. That is to say, after restoring your iPhone with iTunes backup, it is possible for you to find that although the contacts are retrieved, some other iPhone files and data are lost.

Therefore, in this guide, we will introduce you the third option to save contacts on iPhone with a powerful iOS data management tool – AnyTrans for iOS, which not only allows you to selectively back up iPhone contacts to computer in readable formats but also do no harm to your existing content when restoring the backup.

AnyTrans for iOS – iPhone Data Backup

  • Backup all kinds of iPhone data like Contacts, Messages, etc.
  • Support users to check the backup files at any time.
  • No harm to the iPhone’s existing content when restoring the backup.
  • Work well with all iPhone models as well as iOS systems.

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

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Step 1: Download AnyTrans for iOS and run it > Connect your iPhone to the computer > Go to “Device Manager” > Choose the “More” option.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans – Step 1

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2: Scroll the left panel screen down and choose “Contacts” > Tap the Settings button to set up the exporting format of the iPhone contacts > Click “Save” button.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans – Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3: Choose the contacts you want to back up > Click the “To Computer” 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 for iOS does to backup contacts on iPhone without iTunes. This tutorial also can be applied to backing up contacts on iPad/iPod touch. Additionally, besides backing up contacts, it also supports 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 attention, especially if you are using a Windows PC. Consider free AOMEI Backupper to create a system image so as to make solid backups on your disk drive and data.

Option 3. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iCloud

When it comes to backing up iPhone contacts with iCloud, you have two choices. One is creating a full backup of your iPhone with iCloud account, and the other is syncing only iPhone contacts to the iCloud server. The detailed steps to backup iPhone contacts to iCloud are as below.

Method 1: Creating a Full Backup of Your iPhone with iCloud
Unlike iTunes, backing up iPhone to iCloud is backing up your iPhone contacts in Apple’s cloud server instead of keeping them on a 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 > 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 the iCloud server as well as other iPhone content.

Method 2: Syncing Contacts to iCloud with Wi-Fi

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

To back 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 > Click on your Apple ID’s part > Select iCloud > Tap on Contacts to turn it on > Then wait for your iPhone contacts backed up to iCloud.

Sync iPhone Contacts to iCloud

Sync iPhone Contacts to iCloud

This method will back up all your iPhone contents to iCloud. And the only way for you to get backed up contacts to iPhone is by restoring your device with this iCloud backup, during this process, the contents in the backup will replace the existing data and files on your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

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Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.