How to Fix iPhone Contacts Not Syncing Issue

Why are my iPhone contacts not syncing? Read this post to learn some potential fixes and get a new way to backup iPhone contacts to iCloud.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jan. 14, 2020

My iPhone 11 contacts are not syncing to iCloud even though it is ON. I need all my contacts synced to iCloud as a backup. It is a new iPhone running iOS 13, any ideas?

iPhone Contacts Not Syncing

iPhone Contacts Not Syncing

Many iPhone users rely on iCloud to backup important iOS data like contacts, notes, calendars, photos, videos, and etc. Sync iPhone Contacts to iCloud, you can access and manage all your contacts from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Mac. And if you open iCloud Contacts On, it will update automatically. But after bought iPhone 11 Pro (Max), or updated to the newest iOS version – iOS 13, some users found that their iPhone contacts not syncing properly, or even not syncing with iCloud at all. 

In this post, we are going to show you some potential fixes to fix iCloud contacts not syncing issues and also provide you an alternative way to backup your iPhone contacts with/without iCloud.

Quick Fixes to iPhone Contacts Not Syncing

1. Toggle Contacts Off & On

  • For iOS 10.2 or older devices: Open Settings > Go to General > iCloud > Turn off contacts in iCloud > Power off iPhone and then power it back on > Turn contact syncing back on.
  • For iOS 10.3 or newer devices: Open Settings > [your name] > Tap iCloud > Turn Contacts Off, then restart your iPhone > Toggle Contacts On. 

2. Set iCloud Contacts as default

If your iCloud contacts not syncing, go to Settings > Contacts > Default Account > Select iCloud.

3. Signed in to iCloud With the Same Apple ID

If you have more than one account with contacts, make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. Check your iCloud account on iPhone: Tap Settings > [your name] > Name, Phone Numbers, Email.

4. Sign Out & In of your iCloud Account

If the above still not working, try re-login your iCloud account from your iPhone: Settings > [your name] > Sign Out. Restart your iPhone and add it again and restart it once again.

After you tried any one of the above methods, you can check whether it works to refresh your contacts: Open the Contacts app > Tap Groups in the upper-left corner > Swipe down on the list to refresh your groups.

Alternative Tool to Backup iPhone Contacts – AnyTrans

If your iPhone contacts still not syncing to iCloud and you want to backup them right now, keep reading to learn an alternative tool for backing up iPhone contacts. AnyTrans for iOS is specially made for iOS users to transfer, backup and manage iOS content on iPhone iPad and iPod (touch). Download AnyTrans for iOS to have a free try >

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1. To back up and manage your iPhone contacts, firstly open AnyTrans for iOS and connect with your iPhone. Click More under Device Manager to enter managing content by category page.

Alternative Way to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans

Alternative Way to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans

2. Choose Contacts and now you can view and choose contacts you want to backup, and click the Send to Computer button or Send to Device button to backup your iPhone contacts.

Alternative Way to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans

Alternative Way to Backup iPhone Contacts with AnyTrans

Also Read: How to Manage Contacts on iPhone 5/5s/6/6s >

The Bottom Line

If you met the problem when sync contacts with iCloud, you can try the above quick fixes to iCloud contacts not syncing to iPhone/iPad/Mac. Or, you can try to use AnyTrans for iOS to backup contacts to computer in the readable format. It is easy-to-use and works for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Get it and take a tour now >

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.