How to Backup iPhone Contacts and View Them
For many of us, our contacts list are the most important part of our iPhones and what we care most about backing up. It can be very difficult to rebuild a contact list of name, email address, telephone numbers, etc. if you lose it. A backup of your iPhone contacts is the preparedness that prevents your phone number book from permanent loss.
Tere are many necessary reasons of backing up your iPhone contacts, such as:
1. Accidentally deleted your iPhone contacts by mistaken.
2. iOS upgrading or jailbreaking lead to lost contacts on iPhone
3. Dropped your iPhone on floor or slipped it into water and iPhone get broken.
4. Transfer contacts from old iPhone to new mobile phone and need to extra contacts from backup files.
Now, let us show you the 4 methods to Backup iPhone Contacts.
Method 1. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with Dr.Fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore
Dr.Fone - iOS Data Backup & Restore is an easy and high efficient iPhone backup software, which helps to backup and save contacts from iPhone. Just in 3 steps, you can easily backup your iPhone contacts with no tutorial. It allows you to preview your backup contacts, which is much better than iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Since some of the contacts may be useless, you can selectively backup your contacts from iPhone, no need to backup the whole device, this will be efficient and save you much time.
Step 1. In order to do the iPhone contacts backup, you are supposed to download Dr.Fone. Then connect your iPhone to computer. When its primary window shows up, choose "More Tools" and click "iOS Data Backup & Restore".
Step 2. This software will detect your iPhone automaticly, then choose the file type "Contacts" to backup. Then click button "Backup". It will backup your contacts. From the below window, we can know that this gadget can also backup and export notes, messages, photos, iMessages, Facebook messages and many other data to PC or Mac.
Step 3. When the iPhone contacts backup process is completed, you will see all the contacts on windows, then click "Export to PC" to export contacts from iPhone to your computer. The exported contacts can be saved as .csv, .html, or vcard. So, here you just finish the iPhone contacts backup and export process successfully.
That is it. Backing up iPhone contacts has never been easier before.
Method 2: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes
iTunes allows you to backup iPhone contacts to computer.In general,backup iPhone contacts to iTunes will waste you a little long time.Just follow the step-by-step instructions given below to learn how to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes.
Step 1.Connect the iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.
Step 2.Select the device from the left-side list, and click on the “Info” tab.
Step 3.Verify that “Sync Contacts” is checked.
Step 4.Adjust any specific settings as necessary.
Step 5.Right-click on the iPhone name in the device list and choose “Back Up”.
The final step performs a manual backup with iTunes and stores that backup on the local computer. iTunes allows to backup contacts from iPhone to computer. It's free and you can do it yourself. However,the disadvantage is you need to use a relatively long time to wait for the backup process finish. Besides it doesn't allow you select and preview the backup contacts.
Method 3. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iCloud
If you prefer to backup iPhone contacts to cloud, iCloud is a good choice. You can finish all the iPhone contacts backup process just on your phone. Now, follow the easy steps to learn how to backup iPhone contacts.
Step 1. On your iPhone, tap "Settings". On Setting screen, scroll down to find "iCloud" and tap it.
Step 2. Fill in your iCloud accounts. Make sure your WiFi network is turned on.
Step 3. On "iCloud" screen, turn on "Contacts" option, and tap "Merge".
Step 4. Find "Storage & Backup" option and tap it.
Step 5. Turn on "iCloud Backup" and tap "Back Up Now".
Step 6. Wait until the backup process is completed.
Note: Cloud backup is usually slower than local backup, it need much more time to finish the iPhone contacts backup process. And you only have 5 GB free storage on your iCloud and you can't access and veiw iCloud backup contacts.
Method 4. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Email
Apple also allows you the power to backup contacts from iPhone to some email address, like Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, Exchange, and others. The tutorial to backup iPhone contacts to email is almost the same. Thus, I just take backing iPhone contacts to Exchange as an example.
Step 1. Go to Settings on your iPhone > Find Mail > Contacts > Calendars.
Step 2. Click Add Account, and you will find many email address are available. Tap Exchange.
Step 3. Fill out the information about your name, email account, passwords and description.
Step 4. Tap Next. Make sure contacts icon is turned on. Then, click Save to save and export contacts from iPhone to Exchange.
From the above introduction, we can learn 4 ways to backup iPhone contacts. the third party software solution can selectively backup your contacts from iPhone to PC or Mac with a few clicks. And you can preview your contacts before export them to your computer. But it's not free. The iTunes backup and iCloud backup can both backup your whole contacts with no preview and selectivity. Backing up iPhone contacts to Email is also not selective. And it maybe a little complicated to find them from your email in the future.
Lincoln Spector, is a senior editor for giveumore studio and is enjoying discovering most useful Tips and Tricks in the iOS world.
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