Although you regularly back up your iPhone, are you always afraid that, for one reason or another, your precious contacts will be lost? So how about taking additional security measures by saving your address book on the cloud and in local files to use, if necessary, to copy the contacts of your "iPhone by" on other devices? I assure you that these are fast, safe and actionable practices in an incredibly simple way.
If you take a few minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the advice I am about to give you, you will learn in no time. how to save iPhone contacts and export them to online platforms such as iCloud, Gmail and Outlook.com and locally. In this way, if you want, you can then export them to PC, Mac and even Android devices.
Courage: do not stand there impaled! Take your iPhone, choose the solution that seems to you best suited to your needs and put it into practice following the instructions I am about to give you. Whatever model of "iPhone by" and version of iOS you have, I assure you that you will succeed in your intent in a very simple way. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and ... good export of contacts!
How to Export Contacts from IPhone
The first procedure I want to talk to you about is the one relating toexporting iPhone contacts in the form of a file VCF o CSV. These formats are among the most used for managing contacts, therefore it is possible to transfer the address book exported from the "iPhone by" on the vast majority of devices and software platforms.
There are several apps that allow you to export contacts from the iPhone, the one I recommend is My Contacts Backup which stands out from the others for the fact that it does not require uploading your address book to online servers and does not require registration via social networks. or email. In short, it protects the user's privacy, and therefore it seems to me worthy of attention. Basically it is free, but it only allows the export of address books consisting of up to 500 contacts: to export a greater number of contacts, the purchase of its Pro version is required, which costs 2,29 euros.
To download My Contacts Backup (or My Contacts Backup Pro) to your iPhone, open theApp Store (the blue icon with the letter "A" in the center, which you can find on the home screen), select the tab Search at the bottom right and search for the application using the appropriate bar. Next, select the app from the results that are returned to you, press the button Ottieni / Installa and confirm your identity via Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password entry. If you are reading this tutorial directly from iOS, you can open the App Store page dedicated to My Contacts Backup or My Contacts Backup Pro by clicking on the links I gave you earlier.
Once the installation is complete, start My Contacts Backup grant the app permissions to access iPhone contacts. Then tap ongear icon located at the bottom right and, in the screen that opens, select from the menu Type, the file format you intend to export your contacts to: vCard to get a file VCF or CSV (Excel) to get a file CSV.
Fatto ciò, first prize end (top left) for two consecutive times, in order to save your preferences, then press the button Backup and wait for the iPhone phonebook backup to be created. If during the process you are told that the backup file size is too large (your backup file size is too large), Reply OK the warning that appears on the screen, in order to save the address book without the profile photos of the contacts.
When you have finished saving your contacts, press the button Email and send the file VCF o CSV obtained by email to an address you have access to. Mission accomplished! You now have an iPhone address book backup ready to be imported to a wide variety of devices and software platforms.
How to Save IPhone Contacts to ICloud
After talking about backing up contacts locally, let's move on to the procedure for save iPhone contacts online, more precisely on iCloud: Apple's cloud platform, thanks to which you can save your data on the Internet and find them automatically synchronized on all devices associated with your account.
The synchronization of contacts with iCloud should already be active "by default" on the iPhone, as long as you have configured an Apple ID on the device. To check if the function is already active on your "iPhone by", access the menu Settings of iOS (thegear icon located on the home screen) and first tap on the you don't know and then on the voice iCloud, in the screen that opens.
If you do not see your name in the iOS settings, it means that you have not yet associated an Apple ID to the device: to fix it, press the button Log in to iPhone and enter your account credentials. If you do not yet have an Apple ID, create it by pressing the appropriate item and then following the instructions I gave you in my tutorial on how to create an Apple account.
At this point, in the iCloud configuration screen, locate the item Contacts and, if necessary, move up ON the corresponding lever: in this way, you will enable the synchronization of contacts with iCloud. This means that the phone book will be copied and synchronized constantly with Apple's online service.
If you have set up more than one address book sync service on your iPhone, make sure iCloud is set as the default service by going to the menu Settings> Contacts> Default account (otherwise the new contacts added in the address book will be synchronized with other services and not with iCloud).
How to Save IPhone Contacts to Gmail
Would you like to copy iPhone contacts to Gmail? No problem. First, back up your contacts locally in VCF o CSV, as explained in one of the previous chapters of this tutorial.
Once this is done, connect to the Google Contacts service from your PC and log in to your Gmail account, if necessary. Now, expand the section More located in the left sidebar, choose the option Import that appears at the bottom and presses the button Select file to select the VCF or CSV file with the contacts exported from the iPhone.
At this point, press the button Import and wait a few seconds for the address book import procedure to be completed. If duplicate contacts are found compared to those already in the Gmail address book, a message will appear at the top of the screen: click on the button View all to view and eventually merge them or on the button Ignore to ignore the warning and hide it.
At this point, you have copied iPhone contacts to Gmail, but the two address books are not in sync with each other. To turn on address book synchronization and have new contacts saved on iPhone copied to Gmail, you need to add your Google account to iOS and set Gmail as the default address book synchronization service.
Access, therefore, to Settings of iOS (thegear icon located on the home screen), go to Password and account (on iOS 14 and later you have to go up Settings> Mail or Settings> Contacts), tap on the item Add account and select the logo of Google from the screen that is proposed to you. Next, enter your Gmail account details to log in to the latter, activate the lever relating to synchronization of Contacts And that's it.
Finally, go to the menu Settings> Contacts> Default account and select gmail as a service for automatic contact synchronization. If any steps are not clear to you, feel free to consult my guide on how to synchronize iPhone contacts with Gmail in which I had the opportunity to talk to you about the topic in more depth.
How to Save IPhone Contacts to Outlook
Use the mail service Outlook.com Microsoft and would you like to copy the iPhone address book to the latter? No problem: first export your iPhone contacts as a file CSV as explained in one of the previous chapters of this guide. Then connected to Outlook.com, log in to your Microsoft account (if necessary), click on the button with i 9 squares located at the top left and select the icon People give the menu to compare.
On the next page, click the button Manage located at the top, select the item Import contacts from the menu that appears and press the button Shop by Department to select the file CSV previously exported from the iPhone. At this point, press the button Import and check the table that is shown to you: inside you will find some names extrapolated from the file you have selected. If the data looks correct to you, click the button Looks fine, keep going and the import procedure will be completed.
If the data in the table is not correct, open your CSV file in Excel, export it as a CSV UTF-8 (by selecting the appropriate item from the menu File> Save with nome and try to import it back into Outlook.com. For the complete procedure, please take a look at my tutorial on how to import contacts into Outlook.
At this point, you have copied the iPhone contacts to the Outlook address book, but not the other way around. If you want to import Outlook contacts to your iPhone, go to the menu Settings> Passwords and Accounts> Add Account (on iOS 14 and later you have to go up Settings> Mail or Settings> Contacts) of iOS, select Outlook.com from the list of supported services, log into your Microsoft account and move to ON the levetta relative to i contacts. This way, your Outlook.com contacts will be copied to your iOS address book. It is not possible, however, to automatically add new contacts created on the iPhone to the Microsoft service address book, so there is no real automatic two-way synchronization as happens with Gmail.
How do you say? You don't want to import iPhone contacts into Outlook.com but into Microsoft Outlook, the program for managing e-mail included in the Office package? If so, check out the tutorial chapter on how to save iPhone contacts to PC where I tell you about the iCloud client (which syncs iCloud contacts with Outlook), or check out my guide on how to import contacts in Outlook, where I explain how to transfer contacts in CSV format in Microsoft Outlook on Windows and macOS.
How to Save IPhone Contacts to Android
Do you have a smartphone or tablet equipped with Android and are you looking for a way to copy contacts from your iPhone to the latter? Then know that you have two solutions at your disposal: you can take advantage of the synchronization of the address book with Gmail to have the address book of your device always synchronized with that of the iPhone (and vice versa) or you can import the file VCF of the address book previously exported from your "iPhone by".
If you intend to take advantage of the Gmail sync and therefore have a single address book synchronized on iPhone, Gmail and Android, export the contacts from the iPhone to Gmail and activate the synchronization between the iPhone and your Google account as explained in the appropriate chapter of this tutorial. Next, take your Android smartphone or tablet, access the menu of settings (the'gear icon located on the home screen or in the drawer, i.e. the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device), go to Account > Google, select yours Gmail indirizzo and, if necessary, activate the synchronization option contacts. If you haven't set up your Gmail account on Android yet, find out how to do this by reading my tutorial on how to associate an Android phone with Google.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to"manual" import of a VCF file previously generated by the iPhone (therefore without synchronizing the address book with the "iPhone by"), open the Google Contacts application (if it is not yet installed on your device, download it from the Play Store), select your account Gmail (if necessary) and press the ☰ button located at the top left.
At this point, scegli la voce Settings from the left menu, go to Importa> file .vcf and, if the synchronization of the address book with Gmail is enabled on the device, select the Google account on which to import the contacts. Finally, select the file VCF with iPhone contacts and that's it.
How to Save IPhone Contacts to PC
The easiest way to save contacts from iPhone and import them to PC is to take advantage of the iCloud client for Windows: an official program from Apple that allows you to download files hosted on iCloud Drive, photos and videos uploaded to your Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream, bookmarks, address book, calendars and tasks to your computer. IPhone mail, contacts, calendars and tasks, when synchronized with iCloud, can thus be automatically synchronized with Microsoft Outlook, the famous mail and calendar management software included in the Office suite.
The iCloud client for Windows is completely free. To download it to your PC, connect to this web page and click on the button Download. A download complete, apri il file .exe obtained and proceed with the installation of the iCloud client by checking the box for accept the terms of the license agreement and clicking on the buttons Install, Yes e end.
Accept, therefore, to restart the PC, log in to the iCloud client with the data of your Apple ID (the same one configured on the iPhone) and activate the box relating to the synchronization of Mail, contacts, calendars and tasks. If any steps are not clear to you, feel free to consult my guide on how to use iCloud, in which I have explained to you in more detail how to use this service (and its client for PC).
If you don't want to take advantage of the synchronization of your address book with iCloud, you can copy your iPhone contacts to your computer by exporting them in VCF or CSV format (as explained above) and then importing them into your favorite email client.
For more information on what to do, you can consult my tutorials on how to import contacts into Outlook, how to open VCF files and how to open CSV files in which I explained how to import contacts in all major email clients.
How to Save IPhone Contacts on Mac
I use a Poppy? In this case, if you want to save your iPhone contacts to computer, you can't find simpler, faster and more convenient solution than iCloud sync. In fact, by associating your iPhone and your Mac to the same iCloud account and activating the synchronization of the address book on both devices, you will find yourself with all the contacts synchronized constantly between Mac and phone.
To activate the synchronization of contacts with iCloud on iPhone, refer to the instructions in the dedicated chapter of this tutorial. Then move to the Mac, open System preference (the'gear icon located on the Dock bar), go to iCloud and verify that the computer is associated with the same Apple ID as the iPhone. If not, log in with it.
Now, if necessary, check the box related to synchronization of contacts And that's it. The iCloud address book (and therefore that of the iPhone) will be synchronized with that of macOS and will keep synchronization constantly.
If you have activated synchronization with Gmail on iPhone, you can also use the latter to import contacts to your Mac. To do so, go to System Preferences> Internet Accounts, click on the logo of Google, log into your Gmail account and activate the option for contact synchronization.
If you don't want to take advantage of iCloud or Gmail synchronization, you can import iPhone contacts on Mac "manually", as already explained in the chapter dedicated to Windows: exporting them in VCF or CSV format and then importing them into your favorite email client. For instructions on importing contacts into various email clients, see my tutorials on how to import contacts into Outlook, how to open VCF files, and how to open CSV files.