Your contacts contain valuable information, such as phone numbers and emails. Of course, you’d want to back them up if you lost your phone. Transferring data from phone to PC can be quite a hassle—but it doesn’t have to be. So, what are the easiest and quickest methods of transferring contacts from iPhone to PC?
You can transfer your contacts from your iPhone to your computer using iCloud or Email. If you’re a Mac user, you have an extra option—you could transfer your data using Airdrop. Additionally, some professional iOS data transfer tools like TouchCopy also transfer data flawlessly.
Each method has a different transfer speed and can transfer a different number of contacts. So let’s get into the details and learn how to export your contacts from iPhone to PC using these methods.
How to Export Contacts from iPhone to PC
There are several ways of exporting contacts from your iPhone to your PC. They include:
Using a Professional iOS Data Transfer Tool
The easiest method is to export contacts from iPhone to PC using TouchCopy, a professional iOS data transfer tool. TouchCopy is an excellent software for managing your iPhone with your computer.
With it, you can copy all kinds of data from your phone, including contacts, music, messages, photos, and other files, locally from your iPhone to your PC. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about syncing with iTunes or storing your data on a cloud service like in other methods.
To use TouchCopy to transfer your contacts to your computer:
- Download and install TouchCopy on your PC if you don’t have it.
- Launch the software.
- Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
- Select Contacts on your PC to view all your contacts.
- Click Copy as vCard on Windows or Copy to Mac on Mac.
By doing so, you’ll save a standard vCard (.vcf) contact file to a location of your choice on your computer. You can also save the contacts directly into the contacts app on your PC by clicking on the relevant buttons in the TouchCopy toolbar.
Alternatively, you could save all your contacts to a CSV file, making it easier to import them to a web-based contact manager such as Outlook 365 or Google Contacts.
Simply select all your contacts in TouchCopy and tap Save CSV on Windows or Copy to CSV on Mac. From there, you can easily import the CSV file containing your contacts.
Another good professional iOS data transfer software is EaseUS MobiMover which does the same thing TouchCopy does. So, if, for some reason, you can’t use TouchCopy on your PC, EaseUS MobiMover is the way to go.
Using iCloud to export contacts from your iPhone to your PC is another excellent option. It’s especially great for people who like to access the same data across various devices they own, like the MacBook, iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
To transfer contacts from your iPhone using this method, you’ll need to connect to a WiFi network first. Once you’re connected:
- Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap your name at the top.
- Then, scroll down and select iCloud.
- In the Apps Using iCloud section, toggle on the Contacts entry if it isn’t on.
- Use the browser on your PC to log in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
- Click on the Contacts app icon.
- Select a contact, then press Ctrl+A on your keyboard to select all.
- Now that you’ve selected all the contacts, click the cog icon on the screen’s bottom-left corner.
- Tap Export vCard to save the contacts directly to your computer.
How Do You Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iCloud?
While you can quickly transfer contacts from iPhone to PC using iCloud, you can still export them easily without relying on iCloud. Here’s how:
Using Contact Transfer
If your computer runs on Windows 10, you’d want to opt for this option. Contact Transfer allows you to export your contacts effortlessly between iPhone, PC, and Android. You can also create, edit and delete contacts on your devices directly from your computer.
Here’s how to export contacts from iPhone to PC using Contact Transfer:
- Install Contact Transfer on your PC and launch it.
- Select iOS Device as your Source and This PC as your Destination, and click Continue.
- Connect your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable and hit Continue when the computer detects it.
- Choose where to copy your contacts on your PC. You can either copy them to Windows Contacts or Save as vCards, for an easier import to your address book or email program.
- Select the contacts you wish to transfer from your iPhone to your PC and hit Transfer when satisfied with your selection.
For Contact Transfer to work, your contacts must be in your iPhone’s local storage. So you’ll have to download them to your iPhone if you store them on iCloud or any other cloud platform.
Transferring contacts using email is a great method if you need to export a few contacts here and there but can’t go toe to toe with TouchCopy and iCloud in terms of bulky exports.
You can export individual contacts via email by quickly emailing a friend or a colleague a contact’s details. You could also send the email to yourself to access the contacts from your computer. Here’s how:
- Open the Contacts app on your iPhone.
- Select a contact you want to send.
- Scroll down and tap Share Contact.
- Choose to share it with Mail.
- Compose your email and hit Send.
The email recipient will get the contact as an attachment in vCard (.vcf) format.
Airdrop is an impressive Apple feature that allows you to transfer files between iPhone and Mac quickly. With both your iPhone and Mac connected to the same WiFi network, all you have to do is choose a file and share it via Airdrop.
If you’re looking to export a long list of contacts, it would be best to go for a different method, as Airdrop only allows you to share one file at a time. Consequently, transferring your entire contact book, one by one, will be tedious and take an eternity to complete.
To export contacts from iPhone to Mac using Airdrop:
- First, turn on Airdrop on your iPhone.
- Open the Control Center by swiping from the bottom or top of your screen, depending on your iPhone.
- Tap and hold the wireless control box to access more options, then tap the Airdrop icon and select Everyone.
- Turn on Airdrop on your Mac. Simply launch Finder and click Go, then select Airdrop.
- Click Allow Me to be Discovered by: and select Everyone.
- Open the Contacts app on your iPhone.
- Choose a contact you wish to transfer and tap Share Contact.
- Tap Airdrop and select your Mac when your phone detects it.
Your Mac will get a notification message which you’ll click to accept the contact file.
How Do You Export Contacts from iPhone to Computer Using Excel?
To export your contacts from iPhone to PC using Excel, you’ll need to export them to a single CSV file first. Here’s how to do it:
- First, launch TouchCopy on your PC.
- Next, connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
- Open the Contacts section in TouchCopy.
- Select the contacts you want to copy and click Save CSV.
- You can now open the CSV file in Excel.
- In Excel, go to File, tap Open, and select the CSV file you saved using TouchCopy.
Opening the CSV file containing your contacts in a spreadsheet management app like Microsoft Excel will make it easier to organize huge batches of important contacts and also help to keep them safe in case anything happens to your iPhone.
When deciding which contacts to export into your CSV file, you can:
- Select one contact by clicking it from the list in TouchCopy.
- Select multiple contacts by holding Ctrl on Windows or Cmd on Mac while clicking on multiple contacts from the list.
- Select all your contacts in the list by clicking a single contact and then pressing Ctrl+A on Windows or Cmd+A on Mac.