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Export iPhone Contacts to Your Computer

Introduction

The Contacts app on your iPhone holds your entire address book which includes emails, phone numbers, address and a whole lot more. iExplorer allows you to access your iPhone contacts data from your computer and export or copy that information as you please. Using drag-and-drop or bulk exporting you can instantly backup everything or just copy specific conctacts in a snap. With iExplorer, you can export your contacts directly to the universally accepted VCard format on your Windows PC or directly to your Contacts app on your Mac.

If something happened to your iPhone, and you previously backed up your iPhone using iTunes, than iExplorer can even access your contacts directly from that backup without even needing to connect to your device!

What you will need
  • iExplorer
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  • A Mac or PC with iTunes installed
  • USB cable to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod
Before you begin

If you don't already have iExplorer installed, click here for more information, or download it using the link below.

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iExplorer can read and export the contacts in your iPhone's Address Book that are either on your iPhone or ones that have been saved in an iTunes Backup already on your computer. This tutorial walks through both possibilities.

Access iPhone Contacts on Your Computer

To access the contact database that is currently on an iPhone, open iExplorer and connect your iPhone to your computer. You should see the Device Overview screen appear. From this screen navigate to Data --> Contacts or from the left column, under your device's name, navigate to Backups --> Contacts.

Access Contacts from an iTunes Backup of an iPhone

When you create a backup of your iPhone using iTunes, your contacts are saved to your computer, but they get buried deep within various semi-encrypted databases. iExplorer can do the heavy lifting for you and make these contacts readily available so you can read and export them on your computer.

To access contacts from an iPhone Backup, first open iExplorer, then click Explore Backups. From the left column, under the Browse iTunes Backups section, select the backup you want to use. Then within that backup select, Contacts.


Exporting iPhone Contacts to Computer

After clicking on Contacts for either an iPhone backup or a currently connected iPhone device, iExplorer will load your address book database. On the left column, you'll see your contact groups, next there's a column listing all the individual contacts within that group and on the far right are the contact details.

Choose an export option from the three buttons at the bottom of the window. To export all contacts, click on the Export All button, or you can Export Selected Contacts or Export Selected Group.

On a Mac, these exported contacts will go directly into your Address Book app. On a PC, they are exported as individual vCards, a universal file format which can be imported to any desktop contacts application as well as most online address books. Once exported to your computer, you should be able to then easily migrate the data to gmail, outlook and other popular address book databases.

NOTE: If your Backups data is loading blank, please make sure that you have iTunes set to backup to your computer on the Summary tab for your device and leave the Encrypt box unchecked.


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Macroplant Staff