You should know how to backup contacts on iPhone because contacts are of great significance in our iPhone. It’s a good habit to maintain backup of contacts and you’ll have a copy of your contacts to use in case your device is ever replaced, lost or damaged. Many of the users don’t know how to backup contacts on iPhone, this article will solve your problem.

How To Backup Contacts On iPhone

This guide will show you how to back up your iPhone contacts so that you have them ready for a new iPhone or to keep them safe in case you break or lose your current iPhone.

How to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes :

Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to Mac or PC.

Launch iTunes, if your phone is not automatically detected by iTunes.

Click on the “Device” tab > locate “Summary” and click on “Backup now”.

It backup the entire content of the phone and not only your contact.


Here’s the iPhone iTunes backup location

Mac OS : ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Windows Vista/7/8 : Users/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSyncBackup
Windows 10 : C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

How to backup iPhone contacts with iCloud :

Go to “Settings” on your iPhone and tap on “iCloud”.

Turn on your WiFi and enter your iCloud account details.

A popup will appear, click contacts and then merge.

Now click on “Storage & Backup” > select “iCloud Backup” and then click on “Backup now”.

The backup begins, but the process may take some time to complete.

How to back up iPhone contacts with iCloud

Here’s the iCloud backup location

iPhone : Settings > iCloud, then tap “Storage & Backup”.

Mac OS : Menu > System Preferences, click iCloud, then tap Manage.

Windows 7/8/10 : Start Menu > iCloud app and then click Manage.

How to backup and export contacts from iPhone to Email :

Head to “Settings” and select “Mail, Contact, Calender”, a popup will appear, select “Add Account” on the next screen. From the list select the option “Exchange”, on the next screen select “Save and Export”.

How to export your contacts to a vCard file on Mac OS :

vCard file is a quick and easy way to create a backup that can be saved on your Mac OS, PC, external Hard Disk, or Pen Drive.

Open Contacts on your Mac and select the contacts you would like to save or export.

Tap File > Export > Export vCard, enter the vCard file name and click “Save”.

How to backup contacts with free third party apps :

My Contacts Backup is a free app and you don’t have to create an account, no activation with any service. The app creates a vCard formatted backup file of your contacts and allows you to email it to yourself or someone else.

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