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4 Methods to Backup iPhone Contacts with/without iTunes

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The importance of preparing in advance so as to be safe from some issues, which might seem minor, but are not really minor, is very important. One of such issues is losing our phone contacts. If you are using an iPhone, it is important to regularly backup iPhone contacts due to a number of reasons. There are a lot of people that have missed opportunities just because they lost contacts of the person who is supposed to help them out. When you lose your phone without backing up contacts, there is a high probability that you will never be able to get all of your contacts back. Furthermore, you will have to go through some stress to get back even though that you can recover. It is possible to avoid these, by just backing up iPhone contacts regularly.

Fortunately, there are many ways to backup iPhone contacts, with some of them being very easy and stress free. Here are 4 methods on how to backup contacts on iPhone, ranked in order of easiness (with the first method being the easiest).

Four Methods to Backup iPhone Contacts

iPhone contacts can be backed up in a number of ways namely: iTunes, dr.fone, iCloud and Email. Yes, these methods can all be used to backup iPhone contacts with some methods being easier and more reliable than others. With the aid of any of these 4 methods, you don’t have to regret the next time you lose your phone or lose data on your iPhone that include your contacts, as you could easily retrieve back all your contacts.

Method 1. How to Backup iPhone Contacts via iTunes

Generally, we can backup iPhone with iTunes. But backing up with iTunes is obviously an aberration because the contacts backed up cannot be accessed because of format problem and to make matter worse, the contacts are not accessible. Well, we have to say that it is also one way to backup iPhone contacts, isn't it? Follow these steps to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes:

How to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and make sure iTunes is open.
  2. Your phone is automatically detected by iTunes.
  3. Open the phone control panel by clicking on the phone under "Device".
  4. Locate "Summary" and click on it.
  5. Scroll down and click on "Back up now"
  6. Your phone is backed up and saved in your computer.
  7. Go to find your iPhone backup location.

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iTune interface for iPhone backup

Note that this method does not offer you selective backup. It backs up the entire content of the phone and not only your contact. If you want selective backup and also to access the contact in the correct file format dr.fone is evidently the best option for you.

Method 2. Selectively Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer or Device without iTunes

Selective backup is a means of backing up only the contacts you need even when you have a list of contacts. This is the backup method used in dr.fone toolkit - iOS Data Backup & Restore and if you have been looking for an opportunity to discard some irrelevant contacts, here is it. dr.fone’s software has saved a lot of people from losing their contacts when they encounter a problem where their iPhones are formatted or when they lose their phone.

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How to backup iPhone contacts with dr.fone

  1. Install dr.fone on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer.
  2. Select "iOS Data Backup & Restore" from the tools.
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    First dr.fone interface showing features

  4. This stage allows you to initiate the actual contact backup. Hit "Backup" and voila! The backup is done for you. Note, you can also backup iMessages, Facebook Messages, photos, messages etc.
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    iOS backup options

  6. Congratulations! You have finally backed up your iPhone contacts but you need to save them in your PC. dr.fone provides opportunity for you to save in .html, .vcard or .csv formats.
  7. Simply click "Export to PC" and save in the format of your choice. The advantage of using this method is that it is generally easier, faster to backup and retrieve as well as very reliable.

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Backed up contacts

Method 3. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to iCloud

Backing up iPhone contact with iCloud allows you to do everything on your iPhone. But it takes a lot of time to complete the backup and you cannot access the backed up contact. Here are steps to backup iPhone contacts with iCloud.

How to backup iPhone contacts with iCloud

  1. Pop up "settings" on your iPhone and hit on "iCloud".
  2. Put on your WiFi and enter your iCloud account details.
  3. iCloud screen pops up as shown above. Click contacts and then merge.
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  5. Click on "Storage & backup" as shown below.
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  7. Select "iCloud Backup" and then click on "Backup now"
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  9. The backup begins but the process may take some time to complete.

Method 4. How to Backup and Export Contacts from iPhone to Email

This is another means to backup iPhone contact. Here is a simple guide to backup and export contacts to your email.

How to backup iPhone contacts via Email

  1. First off, click on settings, then select "Mail, Contact, Calender" as shown in the figure above.
  2. A new page pops up, select "Add Account" on the new page.
  3. From the list of options, click on "Exchange".
  4. Enter the required information with respect to your mail details.
  5. In the next page, select "Save and Export". There you go, you have exported and saved to contacts.

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iPhone Contact backup with Email

Final Note

After trying out all 4 options, we will recommend the dr.fone software method to backup iPhone contacts. It is much easier as your backup can start in less than 3 clicks compared to the other methods that require lengthier steps. The implication of this is that even a novice can use the applicable with little to no guide. You can also easily view your contacts from your laptop if you desire to. Furthermore, you don’t need internet connection, like the last 2 methods, where network failure could lead to your contacts not being backed up. This could lead to a false sense of security until you need the contacts, only to realize that they are not there.

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