How To Export All Contacts From an iPhone

Like most people, you probably have an extensive list of contacts on your iPhone. From friends, relatives and business contacts, you think they are all stored safely on your iPhone forever. But what happens if your phone gets stolen or stops working? Because of those possible scenarios, it is always a smart move to have this data backed up.

Do you feel like you should have a saved copy of your iPhone contacts but not sure how to do it? Then you have come to the right place. In this article, we’ll save you the trouble of finding out the best way to do it, and show you several options.

How to export all contacts from an iPhone

Exporting your phone contacts is always a smart idea. Imagine the peace of mind you’ll experience knowing that if your iPhone isn’t working properly, you won’t lose all of your important contact information. One of the best methods to do this is by using your iCloud. It is simple and a great way to store this valuable data. Follow the steps below to export your contacts using this method:

  1. Find and tap “Settings” on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your name or profile picture (at the top of the screen).
  3. Click on “iCloud”.
  4. Make sure the toggle switch next to “Contacts” is set to “On”. If not, tap it to enable it.
  5. On your computer or laptop, log into your “iCloud” account with your Apple ID credentials.
  6. Select ‘Contacts’.
  7. For Mac users, hold down “Command + A”. For Windows PC users, press “Control+A”.
  8. Click the “Gear” icon in the lower left corner.
  9. Choose “Export vCard” and save the file.

You now have all your iPhone contacts conveniently stored on your computer.

Export all contacts from iPhone without iCloud

You can export your iPhone contacts without the help of iCloud, but it is not the most efficient way to do it. However, it can be done, although it is a bit laborious and time consuming. If you want to export your contacts without using your iCloud, follow these steps:

  1. Find and select “Contacts” on your iPhone.
  2. Choose the contact you want to save.
  3. Scroll down and tap ‘Share Contact’.
  4. Click “Mail” to open your default email app.
  5. Type in your email address and click the “Up” arrow icon to send the contact information to yourself.

If you only have a few contacts that you want to keep, this method will work. However, if you have a large number of contacts, this can be a time consuming process. There is another option, but you must first download Export Contact, a free app. Follow the steps below to try this method:

  1. Download and install Export Contact on your iPhone.
  2. Once installed, tap “Ok” to allow the app to access your contacts.
  3. Choose the file format in which you want to export your contacts and click ‘Continue’.
  4. The free version of the app selects the first 100 contacts in your contact list.
  5. Press “Export” and then “Save to Files”.
  6. Click on your “Files” icon and locate the saved file.
  7. Email this file to yourself and then download it to your computer or laptop.

If you want to export more than 100 contacts, you need to purchase the paid full version of the app.

Export all contacts to Gmail on an iPhone

If you have a Google account, this is another option to export your iPhone contacts. This can be done in two different ways: by backing up your data in Gmail or by saving your contacts in your Google Drive. We’ll show you how to do both. To use the Gmail method, follow these steps:

  1. On your iPhone, tap “Settings.”
  2. Scroll down and select ‘Add Accounts’.
  3. From the list of options, press “Google” and then enter your Google credentials.
  4. Click on ‘Allow’.
  5. Find “Contacts” and tap the toggle switch to the “On” position.
  6. Press “Save” to confirm.

Your iPhone contacts can now be found in your Gmail account.

Follow these steps to backup your iPhone contacts to your Google Drive:

  1. Download and install the Google Drive app on your iPhone.
  2. Launch the Google Drive app and click the “Menu” button.
  3. Tap “Settings” from the top of the screen, then tap “Backup.”
  4. Press “Start backup”.

When you’re done, you can access your contact list by logging into your Google Drive account on another device.

Export all contacts to a new SIM card from an iPhone

A smart way to transfer your contacts from phone to phone is to use your phone’s SIM card. You can save the data on your current phone’s SIM card and transfer it to another phone.

However, newer iPhones do not store your address book on your phone’s SIM card. Apple uses cloud technology, so this method only works on older phones. There is a way to do this on newer iPhones, but it involves a technique called jailbreaking. This method is not recommended for anyone as it will void your phone’s warranty and is not a technique for beginners.

If you’re using an older iPhone model that doesn’t require jailbreak, follow these steps:

  1. Tap ‘Settings’.
  2. Scroll down and select ‘Contacts’.
  3. Tap “Import SIM Contacts” at the bottom of the screen and choose “SIM”.

Your contacts should now be saved to your iPhone’s SIM card. You can remove it from your iPhone, put it in your new phone and repeat the process. Your contacts are now on your new phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

I saved my iPhone contacts on my computer as a vCard file. How do I convert it to a .csv?

Unfortunately, when you exported your contacts from your iPhone via iCloud, you saw that they can only be saved as a vCard file. This format is easy to read in most email programs. However, if you want to convert it to a .csv file for use in a spreadsheet app, you’ll need to use an online service or download a converter app.

Export your iPhone contacts to make sure you have a backup

Losing all your iPhone contacts can be a devastating event. Backing up this data by exporting your contacts is a great way to avoid this. With your iCloud or Google Drive, you can always make sure you have all your contact information in a safe place. For some iPhone users, saving your contacts to a SIM card is an option as well as creating a vCard file to be saved on your computer.

Have you exported all your contacts from an iPhone? Have you used any of the methods we discussed in this article? Let us know in the comments below.

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