How to Export Contacts from Your iPhone A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Export Contacts from Your iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hey iPhone users! 

If you have ever faced the challenge of exporting your contacts from your iPhone to another device or platform, you know how frustrating the process can be.

However, fear not; we have got you covered. 

This blog post will discuss the simplest and trendiest ways to export contacts from your iPhone. 

So grab your device, and let us get started!

Method 1: Using iCloud

Sync your contacts with iCloud

First, we must ensure that your iPhone contacts are synced with iCloud. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Head to your iPhone’s ‘Settings‘ app.
  2. Tap your name at the top, leading you to the Apple ID screen.
  3. Select ‘iCloud.’Toggle the ‘Contacts‘ switch to the ‘On‘ position (green) if it’s not already.
  4. Once you have done that, your iPhone will start syncing your contacts with iCloud.

Access your iCloud account on your computer

Now, let us move to your computer to export the contacts:

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Click on the ‘Contacts‘ app icon.
  4. You will see all your contacts synced with iCloud here.

Export your contacts

Now comes the time to export your contacts:

  1. Press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘A’ (Windows) or ‘Cmd’ + ‘A’ (Mac) to select all contacts.
  2. Click on the gear icon in the lower-left corner.
  3. Choose ‘Export vCard.’

Your contacts will be exported as a single vCard (.vcf) file, which you can import into other devices or applications.

Method 2: Using a Third-Party App

If you’re not a fan of iCloud, you can also use a third-party app to export your iPhone contacts. One popular option is ‘My Contacts Backup.’ Here’s how to use it:

Download and install the app

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Search for ‘My Contacts Backup.’
  3. Download and install the app.

Export your contacts

  1. Launch ‘My Contacts Backup.’
  2. Grant the app permission to access your contacts by tapping ‘OK‘ when prompted.
  3. Tap the ‘Backup‘ button to create a backup of your contacts.

The app will create a .vcf file containing your contacts.

Email the .vcf file to yourself

  1. Tap the ‘Email‘ button in ‘My Contacts Backup.’
  2. Enter your email address in the ‘To‘ field.
  3. Tap ‘Send.’

You will receive an email with the .vcf file as an attachment, which you can then download and import into other devices or applications.

Method 3: Using Google Contacts

You can easily export your iPhone contacts to your Google account if you are a Google user. 

Here is how:

Sync your iPhone contacts with Google

  1. Open the ‘Settings‘ app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Contacts.’
  3. Tap on ‘Accounts.’
  4. Tap on ‘Add Account.’
  5. Choose ‘Google.’
  6. Enter your Google email address and password.
  7. Make sure the ‘Contacts‘ switch is toggled to the ‘On‘ position (green).

Your iPhone contacts will now sync with your Google account.

Export your contacts from Google Contacts

  1. Open a web browser on your computer and go to
  2. Sign in with your Google account.
  3. Click on ‘Export‘ in the left-hand menu.
  4. Choose the desired format for your contacts (e.g., vCard, CSV).
  5. Click ‘Export.’

Your contacts will be exported as a file, which you can then import into other devices or applications.

Method 4: Using iTunes (for older iPhones)

For those with older iPhones still running iTunes, you can use iTunes to export your contacts:

Connect your iPhone to your computer

  1. Using your iPhone’s USB cable, connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Launch iTunes on your computer.

Sync your contacts with iTunes

  1. Click on the iPhone icon in the iTunes window.
  2. Select the ‘Info‘ tab in the left-hand menu.
  3. Check the box next to ‘Sync Contacts.’
  4. Choose ‘Windows Contacts‘ (PC) or ‘Contacts‘ (Mac) from the dropdown menu.
  5. Click ‘Apply.’

iTunes will sync your iPhone contacts with your computer’s contacts app.

Export your contacts

  1. For Windows users, navigate to the ‘Contacts’ folder in your user directory.
  2. For Mac users, open the ‘Contacts‘ app.
  3. Select all contacts by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘A’ (Windows) or ‘Cmd’ + ‘A’ (Mac).
  4. Go to ‘File‘ > ‘Export‘ > ‘vCard‘ (Windows) or ‘File‘ > ‘Export‘ > ‘Export vCard‘ (Mac).

Your contacts will be exported as a vCard file, which you can import into other devices or applications.


There you have four trendy and easy methods to export your iPhone contacts! 

Whether you prefer using iCloud, a third-party app, Google Contacts, or iTunes (for older iPhones), you now have the knowledge and tools to export your contacts to other devices or platforms easily. 

So explore these methods, and share your contacts with ease!

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