By Nick / Last Updated July 21, 2020

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone?

Just ordered a new iPhone 11 on Amazon. I have a lot of contacts on my old iPhone 7 and want to transfer all of them to my new iPhone 11. Anybody could tell move the contacts in the shortest time?

- Question from Apple Community

Contacts are one of the most important parts of data on iPhone. They are indispensable when you want to make a call, or send a message or Email. Therefore, you can’t lose such important data.

iPhone Contacts Icon

How to copy all the contacts or some of them to another iPhone? This guide will give very detailed ways to do that.

Method 1. How to transfer contacts in a blink with AOMEI MBackupper?

The best way to protect your iPhone contacts is exporting contacts from iPhone to your computer. Sometimes users reported that they lost some contacts after restarting iPhone or updating iOS, so backing up iPhone contacts is very necessary and AOMEI MBackupper can help you with this.

At the same time, AOMEI MBackupper is the fastest iPhone contacts transfer. You will be very satisfied with it.

  • Transfer 3000 contacts in 9 seconds

  • Transfer unlimited contacts for free

  • Preview and select contacts on iPhone

  • Support all the iPhone (iPhone 11/SE 2020 supported)

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper to computer for free. Connect the source iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Select Custom Backup in AOMEI MBackupper. Uncheck other data and click Contacts icon to preview and select iPhone contacts. Click OK.

Preview and Select Contacts

Step 3. Click Start Backup to migrate contacts to computer. Disconnect the source iPhone and connect the target iPhone to computer.

Start Backup Contacts

Step 4. Select the task in Backup Management and click Restore.

Restore Contacts to Another iPhone

Method 2. How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud?

How to sync contacts from iPhone to iPhone? iCloud is a very convenient application on iPhone. You can use it to sync contacts on all your Apple device signed in with the same Apple ID. The disadvantage is that you cannot keep different contacts on different devices. iPhone contacts and iCloud contacts will be merged and all the devices will keep the same contacts if you turn on iCloud Contacts. Connect both iPhone to the Internet and follow the steps:

Step 1. Go to Settings on old iPhone > tap [your name] > select iCloud > turn on the button of Contacts.

Enable Contacts Sync

Step 2. Repeat the same procedures on your new iPhone.

Method 3: How to transfer contacts to new iPhone from iCloud backup?

If you have a complete iPhone backup in iCloud, it would be convenient to start to use your new iPhone, but your contacts might not be in that backup. According to the rule of iCloud backup, if you have turn on the button of Contacts in iCloud before you make that iCloud backup, the contacts will not be saved to the backup. If you are not sure for that, you can download iCloud backup to computer to see whether your contacts have been saved.

If your new iPhone has been set up, you need to erase this iPhone and then you can use iCloud backup to restore iPhone. After you restart the new device, sign in your Apple ID and select Restore from iCloud Backup.

Method 4. How to send contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud (different Apple ID)?

What if you want to use new iPhone with different Apple ID? The best way is using AOMEI MBackupper in method 1, and iCloud can still do this for you. You can even use this way to access iCloud if iPhone is broken.

Step 1. Switch on the button of Contacts in iCloud on your old iPhone as in Method 2.

Step 2. Go to the website of iCloud and sign in the Apple ID of your old iPhone. Select the contacts you want to transfer and click Export vCard to download contacts from iCloud to iPhone.

Transfer Contacts From iPhone

Step 3. Sign in the new Apple ID on the site. Click Import vCard to upload contacts to iCloud.

Import vCard

Step 4. Switch on iCloud Contacts on the target iPhone.

Method 5. How to move contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes?

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud? iTunes is able to sync contacts from computer to iPhone. If you saved contacts from iCloud to computer like in Outlook, you can use iTunes to sync contacts from computer to iPhone.

Step 1. Get contacts off iPhone from iCloud as in method 4 and save them to Outlook.

Step 2. Connect iPhone to the latest iTunes and tap the device icon in the upper-left corner.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 3. Select Info in the sidebar, check Sync Contacts and click Apply.

Sync Contacts to Outlook via iTunes


You have got multiple ways for how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. No matter you want to use the same or different Apple ID. AOMEI MBackupper is the best choice for you to share all contacts. It’s free and transfer contacts in the shortest time. Besides, you leave the copy of contacts on computer to give the insurance of iPhone data.

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