By AOMEI / Last Updated January 21, 2020

I just got a new Mac. My iPhone contacts are extensive and complete. I want to transfer or import contacts from my iPhone to my new Mac computer. Is there a clear way to do this? Thank you for any help!”

- Question from MacRumors

Why transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac?

Transferring iPhone contacts to Mac has been a popular solution to back up important iPhone contacts to avoid unexpected contact loss when your iPhone is lost or damaged. Besides, another obvious benefit is that you can scan or use those contacts on Mac as well.

But how do you transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac? Below we will discuss how to do that with and without iCloud/iTunes respectively.

How to transfer contacts/photos from iPhone to Mac via iCloud&iTunes?

In general, most users will choose iCloud or iTunes to transfer or sync contacts from iPhone to Mac computer or other IOS devices. See how to do it via those two different methods

1. Sync contacts from iPhone to Mac using iCloud

iCloud stores your content safely and keeps your programs up to date across all your devices. So, all your stuff including photos, files, messages, mail, contacts, calendar, note and more will safe and accessible anywhere. It only comes with free 5GB storage and you need to pay for more extra storage. To transfer contacts to Mac from iPhone, take following steps:

Note: please make your device stay connected to your Wi-Fi during the entire process; otherwise, it will fail.

Step 1. Connect your device to a valid Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone, input your Apple ID, and tap on “iCloud”.

Step 3. Make sure that you have turned on the sync option for Contacts by switching the toggle button on. To transfer photos from iPhone to Macbook, turn on the sync option for Photos.

Sync Contacts From Iphone To Mac

Step 4. Once you have synced your contacts to iCloud, visit iCloud.com on your Mac and log in your iCloud account.

Step 5. Click the contacts icon and then click the gear icon (“Settings”) at the bottom left corner. Select all and choose “Export vCard” option to export the selected contacts to a vCard file on your Mac.

Transfer Contacts From Iphone To Mac

2. Back up contacts from iPhone to Mac via iTunes

The iTunes is initially conceived of a simple music player since it was introduced in 2001. But over time, it developed into a sophisticated multimedia content manager, hardware synchronization manager, and e-commerce platform. With it, you can synchronize content with handheld devices such as iPod, iPhone and iPad via USB connection. See how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac with iTunes below:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac computer via USB connection.

Step 2. Open iTunes on your Mac and your iPhone will be automatically it.

Step 3. Click the iPhone device button in the upper left corner within iTunes interface, and expand “Summary” tab.

Step 4. To copy contacts from iPhone to PC, click on “Backup Now” button under the “Manual Backup & Restore” section on the right side.

Backup Iphone On Itunes

This will manually back up your iPhone data, including your contacts from iPhone to Mac.

iPhone contacts not syncing with iCloud

The above two methods are most used by users to transfer contacts, photos, movies and more from iPhone to Mac or Macbook. But they come with some shortcomings. In iTunes, you cannot make selective backup or sync, and you can back up or sync the entire content of the phone.

In iCloud, you can choose to sync contacts, photos, notes, messages, better than iTunes, but it does not allow you to make a further choice in each folder. Namely, you can decide to sync Contacts only, but still cannot choose which contacts to sync with other Mac devices. Besides, the iCloud only provides 5 GB storage space for free, and extra space needs payment.

Moreover, some users reported that iPhone contacts are not syncing with iCloud, such as the below one:

I have tried multiple times to sync my iPhone contact to iCloud, yet it does not work. I go to Settings -> iCloud -> Choose to sync Contacts -> Storage and Backup -> Back up now. Still no luck. Any suggestions?

- Question from MacRumors

So, many users are asking how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud/iTunes. The next section gives you the solution.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac without iCloud/iTunes?

To get around the iCloud and iTunes’ disadvantages or limitations, you can try dr.fone –Transfer (iOS). It is a desktop app, and provides an easy way to transfer all kinds of data including contacts, photos, SMS, music, etc between iOS devices and system.

Step 1. Download and run dr.fone-Transfer (iOS) on your Mac computer. And select “Transfer” option from its home screen.

Transfer

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and wait for it to be recognized and ready to transfer contacts to Mac.

Step 3. Once it is ready, you can find the information tab in the navigation bar.

Step 4. Then you will see all saved contacts on your iPhone. Then choose the contacts you want to transfer.

Step 5. Now, you can click on the Export icon on the toolbar. You can export your contacts to vCard, CSV, Outlook, etc. Since Mac supports vCard, please choose “to vCard File”.

Export

Then all your contacts would be saved on your Mac in the form of a vCard file.

That’s all about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac computer. If you want to transfer contacts or photos from iPhone to Windows PC, you can try AOMEI MBackupper (Free).

This freeware can help you transfer photos, music, videos, contacts, messages between two iOS devices seamlessly. Compared with iTunes and iCloud, it has the below advantages:

☛ It allows you to choose the specific items in “Photos” “Contacts” “Message” and other folders to transfer to another iOS device.
☛ It is compatible with most leading iOS devices, including iOS 13.
☛ It supports Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Video, Photo Stream, Movies, TV Show, Music Video, Contacts, Messages, and other files or folders.
☛ It enables you to create a complete backup or only back up changed and added files.

You can learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer using AOMEI MBackupper by step by step tutorial.

Step 1. Free download, install and launch it on a Windows computer. And connect your iPhone to that computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Choose “Custom Backup” in the main interface to start with.

Back Up All

Step 3. To transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac, click the “Contacts” icon to choose the specific contacts to back up.

You can click the “path” on the left lower corner to choose the destination path.

Back Up Contacts

Step 4. Click “Start Backup” to start transferring contacts from iPhone to the computer.

Step 5. Then wait for the process to complete.

Saved

When you backed up the contacts, you can connect another iPhone to this Windows computer, and restore the backup to the new connected iOS device.

Restore1

Summary

Now, you would know how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac computer. It is worth mentioning that AOMEI MBackupper also provides “Full Backup” and “Incremental Backup” methods to back up files from iPhone to Windows PC, and the latter will only backup changed and added files every time to save time and space.