How to Backup/Sync iPhone Contacts

Want to backup/sync your iPhone contacts? You’re at the right place. With a large iPhone contacts list, phone numbers and email addresses, everyone would think of backing them up because rebuilding such list is very difficult. With your iPhone contacts backed up to Gmail, iTunes or iCloud, even if you lose your iPhone or mess things up during restore process you’ll always have your iPhone contacts on hand.


In this guide we’ll cover:

  • How to backup/sync iPhone contacts to Gmail
  • How to backup/sync iPhone contacts to iTunes
  • How to backup/sync iPhone contacts to iCloud
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Backup/sync iPhone Contacts to Gmail

These are the steps to backup your iPhone contacts to Gmail:

  1. Download iTunes and install it.
  2. Connect your iPhone via USB cable to your computer;
  3. Open  iTunes application;
  4. Now select your iPhone connected on iTunes (Left Navigation pane) and click on “info” tab (in right pane);
  5. In info tab, check mark on “Sync Address Book Contacts” and select “All contacts” and finally mark check mark to “Sync Google Contacts
  6. This will prompt you to enter your Gmail ID and Password and press Ok;
  7. Finally click on apply button at bottom-right to backup and sync your iPhone contacts to Gmail contacts list, after sync you can verify the backup of your iPhone contacts by login directly in Google account.by logging into your Gmail account under contacts list.

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How to backup/sync iPhone contacts to iCloud

You can use Apple’s iCloud storage service to backup your contacts in the cloud. iCloud will backup your contacts and keep them in-sync automatically. Here’s how you can configure iCloud to backup your iPhone contacts:

  1. From your iPhone home screen, launch “Setting” app and tap on iCloud;
  2. Sign-in to using your Apple ID or create a new one you don’t already have one. After verification of your iCloud account, turn “ON” contacts;
  3. Now scroll down and tap on “Storage & Backup”
  4. Now tap on “Backup Now” to continue backup your contacts to iCloud.

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How to backup iPhone contacts to iTunes

When sync and backup your iPhone with iTunes, it automatically take back up of your iPhone contacts to iTunes, all your contacts are saved on computer local storage. Follow these simple steps to backup iPhone contacts to iTunes…

  1. Download iTunes and install it;
  2. Launch iTunes Application and connect your iPhone with USB cable;
  3. Now for contact backup right click on the iPhone name in device list on the left pane and select “Backup”. This should backup your iPhone contacts along with other personal data using iTunes in your local storage.

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3 comments… add one

Matt August 2, 2012, 3:11 pm

I have a brand new PC with an empty iTunes library and I am afraid that it will wipe out my iPhone when syncing my phone contacts to my computer.

Is there a way not to use iTunes sync and still back up my iPhone contacts to my computer Address Book?

Derek August 6, 2012, 6:20 pm

Try using third-party programs to transfer your iPhone contacts to your computer. There are many. Here’s some of them listed:

http://en.kioskea.net/faq/20627-iphone-contacts-sync-backup-and-editing

Alx0052 August 9, 2012, 1:20 am

Hey I used iPhone Backup Extractor, and worked amazingly good, you should try that! Here is a video on how simply it extracts data:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXoM3FXwRZU&feature=plcp. Cheers!

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