By Lena / Last update November 6, 2020

Why Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes?

It’s important to regularly backup iPhone data in case unexpected data loss, especially the contacts. The contacts on your iPhone is one of the important ways to get in touch with other people. And it’s very difficult to rebuild the contacts if you lose it.

iTunes is the official application developed by Apple to manage our iOS device, so you tend to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes. Although the unfriendly design and complicated operations often drive people crazy, it’s a way worth to have a try.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts with iTunes?

There are two ways to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes. You can make a whole backup for your iPhone including the contacts or only sync contacts to computer with the help of iTunes. Before getting started, please make sure you have installed the latest iTunes on your computer to avoid errors like iTunes won’t recognize iPhone problem.

Part 1. Backup iPhone Contacts to iTunes

This method will help you make a whole iPhone backup: it will backup your iPhone data and settings including your contacts. You cannot only backup contacts and the backup files are not readable. Besides, you should be careful when restoring the iTunes backup because the exited data on your iPhone will be replaced by the backup.

Well, if you want to backup contacts only, check the backup files anytime and also no data loss after the restore, iTunes is not a good choice. In this case, you can try one third-party tool named AOMEI MBackupper. which provides an easy & safe solution.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer and usually, iTunes will run automatically. If not, open iTunes by yourself.

Step 2. Click the Device tab > Select backup to This Computer > ClickBack Up Now.

Backup Using iTunes

Please do not unplug your iPhone until the backup process is finished.

Part 2. Sync iPhone Contacts to PC with iTunes

Besides making a whole backup, iTunes also offers a way to sync iPhone contacts to computer and then you can also try to export the contacts to CSV file which can be opened with a spreadsheet app like Microsoft Excel.

Step 1. Launch iTunes and plug in your iPhone.

Step 2. Click the Device tab > Click Info.

Step 3. Check the box “Sync Contacts with” > Select “Windows Contacts”.

Step 4. Check All Contacts > Click Sync at the bottom of the screen.

Sync Contacts With iTunes

To check the transferred contacts, you can click Start and type your username > find and open the username folder and then you should see theContacts folder.

To export contacts to CSV format: open the Contacts folder > clickExport > CSV (Comma Separated Values) > Export to make it.

An Easier Way to Backup iPhone Contacts

From the above, you can see that backing up iPhone contacts to iTunes is not the best solution. It does not offer you selective backup and restore. To make things easier, you can try one free iPhone backup software named AOMEI MBackupper.

This tool can help you backup all contacts in one-click or only backup the contacts you need. You can check the backup contacts anytime. What’s more, you can selectively restore contacts to your iPhone and it will not do any harm to your existing content.

It has a clear and user-friendly device which makes it easy enough to complete the backup task. The tool is compatible with every leading iOS device, including the new iPhone 12 with the latest iOS version. Download AOMEI MBackupper now and follow the steps below to backup your iPhone contacts.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable > Tap “Trust” to give your computer access to your iPhone.

Step 2. Choose Custom Backup tab > Click Contacts.

Choose Contacts

Step 3. Select the contacts you want to backup > Click OK to continue.

Preview And Select Contacs

Step 4. Choose the backup storage path > Click Start Backup to start backing up your contacts.

Start Backup Contacts

When the process is finished, you can check the backup on the Backup Management screen. You can choose to locate, browse, delete or restore the backup files as per your needs.


You can choose to backup iPhone contacts with iTunes but it has many limitations as you can see. Compared to iTunes, AOMEI MBackupper is a better choice. It lets you backup contacts only and also restore the contacts selectively without erasing data.

By the way, if you also want to backup other iPhone data like messages, music, videos, etc. AOMEI MBackupper can also be your assistant. Just give it a try by yourself!