How to Backup iPhone Contacts without iTunes (3 Ways)

How to backup iPhone contacts without iTunes? Read this guide to learn 3 alternative methods to backup iPhone contacts to PC.


By Lena / Updated on June 8, 2023

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Why Do You Want to Backup Contacts on iPhone without iTunes?

Contacts on your iPhone is one of the most important ways to keep in touch with other people. Besides the phone number, it also stores the email address, birthday or other information of your family and friends. You will never want to lose your iPhone contacts so you are planning to make a backup. 

As we all know, iTunes can help us backup our iPhone including the contacts. However, it’s not the best solution because it will not allow you to backup iPhone contacts only and the backup files are not readable. So you want to backup iPhone contacts without iTunes.

How to Backup iPhone Contacts without iTunes

Besides iTunes, there are three alternative methods that can help you backup contacts from iPhone to PC. You can first read and choose the suitable one to follow according to your needs. Here we go.

Method 1. Backup iPhone Contacts without iTunes but via FoneTool

The easiest method comes first. FoneTool is one free iPhone transfer and backup export for Windows PCs. It helps you easily backup and restore your iPhone content in minutes.

→ Preview and selectively backup your iPhone contacts.

→ Check the backup files anytime you want.

→ No data loss on device during or after restore.

FoneTool works for all iOS devices and is compatible with the latest iOS version. It has a clear interface and user-friendly design, you can complete the transfer in only a few clicks. Get the tool right now and keep reading to see how to backup iPhone contacts to PC without iTunes.

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

Step 2. Click Phone Backup > Go to Selective Backup and click Get Started.

Selective Backup

Step 3. Choose Contacts > Preview and select the contacts you want to backup > Click OK to confirm.

Preview And Select Contacs

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

Start Backup Contacts

When the process is finished, you can check the backup task on the Backup History screen. Here you can choose to locate, browse, restore or delete the backup files.

Method 2. Backup iPhone Contacts without iTunes but via iCloud

There are two ways to backup iPhone contacts to iCloud: create a full iCloud backup & sync contacts to iCloud server. However, it only offers you 5 GB free storage space to store iOS data. Also, iCloud only allows users to store less than 50,000 contacts in total.

Create Full iCloud Backup

Go to Settings app > Tap [your name] > Choose iCloud > Select iCloud Backup > Turn it on > Tap Back Up Now.

Sync Contacts to iCloud Server

This way allows you only to sync contacts to iCloud. Once you have turned on the Contacts Sync option, all your iPhone contacts will be backed up to iCloud server. Besides, all the contacts stored on other Apple devices that logged in the same Apple ID will also be merged to iCloud.

Go to Settings app > Tap [your name] > Choose iCloud > Turn on Contacts Sync.

Enable Contacts Sync

After syncing, you can go to to check your contacts and you can export them to your computer. A good Internet connection is important or you may meet the iPhone contacts not syncing to iCloud issue.

Method 3. Backup iPhone Contacts without iTunes but via Email

You can also choose to backup iPhone contacts to your email like Gmail, Outlook, Exchange, Yahoo, etc. For the steps below we take Gmail as an example.

Step 1. Go to Settings app > Scroll down and choose Accounts & Passwords.

Step 2. Tap Add Account > Tap Google > Enter the required information to add your Gmail account and click Next.

Step 3. Click Save when your account is verified > Turn on Contacts Sync and click Save to confirm.

Email Sync Contacts


That’s all for how to backup iPhone contacts without iTunes. If you prefer the easiest method, then FoneTool is the way to go. It lets you selectively backup your contacts, check the backup files at any time and restore contacts without data loss. Besides, it also supports backup messages, photos, videos, music, etc. Go for it now and discover more!

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.