How to Export Contacts from iPhone in 5 Ways

How to export contacts from iPhone? This guide will introduce 5 different ways to help you make it.


By Dylan / Updated on June 9, 2023

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Your iPhone address book holds various info of others, including the phone number, emails, postal addresses, etc. The contacts are important to you, so you would like to transfer iPhone contacts to computer as backup. Furthermore, you may also want to export contacts from iPhone to vCard/CSV/Excel for further use.

Expecially for iPhone 14 users, Apple has removed the SIM slot and replaced it with eSIM. If you are an iPhone 14 user and need to transfer contacts from SIM to new iPhone 14. To avoid any data loss, you can transfer contacts to PC beforehand. Here in this guide, I’ll show you 5 different methods to export iPhone contacts. Check the outline first and jump straight to the method you prefer.

Part 1. Export Contacts from iPhone to Computer/iPhone

This method can help you export dozens or hundreds of contacts from iPhone to computer or new iPhone. One free program named FoneTool is needed.

◆ It can help you easily export iPhone contacts to PC. You can first preview and then select the contacts you want to transfer.

◆ In addition, you can always choose to restore the contacts to current iPhone or new iPhone anytime you want.

◆ Besides contacts, it also supports backing up messages, photos, music, etc.

Now download it on your PC and follow the steps to see how to export iPhone contacts.

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Export Contacts from iPhone to Computer

Step 1. Install and launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable > Tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 2. Click Selective Backup option on the More Features > Unselect the other data you do not need to transfer > Click Contacts.

Contacts Backup

Step 3. You can click the contacts icon to preview and select the contacts you need and click the OK button.

Select Contacts

Step 4. Select the backup path > Click the Start Backup button and it will start the transfer.

Start Backup

When the process is down, you can check the transferred contacts on your computer. If you want to transfer the contacts to new iPhone, follow the steps below.

Restore Contacts from Computer to New iPhone

Step 1. Connect your new iPhone to computer > Tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone

Step 2. Click on Back in the lower right corner.

Step 3. Choose the backup files and click the Arrow to restore to device. You can also just preview your backup files with one click on the Eye.

Preview Backup

Step 4. Click the orange button Start Restore. You can also click the icon to select the files you want to restore as you back up them.

Restore Contacts

After the restore, you can go to your new iPhone to have a check. You can also transfer your messages, music, photos as the steps shown above.

Part 2. Export Contacts from iPhone to vCard/CSV/Excel

Apple makes it possible to access your contacts stored in iCloud on the computer. You can first enable Contacts sync on your iPhone and export contacts to vCard on your computer.

Export Contacts from iPhone to vCard

Step 1. Enable Contacts sync on your iPhone: Go to Settings > Your name > iCloud >Toggle on the Contacts option.

Step 2. On your computer, open a browser and go to iCloud. com > Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID > Choose Contacts from the list of provided services.

Step 3. On the Contacts screen, click the gear icon in the lower-left corner > clickSelect All if you want to export all contacts. You can also use Shift or Ctrl to only select the contacts you need.

Step 4. Click the gear icon > choose Export vCard... to save the contacts to your computer.

Export Iphone Contacts To Vcard

Export Contacts from iPhone to CSV/Excel

If you want to export iPhone contacts to Excel file, then you can visit this website to convert vCard to CSV:

Click the Choose File button to select the vCard file you just exported before and confirm other options:

Csv Converter Website

Format: choose CSV, choose Comma, and enable Add Header Line

Encoding: choose Unicode (UTF-8)

Filter: don’t change anything

Modifications: don’t change anything

Finally, click convert to make it. Go to your computer’s download folder to check the CSV file.

Part 3. Export Contacts from iPhone to Android

To transfer contacts from iPhone to Android, you should first export iPhone contacts to your computer as vCard file and then add the contacts to your iPhone.

Step 1. Export iPhone contacts to vCard file, you can find the detailed steps in Part 2.

Step 2. Connect your Android phone to computer > tap Transfer Files when a prompt appears on your device.

Step 3. Go to This PC > find your Android phone > copy vCard file to the internal storage of your phone.

Step 4. On your Android phone: go to Contacts app > Contacts > More > Import/Export > Import from storage.

Step 5. Choose the right file and click OK to confirm.

Part 4. Export Contacts from iPhone to Gmail

If you use Gmail, you may want to save your contacts to it as backup. It’s also a way to keep contacts if you move from iPhone to Android. You should first follow the steps in Part 2 to export contacts from iPhone to computer as vCard file, then import the contacts to your Gmail.

Step 1. Go to and sign in with your Google account.

Step 2. Click Import Contacts... on the sidebar > Click Choose File on the pop-up window.

Select File

Step 3. Choose the vCard file you download from iCloud > Click Import to make it.

Part 5. Export Contacts from iPhone to Outlook

There are two ways to export contacts from iPhone to Outlook: import vCard file to Outlook & sync with iTunes.

Export Contacts from iPhone to Outlook

Step 1. Follow Part 2 to export contacts from iPhone as vCard file.

Step 2. Open Outlook on your computer > Go to File > Open & Export.

Step 3. Select Import a vCard file > Click Next and follow the wizard to make it.

Export Contacts from iPhone to Outlook via iTunes

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Click Info tab > check "Sync contacts with" and select "Outlook".

Step 3. Choose “All Contacts” if you want to export the whole contacts to Outlook or check "Selected groups" to sync certain ones.

Sync Contacts To Outlook Via Itunes

Step 4. Click Apply and it will start the sync. When it finished, you can run Outlook and open Contacts to have a check.


That’s all for how to export iPhone contacts. In most cases, no matter you want to export contacts from iPhone to Android, Gmail or Outlook, you should first convert iPhone contacts to vCard file. If you just want to make a backup for your contacts, you can let FoneTool help you export iPhone contacts to computer. And you can restore the contacts to your current or new iPhone anytime.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.