CSV is a kind of file format that stores tabular data such as numbers and text data in plain text. The CSV file can be opened with a spreadsheet app like Microsoft Excel. Lots of programs support CSV format for data import and export, so it’s widely used for business or personal needs.
It’s a good idea to export iPhone contacts to CSV file. Then you will have a copy of your contacts and do not have to worry about catastrophic data loss. If you have hundreds of thousands of phone numbers, you can keep track of and manage them in an efficient way. In addition, you can also print out the contacts for further use.
To export iPhone contacts to Excel, you should turn to iTunes or iCloud for help. Let’s start to see how they work.
Method 1. Export iPhone Contacts to Excel with iTunes
iTunes is a media player as well as the default mobile device management utility developed by Apple. It’s a workaround way you can have a try to export iPhone contacts to CSV file. Please download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer. It’s necessary to have the latest iTunes to avoid errors like iTunes won’t recognize iPhone problem.
◆ Sync iPhone Contacts to Computer
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable and usually the iTunes will launch automatically. If not, open it manually.
Step 2. Click the Device tab > Click Info.
Step 3. Check the box “ Sync Contacts with” > Select “Windows Contacts”.
Step 4. Click Apply or Sync to confirm.
◆ Export Contacts to CSV File
Step 1. Locate the Contacts folder in your Windows profile: Click Start and type your username > find and open the username folder.
Step 2. Find the Contacts folder and double-click to open it.
Step 3. Click Export option > Select CSV (Comma Separated Values) and click Export.
Step 4. Name the CSV file > Click Browse to decide where to save the CSV file > Click Next.
Step 5. Select the fields you wish you export > Click Finish to start the export.
A pop-up window will appear that tells your contacts have been exported in the new format and you can click OK to close the window. You can now go to have a check the CSV file and it should open as a spreadsheet.
Method 2. Export iCloud Contacts to Excel
If you do not like to use iTunes, you can try to export iPhone contacts to CSV with the help of iCloud. You should first export iPhone contacts from iCloud as vCard format and then convert it to CSV file.
◆ 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 > click Select 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 iCloud Contacts to Excel/CSV
Visit this website to convert vCard to CSV: https://labs.brotherli.ch/vcfconvert/.
Click the Choose File button to select the vCard file you just exported before and confirm other options:
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.
Bonus Tip: Learn An Easy Way to Backup Your Contacts and More
From the above, you know how to export iPhone contacts to Excel as a backup. Well, besides contacts, it’s also necessary to backup your whole iPhone regularly. Thus, when you accidentally delete data such as your important photos or messages, you can always have a way to get them back.
To make it easier, one free iPhone transfer & backup tool named AOMEI MBackupper is here to help you. It can help you backup all contacts, messages, photos, music, etc. in one click or you can only backup the selected ones. As for restoring, it will just restore the backup data to your iPhone and will not erase any existed data stored on your iPhone. Give it a try by yourself!
That’s all for how to export iPhone Contacts to Excel or CSV. Both iTunes and iCloud can help you finish the job. You can choose one to follow according to your own situation. If you have any problem when exporting contacts, please feel free to leave a comment and we will reply to you as soon as possible.