[2 Ways] How to Export iPhone Contacts to vCard (VCF)

Want to export iPhone contacts to vCard but do not know how? This guide will show you how to export iPhone contacts to VCF with or without iCloud.


By Lena / Updated on June 6, 2023

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vCard, also known as VCF (Virtual Contact File), is a file format standard for electronic business cards. The vCard can be attached to an email message and shared with other people. Now you want to export iPhone contacts to VCF file for further use. Although there is no such option on the iPhone for you to directly export iPhone contacts, you can use iCloud or transfer tool to achieve the goal.

Part 1. How to Export iPhone Contacts to VCF without iCloud

Want to export iPhone contacts directly to VCF file? You can let FoneTool help you. It's one professional iPhone data management tool for Windows PC users. It lets you preview and select the contacts before the transfer. Contacts can be saved in VCF or CSV format as required.

FoneTool supports most iPhone models including iPhone 7/8/X/XR/XS/11/12/13/14. Download the tool on computer and follow the steps below to export iPhone contacts to VCF file.

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Steps to Export iPhone Contacts to VCF without iCloud

1. Launch FoneTool > Connect iPhone to computer with the USB cable.

2. On the home interface, click Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC option and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

3. Select the contacts you want to export.

Select Contacts

4. Click Start Transfer > From Transfer Settings, confirm you have selected vCard format ​​and select a path to save your contacts > Finally, click Transfer.


iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later series now support eSIM. If you want to transfer SIM card to eSIM, don't forget to backup iPhone contacts with FoneTool. Just in case unexpected errors happen during the conversion.

Part 2. How to Export iPhone Contacts to vCard with iCloud

Two steps are needed to export iPhone contacts to VCF: first sync iPhone contacts to iCloud server and then export the contacts from iPhone as vCard. If you have already synced iPhone contacts to iCloud, just jump to Step 2 to start.

Step 1. Sync iPhone Contacts to iCloud

1. Connect your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network and also make sure there is enough storage space, otherwise, you may meet the iPhone contacts not syncing to iCloud problem.

2. Go to Settings > Tap your name > Choose iCloud.

3. Turn on Contacts. When you're asked if you want to Merge or Cancel, tap Merge.

Enable Contacts Sync

All info stored in Contacts will be synced to iCloud. If there are lots of contacts that need to be synced to iCloud server, it may take a while to finish.

Step 2. Export iPhone Contacts as vCard

1. Open a browser on your computer and go to iCloud.com > Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

If you have set two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, enter the code you receive on your iOS device. You can choose to trust the browser if it is your own computer. If not it will ask for the two-factor authentication code every time you sign in to iCloud on this browser if you do not trust it.

2. Select Contacts > Click the Gear icon in the lower-left corner. If you want to export all contacts, then choose Select All. Or you can press Shift or Ctrl to select the needed contacts one by one.

3. Click the Gear icon again and choose Export vCard... option to export iPhone contacts to VCF file.

Choose Export vCard

The vCard file will be saved to the “Downloads” folder on your computer.

Convert VCF to CSV: If you also want to export iPhone contacts as CSV format that can be opened with a spreadsheet app like Microsoft Excel, see the steps below:

Visit this website to convert vCard to CSV: https://labs.brotherli.ch/vcfconvert > Click Choose File to select the VCF file you want to convert > Confirm the following 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

CSV Converter Website

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


That’s all about how to export iPhone contacts to vCard. If you want to export contacts in fewer steps, you can let FoneTool help you make it. The tool can help you export iPhone contacts to VCF file with one click.

If you meet any problems during the process, please feel free to contact us, and we will reply to you ASAP.

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.