How to Transfer Contacts from Computer to iPhone [100% Free]

This guide will show you effective ways on how to transfer contacts from computer to iPhone. Read on and try it out according to the step-by-step steps.

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By Lena / Updated on May 31, 2024

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For iPhone users, the phone is the most convenient way to get in touch with others, and you may at some point need to import all your contact details (such as emails, addresses, and birthdays) from your computer to your iPhone.  Whatever your reason for wanting to send iPhone contacts to PC, this article will do the trick. In what follows, we've compiled 4 ways for you on how to transfer contacts from computer to iPhone effectively.

Way 1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer Without iTunes/iCloud

Not all methods can transfer iPhone contacts and their additional information to your computer directly. We recommend using a professional iPhone transfer & backup tool - FoneTool. It can help move contacts from PC to iPhone, including contact info, name, email, address, and other notes, etc.

FoneTool
iPhone Contact Transfer App | Free
  • Fully/selectively transfer your contacts in 10 minutes.
  • Restore iPhone contacts without erasing the existing data.
  • Support transferring photos, videos, WhatsApp, etc.
  • Transfer iPhone to computer and another iPhone easily.
  • Support all iPhone models and the latest iOS.

Launch FoneTool and connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable, follow the steps to learn how to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone without iTunes.

Step 1. Click Phone Transfer > Choose the PC to iPhone option and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 2. Tap the Contacts option. Then you can preview and click the "+" icon to select contacts.

Select Contacts

?Tips: As you can see from the interface, it also can help you transfer messages, photos, music, and videos to iPhone, or fully/selectively transfer your iPhone data to computer.

Step 3. Check the selected contacts > Select the format you prefer > Click the Start Transfer button to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone without iTunes.

Click Transfer

?Tips:  iPhone 14 doesn't have SIM card slot. If you have contacts on SIM card and want to keep contacts on new iPhone, FoneTool enables you to transfer contacts from your old iPhone and import them to iPhone 14.

Way 2. Sync Contacts from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

iTunes is the default iOS mobile device management tool, and you may often use it to back up your iPhone data and settings. You can add contacts to iPhone from computer by restoring the backup. It's worth noting that if your iPhone has been used for a while, restoring data with this way will overwrite the existing data on your iPhone.

Connect your iPhone to computer and launch iTunes. Follow along with how to sync contacts from computer to iPhone using iTunes.

⚠️Note: Make sure you have the latest iTunes installed on your computer to avoid the problem that iTunes won't recognize your iPhone.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC using cable, when iTunes recognizes your iPhone, click the Device tab.

Step 2. Go to Info, check the box “Sync Contacts with” > Select “Windows Contacts

Step 3. Select your contact, and click Apply Sync to confirm your operation.

Sync Contacts with iTunes

iTunes can also help you transfer contacts from iPhone to PC if you have enabled iTunes syncing, you just need to enable the sync process again by following the steps above.

Way 3. Add Contacts from PC to iPhone Using iCloud

iPhone users usually use iCloud to back up data, such as contacts, messages, etc. Then using iCloud for Windows to copy contacts from computer to iPhone is very simple. Let's see how to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone using iCloud. Continue to learn how to add contacts to iPhone from computer.

⚠️Note: Any changes you make to your iCloud data on your computer or iPhone will be automatically updated to your other devices that are signed in to the same iCloud account.

Step 1. Please download and launch iCloud for Windows on your computer, then sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks, then click Apply.

iCloud for Windows

Step 3. Go to your iPhone and enable Contacts sync: Go to Settings on iPhone > Tap your name > iCloud > Toggle on the Contacts option.

Enable Contacts Sync

How to convert the vCard format to SCV file with iCloud, here are the solution:

Go to the vCard to CSV converting website: https://labs.brotherli.ch/vcfconvert/. Then click the Choose File button to select the vCard file you just downloaded from iCloud 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

Csv Converter Website

Finally, click the convert button to make it. Go to have a check and open it with a spreadsheet app like Microsoft Excel.

Way 4. Import Contacts from Computer to iPhone via Email

If you only need to export a few contacts, then using Email is a good option for you, as it only allows you to send one contact at a time. You can send yourself an email with a contact from your computer and check it on your iPhone. If you need to transfer all your contacts at once, use way 1 to complete how to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer without iCloud.

How to Add Mail Account on iPhone?
Go to Settings > ChooseAccounts & Passwords > Tap Add Account > Choose Google or other email services > Enter the required information to add your email account.

Step 1. On your PC open a browser and log in to your email account > Attach the VCF file to a new email and send it to yourself.

Step 2. On your iPhone open the Mail app to check the email > Tap to open the VCF file.

Step 3. Then you will get the option to add contacts from mail to the Contacts app. Choose Create New Contact or Add to Existing Contact according to your needs.

Email vCard to iPhone

 

A Comparison of the 4 Ways to Transfer Contacts from PC to iPhone

While the above four methods can help you transfer your contacts from PC to iPhone, there are some differences. Here’s the comparison of FoneTool, iTunes, iCloud, and Email for transferring contacts from a PC to an iPhone:

Method

Transfer Speed

Ease of Use

Additional Features

FoneTool

Super Fast

Easy

Batch transfer with additional phone management (like backup, data eraser, etc..)

iTunes

Moderate

Moderate

Requires cable connection, syncing process can be slow

iCloud

Fast

Easy

Syncs with other Apple devices, automatic backup

Email

Moderate

Moderate

Requires cable connection, syncing process can be slow

Conclusion

That’s all for how to transfer contacts from computer to iPhone If you want to transfer plenty of contacts, the most efficient way is using FoneTool. It can help you directly transfer iPhone contacts to PC while you need more steps to make it when using iTunes or iCloud.

To avoid data loss during the transfer process (such as iTunes and iCloud will overwrite and change the data on your device), you'd better use FoneTool to backup iPhone contacts for free before performing any operations.

Lena
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.