[Tips] Import Contacts to iTunes from iPhone

You may want to import contacts to iTunes to make a backup on computer or sync across devices. Here comes this guide to give you the most detailed instructions.


By Demi / Updated on June 7, 2024

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Although we have got kinds of different ways to communicate with others, text messages and phone calls are still mostly used to keep in touch. Therefore, it is of vital importance to find a way to keep iPhone contacts safe. And it’s a nice choice to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer.

When it comes to transferring files between computer and iPhone, iTunes may come to your mind first. Indeed, iTunes can not only backup the whole iPhone but also enable you to save important data, like iPhone contacts. Keep reading and know how to import contacts to iTunes from iPhone.

How to import contacts to iTunes from iPhone

Please make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. If you want to browse or edit the contacts in a spreadsheet app like Microsoft Excel after the transfer process finishes, the thorough steps to export contacts to CSV are also introduced in this part. Let’s started to see how to backup iPhone contacts to iTunes.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Open iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Click the phone icon > Click Info from the left pane.

Step 3. Check the box next to Sync Contacts with > Choose Windows Contacts

Step 4. Choose All Contacts or select the groups as you like > Click Sync at the bottom of the screen to begin.

Sync Contacts With iTunes

When it is complete, you can check the contacts on your computer by visiting Start > Tap your username to open the username folder > Locate and choose the Contacts folder. The synced contacts should be here.

How to import contacts to iTunes in CSV format
If you want to transfer iPhone contacts to iTunes and save them in CSV format on your computer, you can follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. Locate and open the Contacts folder > Tap Export from the tool bar at the top of the folder > Choose the option CSV (Comma Separated Values) > Click Export to confirm.

Export To CSV

Step 2. Give the name of the CSV file > If necessary, click Browse to modify the destination to save it > Click Next.

Step 3. Choose the contacts you’d like to export > Click Finish to start the export.

Easily and flexibly transfer contacts from iPhone to computer

From the above are the steps to import contacts to iTunes from iPhone. You may find that iTunes allows you to transfer all or selected groups of contacts. What if you just want to import one or two files to computer?

Besides, the complicated design and operations of iTunes may drive you crazy during the process. If you are looking for a better solution to transfer files between iPhone and computer, FoneTool can be a nice choice for you.

Selective transfer process. Different from iTunes, you are able to preview all contacts on your iPhone and choose the wanted contacts to transfer.
Two optional formats of contacts. Without any extra operations, FoneTool can help you transfer and save iPhone contacts to computer in CSV or VCF directly.
Powerful transfer functions. It supports transferring files from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to computer, and vice versa. It is also perfectly compatible with iPad and iPod.

Click the icon below to get the tool on your computer, let’s transfer contacts from iPhone to computer in three simple steps.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > If needed, you may need to tap Trust on your iPhone > Open FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Locate iPhone to PC option and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To Computer

Step 2. Uncheck the other icons but Contacts icon to preview all the contacts on your iPhone > Select the wanted contacts from the list > Click OK to confirm and continue.

Select Contacts

Step 3. Choose a storage path and select the format you prefer from Transfer Settings > Click Start Transfer to begin.


If you want to get these contacts transferred from computer to your iPhone or iPad, you can simply make it by utilizing its PC to iPhone function.

As you can see, FoneTool is not only a transfer tool. You can make use of it to backup iPhone to PC as well. The Selective Backup function helps you backup selective files to computer, while the Full Backup function saves everything from iPhone to computer.


That’s all for the steps to import contacts to iTunes from iPhone. You can browse them after the transfer finishes. If necessary, you can also export them in CSV. To make the import process simple and flexible, FoneTool can be a better choice for you. For more information or queries, please feel free to contact us.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.