How to Transfer CSV from PC to iPhone

By Emily Watson, Friday, August 25, 2017

Updated on September 14, 2018.

To transfer a file with .csv extension is not a common use, for most CSVs we encounter are those of contacts/phone numbers we exported in advance from other sources like Contacts Recovery, Contacts Transfer, Outlook, Gmail or so. If you're in need of transferring CSVs to your iPhone XR/XS/X, 8/7/7 Plus and former, here's a good way to go.

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Part 1: What is A CSV File?

CSV stands for "Comma Separated Values". It is a type of file formats to save data in a table structured format, such as a spreadsheet or database in which information separated by commas. A CSV file usually ends with .csv extension. A CSV file cannot contain any cell, column, row styling or formulas, but it works with any spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel, Open Office Calc, or Google Spreadsheets.

Part 2: How to Create A CSV File?

If necessary, it's easy to create a CSV file on your computer via following steps.

Step 1. Open a file in spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel.

Step 2. Select "File" and click on "Save As" option.

Step 3. In the pop-up, please select "CSV (Comma delimited)" under "Save as type" column.

Note: CSVs support no formatting or formulas. If you see an error "may contain features that are not compatible with CSV", please click "Yes" to proceed.

Create A CSV File

Part 3: How to Transfer CSV from PC to iPhone?

Actually, if you want to import CSVs, especially those of contacts back to iPhone/iPad, it's a cinch with the help of FonePaw DoTrans. As a multi-functional transfer tool for iOS devices, it also helps transfer contacts between iPhone and computer/iOS devices. To learn your way around it, please take a look at this guide.


Step 1. Hook Up to FonePaw DoTrans

Please download and install FonePaw DoTrans for your Windows PC or Mac at first. Then, launch it and connect your iPhone to the program. When the device is detected, you can see the related information on the interface.

Launch iOS Transfer

Step 2. Import CSV to iPhone

Now, select "Contacts" in the left panel and click on "Import" icon as below. Navigate to "From CSV File". Then, select the desired CSV file to transfer into your iPhone. After that, you can view it on your iPhone.

Import CSV to iPhone

Note: There is a pop-up asking to confirm whether to import. Hit Import button to go on switching.

Confirm to Import Contacts

Apart from the CSV file, FonePaw DoTrans also allows you to transfer vCard file to iPhone. Action speaks louder than words. You can download the free trial and enjoy it on your own.


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