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How to Export Contacts from iPhone

By Emily Watson, Friday, April 13, 2018

The Contacts app on iPhone holds the entire address book which includes emails, phone numbers, address and a whole lot more. Since contacts are so important to us, many people want to export contacts from iPhone to computer make a back up of iPhone contacts. Some also hope to export contacts from iPhone to Gmail, Outlook (2003/2007/2010/2013/2016) etc. to merge all contacts into one place for easier management.

In order to transfer contacts from iPhone, here you have two recommendations. 

  • One is FonePaw DoTrans, an iTunes alternative, which lets you export iPhone contacts as CSV or VCF file easily. 

  • The other is FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, a powerful iOS data recovery tool, which can detect all contacts (both the deleted and the existing contacts) on your iPhone and you can export all of them to your computer.

Part 1: Export Contacts from iPhone with FonePaw DoTrans

FonePaw DoTrans gives you the power to export all or selected iPhone contacts to a single .vcf file, multiple vCard files or .csv file with zero data loss. Download DoTrans and have a try.


1. Run FonePaw DoTrans and connect your iPhone to computer

First, install and run this program on your computer. Then, connect your iPhone X/8/7/6 to the computer. Once the device gets connected, you will find a starting window.

Start DoTrans

2. Export iPhone contacts

In the left sidebar, click on "Contacts". Then, select the needed contacts or select all contacts. Hit on "Export to PC".

Now pull-down the menu pop-ups as per your choice and hit on "to CSV File", "to a Multiple vCard Files" or other as you need. Then, select your desired location to save these contacts.

Export Contacts from iPhone

Tip: When your iPhone contacts cannot be detected while other data can be read, don't worry and follow the solutions here.

  1. Download the program from FonePaw official website and make sure what you install is the latest version.

  2. Restart your iPhone and check whether you have enabled Contacts in iCloud. If you have done, please disable it with Setting > iCloud > Contact and confirm to keep contacts on your iPhone.

  3. Re-connect your iDevice to FonePaw DoTrans and then refresh to detect the contacts.

Part 2: Export iPhone Contacts with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is able to backup/export contacts from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to the computer as a CSV, VCF or HTML file. With this powerful contacts recovery software, you can not only export contacts from iPhone, but also retrieve deleted contacts from iPhone. Download it and have a try.


1. Connect iPhone to computer

Download FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, run it on your computer, and connect your iPhone to the PC with a USB cable.

Recover and Save iPhone Files to Computer

2.Start scan

When iPhone is detected, you can see "Recover from iOS Device" is selected by default. Now, click "Start Scan" button to begin scanning your iPhone.

Scan the iPhone and Check the Deleted Data

3. Preview and export contacts from iPhone

Preview and select the contacts found in the scanning. Then click "Recover" button to start to export contacts from iPhone to computer. Locate the target folder in the dialog box that appears, then start exporting. You can get the exported contacts in 3 formats: CSV, VCF and HTML.

Preview and Export Contacts from iPhone

Both of the ways above can help you export iPhone contacts. You can select the one which is in great need. You may use FonePaw DoTrans if you want to export not only contacts, but also music, photos, videos, books, etc. from iPhone to computer, from iPhone to iPhone. But if you want to recover iPhone data, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can meet your requirements.


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