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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac

By Emily Watson, Thursday, July 11, 2019

Transferring contacts from iPhone or creating a backup of your iPhone contacts to Mac is something that you may have to do once.

As one of the most important file types in iPhone, contacts enable you to connect with others quickly at any time. If you want to find someone for one important thing, but your contacts are missing and you can't get connected with him/her, that must be really annoying. Therefore, to avoid data loss, it is necessary for you to back up your iPhone contacts to Mac.

Keep reading this how-to post to learn 4 workable ways of transferring contacts from iPhone to mac.

Transfer Selected Contacts from iPhone to Mac in Outlook/CSV/vCard format

FonePaw iOS Transfer is such a convenient program that can help you transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac easily. It supports iPhone XR/XS/X/8 Plus, iPad Pro, iPad 2/4/mini/Air, the New iPad, and iPod Touch. By using this program, you will never worry about transferring problems. 

Follow below to see how to export contacts from iPhone to Mac.

Step 1: Download and Install FonePaw iOS Transfer on Mac

Click the button to download FonePaw iOS Transfer, and then install it on your Mac.

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Step 2: Launch iOS Transfer and Connect iPhone with Mac

After installing, launch iOS Transfer. Then connect your iPhone with Mac via your USB cable. Soon the software will detect and display your iPhone automatically.

Run iOS Transfer for Mac

Step 3: Preview and Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac

Click Contacts on the left-side menu of the interface. All your contacts on iPhone will be quickly displayed on the main window. You can preview all these contacts and choose those you want to export to Mac and then click the Export to PC button at the top of the interface. When a list pulls down, choose a contact format (vCard, CSV, etc.). The transferring process will be finished in a few seconds.

Preview and Transfer iPhone Contacts onto Mac

Note: Before exporting contacts from iPhone to Mac, you can find your duplicate contacts and merge them. Then you will have a clear contact list. On the toolbox, click De-duplicate, then the software will automatically find and merge all duplicates.

Searching for Duplicate Contacts

As you can see, FonePaw iOS Transfer makes it easy to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac in just 3 simple steps. After importing iPhone contacts to Mac, you can get them back whenever you want. In addition, this software can also transfer music, videos, photos, SMS, E-books, etc. from iPhone to Mac or the other way around.

Back up Contacts from iPhone to Mac

Creating a backup of your iPhone contacts is quite important. With an iPhone contacts backup, you can access the phone numbers you've saved if you lose your phone or the contacts missing. FonePaw iOS Transfer can also help you create quick backups of your iPhone contacts on Mac. It helps you back up contacts on your iPhone/iPad/iPod to Mac in different file formats. Follow the steps to back up your iPhone contacts to Mac.

Step 1: Run FonePaw iOS Transfer on your Mac.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the Mac.

Step 3: Click Toolbox >Contacts backup > Back up now to create a backup of your iPhone contacts on Mac.

Back Up iPhone Contacts To Mac

Note: After backing up contacts from iPhone, you can use FonePaw iOS Transfer to restore the contacts backup to your iPhone whenever you want. And to restore the backup, simply click Toolbar > Contacts Restore to start restoring iPhone contacts from Mac.

Add iPhone Contacts to Mac with AirDrop

AirDrop is also an option for you to import and transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac. It is a built-in feature on Apple devices. With AirDrop, you can share contacts, photos, music, notes, location, videos and more between your iPhone and Mac. Read on to learn how to add contacts from iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X/XR/XS to Mac quickly.

Step 1: Turn Bluetooth and WiFi connection on your iPhone and Mac

Make sure your WiFi and Bluetooth are working, otherwise, AirDrop will fail to transfer contacts between your iPhone and Mac.

Step 2: Turn on AirDrop

  • On your iPhone: go to Setting General AirDrop > Contacts Only(or Everyone).

  • On your Mac: go to Finder Go AirDrop, then set the option Allowed to be discovered by as Contacts Only or Everyone.

Turn On AirDrop In Setting

Step 3: Open Contacts app on your phone and select one contact that you want to add to Mac.

Step 4: Click Share Contact, choose AirDrop and then tap your Mac to share with.

Add iPhone Contacts To Mac Via AirDrop

Step 5: Tap Accept on your Mac to receive the imported iPhone contacts.

Note: With AirDrop, you can only transfer iPhone contacts one by one. If you have a lot of contacts to be transferred, then you can use FonePaw iOS Transfer in the Part 1 and help you transfer iPhone contacts in batch.

Sync iPhone Contacts to iCloud on Mac

iCloud, Apple's cloud sync and storage service, is nothing new to iPhone users. You can use iCloud storage to hold files, find your devices, and most importantly, transfer data when you set up and turn on iCloud on your iPhone and Mac. With iCloud, you can access your contacts from iPhone, Mac, iPad, iPod Touch, PC or on It can keep everything up to date when you make changes on one device so that you can get your up-to-date contacts if needed.

However, when using iCloud to sync iPhone contacts to Mac, something annoying may happen. For example, iCloud doesn't work on your devices or storage space is not enough if you don't buy more. What's more, iCloud will sync all of your iPhone contacts to Mac each time you turn on iCloud. If you just want to export some specific contacts, you have to use another way, such as FonePaw iOS Transfer in the first part.

For more info about syncing iPhone contacts to iCloud on Mac, you can check how to sync iPhone contacts to Mac.

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