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How to Backup iPhone, iPod and iPad Contacts

This article guides you in how to save iPhone contacts to your computer.

Visit our Droid Transfer page if you need to save Android contacts instead.

Transfer iPhone Contacts to Computer

If you're getting a new iPhone, and wish to transfer your contacts to it, or if you simply wish to update Outlook with your iPhone contacts, TouchCopy can help. If you have lots of contacts to manage, you may even want to export your iPhone contacts to CSV so that you can organise them all in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The software allows you to save your contacts from your iPod or iOS device to your PC or Mac as vCards and easily import to your address book or email program from there. On the PC you can also copy contacts directly to your Windows Contacts or Microsoft Outlook. The instructions below also provide details on how to transfer contacts copied by TouchCopy to your other iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Quick Guide on how to back up your contacts:

Step 1: Download and install TouchCopy if you haven't already done so.

Step 2: Run TouchCopy and connect your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Step 3: Choose the Contacts Tab in TouchCopy.

Step 4: Select where you wish to backup your contacts. You can save them as vCards or CSV, or back up directly to Outlook and Windows Contacts directly.

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What TouchCopy can do with your iPhone, iPod and iPad Contacts

Copy iPhone contacts to computer using TouchCopy

Finding a contact

Contacts To view contacts on your iPod, iPhone or iPad in TouchCopy, click "Contacts" in the TouchCopy category list.

TouchCopy enables you to easily search through your list of contacts. You can sort your list either by first name or last name by using the "Sort By First Name" and "Sort By Last Name" buttons. You can also search for a specific contact by typing their name in the search box.

Copying your iPod and iOS device Contacts (Exporting vCards)

In TouchCopy, press the Contacts button in the top control panel. This will display the contacts stored on your device.

TouchCopy has the ability to export your contact information of your iPod or iOS device into vCard format so that you can put your contacts into other programs. vCards are files that contain contact information about a person or company that can be understood by just about any Address Book or E-Mail program available. For example, vCards can be generated or imported into Windows Address Book, Outlook Express, Yahoo address book, etc.

To copy your device contacts, select one or more contacts from the list of contacts in TouchCopy and click the "Copy as vCard" button. To select all your iPod Contacts, use the Ctrl+A key combination. Then simply select the folder you want to save your vCards into. TouchCopy enables you to create a separate Contacts folder to save your contacts to.

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Importing saved vCards to another iOS device

Once you copied your contacts as vCards using TouchCopy, you can use your email or your address book program to import these vCards. If you are using Microsoft Outlook, open the folder where your contacts were copied and select them all using the Ctrl+A key combination, and drag and drop them to Contacts in Outlook. Outlook will open each contact and then click on Save and Close button to save each contact to your Outlook Contacts.

You can then use iTunes (or Finder on macOS Catalina and Big Sur) to sync Contacts you imported to Outlook or another address book program to another iOS device. Connect your other iOS device to your computer, open iTunes/Finder and choose your device under DEVICES. Click on the Info tab in iTunes/Finder and check "Sync Contacts", choose your address book program and click on the "Sync" button.

Import contacts to new iPhone

Note that iCloud needs to be disabled for contact syncing to work. From your new iPhone, go to "Settings" > Your username > "iCloud" and disable iCloud for the Contacts app. Connect your new iPhone to your computer, open iTunes/Finder and click on your device icon. Click on the Info tab once again and check "Sync Contacts", choose your address book program and click on the "Sync" button.

Export Contacts to Excel (saving as CSV format)

How do I create a CSV file of contacts? If you'd like to organise all your iPhone contacts using a spreadsheet, you can do this by clicking the "Save CSV" button in TouchCopy. This will export all your contacts information as Comma-Separated Values. You can then open this file in a spreadsheet management app such as Microsoft Excel for easy viewing and handling. Check out our guide for more information on exporting iPhone contacts as CSV.

Copying Contacts to Windows Contacts

To copy contacts directly to your Contacts folder in Windows, select the contacts required and click, "Copy to Contacts". TouchCopy will export the selected contacts to your Windows Contacts.

Copying Contacts to Microsoft Outlook

To copy contacts directly to your Microsoft Outlook contacts manager, select the required and click, "Copy to Outlook".

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