3 Methods About How to Backup IPhone 12/11/X Contacts?

Why Backing up contacts is important?

iPhone contacts store phone numbers, E-mails, birth days of our friends, families, and colleagues. They are very important for us to keep in touch with other people by making a phone calling or sending messages. Thus, you definitely don’t want to lose them. However, our phones are easy to get damaged or lost making our contacts lost forever. Backing up your iPhone contacts gives security in case of any issue of data failure.

On the other hand, when you have a new iPhone, you may wonder how to migrate all phone number, E-mail to the new iPhone. Actually, the best way to go is to perform a restoration on the new iPhone enables you to easily and quickly transfer iPhone contacts to it.

Part 1. Backup iPhone contacts to iCloud

To protect users’ data, Apple introduced a cloud storage service called iCloud in 2011. Since then, each iPhone user can gain 5 GB of free space to backup their iPhone data, including contacts, photos, videos, messages, and other Apps.

Before we get down to it, you should know that iCloud will sync data across different Apple devices. That means adding, deleting, editing contacts will be also changed on the iCloud and your other Apple devices enabled the iCloud Contacts service.

1. Go to the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
2. Tap the “[Your Name]” banner, and select “iCloud”.
3. Toggle on the “Contacts” option.
4. You may be asked if you would like to merge existing local contacts on the iPhone, click “Merge”.

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After that, you can visit www.icloud.com site to check if your contact information is stored in your iCloud storage.

However, the iCloud is limited, if your iCloud storage is running out or just would like to leave some space for your photos, videos, messages. Backing up iPhone contacts to a computer or a backup disk is another solution of protecting data.

Part 2. Fully backup iPhone to computer via iTunes?

iTunes was designed to a music player at the very beginning. Now it has become an iOS management tool, which is capable of making a full backup of your iPhone on a computer. It will save the whole data on your iPhone including your contacts. Make sure your computer has installed iTunes and follow the guide below.


  • This tutorial below creates a full backup. If you just want to only save contacts, turn to the Part 3.
  • To restore iTunes backup to an iPhone, iTunes requires you to erase all content on the iPhone.

Step 1. Plugin your iPhone with a computer via a USB cable. Then open iTunes.

Step 2. When the iPhone is detected by iTunes, click the phone-like button.

Step 3. Click the “Summary” tab on the left side of iTunes.

Step 4. Select Backup to “This Computer”, and click on “Back Up Now”.

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Then wait for the process to get finished.

Part 3. Backup iPhone contacts to PC with AOMEI MBackupper

If you don’t want to create a full backup or just don’t trust iCloud storage, you can employ a third-party iPhone backup tool-AOMEI MBackupper. With this software, you are not only able to choose and preview iPhone contacts to back up to a Windows PC, but also select which contacts information. Additionally, this tool comes with an intuitive interface making the process can be finished within a few steps.

Step 1. Attach your iPhone to a Windows computer. Tap “Trust” on the iPhone if it is the first time to connect with it.

Step 2. Install and run AOMEI MBackupper, and click “Custom Backup” on the interface.

Step 3. Click “Contacts” icon, and unselect other data if you don’t want to backup them. Here you can select which contacts to save on the computer.

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Step 4. Back to the main interface. Specify the storage path, and click “Start Backup”.

Waiting for the process to get finished. Then you can browse, locate, delete, restore the backup on the Backup Management.


Now, you have known how to transfer iPhone contacts to a computer. You can either make a full backup of your iPhone or selectively backup iPhone contacts to a PC. Besides, we suggest keeping duplicates of your contacts and other important data on both cloud storage and local disk to have higher security.