How to Back Up Contacts on iPhone

How to Back Up Contacts on iPhone

Losing your iPhone contacts happens to many people, but it can be avoided by simply creating a backup. You can back up contacts on your iPhone using iCloud, Finder or iTunes, Google Drive as well as third-party software. Let’s take a look at these methods.

Note: iPhone contacts contain more than just names and phone numbers. They also store other personal information such as email ID, home address, and notes you may have added for the contact.

Back up contacts using iCloud

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

    Settings App on the iPhone
    Tap Settings.

  2. Tap your name at the top to go to your Apple ID’s settings.

    Users Apple ID Settings on the iPhone
    Tap your name.

  3. Tap iCloud.

    iCloud Settings in a User's Apple ID on the iPhone
    Tap iCloud.

  4. Look for Contact in the list of apps that are using iCloud. If it’s enabled, then you already have a backup of your contacts in iCloud. If it’s turned off, tap the slider to turn it on.

    Option to Backup Contacts on iCloud
    Tap Contacts.

  5. If you turned it on in the past, it will ask you if you’d like to merge your current contacts with the ones from the previous backup. Tap Merge if you want to keep contacts from the previous backup. If you didn’t have it turned on before, the button will turn green without you having to merge anything.

    Merging Existing Contacts During Backup on the iPhone
    Tap Merge.

  6. To see the contacts that are currently backed up, go to on a computer and sign in with your Apple ID. Note: You can’t do this on your iPhone’s browser because the mobile version of doesn’t show contacts.
    Signing In with Apple ID on iCloud
    Sign in with your Apple ID.


  7. Click on Contacts.

    Contacts on iCloud
    Click Contacts.

  8. You’ll be able to see all of your backed-up contacts here.

    List of Contacts on iCloud
    You’ll see all your backed up contacts here.

Back up contacts using a Mac or Windows computer

Users who have a PC or a MacBook with macOS Mojave and earlier can use iTunes which can be downloaded from here. Apple discontinued iTunes on macOS Catalina and above and it was replaced by the Finder app which has the same interface. For this article, I’ll be using the Finder app, but you can use the same steps on iTunes.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your MacBook with the charger cable (USB to lightning cable) and open a Finder window by clicking its icon in the Dock.

    Finder Icon in the Dock on MacBook
    Click the Finder icon in the Dock.

  2. In the sidebar under “Locations”, click on your iPhone’s name.

    iPhone Connected to MacBook Pro
    Find your device under Locations.

  3. Click on Info.

    Info Tab on MacBook Finder or iTunes
    Click on Info.

  4. Check Sync contacts onto (your name’s) iPhone.

    Option to Sync Contacts on the iPhone
    Click on the checkbox.

  5. Click on Apply.

    Sync Contacts on the iPhone and Apply the Changes
    Click on Apply.

Backing Up Contacts Using Third-Party Software

If you don’t want to backup your contacts on iCloud or Mac, you can use a third-party software. Here are three third-party tools that you can use:

Google Drive

  1. Download the Google Drive app from the App store.

    Option to Download Google Drive on the App Store
    Download Google Drive from the App store.

  2. Tap Open once the app has finished downloading.

    Option to Open Google Drive through the App Store
    Tap Open.

  3. Tap the Menu icon in the top-left corner.

    Menu of the Google Drive App on the iPhone
    Tap the Menu icon.

  4. Tap Settings.

    Google Drive Settings Where Users Can Back Up Contacts
    Tap Settings.

  5. Tap Backup.

    Backup Option in the Settings of Google Drive
    Tap Backup.

  6. Tap Contacts.

    Option to Back Up Contacts on Google Drive
    Tap Contacts.

  7. Tap the “Back up to Google Contacts” button to enable it. This will back up all of your contacts on your device and iCloud to Google Drive.

    Option to Enable Contacts Backup on Google Drive
    Tap the “Back up to Google Contacts” button.


PhoneTrans helps you backup contacts on your iPhone selectively. The software also lets you backup other types of data such as photos, messages, and videos. With the paid versions, you can use the software on multiple devices.

Backup Contacts with PhoneTrans
Back up your contacts with PhoneTrans. (Source:


Wondershare’s Dr.Fone allows you to choose which contacts you want to backup or you can easily create a backup for all of them. The software has a trial version and subscription-based plans.

Back Up Contacts with Wondershare's Dr.Fone
Wondershare’s Dr. Fone. (Source:

EaseUS MobiMover

The free version of EaseUS MobiMover allows you to back up any data on your iPhone. It also automatically updates your data regularly so you don’t have to do it manually.

Back Up Contacts with EaseUS MobiMover
Back up your contacts with EaseUS MobiMover. (Source:

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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