How to BackUp iPhone Contacts

How to BackUp iPhone Contacts ? You can Backup your contacts on iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G on any iOS 4.x and iOS 5.x and the Upcoming iOS 6.

If you decided to restore your device i think that the most important think that you will be afraid to lose is the Contacts, It’s easy download apps again and adjust settings, but not easy to rebuild a large contact list of names, email addresses, and phone numbers if you lose it, the reason that let us write this tutorial post.

BackUp iPhone Contacts

We have two methods of backup

  • BackUp iPhone Contacts With iTunes
  • Backing Up Contacts with iCloud

First Method: BackUp iPhone Contacts With iTunes

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC and launch iTunes

Backup Contacts

Step 2: Select your device from the left panel list, and click on the “Info” tab

iTunes Backup Contacts

Step 3: Verify that “Sync Contacts” is checked and Adjust any specific settings as necessary

iTunes Backup Contacts

Step 4: Right-click on your iPhone name in the panel list and choose “BackUp”

iTunes Backup Contacts

Backup Location

You will find the backup file of you contacts in Mac OS X backed up at the following location:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

You will find the backup file of you contacts in Windows 7, XP, and Vista backed up at the following location:

Windows XP backup files location:

C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Windows Vista and Windows 7 backs up file location:

C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Note: this file may be hidden so you have to show your hidden files from the “Folder Options” also don’t forget to change ‘user’ (the red word at the above link )by your computer administrator name.

Second Method: BackUp iPhone Contacts with iCloud

Available through this link


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13 Responses to “How to BackUp iPhone Contacts”

  1. Alx0052 says:

    Restoring via iTunes sometimes might be problematic, and if you do encounter difficulties restoring from your backup or you simply want to extract only one piece of data and not to restore to the full backup then you certainly must look at the iPhone Backup Extractor if not already discovered:).

  2. Alice says:

    However, if you use iTunes, don’t you need to restore your iPhone to factory settings in order to ever restore your backed-up contacts?

    I am using a third-party program called CopyTrans Contacts to backup my iPhone contacts on a regular basis directly to my computer.

  3. Dorian says:

    Alice I used the same tool to export my old iPhone contacts and restore them to my new iPhone – found out about it here:

    You are right that iTunes will restore your iPhone and delete its multimedia data during restore; as a result, I have been using copytrans Contacts to do the contact backup and transfer instead.

  4. Grahame says:

    Well I have an unlocked 3g 6 years old and managed to navigate through this set-up and add to my new iPhone 4s. I am amazed at how I got there and amazed that all data was transfered, even my alarm clock settings and screen saver!!

  5. Kama Xiya says:

    If you want to backup iPhone contacts to save all the names, email addresses, and phone numbers to ensure that you will always have your iPhone contacts on hand even if you are unfortunate enough to lose phone. Then, You’re now looking at the best way to transfer contacts from iPhone is iPubsoft iPhone Backup Extractor.

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