How to Backup Contacts on your iPhone

The words “master reset” can strike fear in the hearts of many an iPhone owner.  There is nothing worse than the laborious process of having to recreate all of your contact information.  But worry not; by following a few simple steps you can be spared the embarrassment of posting a plea on Facebook explaining why you need all of your friends information again.

The good news is that your contacts are automatically backed up each time you sync your iPhone with iTunes.  To ensure that the backup process is successful, always be sure to keep iTunes updated.  In addition, always choose restore from backup in iTunes, performing a full restore will delete the contents of your iPhone and restore it to the original factory settings, and you don’t want that to happen.

If you are the kind of person who always has a backup plan for your backup plan, you can follow the steps below to back up your contacts to your PC.


Difficulty Rating
  • easy
Things you'll need
  • iPhone
  • iTunes
  • Backup Program
Tips & Warnings
  • Note: You can choose to back your contacts up to Outlook, Google Contacts, Windows Contacts or Yahoo! address book.
  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  3. Click on your phone under Devices.
  4. Select the Info tab.
  5. Click the box in front of Sync Contacts and select the program you want to back your contacts up to.
  6. Click the Apply button.  Your phone will then sync the contacts with the program you selected.


Tech Salsa

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  • miahkmnwa

    Hello,This problem has been resolved,I used a lot of tools, feel is so slowly.Too complicated to operate,I found the iStonsoft in the forum,iStonsoft is really fast and easily,you can Backup Contacts on your iPhone faster and easier,Hope this helps!

    • Anand Mehta

      Dear Miahkmnwa: i searched for “istonsoft” but there isn’t any such name to be found when i serearched on my ios device, kindly name the app in exact letters so i dont make any spelling mistake.


  • Tem Verio

    I follow this guide and it did backup all my files including contacts to my PC, however, i can’t read this directly and everytime I synced my iTunes the last backup would missing. Is there any better way?
    Some of my friends recommended me a tool called iAny Manager, how about this one?

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