There are several ways to transfer iPhone contacts to a computer, but the quickest and easiest way to do that might just be with an app. The concept is simple: use an app to export contacts, then email that list of contacts to yourself, or to whoever you want to share the contacts with. In this post we’ll show you how to use an app called Easy Backup to transfer contacts from an iPhone to a computer.
Note that while this post was made using an iPhone, you can as easily follow these steps to transfer contacts from an iPad to a computer.
Step 2: Launch the app. It will invite you to sign up or sign in, but you don’t need to do any of that. On the lower left corner of the screen, tap the Skip button to avoid signing in.
Step 3: Tap on the Import Contacts button at the bottom of the screen. The app will ask access to your Contacts list. Allow it access by tapping OK. The app will also ask if you would like to receive push notifications. In our case, we will select Don’t Allow because we don’t want to receive notifications. We just want to export our contacts.
Step 4: Your contacts will then be automatically imported in the app. Tap the Next button at the bottom.
Step 5: Tap the Backup button. This will prepare a single file containing your contacts. The file format is .vcf, which is a standard format, meaning it will be readable on virtually any computer, regardless of what you use to manage your contacts.
Step 6: At that point, you can email the file to yourself or somebody else to transfer the contacts from your iPhone to a computer. Tap on the little Email icon to create a new email and attach your contacts to it automatically. Make sure you are very careful not to send your contacts to the wrong email address though.
Step 7: On your computer, either a Mac or a PC, you can open the email you sent to yourself and save the .vcf file anywhere you want. Depending on what you want to do with the file, you might want to save it to your Documents as some sort of backup, or if you want to import it to a Contact management app, simply open this application and import the .vcf file.
Again, there are several ways to transfer contacts from an iPhone or iPad to a computer, but this is certainly one of the easiest as it doesn’t require any cable or seemingly complicated steps that my mom would be afraid of.