Backup iPhone Contacts to PC

Whatever you attempt with your iPhone Contacts synchronization experiments, it's definitely a good idea to Backup iPhone Contacts to PC first

Indeed, every situation is different and even the most proven procedures can fail due to specific configurations

Accidental iPhone Contacts deletions are not uncommon, they are actually quite frequent, for example during synchronizations with Outlook or Gmail, and always regrettable and disastrous

Hereafter is the most standard procedure on How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer

 

Backup iPhone Contacts

 
  • Open iTunes and connect your iPhone
  • Go to Start -> Programs -> Accessories and open the Address Book
  • In iTunes, click your iPhone in the "Devices" section on the left, then click the "Info" tab
  • In "Contacts", check "Sync Contacts with" and select "Windows Address Book"
  • Select "All Contacts"
  • Finally, click "Sync" in iTunes lower-right corner
    You will be asked whether to Merge or Replace
    Make sure to select "MERGE", otherwise Contacts on your iPhone would be deleted

All your iPhone Contacts should now be safely backed up in your Windows Address Book

( Note that from then on, any contact added to your iPhone will automatically be added to your Windows Address Book and the other way around )

Pretty neat, huh !

At this point, you can also sync iPhone Contacts with Gmail or Yahoo!

 

For even more safety, you can Backup Windows Address Book Contacts to a .CSV file ( that doubles security, which is never a bad idea when it comes to protecting such precious information as your iPhone Contacts )

  • In Address Book, go to File -> Export and click Address Book ( WAB )
  • Locate and select the Windows Address Book file you wish to export to and hit the "Open" button

Save this .CSV file to a safe place such as a USB Flash drive and / or an external hard drive

You can even send it to yourself as an attachment to an email


Notes & possible issues

Once done with the above tutorial, you can proceed to

All your iPhone Contacts got deleted by an unwanted synchronization with Outlook or Gmail ?

They might not be lost forever

Let's try to Recover iPhone Contacts

 

Restore iPhone Deleted Contacts

 
  • In iTunes left panel, right-click on your iPhone in the "Devices" section and select "Restore from Backup"

It might allow you to Retrieve iPhone erased Contacts, if it doesn't, then we are out of hints

Good Luck !

 

Notes & possible issues

  • This solution works for both Mac and PC

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Importing Windows Address Book to Outlook 2010

Microsoft Office latest version brought some slight changes on

How to transfer contacts from Window Address Book to Outlook 2010

Here is the updated procedure

  • Open Outlook 2010
  • Click File -> Open
  • Click "Import" and select "From another program or file"
  • Next
  • Select "Personal Address Book" and hit Next again
  • Click "Browse" and find the Personal Address Book to import ( it should be in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook )
  • Click OK, Next and Finish

Notes & possible issues

  • The extension of the file to be imported will be .pab if created by Outlook 2007, 2003, 2000 or earlier
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Syncing iPhone Contacts to iCloud

Apple just released iCloud

Let's discover how to Synchronize iPhone Contacts to iCloud

First off, make sure to Update your iPhone to iOS 5, as this is required for iCloud

 

Download iPhone Contacts to iCloud

 
  • In your iPhone, go to Settings->iCloud and switch off Contacts
     

    When asked whether to keep or delete iPhone Contacts, select delete if you have a backup of your Contacts on your computer. Otherwise, keep your iPhone Contacts

  • Now, sync iPhone contacts with your computer as per these instructions
  • Next, switch Contacts back on in iPhone Settings->iCloud
  • Tap "Merge" to import iPhone Contacts to iCloud

You are all set. You can now go to your iPhone Contacts App to make sure all iPhone Contacts have been downloaded to iCloud


Notes & possible issues

  • If you cannot or do not want to update iPhone to iOS 5, you can create an iCloud account from any Mac running OSX Lion
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