Backing up iPhone Contacts

One of your most precious and time consuming iPhone data, your iPhone contacts should be regularly backed up

Plus, it's very easy, so let's get started

Backup iPhone Contacts

  • Connect your iPhone to your Computer
  • Open iTunes
  • Click your iPhone in the "Devices" section on the left
  • Click the "Info" tab
  • Check "Sync contacts with" and select "Windows Address Book"
  • Make sure "All contacts" is selected
  • Click the "Apply" button in iTunes lower-right corner
  • If iTunes asks whether you wish to switch the sync provider, click "Switch"
  • Once iTunes finishes backing up your iPhone contacts to your computer, go to Start->All Programs->Accessories and click "Address Book" to make sure your iPhone contacts were properly backed up to Windows

Notes & possible issues

For more specific iPhone contacts backup tutorials, please refer to our dedicated section Backup and restore iPhone Contacts

Restore iPhone Contacts


If you ever need to Restore your iPhone contact from the Winddows Address Book, proceed as follows

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9 Responses to Backup iPhone Contacts – Sync iPhone Contacts with Computer – Sync Contacts from iPhone to Computer

  1. Abi Baum says:

    This does not work with Windows Live Mail in Windows 7.
    Any ideas what I need to do ?

    • iPhone Expert says:

      Dear Abi,

      On Windows 7, Windows Address Book is now called Windows Contacts
      This is the only change

  2. Steve says:

    When I complete these steps with a blank Windows Address Book (windows XP) it deletes all the contacts on my iphone rather then copies them to WAB. Almost like it’s “syncing” to a blank address book. How can I stop this?

  3. Thirunavuckarasu says:

    i was back up my iPhone data to iTunes in my laptop , when my iPhone got struct. now my iPhone got broken. how i can get my contacts, sms , notebook. my operating system is windows7.

  4. Bob Young says:

    Worked great- I then exported the contacts to an excel file, which is ideal for me! Thanks!

  5. Estanis says:

    Buenas noches, tengo un iphone 4 y en la carpeta contactos np me aparece el boton + en la parte superior derecha así como si entro en un contacto no me aparece el boton edit.
    Esto me ha ocurrido desde q actualicé el iphone a la versión 5.0.1
    Como poder solucionarlo?


    • iPhone Expert says:

      Hola Estanis,

      Disculpe mi pobre Castellano

      Tiene que tornar su iCloud Contactos parametros ON desde en los parametros iCloud

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