How to Export iPhone Contacts to Excel or CSV: 5 Ways

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Rosa Reyes
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Sometimes, in order to backup your iPhone contacts or to use them somewhere else (such as in an email client), you need to export contacts from an iPhone to an Excel spreadsheet. However, iPhone’s Contacts app only supports exporting contacts to VCF files. Don’t worry. This article will show you how to easily export iPhone contacts to Excel (or CSV) in 5 different methods.

Some methods uses iCloud, and some don’t. Most methods require the use of a computer, and one doesn’t.

 

Method 1. Export iPhone contacts to Excel easily with ContactsMate

Applies to: Mac

If you are a Mac user, you can use Cisdem ContactsMate to effortlessly export iPhone contacts to the format you need. It’s a professional contact management app to efficiently manage all your contacts in one place.

Steps: How to export iPhone contacts to Excel or CSV

1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

2. In the Apps Using iCloud section, turn on Contacts.

turn on Contacts

3. Click Merge. And now all your iPhone contacts are in iCloud.

4. Download and install ContactsMate.

Free Download macOS 10.11 or later

5. When you open the app for the first time, click OK to allow access.

click the OK button

6. Click Add Account.

click the Add Account button

7. On the right, click iCloud. Sign in to it.

click the iCloud option

8. Select the Contacts checkbox.

select the Contacts checkbox

9. Click the Refresh button next to the Updated contacts detected message. Now you should see iCloud in the left sidebar. Clicking it will display your iPhone contacts.

iCloud in the left sidebar

10. Control-click (or right-click) iCloud and choose Export.

choose the Export option

11. To export your iPhone contacts to Excel, click the Format pop-up menu and choose Excel. Click Save.

choose the Excel format to export iPhone contacts to an Excel file

Now your iPhone contacts are exported to an Excel file.

If you want to export iPhone contacts to CSV instead, choose CSV in step 11.

In addition to exporting iPhone contacts to certain formats, ContactsMate can help you efficiently keep and manage multiple backup versions of your iPhone contacts, effortlessly transfer iPhone contacts to other sources, etc.

Tip: If you only need to export certain fields to Excel, such as names and phone numbers, this app can greatly meet your needs. Cisdem ContactsMate only exports valid fields by default. To customize, in step 11, choose Custom Fields from the Field pop-up menu, click the gear icon, and then select the fields what you want to export.

export fields

Method 2. Export iPhone contacts to Excel via iCloud.com

Applies to: Windows PC, Mac

I wish to export all my iPhone contact data to a single excel worksheet. Is there a way to export the data to an XLS or a CSV format (not separate CSV files for each contact)? - A question from discussions.apple.com

Here’s another method to do the export.

1. Follow the first three steps of the first method.

2. On your computer, go to www.icloud.com/contacts.

3. Click the Show Actions Menu icon the Show Actions Menu icon in the bottom-left corner of the page and choose Select All.

choose Select All to select all iPhone contacts for export

4. Click the same icon again and choose Export vCard.

5. A vCard file will be downloaded to your computer. The file contains all your iPhone contacts.

6. Go to www.aconvert.com/document.

7. Click Choose Files. Select the vCard file downloaded in step 5 and click Open.

8. Click the Target format pop-up menu and choose XLSX or XLS.

choose XLSX or XLS to export an Excel file

9. Click Convert Now.

10. When the conversion is done, click the Save icon.

11. Click the file URL to download the Excel file containing your iPhone contacts.

Note: In step 8, you can choose XLSX or XLS based on your needs. Both are the file extensions of Excel. The former is the new and current one and is recommended. But if you do need an Excel file with an old extension, choose XLS. Generally, choosing either extension is okay.

 

Method 3. Export contacts from iPhone to Excel using iTunes for free

Applies to: Windows PC

If you are not a fan of iCloud, this method is for you. The method involves the use of iTunes and Windows Contacts. The latter is a contact manager included in Windows 11, Windows 10 and some earlier Windows versions.

1. Connect your iPhone to a PC installed with iTunes. Launch iTunes, which will automatically detect the iPhone. Select your phone from the device section.

2. In the left panel, click Info.

3. Select the checkbox next to Sync Contacts with.

4. Select Windows Contacts. Select All contacts.

5. Click Sync.

click the Sync button

6. Search wab.exe in the Start menu. Find your iPhone contacts synced from iTunes.

7. Select Export in the top right corner. Select CSV (Comma Separated Values). Click Export.

click the Export button

8. Open the exported CSV file with Microsoft Excel.

9. Click File > Save as.

10. Under Save as type box, choose Excel Workbook (*.xlsx).

11. Click Save.

 

Method 4. Export your iPhone contacts to Excel using Contacts app

Applies to: iPhone

It’s also possible to export your iPhone contacts from Contacts app to vCard file directly, and then convert it to Excel using online converter.

1. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone.

2. Touch and hold the list of contacts that you want to export.

3. Tap Export.

export iPhone contacts from Contacts app

4. Select the fields that you need. Tap Done on the upper right corner.

select fields

5. Select Save to Files. Chose a destination to store the exported vCard file.

6. Go to www.aconvert.com/document or any other vCard to Excel online converter on your web browser. Select the VCF you just saved to your iPhone and Convert it to Excel.

 

Method 5. Export iOS contacts to Excel with SA Contacts Lite

Applies to: iPhone

This method works with iOS 11.0 or higher. SA Contacts Lite is an iOS app that does an excellent job of transferring contacts to and from iPhone. You can use it to directly export your phone contacts to Excel, CSV and a few other file formats.

1. On your iPhone, open App Store.

2. Search for SA Contacts Lite.

3. Install the app on your iPhone.

4. When you open the app for the first time, tap OK to allow it to access your iPhone contacts.

5. If you want to export all your iPhone contacts, stick with the default All Contacts option in the Choose Contacts section. To export a contact group only, choose the Groups option and specify the group. You can also export selected contacts only.

the Choose Contacts section provides the All Contacts option

6. To export your contacts to Excel, tap the Property Style pop-up menu and choose Outlook.

choose Outlook to export contacts from iPhone to an Excel file

7. Tap Start.

8. Select how you would like to receive the Excel file: USB, WiFi, Email, or other.

 

Conclusion

The Contacts app on iPhone supports exporting contacts to VCF because VCF is the go-to file format for contacts in the Apple ecosystem. To export iPhone contacts to Excel, you need a third-party method. This article talks about five ways to do the export. You can choose the method that best suites your needs.

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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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  • Volker Zanetti

    This article was extremely helpful for me. Thank you Rosa!

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