4 Practical Methods on How to Sync iPhone Contacts to Mac

Connie Wisley
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It is not difficult to sync iPhone contacts to Mac. This article will provides you with the most comprehensive solutions on how to sync iPhone contacts to Mac. 

We also make a comparison table of the four methods, so you can compare them easily and choose the one that suits you best.

how to sync iphone contacts to mac

Contacts from iPhone are more than names and numbers, they are one of the most valuable possessions in our lives. Losing contacts is miserable. To avoid iPhone contacts losing or missing, it is advisable to sync iPhone contacts to your Mac as a backup. Here, we collect four methods on how to sync iPhone contacts to Mac.

Part 1. How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to Mac Without Duplicates

Among the four most commonly used methods, the best way to transfer iPhone contacts to Mac is to use Cisdem ContactsMate, a contacts management tool. You only need a few steps to share iPhone contacts to Mac.

Cisdem ContactsMate outperforms other methods in that it can keep iPhone contacts in sync constantly and transfer contacts information without data loss.

This contacts tool can also be used to:

  • Sync iPhone contacts to Gmail, Outlook, Facebook and other platforms
  • Sync contacts from Google, iCloud, Exchange, Facebook to Mac
  • Import contacts from CSV, vCard to iPhone/Mac
  • Add, edit, and organize contacts easily
  • Send messages, e-mails, and start a call instantly
  • Scan and remove duplicate contacts intelligently

Steps on Using Cisdem ContactsMate to Sync iPhone Contacts to Mac

  1. Click settings on your iPhone and tap Your Name

contactsmate sync iphpne contacts to mac step 1

  1. Go to iCloud and enable the Contacts

contactsmate sync iphpne contacts to mac step 2

  1. Download and install Cisdem ContactsMate

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When you open the app for the first time, it will ask for access to your Mac Contacts. Click OK to permit. Then, your contacts from Mac are uploaded to this contacts tool in the Group On My Mac.

contactsmate sync iphpne contacts to mac step 3

  1. Click Add Account in the tool bar

contactsmate sync iphpne contacts to mac step

  1. Select iCloud and sign in to it

contactsmate sync iphpne contacts to mac step

  1. Check the box next to Contacts

contactsmate sync iphpne contacts to mac step 6

  1. Quit ContactsMate and relaunch it

Now the iCloud group should appear in the left sidebar.

contactsmate sync iphpne contacts to mac step

  1. Drag and drop iPhone contacts to Mac

Select contacts from Group iCloud with a shortcut key Command+A, and drag them to group On My Mac. Now, your iPhone contacts are synced to your Mac. You can check by opening Contacts App on Mac.

contactsmate sync iphpne contacts to mac step 8

Advantages of Using Cisdem ContactsMate to Sync iPhone Contacts to Mac

  1. Keep your iPhone contacts in sync constantly

The biggest advantage of Cisdem ContactsMate is that it can keep your iPhone contacts in sync constantly. Once iCloud account is added to this program, your iPhone contacts will keep updated on Group iCloud. Time to time you add or make changes in your iPhone contacts, this program will stay up-dated. You can access to these contacts on Mac quickly by starting a call, or sending emails or messages.

  1. Sync iPhone contacts to Mac with complete contacts data

Cisdem ContactsMate can transfer complete iPhone contacts information to Mac while other methods may miss some information. Every piece of information is important to us, including address, phone number, company, work fax, email, birthday and so on. Cisdem ContactsMate can import all information of iPhone contacts to Mac.

  1. Sync selected contacts, a group contacts and all contacts on iPhone to Mac

Sometimes, you don’t need to share all iPhone contacts to Mac, and only want to sync a part of contacts, Cisdem ContactsMate can satisfy your needs. When importing iPhone contacts to Mac using Cisdem ContactsMate, you can select contacts that you need, or choose a group contacts and migrate them to Mac.

> in step 8, select contacts you need, and sync them to Mac with a drag and drop.

  1. Remove all duplicate contacts with 1 click

It is common to have double displayed contacts in your contacts list. The information of the two contacts are identical. To make your contacts list tidy, it is necessary to remove these duplicate contacts. Luckily, Cisdem ContactsMate can get rid of the duplicates with 1 click.

> Click Scan button. The scanning result will be shown immediately. 

contactsmate scan duplicate contacts

> Select duplicate contacts in the scanning list, click delete duplicate contacts under solution, and click Fix all to apply your operation.

contactsmate delete duplicate contacts

After that, all duplicate contacts will be removed.

Part 2. How to Keep iPhone Contacts in Constant Sync with Mac via iCloud

iCloud, a cloud storage service from Apple, also provides an easy and direct way to sync contacts between iPhone and Mac. Most iPhone and Mac users have an iCloud account. iCloud can keep contacts on Mac updated all the time when you make a change to contacts on iPhone.

Nevertheless, you may encounter problems when using iCloud. One of the biggest problem is that iPhone contacts are not showing on Mac. We list some possible reasons and effective solutions for you.

Pros

1.  Easy steps to finish the syncing process
2.  Keep updating between iPhone and Mac

Cons

1.  iPhone contacts not syncing to Mac sometimes
2.  May sync incomplete contacts information
3.  Contacts on Mac will also be synced to your iPhone, making your contacts list a big mess
4.  Duplicate contacts will be generated
5.  Takes up much iCloud storage space

Steps on How to Sync iPhone Contacts to Mac via iCloud

1. Tap settings on your iPhone

sync iphone contacts to mac via icloud step 1

2. Click your name

sync iphone contacts to mac via icloud step 2

Step 3. Go to iCloud

sync iphone contacts to mac via icloud step 3

Step 4. Turn on Contacts, making the button green

sync iphone contacts to mac via icloud step 4

After these four steps, you have sync your iPhone contacts to iCloud. The next thing you need to do is to sync iCloud contacts with your Mac.

Step 5. Click Apple icon on your Mac and go to System Preferences

sync iphone contacts to mac via icloud step 5

Step 6. Select iCloud under System Preferences

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Step 7. Check the box next to Contacts

Then, your iPhone contacts are synced with Mac.

sync iphone contacts to mac via icloud step

Optional Method via iCloud: 

Step 1-4 are same as above.

Step 5. Go to iCloud.com and sign in to it.

Step 6. Click Contacts icon.

Step 7. Select the contacts, and click the “setting” icon in the bottom left corner.

Step 8. Click on “Export vCard”. Then, contacts from iPhone are exported as vCard files.

Step 9. Open Contacts App on your Mac and Go to File option in menu.

Step 10. Click Import to import vCard files.

Why iPhone Contacts Not Syncing with Mac When Using iCloud?

When you sync iPhone contacts to Mac via iCloud, you may find that your iPhone contacts don’t show up on Mac, or there are incomplete contacts on Mac. Why are iPhone contacts not syncing with Mac? There are several possible reasons and corresponding solutions to fix it.

Reason 1. iCloud storage is full

Solution: Check if your have enough iCloud storage

1. Tap “Settings” on iPhone

2. Go to Your Name and click iCloud

Your used iCloud storage will be shown here. If the storage is full, tap “Manage Storage” to free some space.

check icloud storage

Reason 2. You are signing in iCloud with different Apple ID

Solution: Make sure your iPhone and Mac are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID

1. Tap “Settings”, go to Your name

2. Check it’s the same Apple ID signed in

check apple account

Reason 3. You don’t turn on Contacts on iCloud

Solution: Switch off iCloud syncing and switch on again and try to refresh the connection between contacts and iCloud

1. Click Settings APP on your phone and tap Your Name

2. Click on iCloud

3. Turn off Contacts and turn on Contacts again

turn off contacts and turn on again

Reason 4. You are running an older version of operating system

Solution: Check for iOS update and make sure you're running the latest iOS on your iPhone and Update your operating system as soon as possible

1. Tap Settings , go to “General” > “Software Update”

2. Click “Down and Install”

(Note: Only when you connect your device to a WiFi network, the updating will start.)

update operating system

If your iPhone contacts are still not synced to Mac via iCloud after fixing the possible problems mentioned above, you’d better give up using iCloud and change another method.

Part 3. How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Mac Only With A USB Cable

If you don’t have an iCloud account, or don’t want to use iCloud for whatever reasons, iTunes or Finder is a good way for you. This method only needs a USB cable to connect your iPhone and Mac.

One thing you should keep in mind is that when you add new contacts or make a change to a contact, you have to connect your iPhone and Mac again and migrate the new added iPhone  contacts to Mac. This method won’t update automatically.

Pros

1.  Only needs a few steps
2.  Only needs a USB cable, iCloud account is not needed

Cons

1.  Not update automatically
2.  You need to sync contacts manually every time you update contacts on iPhone
3.  Wrong operation may result in iPhone contacts being replaced by the Mac’s contacts

Instructions on Transferring iPhone Contacts to Mac Using iTunes/Finder

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using an USB cable
  2. Open Finder or iTunes on your Mac

Open Finder (for Mac OS Catalina or later versions)

Open iTunes (for Mac OS Mojave and earlier versions) 

  1. Click on the connected phone in the left menu list

select iphone contacts

  1. Click Info
  2. Check Sync Contacts and click Sync

sync iphone contacts to mac

Part 4. How to Sync A Few iPhone Contacts to Mac via AirDrop

If you want to share a few iPhone contacts to Mac, AirDrop would be an easy option. This method is not widely used because you can only transfer one contact at a time.

Pros

1.  Very suitable to transfer a few contacts

Cons

1.  Must have a good WiFi condition
2.  You can only sync iPhone contacts one by one
3.  It is time-consuming to sync all iPhone contacts to Mac

How to AirDrop iPhone Contacts to Mac

1. Enable AirDrop on Mac

Click Finder on your Mac. Go to AirDrop in the left menu list and turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

enable airdrop on mac

2. Enable AirDrop on iPhone

Tap Settings on your iPhone, go to Gnereal, and tap on AirDrop.

3. On your iPhone open the Contacts App and select the contact that you want to transfer

4. Tap Share Contact

tab share contact

5. Choose AirDrop option and select your Mac

select your mac

6. On your Mac, when you see a AirDrop message, accept to receive the contacts from iPhone

After that, your contacts from iPhone are transferred to your Mac.

sync iphone contacts to mac via airdrop

Part 5. Brief Comparison of the 4 Methods to Sync iPhone Contacts to Mac

To choose a best method, you can refer to the comparison table of the 4 methods on how to sync iPhone contacts to Mac.

Comparison

via Cisdem ContactsMate

via iCloud

using An USB Cable

via AirDrop

Sync iPhone contacts to Mac

can sync selected contacts, a group contacts, and all contacts

can only sync all contacts

can only sync all contacts

can only sync one contact at a time

Keep in sync constantly

Yes

Yes

No

No

Sync complete contacts date

Yes

sync incomplete information sometimes

Yes

Yes

Problems you may encounter

No

1. iPhone contacts not syncing to Mac sometimes 2. generate duplicate contacts

iPhone contacts may be replaced by Mac's contacts

No

Disadvantages

only for Mac

1. take up much iCloud storage 2. make your contacts list a big mess

need to sync contacts manually every time you update iPhone contacts

time-consuming to sync all iPhone contacts to Mac

Extended functions

1. remove duplicate contacts easily 2. sync iPhone contacts to Gmail, Outlook 3. export contacts to CSV, vCard

No

No

share contacts to other people

Summary

All the four methods on how to sync iPhone contacts are reliable. It is high time to choose the perfect one and follow the steps above to import contacts from iPhone to Mac. If you want to sync iPhone contacts to Mac selectively and without any information loss, Cisdem ContactsMate is the best choice. In addition, it can remove duplicate contacts intelligently, making your contacts list tidy and orderly. Download this application right now and have a try.

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Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.

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