How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac Address Book or Contacts App

2018-03-19 23:14:00 / Posted by Jose Henline to iPhone Follow @ Jose

How can I sync or transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac address book? I just got a new Mac. My iPhone contacts are extensive and complete. And I want to import my iPhone contacts to my Mac, is there a better way to download contacts from iPhone to Mac? Do I need to import them into Address Book? I don't know what to do. Who can help me?-  A question from an iPhone user.

Many iPhone users may not know how to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac address book (also called Contacts app). Transferring iPhone contacts to Mac is an ideal way to back up contacts. So that you'll never worry about suddenly losing contacts from iPhone without any backup.

After the introduction of how to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone, today, let’s discuss how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac address book. For more detailed information, please read on:

Sync contacts from iPhone to Mac address book via iCloud

This method requires you to have an iCloud account, so if you don’t have iCloud account, please create a new one before transferring contacts from iPhone to Mac address book via iCloud.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone with Wi-Fi, tap Settings > iCloud on your iPhone. Sign in with your Apple ID and make sure that Contacts is on. If not, please wipe the button for Contacts to ON.

Step 2. Transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac

Option 1. Save iPhone contacts to Mac as a vCard file: Open a web browser on Mac and visit Sign in with your Apple ID. Click Contacts icon and then click the settings icon at the bottom left and select Export vCard. Then all your iPhone contacts will be saved to Mac as a vCard file.

Option 2. Sync iPhone contacts to Mac Address book: Set up iCloud and enable your iCloud account on your Mac. Click the little apple icon on the top left of your Mac, choose System Preferences, click iCloud, and select Contacts (Address book) you want to enable. Then you will see all the iPhone contacts are synced to your Mac Address book.


Transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac address book directly

Many users complain that using iCloud to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac address book is complex and not easy to operate. So here we will recommend you how to import contacts from iPhone to Mac. The following are the steps for how to do it.

Step 1. Install Cisdem iPhoneRecovery on Mac. Download and install iPhoneRecovery on Mac. It is the tool that will help you import contacts from iPhone to Mac directly. Launch it on your Mac and connect your iPhone with your Mac via the USB cable. Choose “Recover from iOS Device”.

Step 2. Scan your iPhone. Click Start Scan button to scan your iPhone, and this iPhone data recovery will scan all files on your iPhone. Just wait for a while untile it finishes scanning.

Step 3. Preview and import contacts from iPhone to Mac. You will see all files are listed in categories. Choose contacts item to preview and check the list one by one, then select those you want and click "Recover" to export your contacts to Mac. And then all your iPhone contacts will be saved on your Mac directly.

Step 4. Import contacts from iPhone to Mac (Optional). Open your Mac Address Book or Contacts app, and click File > New Group. Name the new group, select the Address Book or Contacts group you want to import your contacts into, then choose File > Import, and select your .csv files to import. Then you have successfully transferred iPhone contacts to Mac Address Book.

Sync contacts from iPhone to Mac using AirDrop

AirDrop is a method of transferring files wirelessly from one device to another device. It uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between the devices. Each device creates a firewall around the connection and files are sent encrypted, which actually makes it safer than transferring via email. It is also supported on Macs running OS X Lion or later. So AirDrop can be used to transfer contacts between iPhone and Mac. Follow below steps to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac using AirDrop.

  1. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. If you want to share with your contacts, sign in to iCloud.
  2. Turn on AirDrop on your iPhone. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. Tap AirDrop and turn permissions from "Off" to "Contacts Only" to "Everyone". It's usually best to leave it at "Contacts Only". You will also need to navigate to whatever you want to share. Here you should choose Contacts to share.
  3. Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder on Mac. Or select AirDrop in the sidebar of a Finder window. You can use the “Allow me to be discovered by” setting at the bottom of the AirDrop window to receive files from everyone instead of only those in your Contacts app.
  4. Save iPhone contacts on Mac. Then all your contacts you're sending are automatically accepted and saved on your Mac.

If AirDrop on the receiving device is set up to receive items from contacts only, make sure that both devices are signed in to iCloud. Also make sure that phone numbers associated with your Apple ID is in the Contacts app of the receiving device. Thus you can tranfer contacts from iPhone to Mac.

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7 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Simily

    Pretty good post. I have many contacts on my iPhone, and will try these ways to transfer them to my macbook pro.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Ledior

    Hi Rosa, your posts are excellent.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Ishara

    I have more than 500 contacts on my iPhone,and I always sync my iPhone contacts to Mac via iCloud.

    5 years ago REPLY
  • Tim

    There are many third-party data transfer for us to transfer contacts, messages, photos, etc. from iPhone to Mac, can you recommend me some?

    5 years ago REPLY
  • Rosa Reyes

    Hi, Tim, most of third-party data transfer are not free, and the prices are high. So i would suggest you transferring iPhone contacts to Mac via iCloud or Airdrop.

    5 years ago REPLY
  • Ivy

    I bought Cisdem iPhone Recovery for recovering my deleted iPhone messages, and i always use it to backup my iPhone contacts and messages.

    5 years ago REPLY
  • Eudora

    Transferring contacts from iPhone to Mac can be regarded as a kind of good method to backup iPhone contacts. Thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago REPLY