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How to Export iPhone Contacts to a VCF/vCards

Contacts app on iPone plays a vital role in keeping the basic info of our friends, families, or business partners. Exporting your iPhone contacts to vCards (.vcf) as a backup or printing out iPhone contacts is a good way for us to reduce the risk of contacts loss. Or you have other need like James, an iPhone user,  required  "I wanna import my iPhone contacts in Gmail so I need to export the iPhone contacts to vCard files first. Just wondering if there is any possibility to do that. Any tips will be highly appreciated".

Whatever you want, this article here is focused on how to export iPhone (the latest iPhone 6s or Plus supported) contacts to vCards or VCF files. Just choose one way you prefer.

Three ways to Export iPhone Contacts to vCard/VCF

In following guide, there will be three methods for exporting iPhone contacts to vCard/VCF file introduced, namely export iPhone contacts to vCards file with Syncios free iPhone Manager, export iPhone contacts as a VCF file from iTunes backup, export iPhone contacts to a VCF from iCloud backup via Syncios iPhone Data Recovery.

Part One: Export iPhone Contacts to vCards File Directly with Syncios Free iPhone Manager

Syncios Free iPhone Manager is a great iPhone toolbox to help you transfer files between iPhone and computer, backup iPhone contacts, videos, music, notes, etc,

Simply install and launch this powerful iPad/iPhone/iPod Manager, which allows you to export iPhone contacts to a CSV/VCards and txt file.

  • Ultimate file transfer solution between PC & iOS: Music, videos, photos, apps, ebooks, contacts, messages and more.
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Now follow the guide below toexport your iPhone contacts to CSV/vCard on your PC/Mac.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and run this Syncios Free iPhone Manager.

Step 2. Export iPhone contacts to vCards.

Click Information tab on the left panel of Syncios iPhone Manager , press Contacts icon, all contacts on your iPhone will be listed in the main window,  you will also see options: New, Delete, Backup, Recover, just select Backup. You can choose Backup selected contacts or Backup all contacts from the drop-down list.

To Export iPhone contacts to vCards file, just select the options from "to CSV File " or "to A single vCard", "to A multiple vCard file ". And you are also able to export iPhone contacts to a .txt file.

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Part Two: Export iPhone contacts as VCF file from iTunes or iCloud backup with Syncios iPhone Data Recovery

Syncios data recovery helps to find and export your contacts from iPhone, iTunes, iCloud to your PC or Mac as CSV/ VCF/html. You can preview the backup iPhone contacts directly.

Simply install and launch this smart and powerful iPhone Data Recovery tool, whick can allow you to retrieve your lost contacts, video, SMS, photos, call logs , etc within simple steps.

  • 3 recovery modes to retrieve data from your iDevice, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
  • Recover photos, messages, contacts, as well as App data like WhatsApp conversations, iPhoto, Instagram etc.
  • You can choose to extract found data to PC or put them back to device.
  • Fully compatible with iOS 9 and the latest iOS devices.
  • Both Windows and Mac version are all available.

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Method One: Export iPhone contacts to VCF from iCloud backup.

Step 1.Choose the iCloud backup to extract iPhone contacts.

After you click "Recover from iCloud Backup" file, you will be prompted to sign in to Cloud. Please sign in iCloud, and then choose the one for your iPhone and click "Download" button.

Export iPhone Contacts from iCloud as vCard

Step 2. Export iPhone Contacts from iCloud as VCF easily.

Now a dialog will pop up, all the contents from the iCloud backup file including contacts, notes, calendar, Camera Roll will be displayed in detail. Then you just need to select contents you’d like to recover. Then click "next" to move further.

After the scan process is complete, you can preview those selected iPhone contacts, select contacts you need to export and click "Recover" to export selected iPhone contacts as a VCF file on your computer.

Export iPhone Contacts from iCloud as vCard

Method Two: Export iPhone contacts as VCF file from iTunes backup.

Step One: Scan and preview iPhone contacts from iTunes backup.

Click Recover from iTunes Backup File, choose the one for your iPhone and click Start Scan. Once the scan process finished, all contents from the iTunes backup file including contacts, messages, call history, notes, photos and videos will be listedl.

Preview contacts from iTunes Backup File

Step Two:  Export iPhone contacts to VCF file.

To export  iPhone contacts, check the Contacts box, just choose those contacts you would like to export, and click Recover button. You can export the selected contacts from iTunes backup to your computer to a VCF file easily.

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Export iPhone Contacts to a VCF/vCards

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