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How to Copy Contacts From an iPhone

Updated March 23, 2017

You can use the iTunes application on your computer to copy the contacts on your iPhone to another application. Copying the contacts to your computer is an effective way to create a backup of your iPhone contacts in the event that you lose your device or it malfunctions. You can transfer a copy of new contacts that you create on your iPhone to your computer at any time by performing a synchronisation on iTunes.

Connect your iPhone to the computer using the iPhone's USB cable.

Launch iTunes if it does not automatically open.

Click "iPhone" under "Devices" in the left column of the window, and then click the "Info" tab.

Click the "Sync Contacts with" check box.

Click the drop-down box next to "Sync Contacts with" and select the application you want to copy your contacts to. For example, select "Outlook" from the list of applications if you want to send a copy of your contacts to Outlook.

Click the "All Contacts" check box in the "Contacts" section to copy all of your iPhone contacts to the selected application.

Click the "Selected Groups" check box to copy only specific groups of contacts to the selected application. Click the check boxes next to the groups of contacts you want to copy.

Click "Sync" to copy your iPhone's contacts to the selected application.

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An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.