Export iPhone Contacts

If you want to transfer your contacts from your phone to your computer, you can export iPhone contacts to a CSV file or a VCF file. A CSV file can be opened in Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers.

Today we’ll show you how to export iPhone contacts to a VCF file or CSV file using iCloud.com and a third-party app. A VCF file allows you to restore contacts to your iPhone.

Export iPhone Contacts To a CSV file Using iCloud

The easiest way to export iPhone contacts to a CSV file is by using iCloud.com. You don’t need to install an extra app.

Sign Into iCloud

Go to icloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Sign in to iCloud.com

If you have two-factor authentication set up for your Apple ID (which you should), enter the code you receive on your iOS device.

Two-factor authentication

You can trust the browser if this is your own computer used only by you. If this is not your computer, or if others also use this computer, we recommend not trusting the browser.

You’ll be asked for a two-factor authentication code every time you sign into iCloud on this browser, if you don’t trust the browser.

Trust this browser

Open The Contacts App

Once you’re signed into iCloud, click the “Contacts” icon.

Click the Contacts app on iCloud

Select All Your Contacts

It might take a bit for all your contacts to load, depending on how many you have. Once they’re loaded, click the gear icon in the lower-left corner of the browser window and select “Select All” from the pop-up menu.

Click Select All

Export The VCF (vCard) File

To export iPhone contacts as a VCF file, click the gear icon again and select “Export vCard“.

Click Export vCard

A .vcf file will automatically be downloaded to the “Downloads” folder on your computer.

Keep the VCF file in case you need to import your contacts back onto your iPhone. This can be done using the “Import vCard” option in the “Contacts” app on iCloud.com.

Downloaded VCF file

Convert The VCF File To a CSV File

If you want to be able to open your contacts in Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers, you must convert the VCF file to a CSV file. To do this, open a browser on your computer and go to this webpage.

Click “Choose File“.

Click Choose file

Select the VCF file you want to convert on the “Open” dialog box and click “Open”.

Select VCF file to convert

Then, choose the following options:

  • Format“: Select “CSV” and “Comma“. Then, check the “Add header line” box.
  • “Encoding”: Make sure “Unicode (UTF-8)” is selected.
  • “Filter” and “Modifications”: Do not change these settings.

Click “convert“.

Select options for converting VCF file to CSV file

A CSV file is automatically saved to your “Downloads” folder.

We recommend you don’t delete the VCF file once you’ve converted it. As we mentioned previously, you can import the contacts from the VCF file back into your iCloud account to put them back onto your iPhone.

CSV file created

You can open the CSV file in Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers. They will be sorted by name and you can save the file as an Excel or Numbers file.

Save CSV file as an Excel file

Export iPhone Contacts To a CSV File Using a Third-Party App

If you want to export iPhone contacts from your iPhone instead of using your computer, there’s a free app called My Contacts Backup that allows you to do just that.

Install My Contacts Backup and open the app. Click “OK” when you’re asked to allow MCBackup to access your contacts.

Allow access to contacts

Change The Type To CSV

My Contacts Backup allows you to back up iPhone contacts as a VCF file or export iPhone contacts as a CSV file. However, backing up iPhone contacts as a VCF file is limited to 500 contacts in the free version of the app.

If you want to use My Contacts Backup to create a VCF file, instead of using iCloud.com, you can purchase the PRO version of the app for $1.99.

If you want a CSV file, using My Contacts Backup is quicker and easier than using iCloud.com. By default, VCF is the selected file type. To change this, tap the gear icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.

Tap Settings gear icon

Then, tap “Type” on the “Settings” screen.

Tap Type

Tap “CSV (Excel)” and then tap “Done“.

Tap CSV and then Done

Select The Data You Want To Export

Before leaving the “Settings” screen, you can select the data you want to export. To do this, tap “Configure“.

Tap Configure

By default, all the fields for contacts are selected (slider buttons are green). Tap the slider button for each type of data you don’t want to back up. The slider button turns white when it’s off.

When you’re done making your selections, tap “Done“.

Export Configuration screen

Export iPhone Contacts

To export iPhone contacts as a CSV file, tap “Export“.

Tap Export

Email The CSV File To Yourself

To get the CSV file to your computer, tap “Email“.

Tap Email

Enter your email address in the “To” field and then tap “Send“.

Send Email

You’re notified when the process is completed successfully. Tap “OK“.

You can now access the CSV file in your email Inbox and open it in Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers.

Backup process successful

You should back up the data on your mobile device periodically. For iPhone, you can back up your data to iCloud. On an Android device, you can back up your app data and your personal data, like contacts, SMS messages, and call logs. There are also ways to recover lost or deleted contacts on an Android phone.

How do you export iPhone contacts? Have you found any other methods or apps for doing this? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Kaufman
Lori Kaufman
Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.