How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

Are you looking to transfer your contacts from the old iPhone to the new iPhone X or iPhone 8? Even when you do not have all your data stored on the iCloud, you can still do that. Let us see the different ways by which you can learn on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.

Tip 1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via Bluetooth

If you are looking to transfer the contacts to your new phone using Bluetooth, here are the simple steps you can follow.

Step 1. Turn on Bluetooth on both the devices and make sure that for the old device, the visibility is open to all.

Step 2. Now scan for available devices on the new iPhone and pair the old iPhone with the new one

Step 3. Open the contacts on the new iPhone, you will have the menu button wherein you can select share on the upper right corner.

Step 4. Select all the contacts which you want to share, tap on share option which is in the upper right corer and select the option of sharing it as vCard file

Step 5. Now select the Bluetooth logo which you will find on the next screen and choose the new iPhone from the list of devices. Then accept the incoming files on the new iPhone.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via Bluetooth

Tip 2. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via VCF File

You can also transfer the contacts easily by making a vcf file. Let us see the details of this method.

Step 1. Download My Contacts Backup on your old iPhone and then install this app.

Step 2. When you run the app, it will automatically create a file with .vcf extension that will have details of all your contacts. The details would also include fax, pictures, email and other info.

Step 3. This file will be auto emailed to you.

Step 4. Now, open the email on your new phone and just import the file when you are prompted. This will help you get all the contacts on the new iPhone.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via VCF File

Tip 3. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes

iTunes is another great way to restore the contacts to your new iPhone. Let us see the steps here.

Step 1. Make sure that you connect your old iPhone to iTunes create a backup and then disconnect it. Now connect your new iPhone to the computer

Step 2. In the side bar, you will find a lot of devices. Choose your new iPhone model from that list and click on restore from backup option.

Step 3. That is all you need to do as the content will then be restored and your old contacts will be easily transferred on to the new one.

restore iphone from itunes

Tip 4. Selectively Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

iMyFone D-Port Pro is one of the top apps that has been smartly designed to offer you a plethora of different features. The new released program is mainly used to back up your iOS devices and restore any backup files to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without overwriting the other data.

iMyFone D-Port Pro Backup & Restore Tool

Key Features:

  • Users can flexibly choose to restore a full backup or restore only selected data to their iOS devices.
  • Back up your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch without overwriting the last backup.
  • Extract more than 18 different types of data from the iOS devices or from iTunes/iCloud backup.
  • This program is compatible with the newest iPhone X, iPhone 8 running iOS 11/10/9/8/7.

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    This version of iMyFone D-Port Pro now is not compatible of restoring contacts. And we'll add this function in the next upgrade version of this program, please stay tunned.

If you are looking to selectively restore some part of the previous content to the new device, here are the extra steps which you need to use.

Step 1. Download iMyFone D-Port Pro on your system and then install it, click on restore partial backup and you will get a prompt to choose the type of data you want to restore.

restore a partial backup

Step 2. Let the app then scan the backup and then you will see the list of the different data. Preview the files and choose the ones which you want to restore. When you are done selecting, click on ‘restore’.

select data to restore

Step 3. The restoring process will last for several minutes. Then the process has finished, you can view the restored data on your device.

restore has finished

This will start the restoring process and you will be able to restore all the data on your device. It is important to note that this process has no implication on the data which is already present in the new iPhone


These are some of the different ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking to transfer contacts, photos, videos or more, all you need to do is ensure that you follow any of these methods and the transfer will be done in no time.

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