Everything You Want to Know about iPhone Transfer Contacts

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Apple introduces newer versions to their renowned iPhone in timely manner. Each of these iPhone come with newer and more sophisticated features. So, changing to a new iPhone is a really exciting experience for any user. However, when you change to a newer device, you have to transfer contacts between phones and it can be a daunting experience. Although Android devices allow transferring contacts simply through SIM cards, iPhone doesn’t work that way.

The intention of this article is to explain how to transfer contacts between phones, especially between iOS devices. So, if you are an iPhone user, this article can be pretty handy for you at some point.

Part 1: Situations You May Need the iPhone Transfer Contacts Process

You may need to transfer phone contacts on iPhone due to following reasons.

  • You have just bought a new iPhone and you need old iPhone contacts transferred
  • You need to use more than one iPhone but need to have some of contacts list
  • You are going to sell or donate your old iPhone and you need the contacts transferred to another iPhone
  • Your old iPhone starts to malfunction

Part 2: iPhone Transfer Contacts from Backup to Device

Here we are going to explain how to transfer phone contacts from an existing backup.

Option 1: iPhone Transfer Contacts from Backup to Device with iTunes

iTunes is a tool provided by Apple itself. This respective tool can be used to transfer backup data between devices. So, you can use it to transfer contacts between phones as well.

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Pros of iPhone Transfer Contacts using iTunes

  • It is a trusted tool provided by Apple
  • It is compatible with all the iOS devices

Cons of iPhone Transfer Contacts using iTunes

  • You cannot backup selective data using iTunes
  • Existing backups will be replaced when restoring

Option 2: iPhone Transfer Contacts from Backup to Device with iCloud

iCloud is another default feature offered as a part of Apple services. If you have created regular backups on iCloud, you can transfer those backups to any other iOS device easily. To do this, however, you will need an internet connection. Also, iCloud offers limited free storage capacity.

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Pros of iPhone Transfer Contacts using iCloud

  • It is a trusted and secured service offered by Apple
  • It can be used for free up to a certain extent

Cons of iPhone Transfer Contacts using iCloud

  • You should have an internet connection
  • After exceeding 5GB data limit, it is not free
  • No selective backups are possible

Option 3: iPhone Transfer Only Contacts from Backup to Device with Software

As you may see, the most notable disadvantage associated with the standard methods provided by Apple is that they don’t permit selective backups. In other words, you cannot restore or backup only the files you like using iCloud and iTunes. Once the backups are restored, they can affect the exciting data saved in the device. Therefore, you should look for a convenient, reliable and user-friendly option. iMyFone  iTransor iOS Data Backup & Restore Tool is surely among the best tools to transfer contacts between phones on iOS.

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How to Transfer iPhone Contacts from Backups to Device

Now, let’s learn how to transfer iPhone contacts from backups to device using this powerful software tool. Download, install and open the software before starting the process.

Step 1: Tab the labeled Restore Backup to Device tab and choose one relevant backup from the list.

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Step 2: Go to Restore Partial Backup.

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Step 3: Once you are directed to the next screen, you will be able to select the type of the data you need to restore. Since you are going to deal with the contacts file only, you should go to ‘Contacts’ option. Be sure that your device is connected to the computer. At this stage, you will be able to see a preview of the data too.

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Step 4: After previewing and making sure that the right contacts file is there, you can click on Restore to proceed.

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Step 5: Now, you have two options to select from: Merge or Replace. If you select Merge, the existing contacts of the device will be combined with the newly restored contacts. If you select Replace, the respective contacts will be completely replaced by the contacts from backup.

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Important: Please make sure that your device is connected to the computer until the files are transferred.

Part 3: iPhone Transfer Contacts between Phones on iOS Devices

To transfer contacts between phones, you should obviously have a backup first. In this section, we will explain how to create a backup and restore it to a device of your preference.

How to Backup Contacts on the Original Device

The backups you create using iMyFone iTransor don’t affect the existing data and that is a massive advantage compared to iCloud and iTunes. Here’s how to do it.  

Step 1: Go to Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud and choose “Back Up Device” option.

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Step 2: Now, you should connect the old iOS device to the same computer. Once the device is trusted on the computer, the program will recognize it automatically. At this stage, you have two options to select: “Make a Full Backup” or “Select One or More Data Type(s)”. In this case, you should go for the second option.

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Step 3: Now, proceed by clicking on “Back Up”. At the completion of this process, you will get a notification.

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How to Restore Contact Backup to the Target/New Device

Here’s how to restore the contact backup you have just created. This is similar with what we have stated in Part 2. Please choose the contact backup you have made to restore partially.

Part 4: iPhone Transfer Contacts from Device to Computer

You can use the same tool, iMyFone iTransor, to transfer contacts from iOS device to computer. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Launch iMyFone iTransor. Select Export from Device and Backup and tap Export from Device option.

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Step 2: Choose the data type (contacts) and hit Scan.

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Step 3: Preview the data and hit Export. Select a format and location to save exported data. 

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Part 5: iPhone Transfer Contacts from Backup to PC/Mac

Now let’s see how to transfer contacts from a iPhone backup to PC or Mac.

Step 1: Run iMyFone iTransor. Select Export from Device and Backup and hit Export from Backup selection. Then choose a back file from the list.

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Step 2: Choose the data type (contacts) and click Scan.

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Step 3: Preview the data and hit Export. Select a format and location to save exported data.

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Conclusion

You can try any of the above methods to transfer contacts between phones. However, if you need to transfer contacts only without affecting the existing data, iMyFone iTransor is the best option. We will appreciate it if you can share the experience you had with these methods.