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How to Manage iPhone Contacts without iTunes

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Michael Watson

May 8, 2018 (Updated: June 19, 2018)• Filed to: Backup & Restore iPhone

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Contacts are one of the crucial data that one can't afford to lose. When it comes to managing iPhone contacts, you should always rely on a trusted method. People usually like to use iTunes to do that. It is always recommended to backup contacts from your iPhone to the cloud or sync with your computer, to safeguard yourself against accidental deletion during device update, or deleting some other data. However, the functions of iTunes are limited and it cannot meet all your needs. Here in this article we are going to introduce you to three different methods to manage iPhone contacts without iTunes according to people's different needs.

1. If You Want to Export Contacts from iPhone

At times, we require transferring contacts from iPhone to computer and store them in excel files. In scenarios like this, if you don't want to use iTunes, you may need a powerful tool to achieve that. Here comes iMyFone D-Port, an amazing solution for this purpose.

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Key Features:

  • This tool can easily export contacts along with 18+ other data types selectively from your iPhone (any iOS device).
  • Apart from exporting feature, it can back up the entire iOS device data or WhatsApp/WeChat/SMS selectively without overwriting the existing backup files on your computer.
  • You can also extract 19 types of data from your iTunes or iCloud backups.

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Here is the step by step guide for using iMyFone D-Port to export contacts from iPhone.

Step 1:   Install and launch iMyFone D-Port on your computer, and then establish a connection with your iPhone using a lightning cord. From the left panel on the window tap on 'Back Up & Export from Device'.

export data from iOS device

Step 2:   As soon as the iOS device is detected by the software, click 'Export Data'. You will be navigated to a new window displaying all the supported data types.

Step 3:   Select 'Contact' under 'Message & Call Log' section in this case and then tap 'Next'. The scanning and data analyzing process will start soon after.

Choose the data type(s)

Step 4:   Soon after the scanning process gets over, you can preview and select the desired files (contact in this case) and hit 'Export' in order to save them on your computer.

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2. If You Want to Restore Only Contacts from Backups to iPhone

When it comes to the restoration purpose while managing iPhone contacts, it is for sure iTunes cannot help to restore only contacts from backups. The pro version of iMyFone D-Port (namely iMyFone D-Port Pro) happens to be an ultimate tool in such a situation.

It supports all the features that iMyFone D-Port owns. Moreover, you can perform selective restoring with this software. It can efficiently and selectively restore backups created using iTunes/iCloud/iMyFone. For example, you can restore only WhatsApp, text messages/iMessages, or WeChat from iTunes backup to device. You can choose according to your own needs. Contact will be supported in the next version.

Here are the steps to restore WhatsApp from iTunes backup to iPhone using iMyFone D-Port Pro. The steps are similar for contacts.

Step 1:   Get iMyFone D-Port Pro installed and launched on your computer and then connect your iPhone (iOS device). Here, you need to tap on 'Restore Backup to Device' from the left panel of iMyFone D-Port Pro main screen.

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Step 2:   You will land in a new page now, where you need to select the preferred backup file. Select the desired backup and push 'Next'.

choose to restore a backup

Step 3: You are now required to click on Restore Partial Backup option and push 'Next' again.

click restore a partial backup

The tool will then ask you to select the preferred data you wish to restore. Select WhatsApp in this case and hit on 'Next'. If you want to restore contacts, just choose Contacts when it is supported.

choose the data type you want to restore

Step 4: Lastly, confirm that's what you want to restore and click Restore button. Once the process gets over, you will see 'WhatsApp data have been restored successfully'. Now, tap 'Done' and disconnect the device from your computer.

preview data in backup

Note: Currently, iMyFone D-Port Pro supports only WhatsApp, Messages and WeChat for selective restore. Contacts will be supported in the next upcoming version to enable you to manage iPhone contacts without iTunes.

3. Manage iPhone Contacts on iPhone without iTunes

Apart from exporting, backing up or restoring iPhone contacts you may also need to delete duplicate contacts, search incomplete contacts or just delete contacts in bulk.

Duplicate contacts unnecessarily takes up the memory space on your iPhone. Erasing these duplicate contacts would help you organize the phonebook properly and prevent any confusion while calling or texting someone.

Likewise searching and deleting incomplete contacts is also of great use for you. But, not all apps meant for deleting contacts would meet this kind of criteria. There is no point for some people to keep a number or email without name or a number without a name but just an email. It's better to remove them and free up the space for other use.

In order to efficiently and effortlessly manage your iPhone contacts, you can make use of a reliable and the most recommended tool, iMyFone iOS Contacts Manager, which would help you realize the above mentioned purposes. It is a free app that can be installed on your iPhone and iPad. You can just download in App store. If you like it, you can install it now.

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