I just got a new Mac. My iPhone contacts are extensive and complete. I understand that if I want to sync the computer and the iPhone, I must make sure the computer is the source since all existing info on the iPhone will be overwritten. I don't know what to do. Who can help me import contacts from iPhone (running iOS 12) to Mac? Thank you for any help!!!                                 

     User's question from iMore

I want to import contacts from my iPhone 6 running iOS 12 to my MacBook, is there a clear way to do this? Thanks.

User's question from MacRumors

Just like the two users who asked questions in the Apple forum, many iPhone users want to import their contacts from iPhone to their Mac, no matter for keeping them safe or using them on Mac. But how to make that? Here the article will talk about 5 ways on how to import contacts from iPhone (iOS 14/13/12 Supported) to Mac.

Way 1. How to Import Contacts from iPhone to Mac Directly

iMyFone D-Back for Mac is a professional data transfer tool that can selectively import your iPhone contacts onto Mac (if you use Windows computer, iMyFone D-Back for Windows is ready for you, also).

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Key Features:

  • Selectively or completely import contacts you need from iPhone to Mac directly.
  • 4 recovery modes are available to choose from: Smart Recovery, Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup, Recover from iCloud.
  • Transfer 18+ types of iPhone data, including photos, texts, WhatsApp messages, Notes, etc onto your Mac.
  • It is useful for a device that is stuck in DFU mode, on the Apple logo or is simply disabled.
  • Apply to almost all the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, including iPhone 11,XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus.
  • Fully compatible with all iOS versions including iOS 14/13/12/11.3.

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Steps to Import Contacts from iPhone to PC/Mac with iMyFone D-Back

Step 1.Launch this program, connect your iPhone to Mac then choose the "Recover from iOS Device" option. Select "Contact" from the data types and click Next to scan.

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Step 2.iMyFone D-Back will search and list all your contacts for your preview. And those you have deleted from your iPhone can be found, also.

preview iphone contacts

Step 3.Click on Recover and choose a folder on your computer to store the imported contacts.

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Way 2. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac via iCloud

Step 1.Make sure you sign in your Apple ID on your iPhone. Go to Settings> iCloud and enable Contacts on.

Step 2.Visit iCloud.com on your Mac and log in your iCloud account. Click the Contacts icon and then click the gear icon at the bottom left corner. Select all and then click Export vCard.

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And all your iPhone contacts will be imported to Mac as a vCard file.


This way is easy to operate but it can't be realized if you forgot your iCloud account and password. Besides, it can only import whole contacts instead a specific one. Moreover, on your iPhone, you have to turn iCloud sync on.

Way 3. Import Contacts from iPhone to Mac via Mac Address Book

Step 1. Same with the first way, you need ahead to Settings> iCloud and enable Contacts on your iPhone.

Step 2.Set up iCloud and enable your iCloud account on your Mac. Click the little apple icon on the top left of your Mac, choose System Preferences, click iCloud, and select Contacts (Address book) you want to import.

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Then you will see all the iPhone contacts are synced to your Mac Address book.


There's one thing you need to remember: you will sync the whole contacts from iPhone to contacts every time you start up iCloud. So you have to try another way if you want to import a specific item.

Way 4. Sync Contacts from iPhone to Mac Using AirDrop

Step 1.Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and sign in your iCloud on your iPhone.

Step 2.Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. Tap AirDrop and turn permissions from "Off" to "Contacts Only" to "Everyone". It's best to leave it at "Contacts Only". You will also need to navigate to whatever you want to share. Here you should choose Contacts to share.

Step 3. Choose Go> AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder on Mac. You can use the "Allow me to be discovered by" setting at the bottom of the AirDrop window to receive files from everyone instead of only those in your Contacts app.

import contacts from iphone to mac using airdrop

Then all the contacts you're sending are automatically accepted and saved on your Mac.


You have to make sure that WLAN and Bluetooth all work properly before you use this method. And the "AirDrop" feature only works on devices running on iOS 7 and later and OS X 10.7 and later versions.

Way 5. Sync iPhone Contacts to from iPhone to Mac Using Mailbox Service

You can use some mailbox service, such as Google, Microsoft and others which offer tools that let you transfer contacts from iPhone to MacBook/MacBook Pro/ MacBook Air.

Step 1.Go to the Settings, then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Tap Add Account, then tap the appropriate service (Google, Outlook, Yahoo, and so on). Next, follow the onscreen guide to log into your account—the process varies slightly depending on the service, but it's pretty straightforward to operate.

add email account on iphone

Step 2. Open System Preferences, then select Internet Accounts. Pick the service you want to use, then set it up with the onscreen guide.


Sadly, none of these mailbox services work quite as seamlessly on iOS as iCloud does.


So three freeways are offered in the article. What may surprise you is that iMyFone D-Back also offers the free trial version for users to preview their contacts before importing. So you can try the four ways to figure out which way is best for you. Please rest assured that it is now compatible with the latest iOS 14/13.

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And any suggestion and advice, feel free to leave a comment.