Four Ways to Import Contacts from iPhone to Mac (iOS 13/12 Supported)

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 4 ways on how to import contacts from iPhone (iOS 13/12 Supported) to Mac.

Overview of the Four Ways

Way 1
Way 2
Way 3
Way 4
Using Way 1 enables you to selectively import contacts from iPhone to Mac.
You have to sync your iPhone contacts to iCloud at first, then you also need to enable iCloud on your Mac. Using Way 3 will sync the whole contacts from iPhone to contacts each time you start up iCloud.
Using Way 4 only allows you to sync contacts one by one from iPhone to Mac.
Using Way 1 enables you to fully import contacts from iPhone to Mac.
You can't select certain contacts to sync with Mac. / /
Using Way 1 will save contacts on Mac in HTML/CSV format.
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Besides, you can import photos, messages, videos, music, books, voice memos, and more from iPhone to Mac.
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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 import contacts you need from iPhone to Mac directly.
  • 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 recovery mode, in DFU mode, on the Apple logo or simply wot work as required.
  • 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 13/12/11.3.

Windows version    Mac version

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.

recover from ios device

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.

preview contacts from ios mac

Windows version    Mac version

This program is not free – $49.95 US dollars for now. And you can get $10 US dollars off by sharing it on Facebook. And note that, this program can recover your deleted data while import contacts from iPhone (iOS 13/12/11.3 included) to PC/Mac.

Way 2. How to Import 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 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.

export vcard to pc

And all your iPhone contacts will be imported to Mac as a vCard file. This way is easy to operate but it requires you to have an iCloud account. If you don't have an iCloud account, you will have to create one before importing contacts from iPhone to PC.

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.

import iphone contacts to mac address book

Then you will see all the iPhone contacts are synced to your Mac Address book. And also, have an iCloud account is the prerequisite of the way.

Way 4. Import 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.

But as you can see, this way is a little troublesome and you will have to sign in to iCloud on both devices.


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 13.

Windows version    Mac version

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

  • Tim Fagan

    I cannot open the program, any advice?

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