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Andvari Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 23, 2012 11:07 AM

My goal is to make a back up of my iPhone contacts, preferably in a printed list.

 

I figured the way to do that would be to somehow merge my phone contacts into my Google Contacts on my MacBook (however, I do not want to merge my Gmail Contacts into my phone, as there are 100s of contacts there I do not want/need on my phone, so I am proceeding cautiously).

 

Under Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar >iCloud  I have Contacts "On" (but have not done an iCloud backup FWIW because I am not sure my data is less than 5gb). Doing this alone does not help.

 

Can anyone advise me of the best way to achieve this goal without making a big mess?

 

Thanks in advance.

iPhone 3GS, iOS 4.3.3, version 4.3.5
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,140 points)
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    Mar 23, 2012 11:26 AM (in response to Andvari)

    You should be syncnig your contact to your cmptuer regularly.  It is a bad idea to have your contact in only one place.

     

    All of your contacts should be on your computer and should be included in your regular backup copy of your computer.

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (52,985 points)
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    Mar 23, 2012 11:32 AM (in response to Andvari)

    You could use the free app My Contacts Backup, which has the option to export your iPhone contacts as a csv (Excel) file which can then be printed.  It also will backup to a vcf file, which can be imported to another iOS device or mac Address Book.

  • adalie.g Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 5:13 PM (in response to Andvari)

    I used a standalone app to sync iPhone contacts directly with my Windows Contacts, which essentially provided a direct way to place the contacts on my PC and keep them as backup.

     

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  • Haustrap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 21, 2012 7:03 AM (in response to randers4)

    randers4,

     

    It worked like a champ. That app helped out loads after my iTunes not fully syncing all my contacts...Cheers!

     

    -Haustrap

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (52,985 points)
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    Jun 21, 2012 7:07 AM (in response to Haustrap)

    Great, glad I could help.

  • adalie.g Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to adalie.g)

    It seems that your goal is more to export your contacts to a list rather than sync them to your PC.

     

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  • metforeman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 9, 2012 8:36 PM (in response to Andvari)

    After hours of not syncing my Iphone contacts to my new gmail account despite the Calender and everything else working find via Exhange, I downloaded the "My contact backup" app and it worked great for me. Just download the app, hit backup, the hit email and enter your gmail address, wait five minutes for the email to arrive, then click import (just click it once, there is a delay, I ended up with four copies but thankfully gmail has a merge addresses function...). 

  • User2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 8:19 PM (in response to Andvari)

    It doesn't work for me. Emails aren't included in the  csv file. I've clicked and unclicked all the export configuration fields. Sent an email to the My Contacts Backup support people but haven't heard back. Anybody know how to fix this. I bought the Pro version but that didn't help either.

  • yasirpro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 11:24 AM (in response to Andvari)

    How do you Only back up contacts not the photos?

  • egould Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 26, 2013 10:02 AM (in response to roaminggnome)

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  • Lucking Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to Andvari)

    When you connect your iPhone, iTunes opens and there should be a tab which lets you select a program to 'backup' your contacts to (i.e. Windows Contacts or Address Book).
    Just select one, and then click on sync and it will backup your contacts to the PC.

     

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  • decembernorton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 5:14 PM (in response to Lucking)

    Lucking wrote:

     

    When you connect your iPhone, iTunes opens and there should be a tab which lets you select a program to 'backup' your contacts to (i.e. Windows Contacts or Address Book).
    Just select one, and then click on sync and it will backup your contacts to the PC.

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    Exporting Contacts to Gmail

    A quick and simple way to have a backup of your contacts on the web is to export them to Gmail. For that, you can use iTunes. Select "Info," "Sync Contacts With," “Google Contacts.” After you click “Configure,” add your Google username and password and click "Apply," your contacts are exported directly to your Gmail account.

  • Sandyterin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2013 7:31 PM (in response to Andvari)

    I used iPhone Contacts Backup to download my iPhone contacts directly to my PC and store them for backup.  I have an older iPhone 3G and unfortunately could not use the iCloud as a method for backup.

  • cehtmsatis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 12:35 AM (in response to Andvari)

    Here is how to back up your iPhone contacts on a PC.

    - Open i-tunes on your computer that you sync it to

    - Plug in your phone to the computer

    - open "Address book" window's address book program. Kinda lame, but it works. Its under start-programs-accessories

    - Back to iTunes, click on the phone icon on the left

    - Click on the Info, and under "Contacts" (the first one) check "sync contacts from" and then pick "Windows address book" from the drop down menu

    - Click all contacts

    - Then at the bottom right of iTunes, click "Sync" It will ask you if you want to merge or replace. Make sure you select "MERGE" or it will delete your contacts on the phone.

    Thats it, check your Windows Address Book and everything should be there. All the numbers and emails that you have put so much time into adding to your phone. Pretty nice. So, from now on, if you add contacts to the phone it will back up to the Computer and the Computer's Address book (if changed) adds new contacts.

    You can read more from this article to know more about exporting contacts from iPhone to computer.

    Hope this helps.


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