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Where are my iCloud contacts stored on my computer?

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I'd like to transfer all of my contacts from my Microsoft Outlook to my Google account!  Somehow, I had linked all my contacts in Outlook to iCloud.  Now I can no longer sync my contacts from OUtlook to my Google account and Android phone!  This is a mess!  Please help!

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,375 points)
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    Jun 25, 2013 5:51 PM (in response to tchrmgr)

    You can download your contacts as a combo vCard from, then import that to Google contacts.  From


    • Contacts
      1. Go to iCloud Contacts at, and sign in using your iCloud Apple ID and password.
      2. Verify you are viewing All Contacts by looking at the top-left of the Contacts address book style interface. You should see All Contacts.
        1. If you are not viewing All Contacts, click the groups ribbon to load the Groups interface.
        2. Then, click All Contacts in the Group interface to load All Contacts.
        3. Click the groups ribbon again to return to the standard Contacts interface.
      3. Click the Action (gear) menu, and select Select All. Every Contact should be highlighted after doing this.
      4. Click the Action (gear) menu, and select Export vCard.
      5. A combo vCard will be created and begin downloading.
        • Safari on OS X will automatically download the combo vCard to your Downloads folder (~/Downloads).
        • Other web browsers, and Safari on Windows, will prompt you about where you wish to save the combo vCard. Choose a location, and save the combo vCard.

    Note: If you make extensive use of Groups, you should also consider backing up your entire Address Book Database by creating an Address Book Backup (ABBU) file via the OS X Address Book application. You can find instructions for this in the OS X Lion section below. The standard vCard method of backing up, which creates a bulk vCard as described above, will not back up Groups. However, it does allow easy back up and recovery of Contacts. Address Book Archives are more complex, and in some cases, may not properly restore data for iCloud members while connected to the Internet. If you use Groups, you should create both types of backups. If you don't use Groups beyond the default All Contacts group, then vCards are the best method of backup.


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