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hunkboost Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, I have iPhone of the first generation and have recently bought a new 4S. How can I back up my old iPhone contacts to my PC and then transfer them to my new iPhone?

 

I obviously cannot use the iCloud with the old iPhone. I also do not want to sync the iPhone with iTunes in order to transfer the contacts to the PC since I am on a new laptop and the music on the iPhone will get deleted during sync with my new empty iTunes library. I am getting a similar message each time I want to transfer the contacts over to my computer via iTunes sync:

 

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Thanks for your help.


iPhone 4S, Windows 7
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)

    Hi ...

     

    I also do not want to sync the iPhone with iTunes in order to transfer the contacts to the PC since I am on a new laptop

     

    If you, "authorize" the new laptop, you can sync your Contacts without erasing the iPhone.

     

    On the new laptop launch iTunes. From the menu bar top of your screen click Store > Authorize This Computer

     

    Then follow the instructions here >   iOS: Syncing with iTunes

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    You need to get your contacts into a supported contact application on your computer. So, make sure whatever application you use has at least one unique entry. This entry can be fake, that doesn't matter, just make sure the contact application is not empty. Then: iTunes>Preferences>Devices...put a check in the box labeled "Prevent iPods/iPhones from syncing automatically". Connect your phone. Remove every check in every box for any & all iTunes content. Make sure the only thing checked is to sync contacts on the Info pane. Hit the apply/sync button. You'll get a popup asking to merge or replace, regarding your contacts, select merge.

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    If you follow Carolyn's advice, you will lose ALL of your iTunes content.

  • aThanasi Level 2 (300 points)

    I would advise you to use some third party app in order to transfer the iPhone contacts to your PC. Have a look at this free application in order to transfer iPhone contacts to your PC without the need for iTunes.

     

    Use the same tool to import the contact entries from your PC to your new iPhone.

     

    Alternatively, you might want to start iTunes in Safe mode by clicking on CTRL+SHIFT keys while starting iTunes with your iPhone connected. Next, enter in device settings and tick "Manually manage music and videos"

  • TingTing C Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much!! You answered my question!

     

    Really appreciate it!

  • hunkboost Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you this is indeed very helpful!

  • lippy76 Level 1 (0 points)

    Iv been reading all the posts and couldnt be more confused!!!  i have a new laptop and need to connect my old phone and content to my new laptop!! im not really bothered about the music as i have it all on cd anyway its all about not losing my contacts, messages and pictures!! does anyone have an easy way of doing this??? pls as im rubbish with computers

  • Abby88 Level 1 (0 points)

    aThanasi wrote:

     

    I would advise you to use some third party app in order to transfer the iPhone contacts to your PC. Have a look at this free application in order to backup iPhone contacts to your PC without the need for iTunes.

     

    Use the same tool to import the contact entries from your PC to your new iPhone.

     

    Alternatively, you might want to start iTunes in Safe mode by clicking on CTRL+SHIFT keys while starting iTunes with your iPhone connected. Next, enter in device settings and tick "Manually manage music and videos"

    i met the same problem when i changed new iPhone, and have a look above and get help for me to baup my contacts. cool.

  • CaRlor26 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry hunkboost, iCloud does not support iPhone 3GS. Using third party apps to transfer iPhone contacts to PC as .csv and then to your new iPhone is the only option you have left. Check this tutorial for more help:

     

    http://software.bigbigsoft.com/iphone-contact-sms-backup

     

    Hope it helps.

  • Eafjowafya Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey, i happen to know a way which can help you solve this problem well! You can view this guide here to learn how to do: How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Computer!

  • bittyery Level 1 (0 points)

    Undoubtedly Contacts are the most valuable part of our phones. It could be very difficult and time-consuming to re-build contacts of name, phone numbers and email addresses once you lose your iPhone or when the iPhone data get corrupted. So it is always a good idea to backup or copy iPhone contacts to computer.

    This article is a method to export your iPhone contacts step by step: http://www.coolmuster.com/ios-recovery/how-to-restore-deleted-contacts-on-iphone .html

  • JosephBaker Level 1 (0 points)

    aThanasi wrote:

     

    I would advise you to use some third party app in order to transfer the iPhone contacts to your PC. Have a look at this free application in order to transfer iPhone contacts to your PC without the need for iTunes.

     

    Use the same tool to import the contact entries from your PC to your new iPhone.

     

    Alternatively, you might want to start iTunes in Safe mode by clicking on CTRL+SHIFT keys while starting iTunes with your iPhone connected. Next, enter in device settings and tick "Manually manage music and videos"

    Is the safe mode supports the latest version of iTunes? *** I get nothing different when press ctrl+shift to open it?

  • Level 1 (0 points)

    export-iphone-contacts.jpg

    IF you didn't want to backup your contacts with iTunes or iCloud, it is highly recommend using iphone/ipad/ipod data manager program.

     

    Do What iTunes Can't on Mac! Easily Manage iOS Devices

    • Transfer Music/Photo/Movies/TV Shows/Podcasts/iTunes U/Voice Memos/Audiobooks to/from Your Mac & iDevice.
    • Directly transfer music/video/photo/ebooks between iDevice and iTunes library.
    • Manage Your contacts: export, Import, remove duplicates & sync with Outlook.
    • Convert music and videos to iOS friendly formats for free.
    • Easy and straightforward alternative to iTunes and support latest iOS 7.

    This is guide on how to transfer data from iPhone 4/5/6 to computer

  • wefromfgyt Level 1 (0 points)

    Apart from backuping iPhone data with iTunes and iCloud, another useful way is to back to your computer. I just extract iPhone data to computer for backup.

     

    http://www.vibosoft.com/promotion/christmas-promotion.html

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