6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 25, 2012 2:50 AM by hunkboost
Shadow-Man_4 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi everyone!

 

I recently got a new iPhone 4s, and I want to know the easiest and most reliable way to backup my contacts. I tried the Google Mail method and everytime I sync it just either creates duplicates or when I delete someone on my iphone, it gets deleted on the Gmail account, so whats the use if it gets deleted from Gmail too?

 

Any other easy ways to back up my contacts? My mom lost all her contacts a few months ago and since then I'm searching for a good way to back them up. Please help people!

 

Thanks!


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • GZukes Level 4 (1,565 points)

    I would sync your contacts in iCloud. Go to Settings > iCloud and make sure Contacts is set to On.  You could also download an app that will backup your contacts.

  • Shadow-Man_4 Level 1 (10 points)

    I've figured out a way to use Gmail way effectively a few hours ago, and it's working amazingly well.

     

    As for your sugesstion, there's no option for "Contacts" in Settings of iCloud. That's why I'm asking about other ways. Also, what backup apps would you recommend?

  • GZukes Level 4 (1,565 points)

    I don't know why you don't have the option to sync Contacts in iCloud.  But for your question, I use an app named Backup Contacts over Dropbox, because I have a Dropbox account.

  • mithcd Level 1 (50 points)

    iCloud and iTunes are my only bet here. /___sbsstatic___/migration-images/189/18971384-1.gif

  • Jolieteddie Level 2 (400 points)

    I use both a Dropbox backup App and an App that backs up my Contacts to an Excel spreadsheet file as well. That way I have backups in two different formats. Push come to shove in a complete iPhone meltdown, I'll at least be able to get to my contacts information via the spreadsheet. 

     

    Apple recommends that contacts are synced with a desktop system, such as Outlook on PCs, etc., but my contacts on my iPhone have both personal and work entries but I sync my iPhone with a computer at home and so I can't sync the phone to my work Outlook files.

     

    Anyway, these dual backup Apps seem to work for me so far.

  • hunkboost Level 1 (0 points)

    This thread has contains a similar question with a good solution:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3849842