6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2012 11:40 AM by cheonweb
ronchicago2 Level 1 (0 points)

I am successfully using Exchange to keep my contacts in sync on my ipad,iPhone and gmail(windows 7). But I think that if I lost my iPhone and someone cleaned out the contacts,then I would also lose the contacts on my Gmail and iPad. How can I do a regular backup of the contacts?

iPhone 4S, iOS 6
  • The Yellow Bird Level 1 (100 points)

    You could either back up to iCloud or back up to your computer,


    For the computer backup, just follow these instructions:


    1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer

    2. Right click on your device and click "Backup"


    Everything will be backed up onto your computer.


    Including contacts


    Hope I helped!


    The Yellow Bird

  • The Yellow Bird Level 1 (100 points)

    Here is Apple's support article:



  • cheonweb Level 4 (3,450 points)

    iCloud syncs also and therefore it is NOT a backup. If someone erase your contacts the iCloud will be empty too.

    Go to gmail on your browser, then go to Contacts and make an export.

  • ronchicago2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. Yes, I was concerned about an iClod Sync. But I think that it is also possible to BACKUP to iCloud and not Sync.

    Apple says that that iCloud backup contains

    "Device settings (for example: Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts)

       App data"


    Which does not tell me if Contacts are in the backup, or not.

    The other problem with the backup is that the restore brings everything back, not just contacts (if they were there in the first place)

  • ronchicago2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. Probably the best way. Though it appears that the Restore will bring everything back, not just contacts. I did locate a product that claims to be able to look into the vackup on Windows or the Mac and only pick a piece for restoration.


    My dream solution would be something that runs on my PC into which I can import the gmail export, so that I would have a non-synced, legible copy. (The CSV is not very readable). And then be able, as needed, to export from that application and import back into Gmail.  And even have the Gmail export run every night, automatically.

  • cheonweb Level 4 (3,450 points)

    Im not sure that you can restore your Google Contacts from the iPhone Backup.

    Try this: Go to gmail page on your desktop browser then in Contacts, click More and select "Restore Contacts".Screen Shot 2012-10-27 at 21.38.16 .jpgScreen Shot 2012-10-27 at 21.39.02 .jpg