How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iCloud

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer without iCloud? This guide will introduce three methods to help you export contacts from iPhone without iCloud.


By Lena / Updated on March 5, 2024

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Why Do You Want to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iCloud

We can get in touch with other people in no time by sending a message or making a phone call. No matter which method you choose, a phone number is required. You definitely do not want to lose the contacts due to various reasons because you can imagine that it would be difficult to rebuild them. So you tend to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer as backup.

You’ve already known that you can first sync iPhone contacts to iCloud and then go to to export contacts to computer. However, you find the iPhone contacts not syncing to iCloud properly even though everything seems to be perfectly configured. Then you wonder: How do I transfer contacts from iPhone to computer without iCloud? Just keep reading to get the methods on how to export iPhone contacts without iCloud.

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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iCloud

There are 3 methods that can help you transfer contacts from iPhone to computer without iCloud. If you want an easy way to backup and restore your contacts, let transfer tool to help you. If you prefer to transfer all contacts, then you can choose iTunes to help you. If you want to copy one or several contacts, just email the contact to yourself.

Method 1. Easy Way to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iCloud

To make things easy, one professional iPhone backup/transfer tool named FoneTool is recommended here. It can help you backup/transfer iPhone contacts to computer quickly and also offers a safe way to restore the backup files to iPhone.

★ Selectively Transfer – It lets you preview and select the contacts before the transfer.
★ No Data Loss During Transfer – It will not erase any existing content on the device.
★ Supports More Files – Besides contacts, it also supports messages, photos, music, videos, etc. to computer

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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iCloud

1. Launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable > Tap “Trust” so the tool can access your iPhone.

2. Click Phone Transfer and go to iPhone to PC

iPhone to PC

3. Click the plus icon > Choose Contacts icon to view and select the contacts you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.

Select Contacts

4. Click Start Transfer > Select the storage path to save your contacts > Choose the format (vCard or CSV) you prefer > Click Transfer to make it.


◆ Note: You can also choose "Phone Backup" > "Selective Backup" to backup your iPhone Contacts to PC as Backup images.

Method 2. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Computer without iCloud but via iTunes

You may know that iTunes can help us backup all iPhone content to computer. Actually, it also offers the option to help you only export iPhone contacts. You can choose to export the iPhone contacts to Outlook or Windows Contacts based on your needs.

1. Download and install the latest iTunes on your computer.

2. Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable > Usually, iTunes will open automatically when you plug in your iPhone, if not, open iTunes by yourself.

3. Click the Device tab > Click the Info option.

4. Check the box “Sync Contacts with” > Select “Windows Contacts” or “Outlook”.

5. Click “All contacts” if you want to sync all the contacts of iPhone or click “Selected groups” if you wish to sync only selected contacts from a group.

6. Click the Sync button to start transferring iPhone contacts to computer.

Sync Contacts with Itunes

◆ If you choose to sync iPhone contacts to Outlook, you can open Outlook and click the Contacts tab to check the iPhone contacts.

◆ If you choose to sync iPhone contacts to Windows Contacts option, you can find the Contacts folder under the username folder. You can choose to copy the folder to another place or print out the iPhone contacts. You can also convert it to CSV format so that you can open it as a spreadsheet:

  • Double-click to open the Contacts folder > Click Export option > Select CSV (Comma Separated Values)> Click Export > Name the CSV file > ClickBrowse to choose a path to save it > Click Next > Choose the fields you wish you export > Click Finish.

Method 3. Export Contacts from iPhone without iCloud but via Email

This method is recommended when you need to export one or two contacts because you can only send one contact at a time. First send yourself an email with the contact attachment and then download the contacts to computer.

1. Go to Contacts on your iPhone > Find and click the contact you want to transfer to computer.

2. Click Share Contact and choose Mail.

3. You will find the contact will be attached as .vcf (vCard) format in email > Enter your email address and send it.

Email iPhone Contacts

4. Check the email on your computer and download the attachment on your PC.

5. Repeat the step if you want to transfer more contacts.


That’s all about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer without iCloud. Comparing these three methods, FoneTool can not only help you easily backup iPhone contacts to your computer, but also provides a safe recovery method.

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later series support eSIM. If you want to convert SIM card to eSIM, it is recommended to backup iPhone contacts with FoneTool in advance. Just in case unexpected errors happen during the conversion.