How to Export iCloud Contacts to CSV Format - 3 Ways

Do you find the contacts exported from iCloud are VCF files? You can't directly open the VCF file in Excel. This can be the reason to export iCloud contacts to CSV format. This article introduce three useful ways to export iCloud contacts to CSV format.

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Sofia Albert

Updated on May 17, 2024

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The Contacts app stores a lot of important phone numbers for communication. People always want to export iCloud contacts for some reasons. For example, you need to back up contacts to a computer to avoid data loss.

CSV file is a common file format. It can be easily opened in document processing tools like Microsoft Excel. And CSV contacts are convenient to import to iCloud. However, iCloud only supports exporting contacts to VCF (vCard). You need to find other ways to download contacts from iCloud. This guide walks though three ways to export iCloud contatcs. You will also know the difference between CSV and VCF.

Export iCloud Contacts to CSV with EaseUS MobiMover Directly

It is a little troublesome to export iCloud contacts to CSV since there is no official way to do that. But don't worry; here is a powerful tool to help you - EaseUS MobiMover. EaseUS MobiMover is a professional iPhone data management tool. It also offers a new "iCloud manager" feature to help users connect to iCloud. With EaseUS MobiMover, you can sign in with your iCloud account and access iCloud data on this software.

What makes EaseUS MobiMover stand out as an iCloud manager:

  • You can download all iCloud contacts to CSV in one click.
  • The interface is clear and user-friendly.

  • It is fast and easy to export data from iCloud.

  • It is safe to never keep records of your iCloud account content.

With EaseUS MobiMover, you can download contacts from iCloud to computer in CSV format. In addition, you can export other files from iCloud to computer, such as photos, notes, calendars, and Reminders. For example, you can download iCloud photos to PC.

Let's see how to export iCloud contacts to CSV with EaseUS MobiMover:

Step 1. After you download EaseUS MobiMover, launch it on your computer.

Step 2. Choose the "iCloud Manager" mode.

Step 3. Sign in with your iCloud account.

Step 4. Tap "Contacts" > "Download."

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Export iCloud Contacts to CSV Using an Online Converter

Next, let's learn some indirect ways to export iCloud contacts to CSV. One of them is using an online converter. But it also needs the help of iCloud.com. iCloud will export contacts to VCF format. You need to first download iCloud contacts to your computer and then convert them to CSV.

Here is how to export iCloud contacts to CSV through an online converter.

1️⃣Download iCloud contacts to computer as VCF files (vCard).

Step 1. On your computer, go to iCloud.com using a web browser.

Step 2. Sign in with your iCloud account.

Step 3. Tap "Contacts" to view all of your iCloud contacts.

Step 4. Choose the contacts you want to download and tap the cloud icon on the top-right corner of the screen.

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Then, iCloud will download the contacts to your computer as VCF files.

2️⃣Convert the contacts from VCF to CSV.

Step 1. Choose an online convert like aconvert.

Step 2. Go to its official website aconvert.com.

Step 3. In the "Document" mode, choose the files you want to convert.

Step 4. Choose the target format as CSV.

Step 5. Click "Convert Now" to start the converting process.

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Then, the VCF files will become CSV files. You can check them in the "Conversion Results" section.

Download iCloud Contacts as CSV via Google Contacts

You can access Google Contacts online. Google Contacts is a practical tool to manage your contacts. This program supports CSV and VCF(vCard) formats. You must first download contacts to your computer. And import the iCloud contacts into Google Contacts. Then, export the contacts from Google Contacts as CSV files. Sound complicated? It is also an indirect way to export iCloud contacts to CSV. Let's see how to export iCloud contacts to CSV via Google Contacts step by step.

1️⃣Download iCloud contacts to computer as vCard.

Please refer to the Part 2 or follow the simple steps:

  • Visit iCloud.com > Sign in > Click Contacts > Export vCard.

2️⃣Use Google Contacts to export contacts as CSV.

Step 1. Visit Google contacts website in a web browser.

Step 2. Login in with your Google account.

Step 3. Click "Import Contacts" > "Choose File."

Step 4. Import the vCard file to Google Contacts.

After that, you can export the contacts to CSV format.

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The Difference Between CSV and VCF

You need to be clear that iCloud only supports the VCF format in contact exporting. As many people are prone to export iCloud contacts to CSV, is there some advantages of CSV format? This part will walk through the difference between CSV and VCF.

CSV is suitable for data exchange, import and export, backup, and migration and is easy to process, such as between different databases, spreadsheet software (such as Microsoft Excel), or data processing tools. It can be read and edited directly with a text editor, and almost all data processing software can read and write CSV files.

A VCF or vCard file is a configuration file in a virtualized environment. It does not support direct compatibility across software.

  • CSV is plain text and is easy to read by humans and software; VCF/vCard is a configuration instruction set, which is mainly processed by software.
  • CSV is widely used across industries; VCF/vCard is limited to virtualization technology.
  • CSV is highly versatile; VCF/vCard is specific to the virtualization software ecosystem.

Conclusion

As iCloud contacts will be exported as VCF format, there is much need to export iCloud contacts to CSV. There are three ways on how to export iCloud contacts to CSV, including MobiMover, an online converter and Google Contacts. The methods of using online converters and Google Contacts contains more steps than MobiMover. It is recommended to use MobiMover to directly export iCloud contacts to CSV format in one click.

FAQs on How to Export iCloud Contacts to CSV Format

1. Why do you export iCloud contacts to CSV format?

The most possible reason is that the CSV format is compatible across multiple platforms. You can easily open and edit a CSV file in Excel.

2. How do I export my iCloud Contacts in bulk?

You can use EaseUS MobiMover to export all of your contacts to the computer in one click. The exporting process is fast and easy. If you want to export individual files, it will help you a lot.

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Updated by Sofia Albert

Sofia has been involved with tech ever since she joined the EaseUS editor team in March 2011 and now she is a senior website editor. She is good at solving various iPhone and Android issues, such as iPhone or Android data transfer & recovery.

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