"How do I transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac using USB?"
When you want to keep contacts updated across your devices or make a backup of your iPhone contacts, you may need to transfer contacts from your iPhone to a Mac.
When it comes to syncing contacts from iPhone to Mac, it's actually quite easy to do it. You can either use an iPhone transfer software tool, iCloud, or AirDrop to get your iPhone contacts to Mac. Besides, in case you need it, the ways on how to transfer contacts from Mac to iPhone are also provided. Check it if necessary.
Method 1. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac via iPhone Transfer Software
The iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover will help you to download contacts from iPhone to Mac all at once or selectively. It allows you to save your iPhone contacts as an HTML, CSV, or VCF file on your Mac. And with the VCF file, you are able to import your iPhone contacts to your Mac's Address Book by drag and drop.
Besides, as an iOS data transfer tool, it also allows you to transfer photos, videos, music, ringtones, books, and more between an iPhone/iPad/iPad and a computer or between two iDevices. Whether you want to put music on iPhone from a computer or transfer photos from one iPhone to another, it will work.
Thus, if you prefer to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac with USB, using EaseUS MobiMover is advisable.
To import contacts from iPhone to Mac using a USB cable:
Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover for Mac on your computer > Connect your iPhone to your Mac > Unlock your iPhone and click "Trust" in the prompt asking for your permission > Choose "Phone to Mac" option > Click "Next" to move on.
Step 2. Check 'Contacts" > Click the default storage path to set a custom path where you want to store these contacts > Click "Transfer" to start transferring from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.
Step 3. When the transfer process has finished, you can go to view the contacts on your Mac. (Depending on your settings, the contacts will be saved as an HTML, CSV, or VCF file on your Mac.)
If you intend to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac's Address Book, you should export your iPhone contacts as a VCF file. After you get your iPhone contacts to Mac, open Address Book, and drag and drop the VCF file to the left panel. By doing so, you can import your iPhone contacts to Mac within seconds. The next time you need to export iPhone contacts to Outlook or Gmail, you can also use this tool to help.
As you may have noticed, there is a video download feature in this tool, with which you are able to download online video or audio files to your computer or iPhone/iPad/iPod using a URL. Whether you want to download YouTube Videos on Mac or save Facebook videos to iPhone, you can do it effortlessly with EaseUS MobiMover.
Method 2. How to Import Contacts from iPhone to Mac with iCloud
iCloud could help you to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac in two ways. You can copy iPhone contacts to Mac either all at once or selectively via iCloud settings or iCloud.com.
Make sure you are using the same Apple ID on your devices and there is enough iCloud storage for you to save the content to be transferred. Then follow the steps below to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac with ease.
To sync all contacts from iPhone to Mac:
Step 1. On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" and enable the "Contacts" option.
Step 2. On your Mac, Click the Apple menu and choose "System Preferences".
Step 3. Click your Apple ID and choose "iCloud".
Step 4. Select "Contacts". After data syncing, you can access your iPhone contacts on the Mac. If the iPhone contacts are not syncing, you can either fix it following the guide or try one of the alternative ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac.
To transfer specific contacts from iPhone to Mac:
Step 1. Turn on iCloud contacts on your iPhone to sync your iPhone contacts to iCloud.
Step 2. On your Mac, go to iCloud.com and sign in with the Apple ID you use on your iOS device.
Step 3. Choose "Contacts" among the options.
Step 4. Select the contacts you want to import to your Mac and click the gear icon.
Step 5. Choose "Export vCard" to save your iPhone contacts to Mac.
Step 6. Open the Address Book on your Mac. Afterward, drag and drop the VCF file to the left panel to import contacts from your iPhone to Mac.
Method 3. How to Get iPhone Contacts on Mac via AirDrop
If you are not going to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac in bulk, using AirDrop is a good choice. AirDrop is an ad-hoc file-sharing service that is available on iOS devices, including iPhone and Mac. It supports photos, videos, documents, contacts, and more. Therefore, you can not only apply it to import contacts from iPhone to Mac but also use it to do many other things like transferring contacts from iPhone to iPhone or sending photos from Mac to iPhone.
To send contacts from iPhone to Mac:
Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on iPhone.
Step 2. Go to the "Contacts" app on your iPhone. Then find and tap the contact you want to share.
Step 3. Choose "Share Contact" > "AirDrop" and tap Mac's name shown on your iPhone.
Step 4. Accept the contact from your Mac. Afterward, go to Address Book to check the item.
AirDrop is quite convenient to use. But you need to know that AirDrop sends contacts one by one. That means if you need to transfer multiple items, using AirDrop is not recommended.
Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Contacts from Mac to iPhone
You may also need to transfer contacts from Mac to iPhone sometimes. If you have commanded the tips above, you don't need to worry about it anymore. All three methods are also applicable to transfer contacts from Mac to iPhone. Besides, they also support other types of content like photos and videos. When you need to transfer other types of content, they may also help.
The Bottom Line
Since iPhone and Mac are both Apple devices, it's actually quite easy to get iPhone contacts on Mac. Whether you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac with USB or wirelessly, you can find the corresponding solution from the details above. Carry out the way you like best to get things done with a few simple clicks.
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Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.
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