How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Mac Address Book Without iTunes

By Andre Cooper on August 20, 2015 16:32:08 PM.

"Is it possible to import contacts from my iPhone to my mac address book?"

"Is there a better way to download contacts from iPhone to Mac?"

When it comes to importing contacts from iPhone to Mac, iPhone users will think of using iTunes at first, but iTunes will not be helpful at this moment. As iTunes backs up the data to computer as a whole database, and the users are not able to view them on computer, let alone extract certain files from the backup.

In this situation, you should find a third-party software, like iPhone Contact Recovery for Mac, which can not only recovery deleted contacts on your iPhone, but also backup your iPhone contacts to Mac address book directly, or extract iPhone contacts from iTunes backup file to Mac address book.

First, download and have a try the professional iPhone Contact Recovery Software:
iPhone Data Recovery (Win) or iPhone Data Recovery (Mac).

Tutorial 1: Transfer your iPhone contacts to Mac address book without iTunes

NOTE: This method applies to iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.


Step 1Run the iPhone Contact Recovery for Mac and connect your iPhone to Mac

Download and install iPhone Contact Recovery for Mac. It is the software that will help you save contacts from iPhone to Mac directly. Run it on your Mac and connect your iPhone with your Mac via the iPhone USB cable. Click Recover from iOS Device.

iPhone Contact Recovery for Mac

If you use iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, you should:

1) Hold your device and then click the “Start” button on the software interface;
2) Hold the “Power” and “Home” buttons of your iPhone at the same time for exact 10 seconds;
3) After the 10 seconds, release the “Power” button, but keep holding the “Home” button for another 15 seconds.

If you use iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S, click the Start button in the main window.


Step 2 Start to scan your iPhone

When the program begins scanning your iPhone, it will be like the snapshot shows.

scan your iPhone


Step 3 Preview and transfer iPhone contacts to Mac address book

You can see Contacts from your iPhone in the left sidebar. You can preview all contacts that have been found on your iPhone after the scan. Choose Contacts and check the list one by one, then mark those you want and click Recover. And then all these iPhone contacts will be saved on your Mac directly.

Then, open Address Book and the saved contacts file on your Mac. Select all the .vcf contacts and drag them all to the address book. Ok. You've successfully transferred contacts from your iPhone to Mac Address Book.

transfer iPhone contacts to Mac address booke

Tutorial 2: Import iPhone contacts to Mac address book from iTunes backup

Step 1Choose iTunes backup and scan it

Run iPhone Contact Recovery for Mac and choose to recover from iTunes backup File. It will display all your iTunes backup files. If there are more than one backup files of your iPhone, select the one with a recent date, and click Scan to extract contents of the backup file.

import iPhone contacts to mac from iTunes Backup

Step 2 Save iPhone conacts to Mac Address Book

When the scan finishes, you can preview the whole contents of your iPhone contacts here. Check the contacts checking box and click Recover to save your iPhone contacts on the Mac. Then, open Address Book and the saved contacts file on your Mac. Select all the .vcf contacts and drag them all to the address book. Ok. You've successfully transferred contacts from your iPhone to Mac Address Book.

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