In general, people may have multiple contact-syncing services at the same time, such as iCloud, Google Contacts, MicroSoft Outlook, etc. So to make sure you can make smooth switch between these services, it’s suggested to do a routine 'Sync-Up' for your contact book (Learn How To Transfer Contacts from iPhone To iPhone). In this guide, we are going to show you how to sync your contacts from iPhone to your Mac. Read on to find a solution.

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How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac with/without iCloud


Part 1: Pre-Check List Before Syncing Contacts from iPhone To Mac

First up, the Contacts app, known as Address Book prior to the release of Mountain Lion, is the default contacts manager on macOS, containing Emails, phone numbers, addresses, social media information, work/home place for everyone you know (Learn How To Delete Unwanted Contacts from iPhone).

Now, with macOS Sierra, you can also start a call or a text someone right from a contact's card. If you are new to Mac OS, or you want to have better understanding on the Contacts app, here are some frequently asked questions that may give you a head start.

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  • Q: If I can transfer my contacts from iPhone to Mac Address Book A: Yes, as said, the Address Book app on macOS has been renamed as Contacts. By following detailed guide in Part 2, you'll learn how to transfer your contacts from iPhone to the Contacts (Address Book) app on your Mac.
  • Q: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac without iTunes? A: If you don't want to use iTunes to sync your contacts from iPhone (or iPad, iPod touch) to your Mac, you can follow steps in Part 2/Part 4, which doesn't require iTunes to sync your contacts between iPhone and Mac.

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Part 2: How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac with iCloud

iCloud is one of the key points linking you and your Apple products. It helps you access your contacts from all your iOS/macOS devices, like your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. If you use Windows computer, you can also get your contacts from iPhone to your PC by using iCloud client for Windows.

When you make a change on one device, Contacts will initiate an update across all your devices via iCloud. This way, you'll always have the updated contacts whenever you need it. To setup iCloud on your Mac is simple too. Here are detailed steps (learn How To Sync Messages from iPhone To Mac).

Steps:

  • Step 1: On your Mac computer, open System Preferences panel in Menu bar or from Launchpad > iCloud:
  • How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

    How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac Step 1

  • Step 2: Check the Contacts option is turned on:
  • How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

    How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac Step 2

  • Step 3: Open Contacts app (formerly named Address Book) > click Preferences in menu bar > Accounts > click '+' add button > choose iCloud > enter your iCloud account info to finish iCloud Contacts setup on your Mac:
  • How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac Step 3

    How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac Step 3

  • Step 4: Now you'll get your iPhone contacts synced to your Mac via iCloud.

Part 3: How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac with SyncBird

The good side of using iCloud to sync your contacts from iPhone to Mac is for its seamless integration within iOS/macOS, and the syncing always happens automatically. But on the other side, it requires you using the same iCloud account on both your iPhone and Mac.

If you need to import your contacts from an iPhone to a Mac which use different iCloud, you can use a third-party iPhone Contacts manager software named SyncBird. It gives more flexible and simpler iPhone To Mac data transfer solution. As perfect iTunes Alternative, it allows to sync your contacts from your iPhone to your Mac in just 3 clicks. Here are the detailed steps.

Steps:

  • Step 1: Download and install SyncBird on your computer > Launch SyncBird.
  • Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your Mac > On the left side of SyncBird, click Device tab > Choose Contacts tab:
  • How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

    How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

  • Step 3: Choose the contacts you want to sync from your iPhone > click Send To Mac button to start exporting.
  • How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

    How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

  • Step 4: After a while, SyncBird will finish exporting your iPhone contacts to CSV/Excel file for your choice. In result window, you'll see:
  • How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

    How To Sync Contacts from iPhone To Mac

The Bottom Line

Have you successfully synced your contacts from iPhone to your Mac? If yes, then we hope you can share a word on SyncBird for its flexible iPhone Contacts Transfer ability. If you still have troubles with our suggestions above, then feel free to leave a message in comment so we can give you more specific help.



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