Thanks to iCloud, backing up your iOS contacts is super easy. But what if you want to switch devices or share contacts with other devices? It’s also quite simple – there are several ways to export iPhone contacts from iCloud.
Depending on your needs, you can either export your contacts via vCard (VCF) format or in Excel/CSV format. In this guide, we will share with you an in-depth guide for both the methods.
But before we go any further, make sure that your contacts are properly backed up on your iCloud account.
What is Vcard or VCF?
vCard or VCF (Virtual Contact File) is a standard file format for electronic business cards. They can include a name, address, phone number, email address, URL, photograph and audio clip.
iOS devices, Android devices, Google Contacts, Mail apps, and more support vCard as the default format. And here’s how you can export contacts from iCloud to vCard:
- Launch any web browser on your computer and go to iCloud.
- On the next screen, all your contacts will be listed. press Adjustment icon in the lower left corner.
- After this, a menu will appear with several options. Click select all To export your entire contact list.
- press Adjustment icon again and select export vcard,
- Your contacts’ vCard file will download here download folder on your Mac.
pay attention: Once you download vCard, you can equally easily import your contacts to any other device or platform. This method can also be used if you prefer a local backup of your iCloud contacts for added security.
Convert iPhone Contacts from VCF to Excel/CSV Format
There may be times when the application in which you want to import your contacts does not support VCF formatting. Or perhaps you want to export your iPhone contacts to Apple Numbers, Microsoft Excel, or other Office options.
The latter is especially helpful when you deal with hundreds of customers every day—the CSV format is a bit more efficient. In such scenarios, CSV formatting is necessary.
However, there is no official way to copy your contacts from iPhone to Excel. However, there are some measures to avoid this problem. You have to use some third-party tools to convert vCard to Excel format.
In this article, let’s see vCard to LDIF/CSV Converter Using your web browser.
- Next, click browse,
- Select the vCard file that you downloaded a few moments ago. Click Open to upload a file. Now, you need to make some changes:
- Click on the drop-down button next to Format choose more csv,
- Click on the drop-down button next to tab choose more a little break,
- check the box for add header line,
- Click on the drop-down menu next to Encoding choose more Unicode (UTF-8) If it is not already selected.
pay attention:do not select modifications or Filter,
Once you have fully configured the options, hit convert Option.
export contact A good option to back up and transfer contacts. Some of these apps let you export contacts to a variety of file types, including Excel (.xlsx), CSV (.csv), and vCard (.vcf).
What’s more, you can also choose export Method to export contacts using Email, SMS, iMessage, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Slack, Evernote and more.
It also lets you choose what data you want to export. For example, you can choose to add or remove your email address, etc. In the end, you get a clean, customized spreadsheet that you can export via email or Dropbox.
Contacts have become an essential part of our smartphone usage. From a friend we just made by chance, to the ever-necessary electrician, our contact book holds all that and more. So, it should come as no surprise that we want them to be properly protected, backed up, and transferred to the devices we are currently using.
Hopefully, one of the solutions mentioned in this guide has worked for you. Run into trouble along the way? Leave us a comment explaining what happened. We may be able to assist you.
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