Top 6 Ways to Sync iPhone Contacts: iCloud, iTunes, Gmail

Last Updated : Jan 4, 2022

It's not as lengthy as music/video transfer, but to sync contacts iPhone requires a 1:1 transfer tool to guarantee that no one's info is lost during the transfer process. If you're upgrading from an old iPhone model to iPhone 9/8/X, there're plenty of ways to sync iPhone contacts, or If you're migrating from an Android/Windows device to iPhone, we also recap the solutions at the page end.

So after checking through a few settings given below, let's jump to the clear and concise part on how to sync contacts iPhone in the easiest manner.

Tips and notes

If you were to transfer contacts between 2 iPhones, first compare the SIM card slots of your old & new phones, and crop the SIM card to fit into the new iPhone if needed.

Before an iPhone user start with any of the method above to sync iPhone contacts, visit Contacts > Slide to the End > Find the number of contacts saved to the current device to check later. You'd better use an original Apple USB cable in case the synchronization stop half-way.

DearMob iPhone Manager

Which is the best tool to sync iPhone contacts in VCF/TXT/PDF/HTML and transfer contacts to new iPhone? Use the ultimate free solution for iPhone transfer - DearMob iPhone Manager!

● Transfer contacts, address books between iPhone & computer/Mac free.

● Merge dulplicate iPhone contacts, make backup files unique.

● 1-click sync iPhone contacts in VCF/TXT/PDF/HTML.

1. Sync Contacts iPhone iCloud

To get all contact information copied to a brand-new iPhone, first make sure your latest copy of iCloud backup contains all telephone numbers you need. If you're not sure about the automatic backup, please manually initiate one by visiting Settings > iCloud > Backup > Bakcup Now (on iOS 10.2 or earlier), or Settings > iCloud account name > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Backup Now.

sync iPhone contacts using iCloud
Restore iPhone Contacts Backup on a Ready-to-Use iPhone

Assume you've get everything ready on an iPhone except for the contacts info, it's all the more easy to sync old iPhone contacts with it: Also connect the new iPhone to Wi-Fi, go to the iCloud section of Settings, turn on Contact syncing if it's not yet, then open Contacts APP, scroll down to update your data.

Sync Contacts for a New iPhone 15/14/13/12

If you are working on a new iPhone out of the box, connect it to Wi-Fi and follow iPhone's initial set-up procedures with the Apple ID used to backup iPhone contacts, when asked to choose to "Set Up as a New iPhone" or "Restore from iCloud Backup", choose the latter and wait for all contacts info to resume.

Tips and Notes: When contacts syncing is finished, check the total number of contacts to equal the number before transfer to make sure you get a complete copy.

2. Sync Contacts from iPhone to Mac Using iCloud

Keyboard typing messages using the Message APP for Mac makes connecting easy at your fingertips. So you'll need to import iPhone contacts to Mac using iCloud. Please follow the steps below to import all contacts.

* Though iTunes can also sync contacts iPhone to Mac, we find iCloud better able to sync thanks to its efficiency.

Step 1: Visit Settings on iPhone > iCloud > Toggle switch Contacts for "OFF"> Choose "Keep on my iPhone" option when iPhone prompts & ask what to do with previously synced contacts.

Step 2: Go to System Preferences on Mac > iCloud > Uncheck iCloud syncing for Contacts, but this time you'll need to choose "delete them" when Mac asks what to do with all existing contacts.

Step 3: After the 2 steps above, first get back to iPhone & turn on the switch for "Contacts", remember to choose "Merge" when iPhone tries to merge local contacts with iCloud; again on Mac, turn on Contacts under iCloud.

3. How to Sync iPhone Contacts to Computer?

If your device match-up at home is an iPhone with Windows PC, getting a backup of contacts will need the help from iTunes for Window which, is often considered as less satisfactory in terms of efficiency. However, you may follow the steps below to sync your iPhone contacts to computer:
Step 1: Launch iTunes on Windows after upgrading both the iOS and iTunes software to their latest version.
Step 2: Cord-connect iPhone to PC, then unlock iPhone if asked, and select "trust this PC" to let contacts recognized by iTunes.
Step 3: Click on the small iPhone icon on iTunes, then choose "Info" from the left-side menu, where you can choose "Windows" from the drag-down list of "Sync Contacts", and press "Sync" at the bottom-right of the UI.

4. How to Sync iPhone Contacts to Gmail?

To import your telephone contacts to Gmail & saved the info by their names, Google has developed its own contact synchronization function for the Email service. Follow are the steps to enable syncing:

Step 1: On iPhone's Settings panel, visit "Contacts" > Accounts > Add Account > Google, then type your Gmail account and key code to log in on the phone, then switch "Contacts" on, jump to the Contacts APP so all sync contacts iPhone begins.

Tips and notes

Syncing iPhone contacts to Gmail not working properly? Please re-visit Contacts > Accounts > Advanced > Turn on "Use SSL". Then you'll also need to open the Account APP to start refreshing data.

5. Sync iPhone Contacts with iTunes

Please refer to the steps in 3 >> "How to Sync Contacts iPhone to Computer" for the steps.

6. Import Old Contacts from SIM Card to iPhone

Though the close-end iOS system won't allow users to sync contacts on iPhone using a SIM card, it can easily read phone numbers from an old card. In case you're switching from an Android or Windows mobile phone, where names & telephone numbers are recorded on the SIM card, this way will be the best fit to import iPhone contacts. Here's how to do it:

To sync the SIM part of saved phone numbers & names to the new iPhone, please visit Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Import SIM contacts.

Likewise, checking the total number of names successfully imported to make sure nothing's left out in the sync contacts iPhone process.


Despite seldom bugs, 80% of users already have an iCloud backup of their contacts on iPhone, which probably is a best matchup for Apple's idea of not syncing iPhone contacts on any SIM card.

By design, you may easily resume all email addresses, business profiles associated to a contact person following a starting up process to sync iPhone contacts for iPhone. But if you're eyeing for more space-consuming data like music & photos, please consider the free DearMob iPhone manager.

5KPlayer iPhone Manager Sync Contacts iPhone

Joakim is a tech addict and mobile enthusiast ever since the Symbian era. Now as a technical writer, he loves to test software and devices, and share his discoveries in plain language. Jogging helps him think better and stay energized throughout the day.

Related Articles
1How to Transfer Contacts to New iPhone?

You've got the easiest way to transfer contacts from old iPhone to new iPhone to sync the important contacts and numbers of families, friends and colleagues in time.

2Sync Contacts from iPhone to Mac

Over-all guide on how to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac (Air/Pro)/iMac is here to help transfer iPhone contacts among devices in a safe way.

3How to Import VCF Contacts to iPhone?

Simplest guide on how to import VCF to iPhone iPad is here to help you transfer vCard contacts from computer to iPhone to have an easier communication via iPhone.

Home | About | Contact Us | News | Privacy Policy | Agreement | Site Map

Copyright © 2024 Digiarty Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
5KPlayer & DearMob are brands of Digiarty Software, Inc. Any third party product names and trademarks used in this website are property of their respective owners. All the related logos and images, including but not limited to Apple's AirPlay®, Apple TV®, iPhone®, iPod®, iPad®, iTunes® and Mac® are registered trademarks of their own. Digiarty is not owned by or affiliated with Apple Inc. or any of those companies.