7 Best Ways to Sync Contacts from iPhone to MacBook

When you are using the same Apple ID and have enabled the appropriate options in Settings, iCloud connects your iPhone and Mac, syncing all contacts on both devices. In this guide, we will go one step further and show you various ways to sync or transfer contacts from iPhone to MacBook by using the same or even different Apple IDs. In addition, we will also see how to import all the contacts or only some selected ones.

1. How to sync contacts from iPhone to MacBook via iCloud using the same Apple ID

If you are a long time Apple user, you probably use iCloud to store your contacts. When you set up your iPhone or Mac and sign in with your Apple ID, things like iCloud contacts, reminders, calendars, etc. are automatically enabled, syncing data between different Apple devices. But if you later turned it off, you are not sure if you have it enabled or if the contacts are not syncing between the iPhone and Mac, follow the steps below.

On iPhone:

one. Open the Settings app, tap your name from the top and then tap iCloud.

two. Here, make sure the switch to Contacts: It is green.

On Mac:

one. Click on the Apple logo in the upper left and choose System preferences in the drop-down menu.

two. Click on Apple ID. If you are using macOS Mojave or earlier, you may not see your Apple ID. Then click iCloud instead of.

3. Right below your name, make sure the Apple ID mentioned here is the same as the one on your iPhone. Then from the left sidebar, click iCloud and make sure the checkbox for Contacts: It is marked.

You have successfully set up syncing contacts from iPhone to MacBook.

The benefit of using iCloud to sync contacts is that it happens automatically and almost instantly syncs all contacts and changes between your iPhone and Mac, thus keeping everything up to date on all devices. In short, it is a “set once and forget” setting.

The only downside is that it doesn’t work if the iPhone and Mac (say, provided by your office) have different Apple IDs. But we have a solution. Keep reading.

2. How to sync contacts from iPhone to MacBook via Google / Microsoft account

If you’ve been an Android or Windows user and have recently stepped into Apple’s garden, chances are you use a Google or Microsoft account to store contacts. So this is how you can add your Google, Microsoft or any other account to import contacts on your iPhone and Mac.

On iPhone:

one. Open the Settings app, scroll down and go to Contacts: > Accounts.

two. Tap on Add Account.

3. From the list here, select the service where your contacts are stored and complete the required login process.

Four. After logging in, make sure the switch to Contacts: Its on.

On Mac:

one. Click on the Apple logo in the upper left and open System preferences.

two. Click on Internet Accounts.

3. From the bottom left, click the plus icon (+) and choose the desired account (like Google, Exchange, etc.) from where you want to sync the contacts.

Four. The login page will open. Here, enter the correct login credentials, complete the process, and give macOS the necessary permissions.

5. From the little pop-up window, be sure to keep Contacts: marked and click Done.

You have successfully added Google (or your desired account) to import and sync contacts on your iPhone and Mac.

3. How to import contacts from iPhone to Mac via iCloud Web

For my office work, I use a personal iPhone and a MacBook Pro, which is assigned to me by my office. My iPhone has my personal Apple ID that stores the contacts in iCloud. While the Mac in the office has the company’s Apple ID and iCloud contacts are disabled. In this situation, if I ever have to view or get my iCloud contacts on the Mac in the office, I use the iCloud web. Here is how.

one. Visit iCloud.com on the Mac and sign in with your Apple ID.

two. Click on Contacts:.

3. Here you will see all your iCloud contacts. Click on one to see the phone number, email, and other details. You can copy it from here.

4. Or, to import a contact, select it and click the settings gear icon from bottom left. Then click Export vCard. If you want to select and export multiple contacts, press and hold command key and click the desired contacts to select and export them. You also have the option of Select everything.

The selected contacts will be downloaded as a .vcf file. You can open it to add it to the macOS Contacts app. Or, if you have only one contact, select and press the spacebar to preview offline when needed. You can also save this .vcf file to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, etc. for additional backup.

4. How to import contacts from iPhone to Mac via iTunes or Finder

This method only works if you don’t use iCloud to store and sync contacts on your iPhone. If you use iCloud, your contacts are already syncing wirelessly, making wired transfer obsolete. So if you want to follow the steps below, open the iPhone Settings application> your name from above> iCloud > and ensure Contacts: are deactivated.

one. Connect the iPhone and Mac with the appropriate Lightning cable.

Note: In the future, you can also enable syncing over Wi-Fi. After this, when iPhone and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network, they will sync automatically. Check these two boxes you see in the image below and click Request.

two. In macOS Mojave and earlier versions, open iTunes. In macOS Catalina and later, open Discoverer. (I am using Finder.)

3. Find the iPhone within Finder or iTunes and click Trust if asked.

Four. Next, unlock your iPhone, tap Trustand enter your iPhone password.

5. Click on Information.

6. Check the box to Synchronize contacts in [iPhone name]. To sync everything, select All the groups. This will match the contacts on your iPhone and Mac and sync the missing ones on both devices. Finally, click on Request.

Note: If you want to replace existing iPhone contacts with Mac contacts, click Replace contacts.

5. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop

Before you start, make sure you’ve turned on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your Mac. Also, open Search> AirDrop and set the visibility to Everyone. If AirDrop isn’t working, learn how to fix it.

one. On iPhone, open the Telephone application> Contacts: and touch a contact’s name. You cannot select multiple contacts.

two. From below, touch Share contact.

3. Tap on Airdrop and select the Mac to send the contact there. It will transfer as a vCard and you can view it in your Mac Downloads folder. Open it to add it to the macOS Contacts app.

6. Use email, iMessage, Google Drive or similar applications to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac

Like AirDrop, you can use email, iMessage, notes, Google Drive, or other similar applications to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac. This method is useful if you want to quickly have one (or a few contacts) on your computer.

one. Open the Telephone application> Contacts: and touch a contact’s name.

two. Tap on Share contact and choose email, iMessage, notes, or one of the other apps.

3. Once you have added / sent / saved the contact in the desired application, open the application on the MacBook. There you will find the contact. If you use Google Drive or email, it will be sent as a vCard.

7. Use a third-party iPhone application to transfer all contacts from iPhone to Mac

I have mentioned this method at the end because it involves the use of a third party application. But if the above methods don’t suit your taste, here’s how to use an app to transfer contacts from your iOS device to Mac.

one. Open iPhone app store and search for Contact Backup or VCF File. It will show multiple results. You can use one after reading the description. For me, Backup my contacts does the job well. So, I am using it for the steps below.

two. After downloading the application, launch it and allow it to access your contacts.

3. Tap on Back.

Four. Then touch Email (and in To: enter your email) to send yourself the VCF file with all your iPhone contacts. Then open this email on your Mac and download the VCF file. Open the VCF file to add it to the macOS Contacts app.

Summary: Contacts successfully transferred from iPhone to MacBook

There are several ways to sync and transfer contacts between iPhone and Mac. Hope this post was helpful. In short, if you own both iPhone and Mac and use the same Apple ID, the first two methods (iCloud and Google / other accounts) are the best. And if Mac and iPhone have different Apple accounts, you can use any of the remaining methods to import contacts. Finally, in rare cases, if the contacts are not showing up on your iPhone, we have a separate guide to help you fix it.

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