How to Back Up Your iPhone Contacts

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    How to Back Up Your iPhone Contacts



    For many of us, our contacts list are the most important part of our iPhones and what we care most about backing up. It’s easy to re-download apps and adjust settings, but it can be very difficult to rebuild a large contact list of names, email addresses, and phone numbers if you lose it. For that reason you may want to be sure the address book is being backed up so that all of your contacts are preserved in case you need to restore them, here is how to do this.

    Back Up iPhone Contacts With iTunes

    iTunes will backup the contacts from an iPhone by default unless you have disabled it, you can make sure this happens by doing the following:

    Connect the iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes
    Select the device from the left-side list, and click on the “Info” tab
    Verify that “Sync Contacts” is checked
    Adjust any specific settings as necessary
    Right-click on the iPhone name in the device list and choose “Back Up”
    The final step performs a manual backup with iTunes and stores that backup on the local computer.

    Backing Up Contacts with iCloud

    If you use iCloud as your backup solution, and you really should, contacts will be synced and backed up to iCloud automatically. This is turned on when using iCloud by default, but you can verify it is configured and then force a backup by doing the following:

    Launch “Settings” and tap on “iCloud”

    Verify the iCloud account is set up and that “Contacts” is turned ON




    Scroll down and tap on “Storage & Backup”
    Tap “Back Up Now”

    This initiates a manual backup to iCloud which contains contacts and all other data you have configured. This is often considered preferable to using iTunes backups alone because anything stored within iCloud can be backed up from virtually anywhere that has internet access and without using a computer.

    Remember that if you just want to share a contact with someone else, you can send contacts from iPhone to other devices in the form of a vCard very easily.


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    How to Backup your iPhone



    By default your iPhone will automatically sync and create a backup each time your iPhone is connected to your computer. If you want to manually create an iPhone backup though, it is very easy.

    How to start an iPhone backup:

    Plug your iPhone into your computer
    Launch iTunes
    Select your iPhone in the ‘DEVICES’ list
    Right-Click on your iPhone
    Select “Back Up”
    Wait for iPhone backup to complete

    This will create a backup of your iPhone that you will be able to restore from later, and the procedure is the same in Mac OS or Windows. It is a good idea to create a current backup before you download and install the latest iOS version.

    Does this work to backup my iPod touch or iPad?

    Yes, backing up an iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, or iPad, is all the same process and handled through iTunes in the exact same manner.


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    Restore your iPhone from Backup



    Restoring your iPhone to a previous backup is really easy, so if you’re new to the process of backups and restoration don’t let the techy sounding nature make you shy away.

    Here’s how to restore your iPhone from a backup:

    Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes
    Right-Click on the iPhone and select “Restore from Backup”
    You’ll see the “Last Synced” time and iPhone name to restore to
    Click ‘Restore’

    If you notice that the last synced time is not particularly recent, you just need to backup your iPhone more often! Keeping frequent backups is a good idea across all devices, whether its your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or whatever.

    Be aware this process restores the contacts, calendars, notes, text messages, and settings, it does not revert to prior iPhone firmware or baseband nor does it wipe the iPhone and restore all factory settings, that is an entirely different process. If you need to unjailbreak an iPhone or iPad the process is quite similar.


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