How to Extract iPhone Contacts to vCard/VCF

Regularly backing up your iPhone contacts is a good habit. You will never lose all your contacts in case your iPhone is lost or broken. We know that iTunes can do backups when we sync iPhone with it (find and view itunes backup). But, the backup file is inaccessible, and it doesn't allow you to read it in any way. If you can extract iPhone contacts to VCF/vCard, you can easily read and edit it.

To extract iPhone contacts as vCard (VCF) file, you can try the two tool. One tool is Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS(iPhone Data Recovery) (Windows) or Wondershare Dr.fone (iPhone data recovery for mac). It extracts contacts from iPhone or iTunes backup to a VCF/vCard File. The other tool is Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Windows), which also enables you to extract contacts on iPhone to vCard file. Besides, this tool extracts contacts to Outlook, Windows Adress Book, Windows Live Mail.

Solution 1: Extract iPhone contacts to vCard File with dr.fone for ios (Windows & Mac)

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS(iPhone Data Recovery) (Windows), or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (iPhone data recovery for mac)  allow you to either directly extract iPhone contacts to vCard/VCF, or extract contacts from iPhone backup to vCard/VCF. Your contacts will not be modified or remembered.

Download a free trial below and install it on your computer to have a try.

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Part 1: Extract iPhone contacts to vCard/VCF from iTunes backup

Step 1. Choose the iPhone backup to extract

To extract iPhone backup contacts, you need to sync your iPhone with iTunes first. Then run the program and go to Recover from iTunes Backup File on the top. Here your iPhone backup files will be scanned and listed. Choose the one with a fresh date and click Start Scan to extract it.

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Step 2. Extract iPhone backup contacts to VCF/vCard

More than contacts, all contents in the backup will be extracted after the scan. You can preview them all in the scan result shown below. Check your contacts and click Recover. You can save them as a vCard/VCF file on your computer. Moreover, Wondershare dr.fone for ios lets you extract iPhone contacts as a CSV or HTML file.

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Part 2: Extract contacts from iPhone to vCard/VCF File

Step 1. Scan your iPhone for contacts

If you don't want to use iTunes backup, you can use this way to directly extract contacts from your iPhone to a vCard/VCF file. To get started, connect your iPhone to the computer and run the program. The program will present you a window below.

For iPhone 5/4S: Click Start Scan to directly scan your iPhone for contacts on it.

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For iPhone 4/3GS, you need to download a plug-in first, and then follow the description to enter the phone's scanning mode:

1. Hold your iPhone, and click Start to begin;

2. Hold Power and Home buttons at the same time for 10 seconds;

3. Release the Power button and keep pressing the Home button for another 15 seconds, until you get into the scanning mode.

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After that, Wondershare dr.fone for ios will automatically scan your iPhone for data on it and those deleted recently.

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Step 2. Extract contacts from iPhone to vCard/VCF file

After the scan, you can preview all data found from your iPhone, including contacts, messages, photos, notes, etc. Check those you want and click Recover. You can extract your iPhone contacts to a vCard/VCF file on your computer now.

Note: If you want to separate deleted contacts, you can use the slide button on the top to "Only display the deleted items".

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You can also watch the video tutorial below.

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Solution 2: Extract contacts from iPhone to VCF with TunesGo Retro

With Wondershare TunesGo Retro, you can also extract contacts from your iPhone as VCF file. Then, you can either the VCF file on your computer, or upload to some accounts, like Gmail. If you have many duplicate contacts on your iPhone, you can merge them before extracting.

Download TunesGo Retro on your computer and try it now.

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Wondershare TunesGo Retro supports iPhone 5, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S running iOS 5 and iOS 6. Here, you can get more detailes about supported Apple devices and system requirements.

Step 1. Install and launch TunesGo Retro

At the beginning, install and launch TunesGo Retro on your computer. Then, you will see this window below.

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Step 2. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer

Then, connect your iPhone to the computer by using the USB cable that comes with your iPhone. Once your iPhone is connected, this tool will detect it and then show it in the starting window.

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Step 3. Extract iPhone contacts as VCF

Now, In the left sidebar, click "Contacts". If you have logged in the accounts on your iPhone, like iCloud, Exchange and Yahoo!, the contacts on these accounts will be shown in the "Contacts" category. Selectively choose the contacts or choose all contacts. Click "Import/Export".

Then, the pull-down menu pops up. According to your choice, click "Export Selected Contacts" or "Export All Contacts". After another pull-down menu appears, you should choose "to Multiple vCard Files" or "to a Single vCard File". Browser your computer until you find a location to store the vCard file(s).

Besides extracting iPhone contacts to vCard files, you can extract them to Outlook Express, Outlook 2003/2007/2010/2013, Windows Address Book and Windows Live Mail.

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Try Wondershare TunesGo Retro to extract iPhone contacts to vCard!

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Further Reading

Recover iPhone messages: This guide shows you how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in different ways.
Recover deleted photos on iphone: This article shows you how to recover deleted photos on iphone in different ways.
Recover iPhone iMessages: You can recover deleted contacts without a backup on iPhone with 3 steps at ease.

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Aug 28,2015 16:24 pm / Posted by Selena Lee to iPhone

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