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How to Export iPhone Contacts to a VCF/vCards

Want to export your iPhone contacts to vCards (.vcf) as a backup? Or just want to export your contact list from the iTunes backup, for you lost your iPhone? Whatever you want, this article here is about to tell you how to export contacts from iPhone (iOS 9 supported) to vCards or VCF files.

Here you have my two recommendations. One is Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Windows), an iTunes companion, which lets you transfer iPhone contacts to .vcf file, safely. The other is Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (iPhone data recovery), or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac iPhone data recovery), a powerful iOS data recovery tool, which is 100% safe and professional.

Solution 1: Export iPhone Contacts to .vcf file with TunesGo Retro

Actually, Wondershare TunesGo Retro is a specially designed iTunes companion. It gives you the power to export all or selected contacts saved on the iPhone memory, Exchanges, Yahoo!, iCloud, etc to a single .vcf file or multiple vCard files with zero data loss. Besides, you can export iPhone contacts to Outlook, Windows Live mail and Windows Address Book.

Download TunesGo Retro and try it.

Note: Wondershare TunesGo Retro is fully compatible with iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone 6 (Plus), iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS when they're running iOS 9/8/7/6/5. Check more info about supported Apple devices and system requirement.

Step 1. Run this program and connect your iPhone with the PC

First of all, install Wondershare TunesGo Retro on your computer. Run it. Use your iPhone's USB cable to connect your iPhone with PC. Your iPhone will be detected and then shown in the primary window, like the screenshot below.

TunesGo Retro - how to export iphone contacts vcard

Step 2. Export iPhone contacts to vCard

As you see, many data are shown in the left sidebar. Find "Contacts" tab and click it. in its category, you can see the contacts on your iPhone memory, iCloud, Yahoo!, Exchanges, and other accounts. Select the contacts that you'd like to export. Click "Import/Export" to bring up a drop-down menu. If you want to export all contacts, click "Export All Contacts" If you decide to export some of them, click "Export Selected Contacts".

Then, you get six choices in the right pull-down list: "To a Single vCard File", "to Multiple vCard Files" "To Outlook Express", "To Windows Live Mail", "To Windows Address Book" and "to Outlook 2003/2007/2010/2013". Choose "To a Single vCard file" or "to a Multiple vCard files" and find a save path to store the exported vCard to your PC.

Note: To export contacts saved on your iCloud, Exchange, Yahoo! and other accounts, you ought to log in these accounts on your iPhone firsts.

TunesGo Retro - export contacts from iphone to vcard

That's the steps about how to export iPhone contacts to vCard. Fast and easy, isn't it? Now, download Wondershare TunesGo Retro to get things done!

Solution 2: Export contacts from iPhone to vCard in Windows/Mac with Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (for Windows users), or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) helps to find and export your contacts from iPhone to your PC or Mac, and it only read your data, never remembers or modifies your data. You're always the only owner of your iPhone data. What's more, it offers you two ways to export iPhone contacts as vCard: export it directly from your iPhone, or export it from your iTunes backup.

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

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Part 1: Extract contacts from iPhone to CSV

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer

Before doing anything else, connect your iPhone to the computer, and run the program. Then you'll get a main interface below for iPhone iPhone 6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5C/5S/5/4S.

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For iPhone 4/3GS, you'll see the window like this. Click Download to get a plug-in for your device and continue.

export iphone contacts to vcf

Step 2. Scan your iPhone for contacts on it

To scan data on your iPhone 4/3GS, you'd enter the phone's scanning mode. Do it by following the way below: 

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 system.

If you use iPhone iPhone 6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5C/5S/5/4S, you can directly scan your iPhone by clicking the Start Scan button on the main window. Then the program will begin to scan your iPhone automatically.

Step 2. Export iPhone contacts to vCard/VCF file

When the program finishes the scan, it will give you back a scan report. In the report, all data on your iPhone are displayed in categories, like photos, contacts, messages, notes, etc. You can preview them to have a check. To export iPhone contacts to vCard, select them and click Recover. You can easily export them to your computer as a VCF file.

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You can also watch the video tutorial below.

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Part 2: Export iPhone contacts to VCF/vCard from iTunes backup

Step 1. Choose the iTunes backup to extract

When you're here, click Recover from iTunes Backup File on the top of the primary window after you run the program. Then you'll get a window below. All your iTunes backup files on your computer have been found out. Choose the one for your iPhone and click Start Scan to begin extracting it.

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Step 2. Extract iPhone backup contacts to VCF/vCard

The scan will cost you a few seconds. After that, all data on your iPhone (iOS 9 supported) will be extracted and displayed in categories. Click Contacts to check your contacts and click Recover to export them as a vCard/VCF file on your computer.

export iphone contacts as vcf file

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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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