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How to Back Up Contacts to iCloud from Any Device

iCloud is a good choice when you want to sync contacts between your Apple devices. By saving contacts to iCloud from all of your devices, you will be able to access contacts from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, as long as you use the same iCloud account. That’s quite convenient for you to keep contacts updated on your Apple devices. Thus, it could be quite helpful to know how to save contacts to iCloud, either from an iPhone/iPad/iPod or a Mac.

To back up contacts to iCloud, it’s actually quite easy to achieve. But before you start, you need to make sure there is enough iCloud storage to save these items, or you will fail to sync contacts to iCloud. Besides, the contact you delete on your iPhone will also be removed from iCloud.

How to Save Contacts to iCloud from iPhone

Also applies to: iPad and iPod touch

iCloud allows you to synchronize data, such as photos, music, contacts, calendars, and documents, across multiple iOS devices and Mac computers. This means that any changes made to your data on one device will be automatically updated on all other devices where iCloud is enabled. Thus you want to keep your contacts up to date on all devices, you can save the contacts into iCloud. This can be conveniently accomplished through the Settings app on your iOS device.

To sync contacts to iCloud:

Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Tap your name (Apple ID name) and choose “iCloud.”

Step 3. Toggle on “Contacts” and choose “Merge” when a prompt appears. Then contacts will be saved into iCloud.

How to Back Up Contacts to iCloud from Mac

It’s equivalently easy to sync contacts to iCloud from a Mac. Except for contacts, there are other categories that you can sync to iCloud.

To upload contacts to iCloud:

Step 1. Click the Apple logo and choose “System Preferences.”

Step 2. Click “iCloud” and select “Contacts.”

How to Back Up Contacts to iCloud from Mac

After syncing contacts to iCloud from your iPhone and Mac, you can now access your contacts from different devices and keep them updated across your iPhone, Mac, and more.

Extra Tip: How to Back Up Contacts to Windows

iCloud is not the only solution for contact backup. Honestly speaking, it’s not the optimal choice for backing up iPhone contacts. That’s because once you delete contacts from your iPhone, these items will also be deleted from iCloud, either. If you want to recover these deleted contacts from a backup, iCloud won’t help. Thus, iCloud is a better choice for data syncing, rather than data backup.

To secure your contacts, you can make a copy on your computer. To do this, you can use an iPhone backup tool like EaseUS MobiMover. The data transfer tool allow you to transfer/back up contacts, photos, videos, music, PDF files, and more from iPhone to computer or iPhone. With it, you can also send files to your iPhone from computer.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch EaseUS MobiMover. Click “Trust” in the prompt asking for your permission on your iPhone to proceed. To back up your iPhone contacts to your computer, click “Phone to PC” > “Next”.

Connect your iPhone to your computer

Step 2. Select “Contacts” among the options and click the default path to set a custom storage path if you need to. Afterward, click “Transfer”.

Select Contacts among the options

Step 3. When the transfer process has finished, you can go to view the contacts on your computer. The contacts you back up will be saved as an HTML file on your computer, you can view it or transfer it to your iDevice according to your needs.

transfer process

The Bottom Line

Isn’t easy to back up contacts to iCloud? By following same steps, you can also back up photos, videos, notes, and more from your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac to iCloud when necessary. After you save contacts to iCloud, you can manage your iCloud contacts via or export these items as CSV files if you need to.

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