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How to Transfer Contacts from PC to iPhone with/without iTunes - 4 Ways

It is such a good habit to store important contacts from iPhone on your PC to keep them safe. Whenever you need those contacts, for example, when switching to a new iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max, or when data loss happens on your iPhone, you can transfer contacts from PC to your iPhone again. The question is, how to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone easily? You may know that iTunes is a commonly-used tool when it comes to data transfer between iPhone and PC. But is it really the best way? This article concludes the top 4 methods on how to import contacts from PC to iPhone with ease. Read along and choose the most suitable way to carry out this task.

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Part 1: How to Transfer Contacts from Computer to iPhone without iTunes
Method 1. How to Transfer Contacts from PC to iPhone without iTunes using iOS Assistant (XML)
Method 2. How to Import Contacts from Computer to iPhone with iCloud (Outlook or vCard)
Method 3. How to Download Contacts from Computer to iPhone via Email (VCF)
Part 2: How to Get Contacts from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

Part 1: How to Transfer Contacts from Computer to iPhone without iTunes

In this part, we will explore 3 workable ways on how to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone without iTunes. Read on and try the method that suits you best.

Method 1. How to Transfer Contacts from PC to iPhone without iTunes using Coolmuster iOS Assistant (XML)

Getting tired of using iTunes to sync data between iPhone and computer? Here's a great alternate option: Coolmuster iOS Assistant. This is a professional data management software that allows you to transfer files from between computer and iPhone, manage data on iPhone from PC, as well as back up iPhone to PC easily. Unlike iTunes, which will erase the existing contents on your iPhone during the syncing process, Coolmuster iOS Assistant enables you to create multiple backups without wiping out the previous one.

With this tool, you can import contacts to iPhone from computer without any difficulty (contacts are saved in XML files). It also lets you add new contacts, edit contact detail info, delete unwanted contacts directly on the computer as well as export contacts from iPhone to PC as CSV/vCard/XML format for easier management.

Coolmuster iOS Assistant supports iOS 5 and later, it works well on iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/Xs Max/Xs/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6 and more.

Download Coolmuster iOS Assistant now:

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Tip: Coolmuster iOS Assistant offers a Mac version, if you are a Mac user, you can download the Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Mac to transfer contacts from Mac to iPhone.

How to transfer contacts from computer to iPhone via Coolmuster iOS Assistant:

Step 1: Run iOS Assistant on PC and connect iPhone to PC

Download and run Coolmuster iOS Assistant on your computer, then connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable. Tap Trust on your iPhone as prompted, the software will automatically detect your iPhone in seconds.

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Step 2: Click "Import" to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone

After the connection, you can see all your files are categorized according to file types for easy navigation. Click Contacts and select Import from the top of the menu, then select the XML file that contains the contacts you want to transfer.

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Method 2. How to Import Contacts from Computer to iPhone with iCloud (Outlook or vCard)

iCloud offers an easy and convenient solution for backing up iOS data. According to different situations, here we will show you two effective ways on how to download contacts from computer to iPhone using iCloud.

>> How to transfer contacts from computer to iPhone using iCloud for Windows (Outlook contacts)

iCloud for Windows lets you synchronize your contacts with Outlook. So if you use Outlook to store and manage your contacts on computer, iCloud will be a good way to download contacts from computer to iPhone. What's more, if you edit your contacts on your computer, the changes you make will automatically update on your iPhone contact list.

Step 1: Download and launch iCloud for Windows, then sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2: Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks, then click Apply.

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Step 3: Now switch to your iPhone and open the Settings app > iCloud > enable Contacts. By doing so, your contacts from computer will be synced to iPhone.

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>> How to get contacts from computer to iPhone via iCloud.com (vCard files)

If your contacts are stored on your computer as vCard files, you can also use iCloud to import those contacts from computer to your iPhone. Check out the steps below:

Step 1: Visit iCloud.com on your computer, then sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2: Select Contacts > tap the gear icon on the bottom-left conner > select Import vCard.

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Step 3: After importing the contacts in vCard files to iCloud, go to Settings on your iPhone > iCloud > enable Contacts. Those contacts from PC will then be synced to your iPhone.

Method 3. How to Download Contacts from Computer to iPhone via Email (VCF)

Email is a quick and simple way of transferring files between different devices. You can transfer contacts on your computer to iPhone via email. Note that the contacts your are transferring should be saved as vCard files in VCF format on your PC, otherwise iPhone is unable to read other file formats.

How to import contacts from computer to iPhone via Email:

Step 1: On your computer, log in to your email account and send yourself an email with the attached VCF contacts file.

Step 2: On your iPhone, open the email and then tap the contacts file, you will be prompted to import the contacts from the attachment to your iPhone. Choose the Add All Contacts option and you can unduplicate the existing contacts during transferring.

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Part 2: How to Get Contacts from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

If you have synced iPhone contacts to iTunes on your computer, you can use iTunes to get contacts from computer to iPhone. However, it is to be noted that this will overwrite all the existing contact information on your iPhone with the iTunes backup. So, please make sure the iTunes backup contains all the contacts you need, or you can also back up your contacts on iPhone to PC beforehand in case of data loss.

How to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone via iTunes:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to PC with a USB cable and then open iTunes.

Step 2: After your iPhone is detected by iTunes, click the iPhone icon on the top-left of iTunes interface.

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Step 3: Click the Info tab on the left panel > check the box of Sync Contacts with > click the drop-down menu and select the source of contacts > click Sync.

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This is how to import contacts from computer to iPhone via iTunes. In this way, the contacts list on your iPhone will be replaced with the synced contacts.

Final Words

Transferring contacts from PC to iPhone should be very easy if you find the proper solution. If your contacts saved as XML format, there is no doubt that Coolmuster iOS Assistant is the best way to complete this task. And it is worth noticing that this tool can not only help you transfer contacts between iPhone and computer but also can transfer, manage, back up a wide range of file types on your iPhone/iPad/iPod. You can download the free trial version of it to explore more of its useful features.

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