How to Export iPhone Contacts as VCF or Excel

Thanks to iCloud, backing up your iOS contacts is pretty easy. But what if you want to change the device or share the contacts with other devices? That’s quite simple as well. As there are multiple ways to export iPhone Contacts from iCloud.

Depending upon your need, you can either export contacts via VCard (VCF) format or in Excel/CSV format. And we are going to share an in-depth guide for both the methods.

But before we proceed, ensure that your contacts are properly backed-up on your iCloud account.

What is vCard or VCF

vCard or VCF (Virtual Contact File) is a standard file format for electronic business cards. They can include the name, address, phone number, email address, URL, photographs, and audio clips.

Whether, iOS, Android, Google Contacts, mail apps most platforms employ vCard as a default. And here’s how you can export contacts from iCloud to vCard:

How to Export iPhone Contacts from iCloud as VCF (vCard)

Step #1. Launch any web browser on your computer and go to Click on Contacts in iCloud Step #3. On the next screen, your entire contacts will be listed. Click on the Settings icon at the bottom left corner. Click on Settings Contacts in iCloud Settings Step #4. Next, a menu will appear with several options. Click on Select All to export your entire contact list. Select All iPhone Contacts in iCloud Step #5. You need to click on Settings icon again and choose Export vCard. Click on Export vCard in iCloud Step #6. The vCard file of your contacts has been downloaded to the Downloads folder on your Mac.

Note: Once you download vCard, you can as easily import contacts to a supportive device or platform. This method can also be employed if you prefer a local backup of the iCloud contacts for additional safety.

Convert iPhone Contacts from VCF to Excel/CSV Format

There might be times when the application you want to import your contacts to doesn’t support the VCF format. Or you might want to export your iPhone contacts to Apple Numbers, Microsoft Excel, or other Office alternatives.

The later is particularly helpful when you deal with hundreds of customers each day, the CSV format is a bit more efficient. In such scenarios, CSV format is required.

However, there is no official way to copy your contacts from iPhone to Excel, there are some workarounds to overcome the barrier though. You will need third-party tools to convert the vCard in excel format.

Web applications like Online vCard Converter or VCF to XLS, can help you with the conversion.

In this article, let’s head over to vCard to LDIF/CSV Converter using your web browser.

Step #7. Up next, click on Browse.

Browse vcf Contacts on PC

Select the vCard file you downloaded just a few moments ago. Click on Open to upload the file. Now, you have to make some changes:

#1. Click on the drop-down button next to Format and select CSV.

Select CSV to Export iPhone Contacts to Excel

#2. Click on the drop-down button next to Tab and select Comma.

Select Comma in Format to Import iPhone Contacts in Excel

#3. Check the box for Add header line

Select Add Header Line to Export iPhone Contacts in Excel

#4. Click on the drop-down menu next to Encoding and select Unicode (UTF-8)— if it’s not already chosen.

Select UTF8 Format to Import Contacts

Note: Do not select Modifications or Filter.

Uncheck Rest of the Options

Once you have perfectly configured the options, hit the covert option.

Convert VCF Contacts to CSV File

How to Export iPhone Contacts to Excel/CSV using Apps

Export Contact is a good option to backup and transfer contacts. Some of these apps let you export contacts in various file types including Excel (.xlsx), CSV (.csv), and vCard (.vcf).

What’s more, is that you can also choose the export method. Export contacts using email, SMS, iMessage, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Slack, Evernote, and more.

Price: $2.99

Contacts to CSV is another efficient way to export contacts from iPhone. You can choose which contacts to pick and leave behind.

It also lets you pick which data you would like to export. For instance, you can choose to add/remove email, address, etc.. In the end you get a clean customized spreadsheet that you can export via Email or Dropbox.

Price: Free

Signing Off

Contacts have become an essential part of our smartphone usage. From a friend, we made by chance to the occasionally needed electrician, our contact book holds all that and more. So, it’s not surprising that we want them properly protected, backed up, and transferred to devices we are currently using.

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