You extracted your contacts from the iTunes backup with iPhone Backup Extractor after your phone took a dive. So what now? All you need to do is make sure you extracted the file as a CSV, and you can now import it to your Mac computer Address Book for safe-keeping.
Extract CSV contacts from iTunes backup
First things first, you need to extract the contacts from your iTunes backup using iPhone Backup Extractor. This is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor.
- Run iPhone Backup Extractor and click the "File" menu, where you will find the option to "Convert contacts DB to CSV". (Or you can use the "Extract" menu to "Extract contacts as CSV".)
- Save the contacts to your computer, and presto! You can go on and import them to Mac Address Book.
Import iPhone contacts to your Mac Address Book
To import the contacts CSV file to the Mac Address Book, you'll need to set a new group first and then choose the correct settings to save the contacts.
Open the Mac Address Book ("Contacts" in the Launchpad) and create a "New Group" using the "File" drop-down menu
Give the new group a name, say "iPhone contacts"
Highlight the new group. In the drop-down menu, select "Import"
Find the extracted contacts CSV file with your iPhone contacts, double-click it and choose "Open"
If the CSV file does not include header columns, uncheck the "Ignore first card" box.
Click "OK" and voilà! Your contacts should now be imported to your Mac!
If the possibility of ever losing your contacts again gives you the chills, you can always back up your Mac Address Book for safety. The contents of the Mac computer can be easily synced with the phone if you ever need it.
Windows users should check out our guide on how to import contacts from CSV into Outlook and how to import vCard contacts into Gmail. Last but not least, here is our guide on how to recover iTunes contacts on Windows with iPhone Backup Extractor.
Have you had trouble importing CSV files to the Mac Address Book? Let us know if this guide helps you out!