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How to import iPhone contacts into your Mac Address Book

Livia Stroie

by Livia Stroie

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.

Extracting contacts as CSV
Extracting contacts as CSV

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:

  1. Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor.
  2. 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".)
  3. 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.

  1. Open the Mac Address Book ("Contacts" in the Launchpad) and create a "New Group" using the "File" drop-down menu

    New group
    New group

  2. Give the new group a name, say "iPhone contacts"

    Give the group a name
    Give the group a name

  3. Highlight the new group. In the drop-down menu, select "Import"

    The import option
    The import option

  4. Find the extracted contacts CSV file with your iPhone contacts, double-click it and choose "Open"

    Open the CSV
    Open the CSV

  5. If the CSV file does not include header columns, uncheck the "Ignore first card" box.

    Ignore first card
    Ignore first card

  6. Click "OK" and voilà! Your contacts should now be imported to your Mac!

    Imported contacts
    Imported contacts

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!

Livia Stroie

by Livia Stroie on , last updated

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