Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS 94 94 people found this article helpful How to Export Contacts From iPhone Use vCard files or Excel/CVS format to transfer contact data to other platforms by Brenna Miles Writer Brenna Miles is a technology writer with a B.A. in Business Management and HR Management. She's been writing about technology for 6+ years. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Brenna Miles Updated on July 16, 2020 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on Aug 20, 2020 Ryan Perian iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email What to Know You can export contacts from iPhone in different formats to support sharing with users on other platforms.You can only export contacts from iPhone in a vCard format, but you can use a third-party app to export to Microsoft Excel's CSV format.You can also export contacts from iPhone to iCloud using VCF format. When you need to share a contact from your iPhone with someone on another device or platform, you can export the information easily, either in VCard (VCF) format or in Excel/CSV format. Instructions in this article apply to iPhones with iOS 13 through iOS 10 and to Macs with macOS Catalina (10.15) through OS X Yosemite (10.10). How to Export Contacts From iPhone to Excel/CSV Format Although there are several apps designed to handle this task, Export to CSV is free and well-reviewed by users. The first time you open the Export to CSV app on your iPhone, click OK to grant permission for the app to access your Contacts. You must agree to this permission for the app to work. Tap Begin Exporting. Select whether you are exporting only a group of individual contacts or all your contacts. Tap the + sign at the top of the Export Details screen to indicate how many columns of data you want to export. If you only want to export first name, last name, and email address, for example, you need three columns. Tap the top Click to Edit Column Data to select the type of data you want the first field to contain. In this example, click First Name and tap Done to return to the column list. Repeat the process for the second and third entries that say Click to Edit Column Data and select Last Name and Email Address, respectively. After you assign the data types, select either Email or Dropbox as the source for the CSV file and tap Export. The CSV file you receive in your mail or Dropbox account can be imported into any program that accepts CSV format files, including Excel. Export Contacts From iPhone to vCard Using iCloud If you don't want to use a third-party app, export your contacts from your iPhone to the vCard VCF format via your iCloud account. The VCF format of a vCard is similar to the look and feel of an online business card and is a standard address book format. Tap Settings on your iPhone. Tap your name and then tap iCloud. Turn on the Contacts toggle switch. If this setting is turned off, contacts on the device won't sync with your iCloud account and cannot be exported to a file. On a computer, open a web browser, go to iCloud.com, and sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID. You may need to use Apple's two-factor authentication to log in. Choose Contacts. On the Contacts screen, select the gear icon in the lower-left corner and choose Select All. To choose specific contacts to export, press Shift or Ctrl to select contacts one by one. After the contacts are selected, tap the gear icon again and choose Export vCard. The selected contacts are saved to your computer as a .vcf file. Use the VCF File or Convert It to CSV A vCard file is an industry-standard contacts file format. Many programs, including Microsoft Outlook, support vCards. vCards load naturally into most contact lists, making the format ideal for transferring contact information with a minimum of complexity. If the application where you want to import your contacts doesn't support the VCF format, use an online converter to convert the VCF file to a CSV file. One of the better known free online conversion tools is AConvert. To use it, choose the VCF file you exported from iCloud and select CSV as the Target format. Select Convert Now and then download the CSV file.