How to Find Your Contacts on Your Computer After You Sync Your iPhone

By Bennett Gavrish

The iTunes software, which is a free download for both Macs and PCs, can sync different types of data between your computer and your iPhone. For example, iTunes can transfer contact data from your iPhone's address book to your computer. After the syncing, the transferred contacts are stored in different programs depending on what type of computer you are using.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes 10 or later
  • iPhone USB cable

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable, and launch the iTunes program if it does not open automatically.

Step 2

Highlight the name of your iPhone underneath the "Devices" heading on the left side of the iTunes window.

Step 3

Wait for the syncing process to finish, then go to the "Info" tab at the top of the iPhone configuration page.

Step 4

Look in the "Contacts" section of the window to find what program the iPhone is using to sync contact data. If using a Mac, you either see "Address Book" or "Entourage." If using Windows, you see either "Outlook," "Windows Address Book" or "Windows Contacts."

Step 5

Launch the application you found in the "Contacts" section from Step 4. If using a Mac, click on the "Finder" dock icon, navigate to the "Applications" section, and double-click on the "Address Book" or "Entourage" icon. On Windows, open the "Start" menu, expand the "All Programs" list, and click on "Outlook," "Windows Address Book" or "Windows Contacts." When you open the appropriate program, your iPhone contacts appear in the main address book list or in a separate group.