How to Transfer Contacts From Computer to iPhone

By Andrew Tennyson

Learn how to transfer contacts from your Windows computer to your iPhone using both iTunes and iCloud.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable that comes with iPhone

Keep contact information up to date across all of your devices to ensure you have access to phone numbers, emails and addresses whenever you need them. You can transfer contacts from your computer to your iPhone using either iTunes or iCloud.

Transfer Using iTunes

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes on the computer, if it does not launch automatically. If you don't have iTunes on your computer already, you can download it from Apple's website at no charge.

Tip

You must use the iPhone's USB cable the first time you connect the phone to your computer. If you'd prefer to connect wirelessly moving forward, enable Wi-Fi synchronization in iTunes. Select your iPhone on the list of connected devices in iTunes, click the Summary tab and then place a check mark in the Sync With This iPhone Over Wi-Fi check box. When this feature is activated, your iPhone and iTunes connect automatically whenever they are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2

Select your iPhone on the list of devices displayed near the top of iTunes.

Step 3

Click Info.

Click the Info tab on the menu along the left of the program.

Step 4

Select your contacts.

Place a check mark in the Sync Contacts With check box, select the program on your computer from which you want to transfer contacts and then click the All Contacts radio button.

Tip

If you only want to transfer some of your contacts instead of them all, click the Selected Groups radio button instead and then choose the contacts you want to transfer.

Step 5

Click the Apply button to save your settings and transfer the selected contacts onto your iPhone.

Transfer Using iCloud

You can also sync contacts wirelessly with your iPhone using iCloud, which is convenient if you use Outlook to manage contacts on your computer. The primary benefit to using iCloud over iTunes is that contacts are automatically updated on your iPhone whenever you make changes on your computer.

Step 1

Download and install the free iCloud for Windows program on your computer.

Step 2

Open iCloud for Windows and sign in using the same iCloud account you use on your iPhone.

Step 3

Click the Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks box.

Check the box located next to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks and then click the Apply button.

Step 4

Select iCloud.

Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap iCloud on the main menu.

Step 5

Toggle the Contacts switch on.

Toggle the Contacts switch to the On position to enable automatic synchronization between your computer and your iPhone.