Jill Duffy is a contributing editor, specializing in productivity apps and software, as well as technologies for health and fitness. If you have ever moved files from one phone to another you know that in most cases you lose some of you contacts. Even I had to spend some time trying to figure out some way to transfer my contacts to another phone.
The simplest way to backup your contacts involves iTunes but to use this option you need computer. It shouldn’t take more than few seconds up to few minutes depending on how much information is on your iPhone. Another option to backup your iPhone’s contacts involves iCloud, it is Apple’s effort in cloud computing that was introduced in the fall of 2011.


This method will backup only selected data and not the entire phone, so it is recommended to use iTunes backup feature one in a while. You may want to check that you have the latest version of iTunes (go to Help > Check for Updates), but in many cases it's not necessary.
She writes the weekly Get Organized column, with tips on how to lead a better digital life. Even if you do a backup for your contacts and then move them to your new phone there is always some errors in the process and you lose some contacts without even noticing it. Now you can use this backup when restoring your iPhone or when you want to setup a new iPhone using information from the old one. Below these instructions, you'll also find a list of things that do and do not get backed up—each list applies to both backup methods.


Her first book, Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Messy Digital Life is available for Kindle, iPad, and other digital formats. Some phones have a specific contact format and transferring them to a different phone is close to impossible.



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