Syncing contacts from an iPhone to a Mac can be a difficult process if you don’t know where to start. Thankfully, there are some quick and easy tips that will get your contacts in sync and make sure they stay that way.
Whether you’re using an iCloud account, iTunes, or a third-party app, syncing contact details is simple. Here are seven ways to sync contacts from your iPhone to MacBook:
1. Use iCloud: iCloud is the easiest way to keep all of your devices in sync. Once you set up an iCloud account, you can use it to sync your contacts across multiple devices. To access iCloud on your Mac, simply open System Preferences and select the “iCloud” option. Then sign in with your Apple ID and password.
2. Use iTunes: iTunes can also be used to get contacts from iPhone to Mac. To do this, connect your iPhone to the computer using the included USB cable and launch iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically. Then select the “Info” tab under the “Devices” section and check the box next to “Sync Contacts With” followed by either Google Contacts or Outlook/Exchange, depending on which type of contact list you want to sync with.
3. Use Google Contacts: Google Contacts is a solid option of syncing contacts between multiple devices without having to rely on other apps or services. To sync contacts using Google Contacts, open the Contacts app on both devices then sign in using your Gmail account details > tap “Accounts” tab from top menu bar within Contacts app > choose “Google” as your contact source > enter your Gmail account credentials and hit “Sign in”.
This will sync all of your iPhone contacts with MacBook via Google Contacts.
4. Use AirDrop: AirDrop is a great way to quickly transfer data between two nearby Apple devices like iPhones and Macs, without needing to use wires or other complicated methods of moving information.
With AirDrop enabled on both devices, simply drag & drop files from one device into another device’s Dock icon (on MacBook) or Nearby Devices list (on iPhone).
5. Use Messages: Messages is another useful tool for quickly transferring data without cables or additional setup required—just like AirDrop but much faster than using Bluetooth moves with larger files such as photos or videos.
To send contacts from the smartphone to the computer via Messages, open the Messages app on iPhone and MacBook and tap on the share button at the bottom left of the screen while viewing a contact card in Contacts app > tap “Send”> choose either iMessage or regular text message > hit “Send”.
Note, though, that you might run into some issues with the Messages app. For instance, there have been reports of messages not syncing between iPhone and Mac, which would require extra effort on your part to solve the problem to continue. Nevertheless, generally speaking, you should be fine with this method.
6. Export/Import Contacts List: Exporting and importing are two other simple ways of transferring data between two different devices—in this case iPhones and MacBooks—without having to use third-party apps or services like Google Contacts or Dropbox, etcetera;
In order to export iPhone contacts, launch the Contacts application, then tap “Share Contact” icon located at the top right corner > select the “Export vCard…” option from pop-up menu > choose “Save to Files”> decide where exactly should VCF file be saved;
After that, connect both iPhone/Mac via the same Wi-Fi network, then launch Safari web browser on both iOS/macOS devices and open the same VCF file by navigating to the location within Files app by entering URL address obtained after exporting VCF file through Contacts app into address bar;
Finally hit the “Download” button in Safari to download the VCF file onto the computer. To import contacts from the exported VCF file into the laptop, open Contacts > go to File menu > select “Import…” option > choose “Contacts (VCard)” as the contact type, then navigate in macOS where you have saved recently downloaded vCard (.vcf) file and choose it for importing.
7. Sync With Dropbox: If you don’t want to use Apple’s iCloud or iTunes services, Dropbox is another great alternative that you can use to sync contacts between your iPhone and Mac quickly and easily.
All you need to do is install the Dropbox app on both of your devices and then add the vCard file to the Dropbox folder on your computer. This will automatically sync the contacts with your iPhone so that they are always up-to-date.