How to Export Apple iCloud and iPhone Contacts to Windows 10

Applications on an Apple iPhone X.Kevin Parrish

Sharing contacts between your iPhone and a Mac is easy, as the two devices sync in the Apple cloud. But did you know that you can share your iPhone contacts with a Windows 10 PC, also? We will guide you through this!

For this guide, we have not used third-party tools developed specifically to export contacts. Instead, we’re going to show two methods that are readily available on your iPhone and Windows 10. The first method involves Apple’s iCloud service, which is the best option if you need to export more than one contact.

The second method is based on email. You don’t need a specific email client: Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook, etc., everything works fine. We will show you how to recover and download contacts through the Windows 10 Mail app.

Export contacts via iCloud

To use this method, your contacts must be synchronized with iCloud. It’s the best way to export bulk contacts.

To get started, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone. Its location on your phone may be different from that shown below; Use the Spotlight Search if you can’t locate it.

In the “Settings” application, tap your name at the top of the screen, then tap “iCloud” on the next screen.

Check that “Contacts” is activated (green) and synchronized with the cloud. Otherwise, tap the toggle to activate it and sync your contacts.

Then open a browser on your Windows 10 PC and log in to ICloud website with your Apple ID. Click on “Contacts”.

Select a contact on the next screen. If you only want to export a single contact, click on the gear icon in the lower left corner, then select “Export vCard” from the context menu.

If you want to export multiple contacts, first click on a single name. Then place your mouse cursor on the last contact you want to export, hold down the Shift key, then click on the last contact. Click on the gear icon, then select “Export vCard” from the context menu.

By default, the VCF file downloads to the “Downloads” folder on your PC. Right click on the file and select “Open” from the context menu.

Then select where you want to install your contacts. Your choices include Outlook, the Contacts app, and Windows Contacts. After making your selection, click “OK” to import your contacts.

Export via the Contacts application

This method sends your contacts to your Windows 10 PC via email. The major drawback, however, is that you can only export one contact at a time.

Press “Contacts” on your iPhone to open the “Contacts” application (the location of your phone may be different from that shown below).

Then tap the contact you want to export. Once the details are loaded, press “Share contact”.

Tap an email application from the context menu that appears to send the contact to your Windows 10 PC. Fill in the email details, then send them to yourself.

Select an email application from the context menu to send the contact to your PC.

When you receive the email on your Windows 10 PC, right-click the VCF attachment, then click “Open” from the context menu. Again, your choices are Outlook, the Contacts app, and Windows Contacts.

Repeat these steps for each additional contact you want to import into Windows 10.

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