How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to Mac?

The iPhone and Mac have different communication apps, including FaceTime, Messaging, and more. You can synchronize contacts and other data between your iPhone and Mac. Video calls and iMessage messages will become faster and more convenient if phone numbers and mailbox addresses are available on your computer.

In this article, we describe 3 ways to sync and import contacts from iPhone to Mac. But first, let’s understand the difference between syncing and transferring.

What is Synchronization?

Synchronization is when something happens all at once. If you sync contacts on your iPhone and Mac, changes from one device will immediately happen on the other. For example, if you delete a contact on your iPhone, it will disappear from your MacBook, and vice versa. If you change a contact on a Mac, the changes will show up on the iPhone as well.

What is Data Import?

Importing contacts is simply copying. After that, any changes you make will only be relevant to the current device on which you’re making those changes. Nothing will be synchronized.

You need to know about the differences between these actions so that you can choose the right ones in different situations.

How to Sync Your Contacts via iCloud?

iCloud connects all your Apple devices. It’s very convenient. The service synchronizes contacts, reminders, calendar events, passwords, and other data.

Your Mac must have the same Apple ID as your iPhone to enable contact synchronization. The function must be enabled on both devices.

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Follow a few simple steps to take this on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app and select your name at the top.
  2. Select iCloud and turn on Contacts. Tap Merge.

On the Mac, this action is just as easy:

  1. On the menu bar, tap the Apple icon and select System Preferences.
  2. Tap Apple ID > iCloud and check the box next to Contacts.

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Now open the Contacts app on your Mac, and you’ll see all your iPhone contacts there.

Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a lightning cable if you’re not using iCloud. Select your iPhone in the Finder or iTunes side menu. Then turn on contact sync on the Details tab.

How to Sync Your Contacts via Google or Microsoft?

Your contacts are probably saved in your Google Account if you’ve used an Android smartphone or Windows computer before. If so, you can add that account to your iPhone and Mac to sync your contacts.

Do this on your iPhone:

  1. Open Settings and select Contacts.
  2. Select Accounts > Add Account.
  3. Here, select Google or another account where your contacts are stored. Follow the on-screen instructions to sign in.
  4. After that, turn on Contacts.

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On a Mac, also follow a few steps:

  1. On the menu bar, click the Apple icon and select System Preferences.
  2. Choose Internet Accounts > Google (or another service) and sign in. Then click the checkbox next to Contacts.
  3. Open the macOS Contacts, and you’ll see your account on the left side of the menu, select it to view your contacts.

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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop?

In conclusion, we will describe another way to synchronize contacts on iPhone and Mac. You can use AirDrop if you do not use the services above and want to quickly transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices and follow the steps below.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Contacts or Phone app and select the desired contact.
  2. Tap Share Contact > AirDrop and select your Mac.
  3. The contact appears in the Downloads’ folder with the name.vcf. Double-tap the file to add the contact. You can also use the notification Click Open > Add.


We told you about the fastest and most reliable ways to sync and transfer contacts from your iPhone to your Mac. We hope you’ll find them useful!

Cyril Kardashevsky

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