The Apple iPhone has changed the way many people view and use their telephone. It is capable of surfing the net and downloading and running applications and other types of data transfer. With all of these new capabilities come new ways for the address book to become compromised. One can lose all of his contacts if caution is not exercised. However, there is a way to backup iPhone contacts so that if the address book is corrupted, one can restore the contact list.
The first step is to download iTunes to one’s computer. This app will run on Mac or PC formatted computers, so compatibility is not an issue. ITunes is the preferred software for backing up and syncing information between an iPhone, iPad, or iPod and a computer. It is best to ensure that one is running the latest version of iTunes in order to achieve the best results.
iTunes will automatically create a backup of contacts and other user information under certain conditions. Any time one syncs the device with iTunes, a backup is created. Every time one updates the device in iTunes a backup is automatically created. Any time one does a restore using iTunes he/she will be prompted to create a backup before restoring.
There is also a way to manually create a backup of contacts using iTunes. All one needs to do is right click the iPhone icon in iTunes and choose backup from drop down menu.
Many people like to go a step further and place their iPhone contacts into their windows address book. This can be accomplished by connecting the phone to the computer and opening iTunes. Left click the iPhone icon. Click the tab marked “info” and find the section marked “contacts”. Place a check in the box marked “sync contacts” and select “windows address book” from the list of available destinations.
If this is the first time you have performed this operation, click the button that says apply. If not, there will be a button marked “sync”. Once the operation has been completed, one can export the contents of the address book into a backup file or leave this content in place as the windows address book as well as the iPhone contacts.
There are many different ways that one can lose his/her iPhone contacts . The most common is loss, theft, or damage to the iPhone itself. However, there are also many ways to corrupt the data stored in contacts if one is not careful. Therefore, it is important to know how to backup the contacts to another device for safe keeping.