How to Export All Contacts on iPhone on iOS 16

The iOS Contacts app has always been infamous for its lack of features when compared to its counterparts. Be it the ability to batch delete your contacts or the ability to import multiple ones from a different device.

Thankfully, with the release of iOS 16, a few of these issues have been addressed, and among them is the ability to export all your contacts. You can now export multiple contacts from the Contacts app on iOS, and here’s how you can get started. 

How to export all contacts on iPhone

  • Required: iOS 16 update

Open the Contacts app and tap Lists in the top left.

Now tap and hold on, All iCloud. If you do not have iCloud enabled, this category will be named All contacts.

Select Export.

Now tap and select your desired app from the share sheet.

You can also tap Save to Files to save all your contacts to a designated location in the Files app. You can then access and export these contacts manually as needed.

And that’s how you can export all contacts on your device. 

Tip: You can also use this feature to export all contacts from a particular contact list on your device.

Which format is used when exporting my contacts?

iOS will export all your contacts in the .VCF format. This is a popular format commonly known as vCard used to store contact details like email addresses, contacts, and more easily. This format is supported by most platforms and contacts apps and can be easily imported to any device you like. 

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Are all my contacts stored in a single file?

Yes, all your contacts are stored in a single .VCF file. Compatible apps and devices will be able to differentiate between different fields like name, email, address, phone number, landline number, and more. These details can then be easily imported to the app or device accordingly. 

Can I convert my contacts to a different file format?

Converting file formats for exported contact lists hasn’t been advisable for a long time. This is because most converters can end up messing your entire data if they end up encounter a bug or make a mistake. However, if you’re in a pickle and have no way of importing contacts to a platform or app in the .VCF format, then there is no harm in converting to a different file format. Ensure that you make a backup of the original file so that you can always recover your data in case something goes wrong during the conversion. 

We hope this post helped you easily export all your contacts on iOS 16. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.


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