Even though iTunes is backing up all my contacts while I'm syncing, the backup still exists on a computer. So I would like to make a backup on another physical medium, just in case my computer or iPhone gets destroyed, lost, stolen, etc....
How can I do this?


You can export your contacts from the Contacts app, it will save them as a Address Book Backup file (.abbu). Once you do that, you can drop the file into a burn cd folder and burn the CD.

File < Export < Contacts Archive
Save as a file that you can easily identify. (Contacts-date.abbu)

This of course only works if you sync your iPhone's contacts to your Address Book app.

  • You seem to be making the assumption that the OP owns and syncs their iPhone with a Mac. – Ethan Lee Nov 21 '12 at 3:29
  • This being "Ask Different" Which seems mac centric, it seems prudent. What makes you think the OP syncs with anything but a mac when they ask a question here? – Mark Cohen Nov 21 '12 at 23:48
  • This site is about all Apple hardware and software :) They could sync with a PC and ask a question here, as long as they're talking about an iPhone. Why, the first related question to the right is about a Windows sync setup. – Ethan Lee Nov 22 '12 at 0:08
  • One thing you might want to add is that you can Command-A to select all of the cards and File > Export > Export vCard... This is definitely more compatible with other applications, whether it be Contacts, Outlook, Gmail, etc. – Ethan Lee Nov 22 '12 at 0:10

Another thing to try is syncing with iCloud, which will back-up/copy your contacts (among other items on your iPhone) into the Cloud and you could access it anywhere where you have an internet connection.


I use List.Up (www.listdotup.com) to backup/restore my iPhone contacts.

Each backup is timestamp, available in vCard format and can be download from List.Up Cloud.

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