How to Sync Contacts From iPhone to Windows

The iPhone has quickly dominated the cell phone market and is now one of the world's most popular multi-tasking smart phones. Apple, the company that manufactures the iPhone, built the phone's operating software to work easily with its own line of Macintosh computers. Although it may seem slightly more complicated, you can easily get your iPhone to sync your contacts, calendar, and other important data with your Windows computer. By automatically setting up your syncing preferences, enable both your iPhone and Windows computer to always hold the same information for your contacts.

Things You'll Need

  • USB syncing cable
  • PC computer
  • iTunes


    • 1

      Connect your iPhone to your Windows computer. Plug the wider end of the syncing cable into the base of your iPhone and plug the USB end into the USB port of your computer. Open iTunes if it does not automatically open when you connect your iPhone.

    • 2

      Go to the "Devices" tab in the left sidebar of iTunes and select your iPhone.

    • 3

      Select the "Info" tab on the main screen in iTunes.

    • 4

      In the "Contacts" section on the "Info" page, check "Sync Microsoft Outlook Contacts". Choose whether to sync all of your contacts or only specific groups of contacts.

    • 5

      Navigate down the page to the "Advanced" section. Make sure that "Contacts" is not selected. This will protect the contacts on your iPhone from being replaced and deleted.

    • 6

      Click the "Apply" button at the bottom right corner of iTunes. Your iPhone and Windows computer will sync all your contact information.

Tips & Warnings

  • After the syncing process is complete, click the "Summary" tab. Under "Options", check "Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected" if you want your contacts to always sync automatically. Otherwise, you can always click the "Sync" button in iTunes whenever you want to manually update your contacts.
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