1. Export Contacts from iPhone Using the Contact Menu
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  • Tap to launch your contacts app on your iPhone. Alternatively, you can launch the “Phone” app and tap on the “Contacts” tab.
  • Tap on the contact that you want to be exported to another iPhone. You can share the contact with any selected recipient contact on your contact list.
  • Tap on the “Share” contact option, and you’ll be prompted to select the app you want to use to share the contact. You can share contacts through message, email, and other messaging apps.
  • From the options of apps displayed, select your preferred messaging app to use in exporting contacts.
  • Select the name of your recipient and send the contact. When done with that, your recipient will get the contact in VCF format that will make the contact to appear a new entry into contacts app when opened.

Note: This method is excellent for exporting a few contacts but not suitable for exporting a large volume of contacts.

  1. Export Contacts Using iCloud Syncing
  • Ensure you have a strong and reliable Wi-Fi connection before proceeding.
  • Ensure the two iPhone devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network  by using the following steps on the two devices:
  • On each iPhone, switch on the Wi-Fi by toggling the Wi-Fi button above the setting menu to “On” position. When the button is set to the “On” position, it should show a green light.
  • Tap on your preferred network from the list of available networks under the “Choose a Network” section. You should choose the same network for both devices.
  • Enter the Wi-Fi password when prompted to get your devices connected.

And if not yet signed in using the same “Apple ID,” proceed using the steps below:

  • Tap on “Sign In to (Your device)” option  to sign in to your device.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password.
  • Tap on the “Sign In” button and your devices should get signed in with the same Apple ID
  • Launch the gray “Settings” app on both the iPhones.
  • When the setting open, locate and tap on your name at the top of the menu.
  • Locate the “iCloud” icon and tap on it.
  • After that, toggle the “Contact” switch to the right side to switch it to the “On” position, and there will be a green light next to the button to confirm that the contacts are enabled.

It is important to note that this step will get your contacts uploaded to iCloud, where you can get access to them.

  • When a message appears prompting you to “Merge” the contacts, tap on it to ensure that none of your contacts get deleted. After that, the contacts from both phones will exist on the others, thereby effectively syncing your contacts between the two iPhones.

Note: Syncing contacts is the easiest way to export your contacts to other iPhones

  1. Export Contacts From iPhone Using iCloud Backup
  • Ensure you have a stable and reliable Wi-Fi network to make your steps speedy.
  • Locate and tap on the grey “Settings” app icon on your home screen. Since both the two iPhone must get connected to a Wi-Fi network;
  • Switch on the Wi-Fi by toggling the Wi-Fi button above the setting menu to “On” position. When the button is set to the “On” position, it should show a green light.
  • Tap on your preferred network from the list of available networks under the “Choose a Network” section.
  • Enter the Wi-Fi password when prompted to get your device connected.
  • Locate and tap on your Apple ID located at the top of the Menu section. The Apple ID section may have your name and an image if you’re using later versions. But, if you’re using the older versions, your name may not appear on this page.

If not yet signed in to your device, do so by:

  • Tapping on “Sign In to (Your device)” option  to sign in to your device.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password.
  • Tap on the “Sign In” button.

Note: This steps may not be available for older versions of iOS.

  • Locate on the “iCloud” menu in the second part of the list and tap on it.
  • Slide on the “Contacts” button to the right.” When in the “On” position, it should show a green light. You should find this option near the “APPS USING ICLOUD” option.
  • Scroll down the options to locate the “iCloud Backup” option at the bottom of “APPS USING ICLOUD” and tap on it.
  • Tap on the “Back Up Now” to get all your contacts backed up to “iCloud” and then go to your new iPhone’s “Settings” located on your home screen.
  • Locate your Apple ID at the top of the menu and follow the steps below.
  • Tapping on “Sign In to (Your device)” option  to sign in to your device.
  • Feed-in your Apple ID and Password.
  • Tap on the “Sign In” button.
  • Locate and tap on the “iCloud” icon in the second part of the menu and then toggle the “Contacts” switch to the “On” position.
  • Press on the round “Home” button located on your iPhone, just below the screen.
  • Open the gray “Contacts” app. Then, swipe down slowly from the middle of the idle of your screen and hold until a spinning “refresh” icon appears above the contact list. And then lift off your finger. By completing this step successfully, the contacts backed up from your old iPhone should now be available on the new iPhone.
  1. Export Contacts from iPhone Using iTunes Backup
  • Launch your iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. By doing that, your device should appear in the upper row in the iTunes Window.
  • Click on your iPhone in the iTunes window. By doing that, a summary page will open.
  • In the summary page, select on “This computer” and then go ahead and click on “Back Up Now” to create and save a backup of your old iPhone on the computer. The process may take a few minutes. When through with this step, proceed to the next.
  • Turn on anew iPhone and follow the Setup Assistant prompt to set up your new iPhone. Also, ensure to sign in with the same Apple ID that you used in your old iPhone so that you can be able to get the backup made using it.
  • Connect your new iPhone to the computer when prompted so that it can download the backup files from iTunes. The process of copying the backup from the iTunes on the computer to the new iPhone may take a bit long. And when the whole content is fully loaded, you will find all your contacts that were existing on the old iPhone fully loaded in the new iPhone.

TIP:  Though you can transfer old contacts from your old iPhone to a new one using iCloud and iTunes, it is pretty much better to use iTunes as compared to using iCloud. The process would be faster when using iTunes than when you choose to use iCloud backup.

  1. Export Contacts from iPhone Using Third-Party Software Program

There are many third-party apps, but for this article, we will focus on dr.fone – Switch. If you would like to use this app, proceed with the steps below.

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  • Download and install  dr.fone – Switch on your computer.
  • Using  quality USB cables, connect both iPhones to your computer.
  • Choose on the “Switch” option on the home screen of the program. After that, dr.fone will display your two iPhones on the screen.
  • Click on the “Contacts” option and then click on “Start Transfer.” Within a few seconds or minutes, all your contacts from source iPhone will get terra-copied to the recipient’s iPhone.
  • Click on the “Ok” button to finish the process.

Note: using dr.fone software is the superfast way of exporting your contacts from on iPhone to the other. Also, you can use other software such as My Contacts Backups, FoneDog to export your contacts.

  1. Export Contacts from iPhone to Email
  • Launch “Settings” app on your iPhone’s home screen.
  • From the mail, contacts, calendars, tap on the “Add account” option. By doing that, a list of various email providers will appear.
  • Click on the logo of your provider.
  • Enter your account details.
  • Tap on the “Save and Export”.

When you’re through with the above five steps, your contacts will get exported to your chosen email address.

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