When you own an iPhone, one of the most important things you will have to do is to back up your contacts. This is necessary so that you don’t lose any of your information on individuals you consider friends, family and acquaintances. Performing this task will ensure that you will always have your contacts on hand, even if you lose your iPhone or have no choice but to perform a hard reset, which in essence wipes out all of your data. Here’s how to backup iPhone contacts using iTunes, iCloud and iOS 5.1.
The quicker and easier way in which to back up your iPhone contacts involves iTunes. Open iTunes on your computer. It works with both the PC and Mac. Connect your iPhone to the program on your computer via the USB connector that came with it. Wait until iTunes recognizes your phone. This is distinguishable by the word “Devices” at the left with the name of your iPhone directly underneath. In most cases, your phone is named as being your iPhone, such as “Mary Smith’s iPhone.” Right-click on the name of your device and then select “Backup.”
Another option for backing up your iPhone’s contacts can take place through iCloud, Apple’s cloud computing technology service that was introduced in the fall of 2011. To perform this type of backup, you must have the iOS 5 operating system on your device, or a later version up to the most recent, iOS 5.1. You can access the iCloud service through the “Settings” menu on your phone under “Backup and Storage.” You must enable the backup option in order for this to take effect. When your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, it will periodically backup through iCloud, or you can do so by connecting your iPhone to a power source. Even if you rely on the iCloud method to back up your contacts, you will still benefit from occasionally plugging in your iPhone to iTunes via your computer in order to ensure it is effective. It is essentially a double check that will make an additional backup of your contacts.
If you are in the market for a new iPhone, it is absolutely essential to back up your contacts from your old device on iTunes prior to switching over to the new phone. You will be thankful for the process because it will make getting your contacts on the new iPhone that much quicker and efficient.