Restoring iPhone 5 as new, but save contacts

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by parkm13, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    Hello, I have been using an iPhone sense the 3g and have never restored my phone as new, always from a backup. I have had my iPhone 5 for some time and it has a lot of useless stuff on it. I would love to restore it as a new phone but do not want to lose my contacts. Is there any way I can save only my contacts, but restore the phone as new? It also would be great if there was a way to sort out duplicate contacts. Thanks in advance for the help!


    Is there a way to save them to my sim card? I am on sprint.
  2. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Sync contacts to iCloud.It will sync them back after restore,

    For duplicates.

    Sync to iCloud
    Export to vcard
    Import vcard to Google Mail
    Merge duplicates
    Use google carddav to sync contacts
  3. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    You can use an app like this to export the contacts to a VCF file. Then email yourself the file on the restored/new phone and click the VCF in the email message to import the contacts.

    You can use GMail contacts as mentioned above to import the VCF, then merge the dups then export back out as a VCF.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    If I have the contacts in adress book on my mac will I be able to transfer them from adress book to my phone?
  5. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes. Open the Address Book app and click a contact then hit command-a to select all. Then go to the File menu/Exports/Exports... then save. This will give your a VCARD file that can be emailed to the phone. Click the VCARD attachment in the email on the phone and it will ask to import the messages.

    There is also a "look for duplicates" option in the Address Book under the Card menu.

    Or you can use iCloud or iTunes to sync also.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010

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