4 Ways To Import Excel Contacts To iPhone

Looking for some easy ways to access your Excel contacts to iPhone so as to efficiently and conveniently manage your business?

However, it’s not possible to add all contacts manually from a diverse Excel contact database on your PC onto the iPhone.

Luckily, there are some possible ways to easily import Excel contacts to iPhone. In this tutorial, you will get steps by step guide on how to import contacts from Excel to iPhone.

So scroll down to this post and let’s find out all the possible ways to transfer Excel contacts to iPhone.

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How To Transfer Excel Contacts To iPhone Manually?

Method 1# Import Excel Contacts To iPhone Using iTunes

You can transfer contacts from Excel to iPhone in just three simple steps. At first, you need to export contacts from excel to CSV format. After that import CSV contacts into the Outlook application. At last, synchronizing those contacts from Outlook app to iPhone using iTunes.

Steps 1# Export Contacts From Excel

  • From the menu tap the “File” option and then choose “Save As.” Don’t press the save option instead of Save As, otherwise, the excel application will save your excel contact in the .xlsx format.
  • Tap to the drop-down menu of “Save as type” and from this choose the “CSV (Comma delimited)” format file type.
  • Assign a name to this newly created CSV file. Hit the “Save” button and after that, you will get the confirmation box regarding whether you want to use the CSV file or not. Here you have to hit the “Yes” button. Remember the location of this CSV file because you need to use it again while importing the contacts to outlook.

Steps 2# Import Contacts to Outlook

  • Open your outlook program. After that follow this path: “File > Open & Export > Import/Export > Import From Another Program or File > Next”.
  • Tap to the “Comma Separated Values” from the list of various file formats. After that tap to the Next.
  • On the opened screen, search for the CSV file which you have exported from Excel and then make a double-tap on it.
  • It’s time to handle the duplicate contacts. You can easily ignore or replace duplicate contacts. After making the selection, just tap to the Next.
  • Now choose the folder in which you need to import Excel contacts. By default, you will see that the contact folder is been selected, and in most of the applications, this folder won’t get changed.
  • You need to make a new folder or just import Excel contacts into another already existing folder. At last tap to the “Next” option when all things get over.
  • Put a checkmark across the name of the CSV file after that tap the, “Map Custom Fields” option.

You can map your fields either by dropping or dragging the contact data types.

Suppose, you have to drag-drop fields name from the CSV file to your corresponding fields name in Outlook. So for this, just drag from the left column to the right.

  • At last, hit the finish button to import Excel contacts into Outlook.

Step 3# Sync With iPhone Via iTunes

  • At first, connect your iPhone with your PC using the USB cable. Start the iTunes app on your PC if it won’t start automatically. If previously you have connected your iPhone with PC then automatically it will get launch.
  • Hit the iPhone device name appearing on the upper right corner of the iTunes app.
  • Hit the “Info” tab from the horizontal menu bar and put a checkmark across the check box of “Sync Contacts With”.
  • Choose your email account in the outlook to which you want to import your Excel contacts.
  • Tap the apply button for transferring up the contacts to the iPhone.
  • Also, tap the “Sync” button as per the status of how the iTunes and iPhone are configured.

Method 2# Import Excel Contact To iPhone Using iCloud

Well, there is no direct way to import excel contacts to iPhone. So you have to convert your Excel file into VCF format. Following are the steps to perform this task.

Firstly you need to convert the Excel files contacts into VCF format as the iCloud Application import the only file of VCF format.

Follow the below-given steps very carefully.  Complete steps are divided into 2 segments for clear understanding.

Segment 1:

  • Convert your XLSX file in the proper format that is given in the below image.
  • After that save your Excel workbook in the CSV format.
  • From your keyboard press the Win+R key. In the opened Run window type the word ‘Run’ and press the Enter button.
  • Now from the Contacts windows navigation bar choose the “Import” option.
  • Choose the option for Comma Separated Value Field or CSV.
  • Browse on the folder path where the .csv file is saved.
  • Choose the appropriate CSV file and tap the Next option present in the interface of CSV Import.
  • Map the appropriate fields and hit the Finish button.
  • Finally, select the Export option as vCard and tap the Export button.

Segment 2:

  • Log on to the iCloud.com page by using Apple ID & Password.
  • Hit the Contacts icon to import contacts of the Excel spreadsheet into iPhone.
  • From the bottom right corner, tap the Gear Icon and choose the Import vCard option.
  • From the folder path in which the VCF file is saved just tap the Open button.
  • All contacts will very soon get uploaded and appear to you.
  • In the iPhone Device Open the Contacts Section. After the iCloud accounts synchronize with your iPhone device you can easily view the converted contacts from Excel spreadsheet to iPhone.

If you are looking for some easy and effortless ways to import Excel contacts to iPhone. You can either go with the online converters or you can download export tools.

Method 3#  Online Converters

There is such an efficient Online Converter available which facilitates you to directly import Excel contacts to iPhone. It has specialized features and options for uploading your Excel file and creating up the vCard.

After that user gets a converted VCF file which you can easily import on your iPhone by using the iCloud app. I personally find this solution quite easy.

Method #4 Download Export Tools

On the web, you can easily get professional software that works great to import Excel contacts into iPhone. Such utility programs are very small in size so you can easily download and install them on your PC.

Transferred data won’t get changed nor get the fields affected by the usage of such software. It saves data in multiple card formats including vCard 4.0, 3.0, 2.0.


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This post covers all the important detail regarding different ways to transfer contacts from Excel spreadsheets to iPhone. All the aforementioned methods are applicable for all iPhone series like 4S, 5,5C, 5S, 6, 6S, 7, 7Plus 8.

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