In this blog you can find several solutions that help you managing iPhone contacts without iTunes. My Contacts Backup or Groups are two out of many iPhone Apps, that help you to export or group iPhone contacts. If you want to synchronize your iPhone address book with Gmail, Outlook or Windows you can do so in following the provided step by step guides. And in this guide you will now learn how to back up iPhone contacts, delete, group or edit contacts using a PC app called CopyTrans Contacts.
is a PC app for iPhone users who want to easily back up, export, edit, group, import or delete iPhone contacts.
It is the only all-in-one solution
for iPhone contacts on PC (as far as I can tell) and it allows you to bypass cloud solutions, as you can back up directly to the PC or an external drive. This way you minimize the risk of becoming a victim of hacker attacks (remember the hacked MobileMe accounts) and you will keep all your contacts in a place that you control.
The app is a stable beta version and when sharing
with the available Social Media options (Facebook, Twitter etc.) you can use it for free
. Per version you can get 190 free actions, meaning that you can e.g. back up 190 contacts for free (there seems to be a new version nearly every week = 190 new actions).
Since one of the latest versions you are also able to purchase
the app for $ 12.99
and lift all limitations directly and without having to share on Facebook or Twitter.
You can download it on the vendors' page or on Cnet. Here's the link to the vendors' page: Backup iPhone contacts
You will download a zip folder that contains an executable named "CopyTransContacts.exe". Just drag this file out of the folder to the desktop and start the app in double-clicking the app icon.
Once you opened the program connect your iPhone to the PC. You will now see a kind of "Welcome Window" inviting you to check the User Guides, YouTube videos or to start the app. Click on "Start". It will take some seconds to load your iPhone contacts, but as soon as they show up you can start using the app.
Let’s start by performing a backup of your iPhone contacts to the PC or an external drive:
Select all your contacts, a contacts group or single contacts in using the checkboxes, or shortcuts like "Ctrl.+A". To back up the contacts there are several possibilities:
- Click on "Export selected"
- Use the menu of the right mouse button
- Drag and Drop the contacts to a folder of your choice on your PC
Now, you can choose the destination of your contacts. E.g. if you wish to restore the contacts on an iPhone or any other iDevice, choose iOS. If you want to export your iPhone contacts to Yahoo!, Gmail, Outlook etc. choose the respective icon.
Once you backed up your contacts it’s time to clean up your iPhone address book. You can update contacts, group your contacts or delete obsolete entries.
To edit a contact select it and click on edit. Enter names, telephone numbers, email addresses, related persons, set profile pictures etc. The main advantage of CopyTrans Contacts is that you can use your PC-keyboard to edit your contacts, which is much more convenient than using a tiny iPhone keyboard. Done? Click on "Apply changes" and you're all set.
To create iPhone contacts groups you can use the "+" in the contacts groups list and of course you will find the same option when clicking on the right mouse button. Once you created the group you can add contacts with a simple drag and drop or in the group itself in clicking on "Add contacts to group".
Did you ever try to delete several iPhone contacts at once? On the iPhone there’s no way to do so. In CopyTrans Contacts it’s actually quite easy. Select the contacts that you wish to remove from the iPhone and click either the "x" on the top of the contacts list, or use once again the menu of the right mouse button.
You’ve got a new iPhone and you want to restore the contacts from the old one, or you have got many contacts in Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo! and you want to import them to the iPhone? Simply click on "Import contacts" and choose the contact files from the PC, or drag and drop the files from a PC folder directly to the app.
To add new contacts to your iPhone click on the "+" on top of the contacts list, in the main contacts sheet or in the menu of the right mouse button. Enter contact details like names, telephone, email etc and apply the changes.
In short, for a beta version of a solution to manage iPhone contacts on PC it's already quite complete and the available features worked faultlessly in my case. The only annoying thing is the limitation of the free version. Ok, you can lift the limits when sharing, but I finally decided to spend 12.99 bucks and I am glad of having done so. All my contacts are save and my address book is finally clean :) Here's once again the link to the product page: iPhone contacts