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You recently left your job or switched companies and you have your iPhone contacts “locked” to your old Exchange account? This article will show you how to keep your Exchange contacts on your iPhone while disabling your Exchange account.

In order to keep your Exchange contacts on your iPhone you would need to first backup your iPhone contacts to your computer in vCard form using CopyTrans Contacts. To do so:

  1. Download CopyTrans Contacts from the following page:
    Download CopyTrans Contacts

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Contacts, please refer to this article

  3. Run CopyTrans Contacts and connect your iPhone. Stand-by until all your iPhone data loads. You will see your Exchange contacts appear with a small cross next to each listed entry.
    Note: if you don’t see Exchange contacts in the program window, please have a look at this article save exchange contacts to iphone

  4. Select each of your Exchange contacts by checking the box next to each list entry. If all of your iPhone contacts are sourced from Exchange, select all contacts by checking the box next to “Contacts”. Next, click on the “Export selected” button keep exchange contacts on iphone

  5. From the new window which appears, click “iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (multiple .vcf files)” exchange contacts delete iphone

  6. Select the location on your PC where to temporarily export your iPhone contacts export exchange contacts

  7. Your selected iPhone contacts are now saved to your PC in vCard form into a number of VCF files. Now disconnect your iPhone and close CopyTrans Contacts iphone contacts save exchange

  8. You can now disable your Exchange account on your iPhone without worrying about losing your Exchange contacts remove exchange iphone

  9. Once your Exchange contacts have been deleted from your iPhone, run CopyTrans Contacts again and connect your iPhone. Next click on the “Import contacts” button import iphone contacts from exchange via button

  10. Select “From a file (all contact formats)” save exchange contacts to iphone from file selection

  11. Navigate to the location where you saved your Exchange contacts on your PC disable exchange account iphone

  12. Your Exchange contacts will now be imported back to your iPhone save exchange contacts iphone

CopyTrans Contacts makes saving Exchange contacts to iPhone possible even after you have left your company and need to disable your iPhone Exchange account.

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