Backup Address Book on MAC

Most of us have joined the icloud extravaganza and are now dependent on Apple not losing our data. Just imagine how upset you would be if you all of a sudden lost all your contacts. I personally am running OSX Lion 10.7.2 and I’m going to show you a simple way to backup your Address Book contacts onto your local hard drive.

  • Launch Address Book
  • File > Export… > Archive Address Book…

  • Choose a saving destination (I choose my desktop for now)

You should now have an ABBU (Address Book BackUp) file called Address Book – <date> saved to your computer.

To recover you contacts:

  • Launch Address Book
  • File > Import…
  • Choose your backup file Address Book – <date>