How to Back Up Your Mac Contacts to Dropbox Using Automator

iCloud is not perfect. While all your contacts get stored in the cloud and synchronized, what happens if you corrupt your contacts file accidentally? As part of your regular data backup routine, adding contacts backup is a smart thing to do.

In this blog post, we will show you how to use Mac OS X Automator to back up your contacts to Dropbox, a cloud service.

Accessing Automator

1. Open Automator by typing automator in Spotlight.

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2. Click File | New and choose Calendar Alarm

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3. Next, choose Contacts and double-click Get Contact Information. It places the Contact information in the main window. Double-click Find Contacts Items and select Groups Where: All of the following are true. Note that your contacts all need to be associated with at least one Contact Group to be included in the backup. Select Name is not 888888888.

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4. Now, choose Contacts and double-click Get Export vCards. Choose Export one Vcard to and choose Other and browse to a folder in Dropbox. In this example, browse to a backup folder in Dropbox.

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5. On the left, select File & Folder and double-click Rename Finder Items. A popup appears. Select Don’t Add.

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6. It is time to test by clicking the Run button at the top right of the screen.

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The process ran and all contacts were backed up to Dropbox.

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Our final step is to schedule this to run weekly.

7. From Automator, click File | Save As and enter a name. This entry is now automatically placed in Calendar.

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8. Double-click entry and select Every Week under repeat.

9. Next, select to Repeat weekly.

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10. Click done.

You have now successfully scheduled a weekly automated backup to the cloud of your contacts. In the event that you corrupt iCloud, you can use this backup to restore your contacts.

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