I only trust very simple things that I can see and understand. I do not want to use iCloud. I would simply like to make a copy of my contacts and store it on my PC. I would like to be able to view the contacts list on my PC. A bonus would be to be able to restore the above contact list that would then be stored on my PC back to my iPhone should I lose (again) my contact list. But I'll live with manually re-entering the contact list from the copy on my PC. If I receive enough recommendations for one App that has a reasonable number of users I don't mind spending a few dollars on it. I'd use iTunes which I have used for other purposes but have had trouble using it for contacts. On a related topic I'm having a lot of trouble understanding the synching process. I don't understand in which direction information is being copied. From the iPhone to iTunes or my PC or from my PC/iTunes to the iPhone. Any copying I do I would like to select what it is I want to do and do only that. For instance, if I want to restore my contacts I don't want text messages, etc to also be brought back. In other words, I want to be able to select what it is I want to do and do only that.