Contact Sync For Mac

The first way to sync contacts from iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 to Mac is using MobiKin Assistant for iOS (Mac Version). This program is specially designed for Mac users to access, view and export all or selected iPhone data like contacts, messages, books, photos, music, etc.

  1. Sync Contact Mac To Iphone
  2. Contact Sync For Mac Catalina
  3. Contact Sync Mac
  4. Sync Mac Contacts With Google

Try these steps first

  • You can sync your Google Contacts to a phone, tablet, and computer. When you change a contact, that contact will change everywhere. On a Mac computer On your Mac computer, open System Pr.
  • Sync Across Accounts. We connect multiple accounts or sources to create a unified address book for you. Get up-to-date contact information that syncs across multiple accounts and devices automatically. Android, Chrome & Mac, ensuring contacts are synced, up-to-date, and available wherever you are. Access and manage your contacts anytime.

Make sure that iCloud Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders are available. If there's an issue, try again after it's fixed. If there isn't an issue, try these steps.

Remember to back up your contacts, calendars, and reminders, so you don't lose anything.

Important: Upgraded reminders aren't compatible with earlier versions of iOS or macOS. Shared reminders are also not accessible to users with earlier versions of iOS and macOS, until they upgrade.

After each step, see if you still need help:

  1. Check for updates to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. To use iCloud, your devices need to meet the system requirements.
  2. See if the date and time settings on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC are correct.
  3. Make sure that you're signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all your devices and check your settings.
    • On your iPhone, tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud. Check your Apple ID and make sure that you turn on what you want to update (Contacts, Calendars, or Reminders).
    • On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Apple ID, then click iCloud. If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud. Check your Apple ID and make sure that you select what you want to update (Contacts, Calendars, or Reminders).
    • On your PC, open iCloud for Windows. Check your Apple ID and make sure that you select what you want to update (Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks).
  4. If you sign in to third-party apps with your Apple ID, protect your account with two-factor authentication and use an app-specific password. If you don’t have devices that can be updated to iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan or later, you can set up two-step verification instead.
  5. Open Safari and go to www.apple.com to check your connection. If you can’t open the page, get help connecting to the Internet.
  6. Open a secure website, like your Apple ID account page, to see if you can access port 443. If the website won't open, contact your Internet service provider for help. Safari needs access to port 443 to update your information in iCloud.
  7. Keep your data within the limits. If you go over the limit, your data won't stay up to date.

If you still need help, try the steps for your device below.

Try the steps for your device

iOS 13 and iPadOS

After each step, check your contacts, calendars, or reminders.

Refresh your contacts and calendars

To refresh your contacts, open Contacts and swipe down on the list.

To refresh your contact groups:

  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Tap Groups in the upper-left corner.
  3. Swipe down on the list to refresh your groups.

To refresh your calendars:

  1. Open the Calendar app.
  2. Tap the Calendars tab.
  3. Swipe down on the list to refresh your events.

Set iCloud Contacts, Calendars, or Reminders as your default

If your contacts, calendars, and reminders are in iCloud, then iCloud automatically updates your information. See if your information is in iCloud or a third-party account, like Google or Yahoo. Then change your default account to iCloud. Changing your default account to iCloud will not move your existing information from a third-party service to iCloud.

To see which account your contacts are in:

  1. Open the Contacts app and tap Groups in the upper-left corner.
  2. Deselect the All [account] option for any third-party account, like Gmail or Yahoo.
  3. Make sure All iCloud is selected.
  4. Tap Done to see your list of contacts. If you don't see the contact you're looking for, it's stored in another account.
  5. If you have a copy of your contacts from a third-party service in vCard format version 3.0 or later, you can import the contacts into iCloud.

Set iCloud as the default account for your contacts in iOS 8 or later:

  1. Tap Settings, then Contacts.
  2. Tap Default Account.
  3. Select iCloud.

To see which account your calendars are in, open the Calendar app, then tap the Calendars tab.

Set an iCloud calendar as the default calendar:

  1. Tap Settings, then Calendar.
  2. Tap Default Calendar.
  3. Tap a calendar under iCloud to make it your default.

Set an iCloud reminders list as the default list:

  1. Tap Settings, then Reminders.
  2. Tap Default List.
  3. Tap a list under iCloud to make it your default.

Check your app settings

Make sure your iCloud Contacts and Calendars are set to appear in the Contacts or Calendars app:

  • Open the Contacts app and tap Groups in the upper-left corner. Make sure that All iCloud is selected.
  • Open the Calendar app and tap the Calendars tab. Make sure that all iCloud calendars are selected.

Make sure your Reminders appear:

  1. Tap Settings, then [your name].
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Slide to turn on Reminders.

Change how often your calendars update:

  1. Tap Settings, then Calendar.
  2. Tap Sync.
  3. If All Events is selected, choose a specific timeframe instead, like Events 1 Month Back. If a specific timeframe is selected, choose All Events instead.
  4. Return to your Home screen.
  5. Wait a few minutes, then open the Calendar app. Tap the Calendars tab, and swipe down to refresh.

Since the iCloud Birthdays calendar updates daily, you might not see changes to birthdays in the Calendars app until the next day.

Restart the Contacts, Calendar, or Reminders app

  1. Close the app.
  2. Return to your Home screen.
  3. Wait a minute, then open the app again.

Turn off iCloud Contacts, Calendar, or Reminders and turn it back on

  1. Tap Settings, [your name], then iCloud.
  2. Slide to turn off Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders.*
  3. If you see your calendars or reminders on iCloud.com or any of your devices, you can choose Delete from My [device]. If not, choose Keep on My [device].
  4. Wait a few minutes, then turn on Contacts, Calendar, or Reminders again.

* Local reminders will be deleted from your device, but your information won't be deleted from iCloud. Once you turn Reminders back on, your reminders will be re-synced to your device.

Restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Restart your device. Here's how to restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iOS 12

After each step, check your contacts, calendars, or reminders.

Refresh your contacts, calendars, and reminders

To refresh your calendars and reminders:

  1. Open the Calendar app.
  2. Tap the Calendars tab.
  3. Swipe down on the list to refresh your events and reminders.

To refresh your contacts, open Contacts and swipe down on the list.

To refresh your contact groups:

  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Tap Groups in the upper-left corner.
  3. Swipe down on the list to refresh your groups.

Set iCloud Contacts, Calendars, or Reminders as your default

If your contacts, calendars, and reminders are in iCloud, then iCloud automatically updates your information. See if your information is in iCloud or a third-party account, like Google or Yahoo. Then change your default account to iCloud.

See which account your contacts are in:

  1. Open the Contacts app and tap Groups in the upper-left corner.
  2. Deselect the All [account] option for any third-party account, like Gmail or Yahoo.
  3. Make sure All iCloud is selected.
  4. Tap Done to see your list of contacts. If you don't see the contact you're looking for, it's stored in another account.
  5. You can import the contact from a third-party service into iCloud.

Set iCloud as the default account for your contacts in iOS 8 or later:

  1. Tap Settings > Contacts.
  2. Tap Default Account.
  3. Select iCloud.

See which account your calendars are in:

  1. Open the Calendar app.
  2. Tap an event to open it.
  3. Tap the calendar name to see if the event is in an iCloud calendar.

Set an iCloud calendar as the default calendar:

  1. Tap Settings > Calendar.
  2. Tap Default Calendar.
  3. Tap a calendar under iCloud to make it your default.

See which account your reminders are in:

  1. Open the Reminders app.
  2. Tap the list name in the upper-left corner to view all your lists.
  3. See if the list is stored on your device or iCloud. Open a list and tap Edit. If you see Sharing, then your list is in iCloud.

When you create a reminder, you can choose to store it in iCloud or on your iOS device.

Check your app settings

Make sure that your iCloud Contacts and Calendars are set to appear in the Contacts or Calendars app:

  • Open the Contacts app and tap Groups in the upper-left corner. Make sure that All iCloud is selected.
  • Open the Calendar app and tap the Calendars tab. Make sure that All iCloud is selected.

Change how often your calendars and reminders update:

  1. Tap Settings > Calendar, or tap Settings > Reminders.
  2. Tap Sync.
  3. If All Events or All Reminders is selected, choose a specific timeframe instead, like Events or Reminders 1 Month Back. If a specific timeframe is selected, choose All Events or All Reminders instead.
  4. Press the Home button.
  5. Wait a few minutes. Open the Calendar app, tap the Calendars tab, and swipe down to refresh.

Since the iCloud Birthdays calendar updates daily, you might not see changes to birthdays in the Calendars app until the next day.

Restart the Contacts, Calendar, or Reminders app

  1. Double-click the Home button to see your open apps.
  2. Find the app, then swipe up to close it.
  3. Press the Home button to return to your Home screen.
  4. Wait a minute, then open the app again.

Turn off iCloud Contacts, Calendar, or Reminders and turn it back on

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  2. Slide to turn off Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders.*
  3. If you see your calendars or reminders on iCloud.com or any of your devices, you can choose Delete from My [device]. If not, choose Keep on My [device].
  4. Wait a few minutes, then turn on Contacts, Calendar, or Reminders again.

* Local reminders will be deleted from your device, but your information won't be deleted from iCloud. Once you turn Reminders back on, your reminders will be re-synced to your device.

Restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Restart your device. Here's how to restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Force sync Calendar data on Apple Watch

To force sync Calendar data on your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap General, then tap Reset.
  3. Tap Reset Sync Data.

Mac

After each step, check your contacts, calendars, or reminders.

Refresh your calendars and reminders

You can refresh your calendars and reminders from the Calendars app:

  1. Open the Calendar app.
  2. Choose View.
  3. Refresh Calendars.

Since the iCloud Birthdays calendar updates hourly, you might not see changes to birthdays in the Contacts or Calendars app for an hour.

Check your default Calendar, Reminders, and Contacts account

If you store and edit your events in iCloud instead of another place, like On My Mac, Exchange, or Google, then iCloud automatically updates your calendars. If you use multiple accounts on your Mac like iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo, make sure that iCloud is your default Calendar account:

  1. Open the Calendar app.
  2. Choose Calendar > Preferences.
  3. On the General tab, make sure that one of your iCloud calendars is the default.

After you set up iCloud Reminders, you might need to quit and reopen Reminders on your Mac. Then make sure that you set up your account correctly in Reminders:

  1. Open the Reminders app.
  2. Choose Reminders > Accounts.
  3. Click the iCloud tab and make sure that you're signed in with your Apple ID.

If you store and edit your contacts in iCloud instead of another place, like On My Mac, Exchange, or Google, then iCloud automatically updates your contacts. If you use multiple accounts on your Mac like iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo, make sure that iCloud is your default Contacts account:

  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Choose Contacts > Accounts.
  3. Click the iCloud tab and make sure that you're signed in with your Apple ID.

Turn off iCloud Calendar and iCloud Reminders, then turn it back on

  1. Quit the Calendar and Reminders apps.
  2. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Apple ID, then click iCloud. If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  3. Deselect Calendars and Reminders.*
  4. Close System Preferences and wait about a minute.
  5. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Apple ID, then click iCloud. If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  6. Select Calendars and Reminders.
  7. Open Calendar and Reminders.

* Local reminders will be deleted from your device, but your information won't be deleted from iCloud. Once you turn Reminders back on, your reminders will be re-synced to your device.

Restart your computer

After you restart your computer, see if you fixed the issue.

iCloud.com

If you don't see all your updates or have another issue, try these steps on iCloud.com:

  1. Update your browser and clear the cache.
  2. If you don't see updates from other devices, open another app on iCloud.com, like Mail. Then go back to the Contacts, Calendar, or Reminders app.
  3. Sign out of iCloud.com, then sign back in.
  4. Clear your browsing history. Choose History > Clear History.
Contact Sync For Mac

Since the iCloud Birthdays calendar updates daily, you might not see changes to birthdays in the Calendars app until the next day.

If you get a spam iCloud Calendar request

If you get a calendar request that you think might be spam or junk, let us know. Sign in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID and go to the Calendar app. Open the event that you wish to mark as Junk, click Report Junk, then click OK. We'll automatically delete the event from your Calendar on all your devices signed in with the same Apple ID.

You can also go to the invitation from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac and choose Report Junk > Delete and Report Junk.

Microsoft Windows

After each step, check your contacts, calendars, or reminders.

Reminders are called Tasks in iCloud for Windows.

Refresh Outlook

Sync mac contacts with outlook

Turn off iCloud Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks, then turn it back on

  1. Open iCloud for Windows.
  2. Deselect Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks, then click Apply.
  3. Wait a few seconds, select Mail, Contacts, Calendars & Tasks, then click Apply.
  4. Open Outlook.
Sync

Make sure the iCloud Outlook Add-in is active

In Outlook 2010 and later:

  1. Click the File menu.
  2. Click Options in the left panel.
  3. Click Add-Ins in the left panel of the Outlook Options window.
  4. Look at the list of add-ins in the Active Application Add-Ins section.
  5. Select the iCloud Outlook Add-in.

In Outlook 2007:

  1. From the Tools menu, select Trust Center.
  2. Select Add-ins from the left column.
  3. In the list of add-ins in the Active Application Add-Ins section, select the iCloud Outlook Add-in.

Learn how to manage Add-ins with Microsoft Outlook.

Check your default account in Outlook

  • In Outlook 2010 and later, select File > Info > Account Settings > Data Files. If iCloud is the default account in the Comments column, select a different account, and click Set as Default.
  • In Outlook 2007, select File > Data File Management > Data Files. If iCloud is the default account in the Comments column, select a different account, and click Set as Default.

Restart your computer

After you restart your computer, see if you fixed the issue.

If you still need help

If you still need help, contact Apple Support. You can also use these steps to remove duplicate contacts or calendars.

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Sync Contact Mac To Iphone

The contacts in our address books are not just numbers and addresses. They are, first of all, people who are important to us — either because we do business with them or share our lives. So to make sure no one goes missing, the least you can do is have your iPhone contacts backed up.

The great news is that syncing contacts between your Apple devices is quite easy. Apple’s cloud service iCloud is there to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac in a few clicks and will keep everything up to date when you make changes. You’ll be safe to assume that it’s a breeze to sync iPhone contacts to Mac.

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How To Sync iPhone Contacts To Mac With iCloud

Syncing your iPhone contacts is something you should only ever have to do once: thanks to iCloud your contacts will then get synced between devices seamlessly. Once you’ve synced the first time, any changes to contacts on your iPhone will be carried over to your Mac, and vice versa. This also means that you’ll be able to access your contacts online even if you don’t have your iPhone or Mac with you.

To complete the process properly — you’ll need to first sync your phone contacts to iCloud, then enable iCloud contacts on your Mac, and finally tidy up your contact list once your iPhone and Mac contact lists are merged together.

How to sync contacts to iCloud

Contact Sync For Mac

To sync contacts from iPhone to Mac, first we need to enable iCloud sync for contacts on iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings on your phone and tap on your name

  2. Navigate to iCloud and check the box next to Contacts

  3. If you’re asked whether to Merge or Cancel, tap Merge

Contact Sync For Mac Catalina

Please note that if you’re trying to sync contacts to iCloud on iPhone running iOS 10.2 or earlier, when you launch Settings, click on iCloud. Then follow the steps as described above.

How to get contacts from iCloud to your Mac

Now that you know how to sync contacts to iCloud, it’s time to make sure that those iCloud contacts show up on your Mac. Basically, all you need to do now is to repeat the same steps on your Mac in order to download the contacts you’ve just uploaded to iCloud:

Contact Sync Mac

  1. Go to System Preferences on your Mac

  2. Select iCloud and login with your Apple ID

  3. Check the box next to Contacts to sync iPhone contacts to Mac

Your contacts will now sync: any contacts on your Mac that previously were not on your iPhone will show up and vice versa. Once you bring everything together, you may find that your contact list looks a bit messy. Don’t worry, because it’s very easy to tidy things up.

How to quickly tidy up contacts after syncing

When you sync iPhone contacts to Mac, the contacts from your phone will likely get mixed with your Mac contacts from Messenger or FaceTime. To keep the contact list organized across all your devices:

  1. Go to Contacts on your Mac

  2. Make sure you’ve selected iCloud contacts in the sidebar

  3. Tidy up, delete, or add contacts as needed

Give your changes a moment to show up on your other devices and then give yourself a pat on the back — now you know how to import contacts from iPhone to Mac with iCloud.

Learn to sync and back up contacts like a pro

Although iCloud is an easy way to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac, you can find more functionality and power with the specialized backup manager apps.

For example, a great alternative to iCloud for data sync between iPhone, Mac, or any other iOS device is AnyTrans. This professional backup manager and media downloader can export iPhone content directly to Mac by categories or copy what’s on your device in a single tap, transfer data across multiple iCloud accounts, and move content from iCloud or iTunes library to Mac.

Sync Mac Contacts With Google

AnyTrans comes especially handy in major content migration — when you get a new iPhone, for example. Besides, its built-in backup manager saves you time with automatic instant iPhone backups done without you lifting a finger.

The media downloader from AnyTrans also gives you instant access to favorite audio and video content from more than 900 sites, like YouTube or DailyMotion, that you can download directly to your device and save for offline watching.

To transfer data directly to your Mac, iPhone, or iCloud with AnyTrans:

  1. Launch AnyTrans

  2. Connect your device to Mac with USB

  3. Pick where your data goes

  4. Send it there instantly

When you wonder how to sync iPhone to Mac and want to be sure that none of your contacts are lost, try out ChronoSync Express — instant sync and backup of all your important files, including contacts. With email notifications about everything happening on your computer when it’s not with you and tasks scheduled to run automatically on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis — this app will keep your data safe and updated.

ChronoSync Express is also great when you need to remotely synchronize data between several Macs, backup folders with easy auto connection to your file servers, or install Mac sync software to access your iPad or iPhone storage from Mac.

How to export contacts from iCloud for safekeeping

Once you’ve synced and organized your contacts properly, you might want to export them from Apple’s ecosystem for additional safety and peace of mind. Good idea! If you wonder how to get contacts from iCloud, it can be easily done right in the Contacts app on your Mac:

  1. Open the Contacts app

  2. Under File in the menu bar at the top of the screen click Export

  3. Select the Export vCard and choose where to export your contacts to

You can now import your vCard into Gmail, Outlook, or any other contact management service and rest assured that you have your important contact information backed up.

How to manually back up contacts on your Mac

From time to time, you might find yourself in a situation of contacts not syncing to Mac. It’s just one of those weird things when exporting your iCloud contacts might not work 100%. But even if it does, you’re safest backing up your contacts manually, just to have no regrets later on.

You can manually back up all of your contacts right in the app:

  1. Launch the Contacts app on your Mac

  2. Click on All Contacts in the sidebar

  3. Select all your contacts by pressing Command + A

  4. Click and drag your contacts to your desktop

A .vcf file will be created, which you can add to your cloud storage or physical backup. You can also drag and drop individual contact cards if you don’t want to back up all of them.

Bring deleted contacts back

Install Disk Drill and stop worrying about losing contacts. In one scan, the app will bring everything you’ve deleted back to Mac.

Another great way to keep your contacts out of Apple’s ecosystem or restore contacts from iCloud is using an app like Disk Drill, which will help you not only to back up your data but also recover lost files. It’s compatible with all major devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad, even Android devices, as well as USB and SD cards), performs regular data backup to avoid any loss, and can bring any kind of data back, regardless of the reason that caused its loss, be it data corruption, unintended removal, disk utility error, or others.

Additionally, Disk Drill comes with a number of data protection options, like disk space analyzer and risk alerts to prevent any harm to your Mac and data stored there.

There are few things in life more upsetting than misplacing or losing important contacts. So learning how to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac as well as how to backup contacts to iCloud might prove truly vital.

Best of all, you can find AnyTrans, ChronoSync Express, and Disk Drill mentioned above on a free trial through Setapp, a platform of more than 150 useful Mac apps and tools that could provide much-needed upgrades to your Mac workflow. For instance, right now, none of your contacts will ever go missing right when you need them.

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