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On my iPhone running iOS6, I have the following accounts configured:

  • iCloud - Contacts, Reminders, Safari, Passbook, and Find my iPhone
  • Exchange (my work email) - Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders
  • Gmail - Mail and Calendars

I would like to keep my personal contacts (in iCloud) completely separate from my work contacts (in Exchange).

When I add a contact directly on my iPhone, it immediately shows up in Outlook but does not exist in my iCloud contacts (verify by looking in or Contacts app on my Mac).

I would like it so when I add a contact on my iPhone it gets added to my iCloud contacts, not my Exchange contacts.

Is this possible?

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migrated from Nov 22 '12 at 19:37

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Yes, it is possible.

Set the default account for Contacts to iCloud. That will add new contacts to iCloud.

To do this

  1. Tap Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. Scroll to Contacts, about 2/3rds down the page.
  3. Tap Default Account and then choose iCloud.
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I have experimented quite a bit with this. It does not seem possible. It would seem Apple found including a user-interface where you can select the default address book to be too cumbersome for the user. In Enterprise deployments it would be preferred to sync to the ActiveSync Exchange server and not Apple's servers. I would assume they made this the default behavior to meet this use-case.

You can, however, disable the contacts data being synced from (and thus to) the Exchange server without loosing it's other features. Open Settings: Email, contacts, calendars: The Exchange Account and uncheck Contacts from there.

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