Help - new widow, non-tech - IOS 7 won't sync my contacts; they're on my laptop, but won't appear on my 5S; error says:

Cannot sync to the iphone because the mail accounts are in use on the iphone. Close the mail account settings on the iphone then sync again.

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Under iOS 7 this error can often be solved by force quitting the Settings app.

  • Open the multitasking switch interface by double clicking on the Home button

  • Slide your finger along the app windows until you see the icon for the Settings app underneath its window

  • Quit the Settings app by putting your finger on the window above the icon and sliding upward until the window disappears.

screenshot of iOS 7 multitasking interface

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