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I just upgraded to El Capitan. I don't know if that caused the problem, but my Contacts folder on the dock is empty. I am sure the addresses and groups still exist since, if I create an email and type a group name into, say, BCC, they all appear.

How can I restore the Contacts "book?"

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The contacts in your email may be different from the Contacts app, since Mail can check your past emails for addresses. Real quick though, is there a list of address books (local, iCloud, Facebook, etc) on the left side of the Contacts app, and maybe you are "in" the wrong one?

The first thing you should do to make sure you still have your addresses on iCloud, provided you used to sync them to iCloud, is to log on to icloud.com with your Apple ID and password. If you see your contacts on there, you're good.

Then you should be able to go to the iCloud account settings in System Preferences (you can use the Spotlight option in System Preferences to find it if you need help) and make sure you're signed in to iCloud and that you have Contacts selected to sync.

If they are not on iCloud, and you have a Time Machine backup, open Contacts and go in to Time Machine to restore them.

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I had the same problem after my upgrade to Sierra. The contact app said "no cards". I saw the suggestion in the first response "is there a list of address books (local, iCloud, Facebook, etc) on the left side of the Contacts app, and maybe you are "in" the wrong one?" When I looked, there was nothing on the left side. I went up to the view menu and clicked on "show groups". Immediately all of my contact appeared!

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I just went to system preferences and clicked on iCloud and saw that "contacts" was not checked off. Checked it off then clicked on contacts and watched it load everything into the app over a period of about 20 seconds. Works fine now.

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I had the same problem, I went to iCloud window and checked next to contact and it restored my contact list. I hope yo get the same results. Georges

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  • Where is the iCloud window you mentioned. I want to restore my contacts and address book. I have a listing in Finder that says iCloud Drive but that shows nothing. – user155538 Nov 2 '15 at 23:35
  • @MyrnaRafalaovich I assume Georges is talking about iCloud Settings (in System Preferences) – nohillside Nov 3 '15 at 8:05

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