2

What is the oldest Mac OS version that can do iCloud sync from Contacts/Address Book to a current iOS 9 device (iPhone SE, in this case)? The goal is to sync contacts between my Macbook running OS X 10.6 and my iPhone.

If iCloud sync is not possible, what synchronization options in 10.6 would allow for contact synchronization to current iOS?

  • Let me know if my huge guide helps you :D! – owlswipe Sep 3 '16 at 19:23
1

According to http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/mac.html iCloud requires 10.7.5 or later.

Since iCloud encrypts data between the client and the server, you won't find third party options. I would get whatever software you need on 10.6 upgraded and then upgrade the OS or set up virtualization to run 10.6 from within a newer OS if iCloud data sync is needed.

Perhaps you could find a different cloud sync between to that's likely more work and aisle than the above.

1

As bmike pointed out, iCloud requires OS X 10.7.5 or later, so syncing Contacts via iCloud is not an option for you.

However, iOS can sync contacts seamlessly through other services, notably Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook. Since I sync contacts through Gmail, I've provided a guide to help you get started.

If you have preexisting contacts in iCloud

  1. Export your contacts out of iCloud as a vCard. Here's how:

    • Go to icloud.com in any web browser and sign in to your iCloud account.
    • Click on Contacts.
    • Click on any contact in the All Contacts section and then hit Command+A to select all of your contacts (or Control+A if you happen to be using a Windows computer).
    • Click on the gear icon in the lower left-hand corner.
    • Click on Export vCard.
    • Choose to save the vCard on your Desktop.
  2. Import your contacts into Gmail. Here's how:

    • Go to mail.google.com in any web browser and sign in to your primary Gmail account.
    • Click on the Mail drop-down menu near the top-left of the Gmail window and choose Contacts.
    • Go to the More button and select Import.
    • Click Choose file and find the vCard you saved to your desktop in Step 1.
  3. Go to the Settings app on iOS, and go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars (on iOS 9 or earlier) or Contacts (on iOS 10). If you don't yet have your primary Gmail account setup on your iPhone, follow these instructions:

    • Hit Add Account (on iOS 9) or Accounts -> Add Account (on iOS 10).
    • Choose Google, and sign into your primary Gmail account (the one you added your contacts vCard to) on the following screens.
    • Back out all the way to Mail, Contacts, Calendars / Contacts to continue.
  4. Tap on the Gmail account you just added, then toggle Contacts on. Back out one step, then toggle Contacts off for iCloud. (Choose Delete from my iPhone if the prompt appears.)


If you don't have preexisting contacts

  1. Go to the Settings app on iOS, and go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars (on iOS 9 or earlier) or Contacts (on iOS 10). If you don't yet have your primary Gmail account setup on your iPhone, follow these instructions:

    • Hit Add Account (on iOS 9) or Accounts -> Add Account (on iOS 10).
    • Choose Google, and sign into your primary Gmail account (the one you added your contacts vCard to) on the following screens.
    • Back out all the way to Mail, Contacts, Calendars / Contacts to continue.
  2. Tap on the Gmail account you just added, then toggle Contacts on. Back out one step, then toggle Contacts off for iCloud. (Choose Delete from my iPhone if the prompt appears.)


Now you will be able to access synced contacts on your laptop from contacts.google.com and the Contacts app (by adding the Gmail account to Internet Accounts in System Preferences, then turning on Contacts for it) and on your iOS or Android device from the Contacts app.

  • Looks pretty darn good! Thanks for the comprehensive answer. I'll the question some more time before accepting. – user2943160 Sep 3 '16 at 19:58
  • @user2943160 Yeah, go ahead, no worries. – owlswipe Sep 3 '16 at 20:13

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .