I use an iPhone 4S with iTunes 11 on Windows 7. I still haven't found a way to change the syncing direction with Outlook: The first time I used sync, I checked the option "Sync from Outlook to iPhone" (contacts, calendar), and now I'd like to sync both ways. But it seems to be impossible!

  • Could that have been an initial-sync-only choice? Because sync implies, Make both the same. At least in Mac world.
    – Zo219
    Dec 18, 2012 at 11:22
  • I don´t know what it´s called. The q is: Is it possible to change the way sync works?? Now, sync is made FROM Outlook TO the Iphone, and I want it to work both ways! I just cna´t beleve that somene wrot an application where you have to make your choice the first time you use it and then NEVER be able to chance it??
    – Anders A
    Dec 18, 2012 at 13:57

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iOS is designed to sync media with iTunes while syncing mail and other information through online servers. Based on what I know, syncing your iPhone with Outlook means that iTunes reads your email account information (server names, login credentials, etc.) from Outlook, and configures your iPhone to access the same email accounts.

From this point, you can keep Outlook and iPhone "synchronized" by allowing them to continue accessing the same centralized email account(s). The email server behaves as the master copy, and both clients access it and retrieve the data.

You may need to configure your email server to allow IMAP or Exchange access in order to see the behavior you want. This will depend on your email provider.

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