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Questions tagged [contacts]

Information stored on a computer about various methods to contact a person, such as e-mail, various chat networks, telephone, physical address, etc.

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How do I move a contact on the iPhone from one group to another?

I have about 20 contacts on my iPhone that is in the wrong group. How can I move them to another group?
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How to sync iCloud contacts with Google?

I recently started using the Gmail app on my iOS devices because it has better search functionality than the native Mail app. However, that means that when I'm writing emails the app is using my Gmail ...
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Is it better for iOS to sync Gmail contacts using Exchange ActiveSync or the CardDAV protocol?

To date I've been using Google Sync as an Exchange account to synchronize contacts between Gmail and my iPhone. However, Google very recently announced support for syncing Gmail contacts using ...
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Force contacts to sync with iCloud right now

I just updated a contact's phone number in the Mac Contacts app. Now I want to call them on my iPhone (4S), but my iPhone does not have the new number. Both the Mac and the iPhone are configured to ...
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Any way to move contacts between groups on iPhone?

Is there any way to move a contact in Contacts on my iPhone into a group? I can create a new contact in any group, but I don't see a way to move an existing contact between groups. Seems like an ...
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How does one export all contacts from iCloud?

How does one export all contacts from iCloud in some sort of standard format? I would prefer to keep a backup in case my sync goes bad and I'm yet to find a way to export all my contacts. I would hate ...
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What is the best way to set up Google mail, contacts and calendar? (consolidated)

I'm trying to understand what the best way to set up Google mail, contacts and calendars on my iPhone and iPad. There seems to be plenty of options, all of which have downsides spread over lots of ...
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How do you get iPhone to share contacts with Mac Messages app?

When I get a new text, it appears both in the Messages app on my iPhone and in the Messages app on my Mac. The iPhone text show the person's name, and the Mac text only shows the person's number. I ...
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Cannot add gmail account on iOS

I am trying to add a gmail account to my iPad in order to have contacts, email, and calendar sync. I go to Settings -> Mail -> Accounts -> Add Account and enter my gmail credentials. It accepts the ...
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New iOS9 Spotlight search not finding contacts

I've just upgraded to iOS 9, and the new Spotlight search isn't finding contacts for me - it sometimes finds contacts, but not the one I'm searching for. I've turned off every app in Spotlight search,...
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iOS 9 iMessage notifications show sender's number, not name

After some annoying wifi problems with iOS 8.3, I tried out iOS 9 public beta 2 (now public beta 3) on my iPhone 5 (Edit: in the UK). When I receive a text message (iMessage/SMS), the lock screen/home ...
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How to stop iPad/Safari from treating certain numbers as 'phone numbers'?

I've got some pages on an intranet that show numerical rates to 4 decimal places, eg 147.1453. When these pages are viewed on an iPad, some of these rates appear underlined and clicking on them causes ...
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Transfer contacts from local phone storage to iCloud account

I just noticed that all my new contacts was saved to local phone storage instead of iCloud (I saw Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendars – Contacts – Default account – “On iPhone”). How to transfer all ...
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In Mail.app, how can I set a recipient's default email address?

When typing a recipient's name in the "To:" field, Mail.app will bring up an autocomplete menu showing all email addresses for that recipient (e.g., Home and Work). If I don't pay attention and just ...
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iOS7 Contacts Have All Disappeared

I upgraded to iOS 7 yesterday. Today, all my contacts suddenly vanished. They were working in iOS 7 this morning, but have since disappeared. I'm not syncing contacts with an external system (...
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How can I hide **some** birthdays in iOS Calendar?

I have entered the birthday for several of my Contacts, and these birthdays show up in Calendar. I know that I can enable or disable all birthdays by selecting or deslecting "Birthdays" from Show ...
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How do I associate the right Contact Card under Users & Groups to my own profile?

Just got a Mac for the first time... Under System Preferences > Users & Groups, I have a user profile set as the Admin. My Full Name and Apple ID are shown correctly. However, when I click on ...
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Setting Outlook.com contacts and calendar on OSX

There are similar questions regarding the synchronization of Outlook.com on AskDifferent, mostly related to the native OSX Mail app. However, I'm particularly interested in connecting the Contacts and ...
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How to have a specific contact make a ring sound even in silent mode

I have an iPhone 4, and I have the switch on the side set to switch silent mode on and off. I'd like specific contacts (for example, She Who Must Be Obeyed) to ring when they call, even in silent ...
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Does the 'iPhone' label on a Contact's phone number enable any special handling?

When entering a contact's phone number in the Contacts app on iOS or the Address Book on OS X, the number can be labeled iPhone rather than, say, mobile. Does doing so have any effect on how the ...
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How can I leave Gmail for Mail?

I've decided I want to take the plunge and leave Gmail for Mail, using my iCloud account. Why? I've lost trust in Google (incl. their search bias, how they handle my privacy, and how they treat the ...
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How can I keep track of twitter usernames in Address Book?

I want to add twitter names to my contacts in Address Book. But I cannot find an obvious place to do so. The best fit would be as instant messaging username, but twitter is not listed among the ...
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How to force a sync update between Gmail contacts and iPhone with iOS 9?

I am successfully synchronizing my iPhone contacts with my GMail account. When adding a new contact in my GMail account, the new contact takes a few hours to sync to the device. This is cumbersome, ...
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How can I send an email to a google contact group on my iOS devices?

I have groups in my Google Contacts for sending emails to sets of people via the web interface on a browser. I sync Google mail and contacts onto a couple iOS devices via Microsoft Exchange. How can ...
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Assigning different ringtone for non-contacts

I'm using iOS 9.1 and I want to assign one ringtone for all known contacts and a different one for non-contacts. I also have another ringtone for a few specific contacts, but in general I want to ...
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Silence calls from everyone but a defined set of numbers?

If I'm on-call, I only want to be woken by important calls or text messages. How can I set up an iPhone to ring during certain hours only for calls or texts from a certain set of numbers? If it can'...
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What is the recommended way to flag a contact as being deceased in the Contacts app on Lion or Mountain Lion?

Death is a sad fact of life and over the years some of my old contacts have died. I still wish to keep a record of their details, birthday, day they died, notes, spouse, kids etc in my Contacts and ...
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How can I force iPhone to resync contacts from server?

I sync email, contacts and calendar to my company's Exchange server. This morning all of my contacts are gone from my iPhone (iPhone 4, iOS 4.2.1). Facts that further explain: My contacts were good ...
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Does a Contacts Nickname transmit to anyone else; iMessage or email?

iOS 9.0.2 So I asked Siri to call me Sugar Daddy... Hilarious, right? Well I was using the e-mail app this morning, and when looking at a few e-mails I sent last night, I noticed that my name was ...
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Sync google apps (gmail) contacts directory with Mac address book

We use Gmail (Google Apps for business) at my work. I have set up my Mac (OS X 10.7.5) address book to sync the local address book with my gmail account, however this only syncs "My Contacts" but all ...
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Script to create iPhone Contacts

Does anyone know of a way to create a Contact list with a defined amount of contacts? They can be dummy entries, but I just need to create an address book with > 2000 entries. An Automator script is ...
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How to disable AddressBookSourceSync in El Capitan

AddressBookSourceSync continually prevents idle sleep. I don't use address book syncing and in previous versions I used just to delete the app. However this is now prevented by System Integrity ...
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Exchange contacts do not appear in iCloud

On my iPad and iPhone I have several email accounts: three Gmail and one Exchange account. I stopped using the Exchange account and tried to remove it from the iPhone, but also all my contacts were ...
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Sync Google Contacts in Mountain Lion

I am having trouble with keeping my Contacts sync'd with my Google Apps account. In "Mail, Contacts & Calendars" there is no Contacts option: In the contacts program, I did get it to sync by ...
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Why does iOS insist on using my Facebook email address?

I fill out webforms on my iphone fairly often. I use autocomplete to speed this process along, and it works pretty well for the most part. However, for some reason, it always insists on using an @...
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Mail.app: Clear Address Auto-Fill Cache

How do I clear the auto-fill address field cache in Mac Mail? I have loads of old addresses that I do not send email to. A removal and reinstallation of the email accounts does not affect the cache.
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Contacts LDAP Account on 10.11 (El Capitan)

I am trying to set up an LDAP account for the Contacts application in the 10.11 (El Capitan) OS X version. I need it, for example, to be able to autocomplete addresses via the Mail application. I've ...
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How can I create a Mac Address Book plug-in that also appears in Spotlight?

I've installed a great little app called PushDialer for my Mac that is letting my initiate iPhone calls to contacts remotely from my Mac. It seems to work by installing an Address Book plug-in, so ...
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Can Mail warn when emailing certain addresses?

I have my own personal mail account (a gmail account) and my academic email account (a university account) as different profiles on my Mail application in OS X Snow Leopard. I sometimes forget to ...
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iPhone 4S keeps old numbers in Messages

The numbers that are no longer in my contacts still keep popping up when I try to compose a new message. Why is this happening? Is there a way to purge the contact list so no already-deleted-contact ...
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Is it possible to export all my iPhone contacts to my iPad 2?

Does anyone know of a way to export all my contacts from my iPhone straight into my iPad 2 without having to re-type all of them in?
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How do I enter Dutch names in Address Book?

Dutch surnames are kind of weird, in that a lot of them start with small words such as de/'t/het ("the"), van ("of"), van 't, van der ("of the"), etc. This makes them a pain to enter in most address ...
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How to access data from a Mac Contacts backup: a .abbu file

After I back-up Mac Contacts to a .abbu file, is there a program that lets me get at the underlying data vs. just importing them? I.e., can I open them as a text file or .CSV. Thank you!
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sync calendar and contacts without iCloud in Mavericks

How can I sync calender and contacts in Mavericks and iOS 7 without using iCloud (or any cloud for that matter)? Is the only option really to setup a CalDav and CardDav server in my local home WiFi ...
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What are the performance impacts of blocking a contact with 10,000 numbers in it?

My wife and I are getting a ridiculous amount of same-exchange spam calls (same area code and first three digits) and are looking for a solution. One promising solution is outlined in this apple ...
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How to sort contacts by creation date or modification date in iOS Contacts or OS X Contacts 7.x?

Is there a way to view or export the date a contact was created or modified in iOS 7 and/or the Contacts app (version 7.1) when viewed from a Mac? This one datapoint would enormously aid deduping ...
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Associating skype contacts with address book

After installation of new Skype version for Mac, each time I search for a contact - it gives me few choices for one person: the skype contact; the contact from address book with phone number Is ...
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Is it possible to only see contacts with phone numbers?

I recently started syncing my iPad and iPhone with iCloud. I selected to merge my contact list into iCloud from both devices. The problem is that, while I use my iPad for my email, I don't use it at ...
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Importing vCards from a website into iOS’s Contacts.app [closed]

I have a web page with tables full of people & their contact information. I started writing a pairing of php & javascript to automagically generate vCards (*.vcf) for each contact. Half way ...
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How do I find a recently added contact?

I recently met someone and got them to type their info into my contacts. I was really busy for a few days and didn't get around to contacting them. Now I can't remember their name. Is there a way ...