Syncing iPhone with Local and Exchange Contacts

A recurring issue reported by several readers, Syncing iPhone Contacts with both local and Microsoft Exchange Contacts just requires a few easy steps

The workaround is to Resync iPhone Contacts by turning off syncing and then Resync iPhone with Exchange Contacts

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Account
  • Turn OFF syncing for Contacts
  • Choose to remove or keep the Contacts on your iPhone depending on what you want to do. Ideally, you'd want to delete Contacts on your iPhone, but if you want to keep them, that's fine too
  • To resync Contacts, repeat the above steps and turn syncing back ON
  • Tap Contacts on your iPhone and your Contacts should show up. If they don't, click Groups in the upper-left corner and All Contacts

From now on, you should be able to sync iPhone Contacts with MS Exchange without duplicates or missing local Contacts


Notes & possible issues

The same procedures allows to Resync iPhone with MobileMe Contacts

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Sending email to a Group of iPhone Contacts

Not as simple as it sounds, Sending email to a group of iPhone Contacts can be accomplished with some easy steps when you know how

  • In the Notes App, type your list of iPhone Contacts exactly as follows
name1<email1>,name2<email2>,name3<email3>,namen<emailn>
  • Select and copy the entire list
  • In the Contacts App, create a new contact
  • In the "Company" field, enter a name for your group, for example "Close Friends"
  • In the "Email" field, paste the list
  • Save

All set!

You can now send emails to this group of iPhone Contacts

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Synchronizing iPhone with selected Outlook Contacts

Long asked and unresolved, here is How to Synchronize iPhone with only certain Outlook Contacts

  • In Outlook, click File -> New -> Outlook Data File and call the new Data File "Personal Folders"
  • Right-click on the "Personal Folder" you just created, select New and call the new sub-folder "Other Contacts", Folder contains: Contact Items
  • Right-click on this "Other Contacts" folder, select Properties -> Outlook Address Book and set properties to "Show as an email address book"
  • Move the contacts you don't want to sync to your iPhone to the "Other Contacts" folder and remove them from the "Contacts" folder of your Exchange Mailbox

  • Once your Exchange "Mailbox-Contacts" folder contains only the contacts you want to sync to iPhone, proceed as follows on your iPhone:
    • Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars and select your Exchange account
    • Turn Exchange ActiveSync - Contacts off
    • Press "Stop Syncing", which will delete all Exchange contacts from your iPhone
    • Check that all your contacts have been deleted from your iPhone
    • Go back to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars and select your Exchange account
    • Turn Exchange ActiveSync - Contacts back on, which will sync your selected Exchange contacts list to your iPhone

You now have only selected Contacts on your iPhone but still all Contacts in Outlook

Cool !

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Copying Text Messages from iPhone to Computer

 

How to Transfer iPhone Text Messages to PC

 
  • Start by synchronizing your iPhone with iTunes
  • Your iPhone sms will be stored in a file with extension .mdbackup or .mddata at the following location depending on your operating system
    • XP
      C:\Documents and Settings\your_name_here\Application Data\
    • Vista / 7
      C:\Users\your_name_here\AppData\Roaming
    • Mac
      User -> Library -> Application Support -> Mobile Sync -> Backup - > [ID]
  • You can open the file with the Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac

Transfer SMS from Old iPhone to New iPhone

 

So you just got that brand new iPhone ? Pretty cool

Now, let's see How to Transfer SMS messages from iPhone 3G to iPhone 4S for example

  • First off, make sure you have the latest iTunes and iOS versions
  • Connect your current iPhone to your computer and synchronize it with iTunes
  • Unplug it and connect your new iPhone to your computer
  • Choose "Restore from a Backup" and select the backup of your old iPhone ( in case iTunes does not prompt you for this, use iTunes to restore iOS on your new iPhone and try again ). Be patient and don't cancel operations, even if the progress bar sometimes stops
  • Your iPhone will restart
  • When it appears back in iTunes, select it in the Devices section of the left panel and check that everything is in place: info, music, photos and so forth ). Edit items if required
  • Click Apply in iTunes lower-right corner
  • Finally, check that your SMS have well been transferred to your new iPhone

Notes & possible issues

  • This solution works for both Mac and PC
  • If your SMS messages do not show up on your new iPhone, the backup of your old iPhone may have failed. Try to back it up again and then sync your new iPhone with iTunes again
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Syncing iPhone with Multiple Google Calendars

Many of us have more than one Google Calendar to Sync: work, home, etc

This page introduces two methods on How to synchronize multiple Google Calendars with iPhone

 

The easy way - Standard Method

All set !

If this does not work, try this alternate method


Sync multiple CalDAV Calendars with iPhone

 
  • Log in to your CalDAV account and go to your Calendar settings
  • On the right of the "Calendar Address" section, you'll find your Google Calendar ID
  • Compose an email containing the below address where you will have replaced your Google Calendar ID

    https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/YOUR-ID-HERE/user

  • Send it to yourself
  • Copy-paste this address into the "Server" field
  • Your other settings will get copied into the Advanced Settings

Notes & possible issues

  • Google Sync allows to sync up to 25 Calendars
  • CalDAV does not support Push
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