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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Sync iPhone Apps

12.14.11 |  Category: Apps |  Author:
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Syncing iPhone Apps

Many readers encounter problems with How to Sync iPhone Apps

 

On this page, you will find solutions to the following problems

 

Apps won't Sync to iPhone / Apps not Syncing to iPhone

 

Solution 1

 

The problem generally comes from Restrictions to New Applications, which are enabled in your iPhone settings

To disable them, on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions and turn off "New Applications"

 

Solution 2

 

If this does not solve the problem, you maybe need to authorize your iPhone, iPad or iPod

For this, back on your computer, open iTunes

You should see a category called Applications

Click on it and you will see your downloaded apps

Click on any of them and enter your Mac ID when asked

From that on, your computer will be authorized and you should be able to sync your apps just fine

 

Solution 3

 

In iTunes left panel, in the Devices section, right-click on your iPhone and select Transfer Purchases

If it doesn't work, proceed as follows

  • Open iTunes and go to the App Store
  • Navigate to one of the apps you purchased and click Buy
  • Click Yes on the You already purchased this item message
  • Click File -> Transfer Purchases
  • Login, all of your apps should now download to your iPhone
 

Solution 4

 

In iTunes left panel, in the Devices section, right-click on your iPhone and select Reset Warnings

  • Click the Sync button in iTunes lower-right corner
  • iTunes will ask if you want to transfer things from your iPhone to iTunes
  • Click Transfer and it should should sync

Sync iPhone without losing Apps

 

Losing your tens or hundreds of precious apps would be a catastrophe, especially when it took so long to organize them so neatly

Let's see how to avoid this nightmare

  • In iTunes left panel, in the Devices section, right-click on your iPhone and select Transfer Purchases
  • This will transfer Apps from iPhone to iTunes
  • Then right-click again on your iPhone and select Backup
  • Copy your application data from the following location
  • XP

    C:\documents and settings\your_name_here\local settings

    If this folder is hidden, this is how to Display hidden folders

    Vista / 7

    C:\Users\your_name_here\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

  • Tick the Sync Apps checkbox and accept the warning

Your iPhone will display Restore in Progress or Sync in progress for a while and then you should be all set


Sync iPhone Apps without iTunes

 

For those who really don't want to take risks or don't want to install iTunes, there's a pretty cool app allowing to Synchronize iPhone Apps without iTunes

It's actually not an "app", but a software ( free ) that runs on your computer and acts as an iTunes replacement, which allows to add songs to any iPod device

It also handles Apps, which makes for an interesting alternative to iTunes to Transfer Apps from computer to iPhone, iPad or iPod and the other way around

You can get it from download.com

 
 

Notes & possible issues

  • This program does not require a jailbroken iPhone
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Sync iPhone Calendar with iPad

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Syncing iPhone Calendar with iPad

Say you synchronize your iPhone with your calendar at work and you want your iPad at home to be synchronized with your calendar too

Learning How to Sync iPhone Calendar with iPad is actually quite easy and very useful in such situations

Sync iPhone Calendar with iPad using iTunes

 

This solution comes first in mind, because it's available on both Mac and PC ( note that on PC, it requires Outlook )


The procedure to Synchronize iPhone Calendars with iPad is as follows

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes if this is not automatic
  • Click on your iPhone in the Devices section of the left panel
  • Click the Info tab
  • In the Calendars section, select Sync calendars with Outlook
  • Choose whether you want to sync all calendars or just selected ones
  • Click the Sync button in iTunes lower-right corner

All set !

 

Notes & possible issues

  • This solution also allows to Sync iPhone and iPad with Gmail Calendar

Sync iPhone Calendar with iPad using iCal

 

This solution is available to Mac users only

The procedure is slightly the same as for iTunes and, by the way, uses iTunes too

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes if this is not automatic
  • Click on your iPhone in the Devices section of the left panel
  • Click the Info tab
  • In the Calendars section, click Sync iCal calendars
  • Choose whether you want to sync all calendars or just selected ones
  • Click the Sync button in iTunes lower-right corner
 

Sync iPhone Calendar with iPad using MobileMe

 

Maybe the simplest way to Synchronize iPhone calendars with iPad is to use MobileMe, which is available to both Mac and PC users

Its only major drawback is its cost, MobileMe costs $100 a year

The solutions provided on this page allow to Sync iPad Calendar with iPhone for free and get the same result, so we won't introduce MobileMe any further

 

Sync iPhone Calendar with iPad Wirelessly

 

So you want to synchronize calendars between iPhone and iPad over the air ?

No problem

  • On your iPad, iPhone or iPod, go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  • In the Calendars section, choose Sync one month back
  • Tap Fetch new data
  • Select Hourly

The emails calendar function will work as a bridge to manage calendars info
Then, your iPad, iPhone, iPod and other wireless devices will sync to it

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