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Syncing MacBook with iPhone via iTunes

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Jan 18, 2012 4:18 AM

I am struggling with transfering Contacts from MacBook to iPhone via iTunes. I exported contacts from Microsoft Outlook (on PC with XP) to .csv, in Excel changed what was necessary, saved as .csv file, changed encoding of the file to UTF-8. Imported to MacOS addressbook without any problem, encoding was fine in MacBook.  I synchronized with iPhone via iTunes. In iPhone I received totally messed up encoding and I was not able to remove it from iPhone. If I delete all contacts from MacBook and run iTunes for synchronization, all these messed-up contacts are still in iPhone. If I reset iPhone to factory defaults, delete all contacts from MacBook addressbook and try iTunes sync again, I have my messed-up contacts back in iPhone (from somewhere)

1st question:

is there some way, how to delete all contacts in iPhone at once ? (I had to use reset to factory defaults for whole iPhone !!!!!)

2nd quesion:

how to deal with these messed-up contacts, which are still comming back to my iPhone?

Thanks

iPhone 4
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Jan 18, 2012 4:36 AM (in response to pumpir1)

    Outlook includes an option to export contacts as vCard files. You can email all contacts to yourself as separate vCard attachments. When received with the Mail.app on your Mac, save the attached files to a folder for import by the Address Book. Make the changes you want with the Address Book on your Mac followed by a sync. No need to export as .csv, import by Excel to make changes, save as .csv and then change the encoding of the .csv file to UTF-8 for import by the AB. This sounds so horribly upside down and backwards that is Windows and is not necessary.

     

    There is an option under the Info tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes to replace contacts on the iPhone with what is available in the Address Book. After importing the contacts from Outlook as vCards and making whatever changes to the contacts in the Address Book, back up your Address Book. At the AB menu bar go to File > Export and select Address Book Archive.

     

    Follow this by selecting replace contacts on your iPhone with what is available in the AB on your Mac under the Info tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Jan 18, 2012 9:12 AM (in response to pumpir1)

    You're welcome.

     

    Why not, and why is it a terrible option.

     

    Anything is a significantly better option than the archaic method you did to get the contacts imported in the Address Book.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Jan 25, 2012 3:49 AM (in response to pumpir1)
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Jan 27, 2012 4:18 AM (in response to pumpir1)

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