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HT1386 Is there any way to do a two way sync between iphone contacts & outlook on a pc?

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neeravvaishnavi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 21, 2012 12:53 AM

I have contacts on my iphone which i keep updated. However, i need these changes to be applicable on outlook as well. I prefer updating contacts on outlook when i have to do it on large scale. I have over 1000 contacts in my iphone. Is there any way by which i can do a two way sync between iphone and outlook on a pc.

iPhone 4S, Windows Vista
  • Ingo2711 Level 6 Level 6 (16,805 points)

    Take a look at this article:

    iOS: How to transfer or sync content to your computer



    Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks, and Notes


    You can sync contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and notes with other applications on your computer. This allows you keep all your information in sync across multiple computers and iOS devices. The settings for these items are all in the Info tab for your iOS device in iTunes. With your iOS device connected to the computer, select your iOS device. Then click the Info tab.

    For details on syncing content on your iOS device with your computer, click the sections below.


    To sync contacts with your computer, choose "Sync Contacts with" within iTunes for Windows, or "Sync Address Book Contacts" on your Mac.

    You can sync your contacts with:

    • Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2007, Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7)
    • Windows Address Book (Windows XP)
    • Windows Contacts (Windows Vista / Windows 7)
    • Address Book (Mac OS X)
    • Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008, or Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac
      Note: If using Microsoft Entourage, use Microsoft Entourage 2008 12.1.2 or later if syncing with Mac OS X v10.6 or later. If you would like to sync data on your Mac with Entourage, enable syncing between Entourage and Address Book.


    • When syncing contacts, you can choose to sync all of your contacts or only selected groups. The option to sync selected items may not show up until after the first sync.
    • You can select a group of contacts to which all new contacts created on your iOS device will be added.
    • Additional options for syncing include syncing your contacts with Yahoo or Gmail/Google Mail. You will need to configure it with the user name and password for your Yahoo or Google account.
  • mommee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For me when following this document iTunes wil still only sync one way from Outlook to the iPhone. Any contacts created or edited on the iPhone will not be synced back to Outlook. I have also tried "Resetting Sync History" as suggested by other threads to no avail. Is it possible that syncing an iPhone works differently than I am thinking it should?

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,420 points)

    It should sync both ways. If it doesn't you may have corrupt data in your Outlook PST. You should also try removing and reinstalling iTunes as described here:


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