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Steve711 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 9, 2013 1:15 PM

I want to ensure my iPhone 4S contacts are backed up on my mac using iTunes, but do not want them to over-write the contacts in my Outlook for Mac (and I don't want the Outlook contacts to sync to the iPhone contacts; I need to maintain each contact list as separate and distinct.)

 

When I first connected the iPhone to the mac with iTunes, it automatically ran a backup.  I just wanted to make sure I knew where the contacts backup was stored on the mac, but couldn't find the file (researching this forum indicated it would be in a folder which doesn't exist on my mac...)  So first question is, where should that backup be located?

 

I'm also confused about the difference between the backup and syncing.  To ensure neither the iPhone contacts nor the Outlooks contacts over-wrote the other, for now I have iTunes set to not sync the iPhone.  And in iTunes (version 11.0.1), under the "info" page for the iPhone, I do NOT have the "Sync Contacts" box checked.  I've seen some posts here say that if I select that box, it should give me an option to WHERE I'd like to sync the contacts to: Outlook, other mail program, etc.  But I don't see that option in this new version of iTunes.

 

So second question is, what's the best way to ensure I keep a current backup copy of the iPhone contacts, without impacting the Outlook contacts? 

 

(I don't use iCloud)

 

Thanks...

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,470 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 1:19 PM (in response to Steve711)

    IOS how to back up http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

     

    IOS syncing with itunes http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386

     

    both links shows you how to do a backup and sync but also provides details of what is backup and synced.

  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,470 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 1:51 PM (in response to Steve711)

    The same I provided had this link included Itunes about IOS backups http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4946  You can't actually view the contents of the backup.  If you manually backup using itunes or iclouds, then your contact will be back up along with your data.

     

     

    You choose what programs to sync to - outlook/google/ can't remember the other program in itunes.

  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,320 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 1:51 PM (in response to Steve711)

    1) The backup is only intended to keep your call history and favorites.  It is NOT intended as a full backup for your contacts at all.  You cannot view the backup at all from your computer.

     

    2) You should be syncing your contacts to Outlook, Address Book, Google, Yahoo, icloud, eetc.  Your choice.  You should set this sync up on day one.  Your contacts should reside on your computer.  Your iphone is simply a method of carrying them around with you

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (36,190 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 1:52 PM (in response to Steve711)

    Contacts are NOT part of the iPhone backup. Only enough information is part of the backup to maintain your favorites list and call history. Contacts are meant to be synced with a compatible contact manager on your computer or a cloud service.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (36,190 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM (in response to Steve711)

    Contacts are meant to be synced with a contact manager or cloud service, just a music, which is not part of the backup at all, should exist within your iTunes library.

     

    You can not sync contacts directly with Outlook on a Mac (or at least you couldn't the last time I checked). You sync them with the Address book on your Mac.  Make SURE there is at least one entry in the address book on your Mac before you turn contact syncing on. If the address book is empty, it will erase the contacts from the phone. If there are entries in it, it will offer to merge them.

  • Sk8Dreams Level 3 Level 3 (840 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 10:04 AM (in response to Steve711)

    I don't have a mac, but I found this from Apple Support:

     

    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)

     

    Is it possible that you are somehow not seeing the option to sync with Address Book?  Maybe it is a separate heading farther down on the Info page and you didn't scroll that far?

  • Sk8Dreams Level 3 Level 3 (840 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 10:18 AM (in response to Steve711)

    Oops, didn't read closely enough.  No comment.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (36,190 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 10:19 AM (in response to Steve711)

    I'll have to double check, but I believe it can't sync with outlook directly. Even if it can, though, there's nothing forcing you to sync with Outlook instead of Address Book (Contacts in Mountain Lion).

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