4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2009 12:57 PM by Allan Sampson
ADVRTIZR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there a way to keep the contacts I already have on my iPhone, but add my contacts from Outlook? I'm trying to set up the Exchange server option, but it wants to overwrite all the contacts on the phone. How can I save them, but add the Outlook contacts? Even better get them to be one and the same to ALL my contacts are in both places. Is there a way to export contacts from iTunes and pull them into Outlook? Then I could let the program overwrite my iPhone. Thanks much!

Powerbook G4 (work computer Dell, uggghh), Mac OS X (10.4.4), G5 iMac
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    When enabling over the air syncing for contact info with an Exchange account or with a MobileMe account, all contact info on the iPhone is erased first and replaced with the online address book info for the account. There is no way to prevent this.

    If you are currently syncing contact info direct with the Address Book on your Mac via the iTunes sync process, you can export contact info from the Address Book on your Mac as vCards, which can be imported by Outlook on your PC at work. Your Outlook address book will be synced with the Exchange server adding the imported contacts to your online address book.
  • jhrichmond Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi
    I have been advised in another thread "Syncing iPhone with Exchange at work and my Mac at home" that the following will work:

    Set up you iphone to sync via the USB cable and iTunes on both your home computer and your work computer - but only choose to sync _contacts and diary appointments_ across all 3 machines (2 computers and 1 iPhone). Do NOT sync email this way

    Then set up your iPhone to sync over the air to your outlook at work via Exchange - but ONLY syncing email this way.

    In this way you will end up having all your contacts and diary entries synced over all three machines - and your work email synced over the air with your iPhone.

    If you want your home email account synced too, so long as it is a POP or IMAP account you can set this up on your iphone as a seperate email acccount to sync

    I have not tried it yet - I am about to buy my first iPhone tomorrow... but I am assured that it will work this way

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  • ADVRTIZR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a co-worker that works only on PC. Is there a way to export contacts from iTunes that she could pull into Outlook? Thanks much for your help!
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    iTunes does not store contact info. iTunes serves as the sync conduit for syncing contact info between the iPhone's address book and the supported address book on your computer.

    If your co-worker is using Outlook 2003 or 2007, she can sync her iPhone's contact info direct with Outlook via the iTunes sync process. If she is unable to do so since her Outlook contact info is being synced with the Exchange server, she can sync her iPhone's contact info direct with the address book used by Outlook Express with XP, or with the address book used by Windows Mail with Vista - the name change for Outlook Express with Vista.

    If the address book used by OE or by Windows Mail is not currently being used - the address book is empty, before syncing contact info with this address book, enter one contact in the address book. Make the contact up if needed, which can be deleted later. This will provide a merge prompt when syncing contact info with this address book, which she wants to select. This will transfer her iPhone's contact info to this address book.

    After doing so, she should be able to export the contact info from this address book in a format that is supported for import by Outlook.