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Douglas Parks Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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Oct 12, 2011 4:18 PM

I am a current MobileMe user. I would like to migrate the service to iCloud however I have a bit of a dilemma. I currently sync an older iPhone 2g along with my 4g, iPad and multiple Mac devices primarily for calendar and contact information. Is there a way I can still sync my 2g iPhone using caldav or a similar technology?

iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.3
  • okenter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I used your settings in my iPhone 3G IOS 4.2.1. The calendars were imported from iCloud but not the contacts. I also made changes both on the iPhone and the iCloud web site to check the sync. It seems like sync is not working in iCal or Address Book.

  • dlkc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 16, 2011 9:26 PM (in response to okenter)

    After upgrade to iCloud on my Macs and iPhone4, i'm able to sync my iPhone2G iOS 3.1.3 calendar with my iTunes, but not contacts in address book. Now contact in my iPhone2G is blank, any solution for this?

  • spencer2 Calculating status...

    You can sync Contacts to an iPhone 2G by:

    1) disabling Contacts in iCloud preferences (press button 'keep contacts' to make a local copy)

    2) sync contacts with iTunes

    3) enabling Contacts in iCloud preferences



  • okenter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This worked to get calendar and contacts to sync perfectly on my iphone 3g,

    mac13k wrote this on onother post:


    For calendar sync.


    1. Go to Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars/Add Account.../other/CalDav

    2. Type the following settings:


    User Name: your address

    Password: your MM password

    Description: Contacts iCloud


    3. press Done and wait. The verification can take some time. After that you will have a new CalDav account. If you are lucky it will sync and you are home. If you are like me it will not sync. We need to make one adjustment.


    4. Go to your new CaldDav account settings. You may notice that the server name has been changed to or something like that (p01, p03 etc.). That's good. We want that.

    5. Now tap on "Advanced Settings" and copy the Account URL (all of it: fromhttps:// ... to principal).

    6. go back to your CalDav account click on Server. Delete the current address ("") and paste the address you copied from advanced settings. Hit Done and wait for verification. Now it should sync.


    Fllow the same procedure for contacts with one difference - in step 2 you type as server address.

  • oboeserge Calculating status...
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    Oct 19, 2011 5:26 AM (in response to okenter)

    You're the king, okenter!

    I lost my iPhone 3G calendar yesterday when Apple decided my account had expired (Was that not supposed to happen in June 2012???).

    Your trick worked perfectly for me. I did not have to go back a second time as you suggest.

    The setup syncs both ways.

    Now do I still need a 4S? I think I do

  • Israel Brewster Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 29, 2011 11:59 AM (in response to okenter)

    This is not working for me Using iPhone 2G, and just trying to sync contacts (I don't care too much about calendars) I followed the steps as written twice- once choosing contacts under other (as would seem to make sense), and once choosing calDav (as indicated in the steps). Both times I got a message sayign "Cannot connect using SSL", and as far as I can tell the account was not functional. Am I missing something/doing something wrong?

  • okenter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I use an iPhone 3G, 4.2.1 software

  • kyle67 Calculating status...
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    Oct 31, 2011 6:38 AM (in response to okenter)

    First, thanks to everyone's advice for getting the iphone 3g working with icloud. I am running iOS 4.2.1, and I now have icloud mail, calendars, and contacts all working perfectly. I just followed the previously menioned steps to get the calanders working using the servername: BUT I had problems getting the contacts to work at first, like many other people. After trying several different recommended things, only one solution worked for me... and that was to go into my mac's Library folder - Application Support - Addressbook - Configuration.plist. Open the Configuration.plist file in text edit, and look for a string of text that looks like this (I put xxx on this post just to hide my personal info):


    <string> /DB3A5BCB-5F43-4BB3-A52F-7AF436C94D0C.vcf//</strin g>


    Once you have YOUR file open (won't work with the above code example), just copy the section starting from "https" ending at "". Then type this exactly as you see it into the server box when you set up your contacts settings. Then proceed to simple enter the rest of the info... your icloud username and passsword. Bingo. It should then verify... then go to your address book, let it refresh, and all your contacts should appear! They did for me!

  • fineartdavid Calculating status...

    I just managed to get contacts working by following the instructions above, and then turning off SSL in the Advanced Options.


    Maybe worth noting that you should set up a cardDav, and not calDav account for contacts

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