I don't believe so. We were taking it one step at a time since he's 93 years old, and we got stuck while trying to enable iCloud on his older iPhone 4 (separate posted question) so we decided to skip over that for now and just do some basics, like syncing over his contacts.
But we aren't trying to sync with iCloud. This is a direct USB sync from his iPhone 5 to his iMac. So should that matter?
Yes, that is exactly what we tried:
Sync contacts and other info with iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad
- Connect your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to your computer and select your device.
- Click the Info button and select the items you want to sync.
- Click Apply.
I appreciate your note, but the 28 steps listed there are all but impossible for a 93 year old man with his computer skills to follow. If I could do a screen share with him I could get control of his iMac and do it for him, but the screenshare is also buggy.
Anybody have any simpler ideas?
No matter what I did it wasn't working. So I got him to upgrade his iMac to Mountain Lion and we set up iCloud syncing instead of iTunes USB cable syncing (that still was not working in Mountain Lion), and the contacts did sync via iCloud.
So problem solved for now.
So much for things "just working" with Apple products though. It took forever, and he had to upgrade to a new OS for it work. But at least it's working now.
I figured this out with my Mum's iPad2 and iTunes 11.
On the iPad, she had it to sync her contacts using iCloud. It wanted her to set up an iCloud account to do it, as the post above recommended. I went to Settings > iCloud > Contacts OFF on the iPad. When I plugged it back into her computer, it gave me the option to sync contacts not through iCloud. I clicked to "Sync Contacts" and Apply, and it worked like a charm.
It appears that if it is trying to sync using iCloud, that it won't sync using the cable/connector to a computer.
Hope this helps.
So I have to upgrade to Mountain Lion to make any sensible use of my iDevice now that it's on iOS7 ...???
(Not my choice to upgrade!). Even if that means getting a new Mac? Seriously?
There really is no way (other than manual entry) to get contacts from my Apple Address Book to an iOS7 device...???
Gee, thanks Apple.
Every day a little more of my Apple love turns to cold, dry dust and a little more Apple hatered takes its place.
THANK YOU, KEITH!
I have worked on my problem for an hour (going blind reading the same Support instructions and having them not work) and, you are exactly right, I had to turn off my iCloud in order to be able to sync my iPhone contacts to the Address Book on my mac. Congratulations and many thanks.
A bit of experminetation has provided me with a solution:
It turns out you can just export your Apple Address Book contacts as one big vCard...
You can then import this into iCloud contacts via your web browser.
This workaround only requires a version of Safari that won't make iCloud cry - in my case Safari 5.1 and OS X 10.6 work just fine.
The latest version of OS X is not required here, folks!
However, nothing will sync between your Address Book and iCloud. Any new contacts on one will have to be added manually to the other.
Use your Mac Address Book and sync your iPhone with iTunes. From the Info tab, under Contacts, make sure to select “Address Book” from the drop-down menu before you sync.
I am not sure whether it works on Mac, but you can use copytrans contacts to transfer the contacts too (in case you do not want to use iTunes sync):
Finally, you can simply use the iCloud app and install it on your Mac. Make sure to enable iCloud contact sync on your iPhone. Then import contacts from your Mac to your iCloud application, this will move and sync the contact entries to your iPhone.