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How can I import contacts from a PC?

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Nov 21, 2017 2:56 PM in response to len90 In response to len90

Greetings len90,

Thanks for using the Apple Support Communities.

I see that you would like to know how to import contacts from a PC. It's important to make sure that you can get contacts from your PC on your iPad if you need to, so I'll be happy to help.

You can use iTunes to sync these contacts on your computer with your iPad. Please see the steps in this support article: iTunes for Windows: Sync contacts, calendars, and other info with iPod, iPhone, or iPad .

Let me know if you have any questions.

Take care.

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Nov 22, 2017 5:44 PM in response to len90 In response to len90

iTunes cannot sync contacts directly out of Thunderbird, and your iPad cannot sync these files you created via USB. You have a couple of options:


1- Email the .vcf files to yourself and open the file from the Mail app on your iPad. That used to work to import the contacts into the iOS device, not sure if it still does. But even if it does, there is no bi-directional syncing ... changes you make on your iPad or computer don't reach the other device.


2- If you use a web-based email service like Gmail, export your contacts from Thunderbird and import to Gmail. The Gmail account on your iOS device would then import and keep in sync with contacts retained in the Google environment, but not Thunderbird.


3- iCloud can import vCard files, so if you can create a vCard file from Thunderbird you can import that into iCloud.com (you'd have to do this from a computer, not iOS device). Then like #2, iCloud would host your contacts and your iCloud account would sync them to your iOS device. You will have to have an iCloud.com email account, but you don't have to use it for email, it can be used only for Contacts (and Notes, Calender, etc.) without having to use the email portion.


There might be other options that others will chime in with, but there is no way to sync (and automatically keep in sync) Thunderbird contacts with iOS contacts.

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Nov 21, 2017 2:56 PM in response to len90 In response to len90

Greetings len90,

Thanks for using the Apple Support Communities.

I see that you would like to know how to import contacts from a PC. It's important to make sure that you can get contacts from your PC on your iPad if you need to, so I'll be happy to help.

You can use iTunes to sync these contacts on your computer with your iPad. Please see the steps in this support article: iTunes for Windows: Sync contacts, calendars, and other info with iPod, iPhone, or iPad .

Let me know if you have any questions.

Take care.

Nov 21, 2017 2:56 PM

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Nov 21, 2017 3:02 PM in response to len90 In response to len90

What do you have the contacts saved to on the PC? What version of Windows are you using, and what version of iTunes? Then, what version of iOS do you have on the iPad? Backing up to the PC or iCloud has nothing to do with syncing/importing contacts from the PC to the iPad.

Nov 21, 2017 3:02 PM

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Nov 22, 2017 10:34 AM in response to ChrisJ4203 In response to ChrisJ4203

Contacts are in Thunderbird, an email program from Mozilla.

I am running Win 10.

IOS is Ver 12.1.2

iTunes is 12.7.1.14

Just now for the first time I am seeing a message “The iPad “Len’s iPad” cannot be synced. An unknown error occurred. (-54)”

I have also backed up contacts to a flash drive in both .vcf & .csv formats. They are not recognized when I insert the drive not my iPad

Len

Nov 22, 2017 10:34 AM

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Nov 22, 2017 5:44 PM in response to len90 In response to len90

iTunes cannot sync contacts directly out of Thunderbird, and your iPad cannot sync these files you created via USB. You have a couple of options:


1- Email the .vcf files to yourself and open the file from the Mail app on your iPad. That used to work to import the contacts into the iOS device, not sure if it still does. But even if it does, there is no bi-directional syncing ... changes you make on your iPad or computer don't reach the other device.


2- If you use a web-based email service like Gmail, export your contacts from Thunderbird and import to Gmail. The Gmail account on your iOS device would then import and keep in sync with contacts retained in the Google environment, but not Thunderbird.


3- iCloud can import vCard files, so if you can create a vCard file from Thunderbird you can import that into iCloud.com (you'd have to do this from a computer, not iOS device). Then like #2, iCloud would host your contacts and your iCloud account would sync them to your iOS device. You will have to have an iCloud.com email account, but you don't have to use it for email, it can be used only for Contacts (and Notes, Calender, etc.) without having to use the email portion.


There might be other options that others will chime in with, but there is no way to sync (and automatically keep in sync) Thunderbird contacts with iOS contacts.

Nov 22, 2017 5:44 PM

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Nov 25, 2017 9:16 AM in response to len90 In response to len90

Thank you all for the information. I found a workaround by using webmail from my ISP. I can use the contact list already there for at least 90% of my needs By going through Safari Instead of the Mail app.

thanks again.

Nov 25, 2017 9:16 AM

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