Is there a way to merge and sync the contacts on my Mac and iPhone?
Question by Mark Hurvitz /

Do you ever experience the problem of looking for someone you know you’ve added as a “contact”, but does not appear in your Address Book or in your Contacts because s/he was added using some other tool? With various third-party tools that offer to help you keep track of and get access to your contacts why does it seem that there is no way to maintain a unified database?

If the standard filetype is the Vcard, why would not all these tools have similar access to anything of that filetype and keep them in one database?

Is there something I’m missing?

And, yes, Google is my friend, so I looked here, but it doesn’t seem to answer my question:

https://www.google.com/search?q=manage+multiple+contact+databases+macintosh&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

…and this:

https://www.macupdate.com/find/mac/contact%20management

I’ve been using Cobook for a number of months on my Mac and recently downloaded the iPhone version.

I noticed today that there is at least one (if I had the time I might be able to confirm “a number”) contact that appears in Cobook, but not in Address Book on my Mac, nor does that particular contact appear in my Contacts app on my iPhone, nor in Cobook on the iPhone.

Can you explain how I can make sure all contacts appear in each of these? I thought they were all supposed to be drawing from the same internal database.

I have been told:
Contacts have multiple data sources not just one so there may be several reasons why it appears like that. First of all on Mac you can connect Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter on iPhone on the other hand you can connect just Facebook and Twitter as additional sources. As the main source you on iPhone can connect multiple AddressBooks on the Mac currently just one. For one iCloud account on Mac and iPhone it should have the same contacts but as i said that’s not the only possible data source.

There is no automated process for combining data sources.

If you need contact on iCloud you can go to contacts one-by-one and copy them to iCloud when contact details are opened.

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Answers (7)
  • Anish P

    I recommend reading this article for help – http://osxdaily.com/2013/03/20/merge-contacts-iphone-from-mac-os-x/

  • Abhishek Badala

    its working

  • Anish Parameshwaran

    Doesn’t the iPhone file all similar contacts as ‘Unified Info’?

  • ha14

    try to reindex
    Why there are no contacts in Cobook?
    http://www.cobookapp.com/help/no-contacts-in-cobook/

  • Junil Maharjan

    how about icloud?

  • ha14

    maybe somehow is corrupted does every application treat it differently.

  • Jan Fritsch

    I’m not sure I can offer a satisfying solution but basically you already stated your issue: You are using multiple tools and sources which don’t seem to work together (flawless).

    I suggest to simply move to a single application.

    As for combining them I believe vcard is the key in doing so. Wherever possible “export” or “save” the contacts to a vcard and import all of them into a single application.

    As for CoBook on the Mac I believe you need at least Lion to be able to sync with the native Address Book. So if you either have a OS X version prior to that or didn’t enable the sync (if one has to?) it could very well be that you added the contact solely to CoBook on the Mac.