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Old Nov 11, 2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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Transfer Contacts from my Macbook without iCloud?

Hi there. My macbook (2.4Ghz Intel Core Duo. OS 10.5.8) doesn't have Mountain Lion, and thus doesn't have iCloud. My new iPhone 4 does of course. What is the best way to transfer my contacts from my contacts book on my Macbook to my iPhone 4?

Thanks in advance for any answers.

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Old Nov 12, 2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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You can use iTunes.
Or sync your address book with a service like google, then have it sync to your phone with googles exchange servers.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 01:06 AM   #3
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Thank you. I thought of using iTunes, but when connected I only seem to be able to transfer audio or video. Can you tell me how i would select the contact info for the iphone 4? I exported my contacts to my desktop on my macbook. Thanks again.
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Just open Address Book on the Mac and do a command-a to select all, then in the File menu select export and chose the export as vcard option. Now email that file to yourself on the iPhone and open it. You should be asked if you want to import all those contacts into the iPhone contacts. Done.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 11:15 AM   #5
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You only need Lion (OS X 10.7) to have iCloud, so maybe upgrade?

I don't know how to otherwise.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 11:40 AM   #6
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Just open Address Book on the Mac and do a command-a to select all, then in the File menu select export and chose the export as vcard option. Now email that file to yourself on the iPhone and open it. You should be asked if you want to import all those contacts into the iPhone contacts. Done.
Worked! Thank you.
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Worked! Thank you.
Well of course it did. Glad that helped.
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Just open Address Book on the Mac and do a command-a to select all, then in the File menu select export and chose the export as vcard option. Now email that file to yourself on the iPhone and open it. You should be asked if you want to import all those contacts into the iPhone contacts. Done.
Just got a new Macbook Pro and had trouble with Migration Assistant. Had to copy some files from an external drive. Didn't know how to do the Address Book. This worked perfectly. Shows that searching MacRumors is the best first step to answering a question. Thanks.

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Old Jan 7, 2014, 06:02 AM   #9
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This sounds a lot like a corrupt backup. The other has been growing, and I would say it has grown beyond the iPhones size and your only option is to restore the iPhone as new.

However, good news does exist. There is a program which can grab your contacts, messages, calendar, voicemails, and notes directly from the backup. Pictures look a litle harder.

If you download this program http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

This program is also recommended on OSX daily and is one of the very few programs which will let you transfer contact from your iPhone to your computer.

For your purposes here though, it is going to be the best solution.

Good luck.

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Old Jan 22, 2014, 08:25 PM   #10
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Just open Address Book on the Mac and do a command-a to select all, then in the File menu select export and chose the export as vcard option. Now email that file to yourself on the iPhone and open it. You should be asked if you want to import all those contacts into the iPhone contacts. Done.
This is a good method which can help us transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac,as I know, Coolmuster iPhone Backup Extractor can help us move contacts to iPhone at ease.

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