iCloud and contacts

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Beachball8, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Beachball8 macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    Say I've successfully set up iCloud for 3 devices:

    1) iPhone
    2) iPad
    3) Windows 7 Laptop

    So now my contact list is totally the same on these 3 devices. Adding a contact on one device will automatically add that same contact to the other two devices. Deleting one contact on one device will delete that same contact on the other two devices. Sweet.

    Question: what happens when i do a clean format of my laptop next week? Will all 3 devices end up with no contacts or will the laptop repopulate with the full contact list?

    How does iCloud know which of these scenarios i want?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It appears to push out whatever is the most recent. I think you will be okay. I updated my iMac to iCloud and the contacts synced to my iOS 5 iPhone. Later I updated my Macbook Pro to iCloud and it pushed out the contacts from iCloud to the Macbook Pro.

    I would export my contacts as a VCF file first though just as a backup.

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