iPhone Contacts not Merging with iCloud

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by SenileTomato, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. SenileTomato macrumors member

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    I've tried numerous times over the past few months, and still no luck. I have went into Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> iCloud ->, and then I click sync contacts. I have tried a few times so far to click and unclick the contacts option to see if that would help, but still nothing.

    Is anyone else having the same issue as me? Is there a fix? This is getting quite frustrating, especially when I need to use my iMessage on my Mac to speak to people instead of my iPhone.

    Thanks,

    SenileT
     
  2. asriznet macrumors regular

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    I would sign out of icloud from the iPhone and sign in again.

    When prompted to delete from iphone, I will choose delete.

    But before doing this, just make sure you backup your iphone first just in case.
     
  3. SenileTomato thread starter macrumors member

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    I will try this. Although I am not sure how to back up contacts other than through iCloud?
     
  4. SenileTomato thread starter macrumors member

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    Did not seem to work, but thank you for the advice.
     
  5. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

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    Moving from on device/Mac Contacts to iCloud is imbecilic. For the lack of a simple choice Apple could have given us, "replace" in addition to merge and cancel. Here's how I did it.

    1) First do the mother Mac. Sync with iOS devices. Clean up duplicates, if any, on the Mac. Switch on iCloud Contacts in Sys Prefs. If the toggle won't hold, keep doing again and again until it sticks.

    2) Do the iOS devices. First uncheck the sync Contacts box. Sync. The Contacts will still be there. Sync again and hopefully you will get a message to keep or trash. Select Trash (if no message, disconnect then sync again). Flip on icon Contacts. Keep flipping it on until it holds and you get a message its enabling iCloud Contacts. Voila, after an amount of time that ranged in my case, 5 iOS devices, from instant to 10 minutes. Done. No duplicates as you wiped out your iOS Contacts first.

    It took me 2 to 3 syncs to finally get each iOS device live on iCloud Contacts. Whoever did iCloud Calendars at Apple should be doing Contacts as well.
     

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