Selectively sync contacts using iCloud

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ricfields, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. ricfields macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2014
    I have four Apple devices but only one, my iphone 5, leaves the house. I keep all sensitive information in my contacts including passwords, SSN's, account numbers...everything. If I lost my phone out there in the world it wouldn't be a simple matter of replacing my phone: it would mean serious trouble for me with that kind of information in the wrong hands. Is there a way to continue syncing with the other devices but selectively not sync the sensitive ones to my phone?
  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Contacts is not designed for storing passwords, SSN's, and account numbers. The information is clearly not as important to you as you say it is if act so careless as to store it unencrypted in the Contacts app. You need a password management app such as 1Password or LastPass.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes there is. In Contacts on OS X make a new "group" and add the contacts without sensitive info to that group. Now go the iPhone and in contacts tap groups at the top. Now checkmark the new group and uncheck "all contacts".

    This way only the non-sensitive contacts will be shown on the phone. Of course if someone steals it, they could go into that setting in contacts on the phone and enable sync of all contacts... but hopefully by then you have gone to and used Find my Phone to shutdown sync to the device, so they would not be able to pull in the sensitive info.
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. A password management app is much better suited for what you do, OP.
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    You're BEGGING for trouble.

    Use 1Password from AgileBits:

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