I thought that when you initially sync the iPhone, the address book in the computer will replace the contact list automatically and if the address book was empty the iPhone will also be loaded and empty. That happened to me because the address book (for some unknown reason had been erased) and it erased the contact list. Apple support was contacted and they indicated that may be a problem with the iPhone 3G when syncing. Now back up the address book to the desk top every time a change has been made, ready in case this happens again.I figured it out all you need to do is sync your iphones address book and click merge when prompted.
When I synced my iPhone with my Address Book (running Mac OS X) it deleted everything in my iPhone, since my address book was empty. I wanted to import the numbers from my phone to my computer as a backup.
It never prompted me to merge or anything.. just wiped my iPhone clean of numbers.
This is the most frustrating thing about cell phones.. I rely on them to hold numbers for me so I never have to remember them.
Any idea why this happened or how I can fix it?
I tried having an address in MAC address book. When I sync it still does not prompt a merge option.I am trying to merge iPhone contact list to my MAC. When I sync the iPhone it goes right into sync and there are no prompts given in order to merge with my MAC address book. Can anyone help me?
No, they are not synced. They're saved in the backup.They're sync'd via iTunes are they not? I remember when I got my new replacement iPhone and restored from backup, all my old text messages appeared
I am trying to merge iPhone contact list to my MAC. When I sync the iPhone it goes right into sync and ther are no prompts give in order to merge with my MAC address book. Can anyone help me?
So? You should be able to just connect the iPhone to your Mac, click Address Book on the sync contacts options, and they get transferred when you sync (contacts are a 2-way sync). I would suggest backing up before you do this, since the backup also saves contacts.I tried having an address in MAC address book. When I sync it still does not prompt a merge option.
Can you give more info on how this worked/what you did.When I was moving state to state, my phone was stolen (as if I needed another problem), and when syncing the new one, I somehow managed to wipe out the address book contents on both my MacBook and my G5; but it did install my latest backup. So I had a full address book on my iPhone but nowhere else.
I did belong to mobileme - and as often as I tried to sync, it wouldn't add to the G5 or MacBook address books.
I finally went into my iPhone settings, chose to push my sync data, and included the 'merge' option for address book.
Went instantly to my .mac account, and I restored my address books by syncing.
BTW, I was able to track my stolen phone and turn it into an iBrick via mobileme, so between these two events, I've decided it's worth what I pay for it.
Hope that helps.