Lost Contacts

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions - Site Assistance' started by joaniebhere, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. joaniebhere

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    iPF Noob

    Jun 4, 2013
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    This is the third time I have lost all my contacts on my iPad. There are 2 of us on the account and when I sink to the MAC I get her contacts not mine. I don't want to add them all again manually. Anyone have any idea what's going on and/or how to fix it? Thanks
  2. twerppoet

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    Jan 8, 2011
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    Quit using the Mac to sync contacts. Use iCloud or GMail to sync your contacts between your devices and computers. You can add both accounts to Mail, Contacts, and Calendars on the Mac as well, and while you can browse them both, they will stay separate on your devices.


    Create separate user accounts on the Mac, and only sync your iPad when signed into the correct account. If you do this your Contacts, Mail, and iTunes libraries and settings will all be different.

    In my opinion the first is the better option. It is more versatile and more reliable. The iTunes syncing options are legacy features from before good online services existed.

    If you go with the online option, be sure to turn off the contact and calendar syncing in iTunes on the computer first. Failure to do so can bean run away duplicates, as the syncing gets caught in a a loop.

    If you're using the same Apple ID, so that you can share apps you can still use different iCloud accounts to keep your data separate. Not an issue with GMail, of course.
  3. leelai

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    Apr 24, 2011
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    Hi Joanie and welcome to the Forum!

    Let us know if Twerppoets's great advice has helped you here! Enjoy!

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

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