How to Sync Contacts Across Your Apple Devices

  Matt Cone       February 3, 2022      Tutorials Mac iPhone iPad Internet


The Contacts application that comes with Macs, iPads, and iPhones is useful for keeping track of friends and family. We previously discussed how to add contacts to your iPhone, add contacts to your iPad, and add contacts to your Mac. Now you’re ready for the final step: Using iCloud to sync contacts across all of your Apple devices.

Contacts application icon

When you use iCloud to sync contacts, all of the contacts you’ve saved on one device automatically become available on all of your devices. For example, if you add your friend’s contact information on your Mac, it will automatically appear on your iPhone the next time you open the Contacts application.

Here’s how to set up your iPhone or iPad to sync Contacts across your other Apple devices:

  1. From the home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap your name, as shown below.

    Sync Contacts using iCloud

  3. Tap iCloud, as shown below.

    Sync Contacts using iCloud

  4. Tap the Contacts slider to the on position, as shown below.

    Sync Contacts using iCloud

Any contact that you added to your iPhone or iPad will now be synchronized across all of your devices. You should repeat these steps for all of your iPhones and iPads.

Enabling Contact Synchronization on a Mac

You can also sync contacts on a Mac. Here’s how:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Click Apple ID.

  3. Select the Contacts checkbox, as shown below.

    Sync Contacts using iCloud

Any contact that you added to your Mac will now be synchronized across all of your devices. You should repeat these steps for all of your Macs.

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