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Question aboyt syncing . . .

by Coryphaeus / March 6, 2013 5:07 AM PST

iPhone 4GS.

I have my contacts on the iPhone with name and phone number. On my PC in Outlook Express I have more email addresses/contacts but no phone numbers. If I sync my iPhone with my PC contacts will it overwrite everything in my iPhone with the email contacts, or will it add the PC email contacts to the iPhone contacts.

I'd hate to loose all my phone numbers.

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Clarification Request
The burning question is...
by Pepe7 / March 7, 2013 6:11 AM PST

...exactly *How* are you syncing? Via iTunes, etc., etc.(?) Be as detailed as you can if possible.

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by Coryphaeus / March 7, 2013 7:58 AM PST

Just a sync for my email addresses so I don't have to do them manually.

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The first time you do it...
by Pepe7 / March 7, 2013 1:10 PM PST
In reply to: iTunes.

...you should be presented with an option to either merge or overwrite. If you have already done this before, you may have to go down to the Info > Advanced section when your phone appears under Devices to adjust this again.

There's more here:


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Shouldn't do but you would, of course, make a backup of both
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 6, 2013 7:37 AM PST

contact sources before you tried it.


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Of course . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 6, 2013 9:07 AM PST

Backup would be the first thing. Just wondering if anyone knows definitively.

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Sync & overwrite options
by WestAy23 / March 25, 2013 6:24 AM PDT

From the apple forum linked in this thread:

"You can do this through iTunes. If you connect your phone and click on it where it appears under Devices, then on the screen that appears, click on the Info tab. In here you have the option to Sync Contacts with a drop-down box to choose what program you want to sync with.

The first time you do it, it should give you the option of which source you want to overwrite or to merge. After that, by default it will overwrite the Outlook contacts with the iPhone contacts unless you scroll to the bottom of the Info page to the Advanced section and check Contacts to overwrite the phone."

That seems like exactly the answer you needed right?

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Just try Free Mobile Helper
by tohapply / March 25, 2013 4:39 PM PDT

You can sync your mobile with PC tht=rough Free Mobile Helper.

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by richroberts972 / April 16, 2013 5:31 PM PDT

you should back up your data first, then sync with your PC.

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I think that has been mentioned already
by Pepe7 / April 17, 2013 2:48 AM PDT
In reply to: backup

Re-read the whole thread, amigo.

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