How to restore contacts from iCloud to your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Jul 28, 2014

In our ongoing series of simple iOS tips and tricks, today we’re going to help my mom (or yours) restore her contacts from iCloud to her iPhone. You’d typically need to do this if you got a new iPhone for example, or maybe if you performed a restore. Or if you’re my mom, you might have just “accidentally” disabled iCloud contacts sync and you just have no idea how to turn it back on.

In this post, we’re going to assume that you previously synced your contacts with iCloud. Note that these steps work just as well for getting iCloud contacts back on an iPad. Read More

 

LinkedIn reboots its Contacts for iPhone app as LinkedIn Connected

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

After retiring CardMunch, its standalone iPhone app for scanning business cards, in favor of Evernote’s business card scanning service last month, LinkedIn today rebranded another standalone iOS app – LinkedIn Contacts. The app shall be known henceforth as LinkedIn Connected.

The app has been reimagined and redesigned for a much cleaner appearance.

Aside from the name change, the free download has all the same features like its predecessor, but more advanced than before and with “much more focus on strengthening your relationships”… Read More

 

Yo hack compromises your phone contacts, but fix is underway

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Yesterday, I told you about Yo, a ridiculous new messaging app which lets people exchange two-character “Yo” messages. Some like Stephen Colbert have eviscerated Yo for being utterly useless and plain dumb while others point out the fact that it’s received more than $1 million in VC-backed funding as a proof that the mobile messaging space is booming with innovation.

Be that as it may, turns out the controversial software poses something of a security risk as a pair of college students have found a vulnerability allowing them to compromise any Yo user’s phone number, spam them with unsolicited messages and more.

Yo founder Or Arbel has confirmed that the app was “having security issues” and has promised to deliver a fix “in next few hours”Read More

 

How to export iPhone contacts

By Sébastien Page on Mar 22, 2014

Earlier this week, I wrote a tutorial showing different ways to export Mac contacts. Admittedly, the process is much simpler on a Mac than it is on the iPhone, mainly because there is no way to export iPhone contacts directly from the device without the use of a third party application.

In this post we will learn a basic trick about how to share one contact card with someone. We’ll also go a little deeper and learn how to export iPhone contacts to a .vcf file, and we’ll also look into exporting your iPhone contacts to an Excel file (.csv)… Read More

 

How to export Mac contacts

By Sébastien Page on Mar 20, 2014

Whether you want to share a contact card with someone or backup all your Mac contacts to your computer, there is an easy way to go at it. It’s actually much easier to do that on your Mac than it is on your iPhone, as you’ll be able to tell.

In this post, we will show you various ways to not only share a contact card with someone, but we’ll also learn how to export your contacts directly to your Mac, so you can use them as a backup or simply to share them with someone… Read More

 

How to send a group email on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Mar 8, 2014

We recently published a post about how to send a group email from your Mac. You’d think that doing that from your iPhone would be just as straightforward, but unfortunately, it is not. Of course, some of you may think it’s easy to send a group email on iPhone. Just fire up the Mail app, and add in every contact you want to send the email to.

That sure works, but it’s not very practical, especially if you want to send an email to a group of 20 contacts for example. We do have a better solution to offer you, and in this post, we will show you how to send a group email from iPhone using an app called Connect.

As always, there are tons of apps that can help you send emails to a group of contacts, but I’ve found that Connect works fairly well, especially given its price tag (yes, it is free). If for some reason you do no want to use the Connect app, we will list a few alternatives at the bottom of this post.

Read on to find out how to easily and quickly mass email a group of contacts… Read More

 

How to send group emails on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Mar 5, 2014

In a recent series of post focusing on managing your contacts, we showed you how to create contact groups on your iPhone and on your Mac. Today we want to push this a little further by showing you how to send group emails on your Mac.

Creating a group email can be a real time saver as you don’t have to manually enter each recipient’s email address manually. Instead, you can quickly type in the name of a group of contacts that you want to send an email to and have the “to:” field of your email client populated for you automatically.

In this post, we will show you how to send group emails from your Mac. As you will soon be able to verify, sending messages to a group from your Mac is a fairly simple and quick process… Read More

 

How to create contact groups on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Mar 1, 2014

A few days ago, we published a post explaining how to create contact groups on Mac, so we thought it would be a good idea to show you how to do that directly from your iPhone or iPad as well. Creating contact groups on iPhone is a fairly simple process, however, it does require to install a third party application as the stock Contacts app for iOS doesn’t let you create and edit groups on the fly.

No one will argue that not being able to manage contact groups directly from your iPhone is a terrible limitation of iOS, but we’re not really here to discuss what could and should be.

In this post, we will show you how to manage contact groups on iPhone or iPad by using an application called Address Book Plus. Not only we will explain how to create contact groups, but we will also show you how to manage and edit these groups… Read More

 

How to create contact groups on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Feb 26, 2014

Every day of the week, we have social connections with various groups of individuals. These groups of people can be family, friends, colleagues, clients, and any other group of people you interact with. All their names, addresses, phone numbers, etc can fit in the palm of your hand, in a virtual contact book.

The contact book can be kind of a mess sometimes though. How do you separate all your contacts into distinct groups? How can you quickly email your work colleagues without manually inputting each email address? The answer is contact groups. Just like you put a label on certain groups of contacts in your life, you can do the same with these same contacts in your address book.

A group list can be handy if you want to create a distribution list for example, or simply if you want to quickly send messages to a group list.

In this post, we’ll show you how to create contact groups on your Mac. There are several ways to go at it. You can manually create groups of contacts or let Mac OS X do the heavy lifting for you by quickly creating smart groups. Of course, we’ll show you how to edit and delete those contact groups as well… Read More

 

How to find, merge, and delete duplicate contacts on iPhone

By Lory Gil on Feb 25, 2014

With technology these days, it gets harder and harder to keep track of all of your friends and families’ various contacts. You may have one friend whom you mainly communicate with through Facebook, but you know their phone number. You just can’t remember where you put it. Maybe your mom recently moved and you gave her a new contact card because you were in a hurry and didn’t want to track down the original. Which card has the right number?

If you find yourself bogged down with too many contacts and want to clear out your figurative drawers, we’ve got a quick tip for taking care of duplicate contacts that doesn’t involve deleting them, one at a time.

In this post, we will show you how to find duplicate contacts, and how to merge or delete them directly from your iPhone… Read More

 

QuickContacts lets you quickly access your favorite contacts from Spotlight

By Sébastien Page on Jan 24, 2014

There are many ways you can quickly access your contacts from remotely everywhere on an iOS device thanks to clever jailbreak tweaks, but to my knowledge, QuickContacts is the first to add your favorite contacts to Spotlight Search.

Developed by Joshua Lee Tucker with help from Kyler Phillips, QuickContacts makes your favorites accessible with a quick pull down gesture from the Home screen. I took the tweak for a spin and will now share my experience with you… Read More

 

Considerate iPhone thief mails 1000 handwritten contacts to owner

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2013

It’s hard to imagine how someone could call a person who stole your iPhone ‘considerate,’ but that’s exactly how some media outlets are referring to a certain Chinese pickpocket. The thief took a man’s iPhone during a shared cab ride.

The reason why some are calling the criminal considerate is that shortly after stealing the handset, he mailed the owner a list of his contacts. And this wasn’t simply a computer printout, he hand wrote over 1000 contacts–11 pages worth… Read More

 

Get in touch with your favorite contacts quicker using Fast Dial

By Lory Gil on Nov 1, 2013

If your favorites contacts list is not fast enough to get you to the call you want to make when you want to make it, you may need a shortcut. Sure, you could use Launch Center Pro, but there is something even simpler (and cheaper).

Fast Dial ~ photo dialer and social app launcher for your contacts is a shortcut app that lets you quickly access and call phone numbers, send SMS messages, or email contacts with a simple swipe. Plus, you can connect to them via social networking sites without having to leave the app… Read More

 

Keep your contacts up to date with Sync.Me

By Lory Gil on Oct 11, 2013

Families are always moving. Friends are always getting new jobs. Everyone’s lives are changing so often that it is hard to keep track. Now that mobile phones are so common, it is much easier to get in touch, but also much more difficult to stay in touch.

Sync.Me is an app that automatically syncs with your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts so you will always know your brother’s new address, your co-worker’s new job title, and your high school friend’s new last name… Read More

 

Cobook Contacts makes your address book work for you

By Lory Gil on Aug 1, 2013

We are connected in so many different ways to so many different people in this age of technology that it is hard to keep it straight. In my days (because, you know, I’m so old), you had one address book and everyone you had a contact for was in the same place. Now, you can connect with people through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, phone, and so much more.

Cobook Contacts combines all of your social networking contacts with your iOS device’s contacts and the best part is that the app has been completely redesigned in the likeness of iOS 7Read More

 

Apple enables direct Google Contacts sync in iOS 7

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2013

Google last September killed native sync for Contacts and Calendars on iOS devices. The announcement was part of Google’s phasing out of Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol in favor of CardDAV and CalDAV, which represent HTTP-based WebDAV client/server protocols for contact and calendar items, respectively.

Now, Apple actually adopted CalDAV and CardDAV with the release of iOS 4 nearly three years ago, but setting up Google Contacts sync on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices via CardDAV was anything but hassle-free.

With iOS 7, Apple appears to have implemented native Google Contacts sync. I’m guessing the feature works behind-the-scenes via CardDAV because it requires no setup and acts as a true two-way sync. It works like a charm, really, let me show you how… Read More

 

Facebook friends disappearing from iOS Contacts? It’s a new feature!

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2013

If you’ve ever used Facebook integration in iOS 6, you may have noticed iOS lets you grant the Contact app access your Facebook account in Settings > Facebook. Enabling this feature creates a new ‘Facebook’ group in Contacts which contains entries for all of the people you’re friends with on Facebook. According to a thread over at Apple’s support forums, a number of people are experiencing an issue where some of the entries are dissapearing from the Facebook group in iOS Contacts.

If you have noticed similar symptoms, don’t panic – it’s a feature rather than a bug… Read More

 

Swipe to call, text or email in the Contacts app with QuickGestures

By Cody Lee on May 30, 2013

When a fan war breaks out over what the ‘best mobile platform’ is, I usually try to stay out of it. I like iOS better than Android, and believe it to be the superior of the two. But I know that’s just my personal opinion, and not a fact.

Truth be told, I actually like quite a few things about Android. The way it handles contacts, for instance, is great. You can text, email or call someone with a quick swipe or tap. It’s too bad I can’t do that in iOS. Or can I? Read More

 

How to easily find and merge duplicate contacts on your iPhone

By Lory Gil on May 11, 2013

When you sync your desktop contacts with your iOS contacts and then throw your Facebook contacts into the mix, you will inevitably end up with duplicates. Just like a physical address book, every time one of your friends gets a new email address or phone number, you end up with multiples from the same person.

Smart Merge helps you clear out duplicate contacts by fishing out email addresses, phone numbers, and names that are the same. It also comes with a backup feature so you can store a Dav-Card file in your email account, just in case something happens in the future… Read More

 

Addial for Velox lets you add new contacts from the Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 9, 2013

When you have the popular new Velox tweak installed, it opens up a bunch of new interactions with many of the stock iPhone apps. As we highlighted in our initial walkthrough with the tweak, the stock Contacts app benefits by allowing you to access your contact information using a swipe gesture on the app’s icon.

That functionality, while different, was admittedly a little boring. That’s where this new add-on — Addial for Velox — steps in to spice things up a bit. This is an interesting add-on, because it combines the functionality of two tweaks into one — the aforementioned Velox, and another tweak that we reviewed in the past called Addial. Take a look inside for more information. Read More

 
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