How To Sync All Your Contacts With The iPad In Less Than 5 Minutes

One of the first things people want to do with their iPad is get it synced with all of their own information such as Contacts, Email, and Photos.  We have covered syncing email and photos so now we want to go over syncing your contacts as you might have them in Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo or in your Address book on your Mac.  Whether you are a new iPad user or a seasoned user, this will be a helpful tutorial you can bookmark and refer back to when you need it.

Sync Contacts With Your iPad

Your iPad has a built-in Address book app which is where all your contacts are stored when you sync with iTunes. To set up iTunes syncing with your Contacts, do the following:

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes
  2. in iTunes, select the iPad in the sidebar
  3. Configure the sync settings in the “info” pane

You will notice here that you can sync contacts with applications such as the Mac OS X Address book, Yahoo! Address Book, and Google Contacts on a Mac.

On a Windows PC, you can sync contacts with the Windows Address Book (Outlook Express), Windows Vista Contacts, and Microsoft Outlook 2003 or 2007.

If you sync with Yahoo! Address Book, you only need to click Configure to enter your new login information when yo change your Yahoo! ID or password after you’ve set up syncing.

Sync iPhone Contacts With Your iPad

If you want to sync your iPhone Contacts with your iPad, just make sure that when you plug in your iPhone, the option in checked in iTunes to sync contacts. Once you sync, the iPhone contacts will all be stored in your Mac Address book. Then, when you sync your iPad in iTunes, all your iPhone contacts will sync as well.

Contacts Being Duplicated

Sync iPad ContactsA lot of users report that when they sync contacts between their iPad and their Mac address book they get duplicates on the iPad.  There is a fix for this and in order to accomplish getting rid of the duplicates you will need to have a MobileMe account.  If you do not have one, you can sign up for a free Trial.  It seems rather odd to have to do all this, but, it does solve the issue.

  • Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Slide your account to OFF
  • When prompted, tap Delete from My iPad

Now you will re-enable syncing and the magic will begin:

  • Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  • Tap your account and slide the data type ON
  • When prompted, tap Merge with MobileMe

That should take care if the duplicates issue!

How To Sync Gmail Contacts To Your iPad

This one is a bit tricky but it works great!  I keep all my contacts in Google docs so I have done this a few times now.  In order to do this, you have to setup your iPad for Google Sync.  No problem though, it’s easy. I’ll walk you through it.

Getting Started

  • Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  • Tap Add Account
  • Select Microsoft Exchange

Enter Account Info

  • In the Email field, enter your full Google Account email address. If you use an address, you may see an “Unable to verify certificate” warning when you proceed to the next step.
  • Leave the Domain field blank.
  • Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
  • Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
  • Tap Next at the top of your screen.
  • Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
  • When the new Server field appears, enter
  • Press Next at the top of your screen again.
  • Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.
  • Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your iPad, select the Keep on my iPad option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes.

If you want to sync only the My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts during the Google Sync install when prompted. If you choose to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the “All Contacts” group instead. If there are no contacts on your iPad, the latter will happen — the contents of your All Contacts group will be synced.

You’ve set up Google Sync! Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your device. You can also open the Mail, Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

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