Annoying little iCloud thing with Contacts
So I am now on my 3rd iPhone4s and will likely be on my 4th shortly. Every time I get a new one, it syncs all of my contacts again, and duplicates everything. So being on my 3rd one, after setting it up on my loaned 4...I now have 4 of everyone. I just spent an hour deleting the duplicates, which I am scared I overdeleted or something. I have most backed up in gmail but still.
- 11-08-2011, 05:38 AM #2
- 11-08-2011, 06:58 AM #3
- 11-08-2011, 07:18 AM #4
It happens every time I get a new phone. I put my info in, and it populates and adds a new contact each time. How the F is it user error when I am simply inputting my login for iCloud? Thanks for the unwarranted judginess, jerk.
The phones have had issues maintaining and getting signal and one had a dead mic.
- 11-08-2011, 09:37 AM #6
- 11-08-2011, 09:58 AM #7
I log in to ONE .me account. That's it. And I set up Exchange for my Gmail. What's in my iCloud/.me account contacts are different from my Google contacts. There is no overlap. It doesn't give me the option to not merge, to not duplicate. It just takes my login and starts populating.
What makes you think I haven't researched? I only posted after having yet to find someone with an identical experience. That does not mean I am lazy. This is not the only forum I belong to for iProducts.
- 11-08-2011, 10:33 AM #9
Have you gone to gmail > contacts and checked for duplicate contacts? I understand you said there is no overlap. You did not state what contacts are duplicating though. I had a problem with contacts duplicating in my gmail account which I fixed by going to gmail > contacts and then editing them there. You have options to merge/delete etc.
The duplicates are just the iPhone ones (iCloud). Before I activated the iCloud thing I made sure I didn't have overlaps in Gmail because I didn't want two of each one in there. I did all the merging and deleting and all that (like of the 500 facebook reply to things which Google stupidly saves). But every time I start over with a new phone (like I set up as a new phone) it adds another of each contact in iCloud. This last time I deliberately waited til I got home to do any contact stuff, didn't enter in anything, just left it as it was, just hoping it would sync it right. I got home, synced my apps and all that, had unchecked info, didn't restore anything. Then I put in my gmail and my iCloud stuff. And ended up with all the iCloud ones duplicated again.
Like, when you put in your gmail stuff, if there was a duplicate or whatever, it should pop up that window on your phone, telling you it might give you duplicates and gives you a cancel, a don't merge or a merge button right? It never gives me that with the iCloud thing. Just when I set up my gmail as exchange.
- 11-08-2011, 11:08 AM #11
Try only syncing your contacts with icloud, not google. I had that happen until I turned off contact sync with my yahoo account. If that doesn't help, I don't know what will. But it does sound like some type of user error, seeing how it only happens to some people, and it did happen to me until I fixed it (not trying to be a jerk). If you can't figure it out, make a genius bar appt.
- 11-08-2011, 12:10 PM #13
Ive had a couple droids, and I hated that OS. That OS needs a TON of work for me to ever go back there.
I might just export all my stuff from iCloud and put it into Google. I'd rather have it on google syncing than on iCloud if it's going to be a problem.
- 11-08-2011, 03:05 PM #15
I had none of these issues with my 4! Hell I wouldn't have them at all if it hadn't been stolen last month. I guess luckily (or is that not lucky) I am not the only person have the same problem. I am going to a different Apple store this time in hopes that their supply is different.
- 11-09-2011, 08:13 AM #17
Funny you mention my "bravery" as you go off on me. Some balls on you.
- 11-09-2011, 10:33 AM #19
- 11-09-2011, 10:53 AM #20
lol @ all the entitlement and pride in this thread. ridiculous. this is an online forum. quit the tough guy persona.
@op - you "came here to whine about it" then you should expect answers as such. or did you expect everyone to side with you and throw an "icloud hate party"? take the good with the bad and move on.
- 11-09-2011, 12:30 PM #22
OP I can't even tell if you fixed your problems with the back and forth in the thread. If you have say so and if I can I'll help. I'll say there are little things that annoy me on my phone but overall I'm loving iCloud.
The people who said they are afraid to use iCloud don't be. It just takes a little effort and figure out what you want to sync and what you don't want to sync. If you are using Windows it gets a little dicier and if you are using one account with multiple people and devices even dicier still. My wife and I use the same account and so for the iCloud I finally figured out the optimal settings to acheive most of what we want. In the end her phone syncs calendars in iCloud and I sync mine through iCal. The events that are shared I edit and add through the web interface which is easy enough. I sync my contacts through iCloud and she uses AddressBook locally since she hardly updates and has very little contacts. This was the only dicey areas where we didn't want out info to meld together.
I did get duplicate contacts and groups but I would just start from scratch turn off contacts in iCloud on the phone. I choose to remove all contacts from the phone so it is empty. Then I choose contacts on the Mac in iCloud. Then I open iCloud.com and go into the addressbook and delete duplicates and duplicate groups. Then I turn contacts back on for iCloud on the phone and do a sync in iTunes and bam everything is there without duplicates.
The only "fix" I had was that I went through all the contacts one by one and deleted duplicates. Then I unsynced them with iCloud on the phone, restarted the phone, and when it FINALLY found a signal a half hour later, then I resynced it. That was the only fix I could do. But when I get another new phone in a couple more days then I will have to redo that again.
- 11-09-2011, 01:56 PM #24
Since I am having trouble following the conversation with all the back and forth bickering and name calling, I'm just going to throw something out (and apologies if this has been covered somewhere in the discussion). Are you restoring the device from a backup on a computer or via the iCloud backup? (I haven't done the latter, and I don't know if it's automatic when you first login to an iCloud account.) Just wondering if that could cause issues with duplicates, etc.
I have only been restoring contacts from the iCloud. I don't back anything else up to the iCloud thing besides reminders, which I haven't used really at all. I don't/haven't restore(d) anything from a backup. I have set up each of these iPhone4S's as a new phone and then sync my music, movies and apps back onto the new phone. I initially wondered if something in my first backup caused this whole weird searching thing but it hasn't been fixed by setting up as new.
I just tried to remove all contacts from the phone, restarted/reset the phone and reactivated the contacts and ended up again with duplicates. So I am going to have to go through again and erase all the duplicate contacts again and just assume now that it's a kink in the cloud system. It seems to also figure out how to aggregate all my google based contacts and back those up to the cloud also. Which is creepy.