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    Default Thunderbird address book sync?

    Since we can now (finally!) sync Firefox bookmarks to Mobile Safari, I've been looking for a way to sync my Thunderbird address book to my iDevices without going through GMail, and can't find a plug in for this. Is there a way to sync this? Since it's doubtful I'll return to an Android at this point, I'd like to move my data off of Google.

    For that matter, is there a way to copy my Google Calendar to the iCloud calendar?
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    For the calendar, you should be able to export it from Google and then use iCloud.com and import it (or a Mac if you have one).

    I imagine you can do the same with Thunderbird contacts. You should be able to export them from Thunderbird and then import into iCloud.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    For contacts, export contacts from thunderbird, and then import them on icloud.com. The calendar is a bit tricky, see this thread for the solution I found a few weeks ago. calendar data transfer
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    For the calendar, you should be able to export it from Google and then use iCloud.com and import it (or a Mac if you have one).
    Thank you.
    I imagine you can do the same with Thunderbird contacts. You should be able to export them from Thunderbird and then import into iCloud.
    Except that I want to sync my contacts, not import them.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    import them to icloud, and then turning on syncing in icloud on your phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yaynative View Post
    import them to icloud, and then turning on syncing in icloud on your phone.
    So how does that SYNC with Thunderbird?
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    Quote Originally Posted by gordol View Post
    So how does that SYNC with Thunderbird?
    It doesn't. Unless thunderbird can show iCloud contacts.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    you are not going to be able to sync contacts or calendar between icloud and Thunderbird. I missed that part of your OP, sorry.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    Thunderbird is a program. If it directly stores your contacts, that is they are not also on Google or yahoo or outlook or whatever, then there is no way to sync them. Syncing requires your contact to be part of an online service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    It doesn't. Unless thunderbird can show iCloud contacts.
    Please see my thread starter.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    In Thunderbird - export your contact list to a CSV file... then, Bing/Google search how to covert a CSV file to vcard... then - convert your CSV file to vcard... go to iCloud.com via web browser... select the contacts 'tab'... and hit the gear lower right corner... select import vcard...
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    Thunderbird has add-ons available to sync its contacts with GMail contacts. I'm trying to find out if there is anything that I have missed will sync Thunderbird contacts with iCloud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordol View Post
    Thunderbird has add-ons available to sync its contacts with GMail contacts. I'm trying to find out if there is anything that I have missed will sync Thunderbird contacts with iCloud.
    I didn't find one... hence why I suggested the export...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    I didn't find one... hence why I suggested the export...
    Thanks.

    I am currently syncing TBird to my iDevices via GMail, I want to take GMail out of the loop and replace it with iCloud. Hence my question... Exporting is not a viable alternative because that is not a sync, and every time I add, delete or update a contact, I'll have to export/import or do double-maintenance.

    That IS a viable method for my calendar, because I'm not using a PC-installed calendar. I access that on my iDevices or on the cloud service. So a one-time export/import would work.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    When I updated to iOS7 on my iPhone 5 it asked me if I wanted to activate just that Syncing my bookmarks "and" my contacts. Which I did the only problem that gave me was multipule double ups of my contacts because I already had manually added contacts to each account. So I then had to go through and edit those double-ups on my phone then sync to iCloud after that, now its all good.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    Thunderbird was my email client before moving to OSX and Mail. Did a good bit of searching, but didn't see any options without an intermediary.

    So, would another email client like Opera be an option? I also experimented with Zimbra Desktop pre OSX, and liked what it had to offer. Just checked, and didn't see an obvious Contacts sync with iCloud. Maybe Opera has support.

    As for intermediary, maybe owncloud has support?
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    Ok, so I can't go straight from Thunderbird to iOS for address book syncing. What about Thunderbird syncing the address book to Outlook? iTunes and iCloud both have Outlook syncing built-in, but I am in no way interested in changing my mail client to Outlook, though it is installed.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    Quote Originally Posted by danran View Post
    When I updated to iOS7 on my iPhone 5 it asked me if I wanted to activate just that Syncing my bookmarks "and" my contacts.
    What desktop program are your contacts in?
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    Hmmm, what about just making your iPhone the primary Contacts manager? As your idea suggests, use iTunes as the local synch point.
    If your contacts don't change frequently, perhaps a semi manual process is a reasonable way to go.
    Just ran across this Maybe some options there like sharing the actual address book file between programs (Outlook and TB)?
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    A manual "sync" is not an option for me, because I WILL forget to do the import/export and wind up with out of date or missing data on one end or the other, or worse, both.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    Got it. Plaxo might be an option to consider
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog5000 View Post
    Got it. Plaxo might be an option to consider
    That looks like it has possibilities, thanks.

    On the other hand, there is no Plaxo toolbar on either their site OR in the TBird add-ons at Mozilla...
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    so did you find a working solution for your issue? I am facing now the same question .
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    Quote Originally Posted by OGerstberger View Post
    so did you find a working solution for your issue? I am facing now the same question .
    Nope. The only address book sync I found for TBird that works, at least for me, goes through GMail.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird address book sync?

    I just found this:
    It's not a direct sync, but at least an alternative
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