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    Hello.

    im new in the apple world, so i need some help.

    1; is it possible to group my contacts? for example: "mom", "dad" and "sister" in a group called family.

    2; I have a little business and i use my private phone for my business. Is it possible to group some of my conversations, so i dont have 200 different conversations in my message box.
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    Default Re: how to group contacts and conversations

    You can't create groups with the native contacts app directly on the iPhone, it has to be done via the address book on macbook (or outlook I'm guessing on PC).

    I don't think you can group conversations within iMessage.
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    Contacts can be grouped... if using iCloud, log in to iCloud on a computer via the web, select the contacts app - and you can make groups there...
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    Is that the only way to do it?
    because i canīt see my contacts in icloud. (see my other Thread)
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    I guess i should have just put "Must be done on the computer...", forgot about the iCloud method. They really should add this feature to the iPhone itself, it's such a small thing really, but would make cleaning up an address book a lot easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedk64 View Post
    Hello.

    im new in the apple world, so i need some help.

    1; is it possible to group my contacts? for example: "mom", "dad" and "sister" in a group called family.
    Yes. See the instructions below.

    2; I have a little business and i use my private phone for my business. Is it possible to group some of my conversations, so i dont have 200 different conversations in my message box.
    Not that I'm aware of.

    1. Log in to iCloud.com via a computer and then select the contacts icon.
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    2. Select the bookmark thingy.
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    3. Select the "+" at the bottom to add a group.
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    4. Give the group a name.
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    5. Select from your contact list the people who will be in the created group.
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    Default Re: how to group contacts and conversations

    We talked in one of my other Threads, where i canīt access my contacts in iCloud
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedk64 View Post
    We talked in one of my other Threads, where i canīt access my contacts in iCloud
    The contacts that are on your phone, are you certain they are associated with iCloud? Do you have them with any other email provider - Google, for example?
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    if i create a new contact on my phone, will it still not be show on iCloud
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    Are you using the same AppleID and/or account for iCloud on the phone as you're using to log on via a computer/web browser?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedk64 View Post
    if i create a new contact on my phone, will it still not be show on iCloud
    If it is associated with iCloud, it should. When you initiate the Contacts app on your device and then select "Groups", is there any other listing other than iCloud that is checked?
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    yes i use the same aplleID
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    There is only one grouphow to group contacts and conversations-1.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedk64 View Post
    There is only one groupClick image for larger version. 

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    My apologies for not being clear. The group listing I was referring to was the one from your iPhone. Follow my previous instructions using your iPhone, please.
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    Ohh sorry

    Yes
    Hotmail and iCloud is checked
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    My apologies for not being clear. The group listing I was referring to was the one from your iPhone. Follow my previous instructions using your iPhone, please.
    Can you then use these new groups to send group emails? I coach 2 different soccer teams, if I could use a group to send an email to my entire team, it would be worthwhile setting up. I did a test run using your walkthrough above (thanks BTW) and it just looks like a more "restricted" contact list...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedk64 View Post
    Ohh sorry

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    Hotmail and iCloud is checked
    Okay. Great! Now uncheck Hotmail and then view your contact list and see if they are all present. If they are not, re-check Hotmail and then uncheck iCloud. If your contacts are now all present then those contacts are associated with Hotmail and not iCloud and thus the reason for the sync problem you are having.
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    If i uncheck hotmail, theres is no contacts.

    How can i do so all my contacts are associated with iCloud?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedk64 View Post
    How can i do so all my contacts are associated with iCloud?
    Physically export them from hotmail to a file that you can physically import into iCloud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedk64 View Post
    If i uncheck hotmail, theres is no contacts.

    How can i do so all my contacts are associated with iCloud?
    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    Physically export them from hotmail to a file that you can physically import into iCloud.
    I've transferred my Hotmail to Outlook months ago, but I assume the procedure is the same or close.

    1. Log into your Hotmail / Outlook Mail account via a computer.
    2. Select your contacts and then select "Manage".
    3. Select "Export" and then select to save the file. It should automatically be in .csv format. You can give it a name or use the default.
    4. Remember where you saved the .csv file.
    5. Logout of your Hotmail / Outlook mail.
    6. Open the .csv file with a text editor. Save it as a .vcf file or rename it with a .vcf. extension (example: Change Contacts.csv to Contacts.vcf).
    7. Login to iCoud via your computer.
    8. Select the Contacts icon.
    9. Select the little wheel thingy at the bottom left corner of the screen.
    10. Select "Import vCard" and choose the location where the .vcf file you created is located.

    That *should* do it for you. Give it a minute for the contacts to sync to your iPhone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by l.i bruce fan View Post
    Can you then use these new groups to send group emails? I coach 2 different soccer teams, if I could use a group to send an email to my entire team, it would be worthwhile setting up. I did a test run using your walkthrough above (thanks BTW) and it just looks like a more "restricted" contact list...
    You can via the iCloud website. When you initiate an email to compose, simply type in the name of the Group in the "To" field. The names in the group will appear after you hit the enter / return key. I don't know how to do it from the iPhone, if there is a way to do it.
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    Well I actually just did group chat today with couple of my friends cause I was sick and tired being the middle man sending msg to one person to another just add 2 name when u start a new message and I think both have to have iMessage and all of us can chat in one box it's pretty cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by theKHMERboy View Post
    Well I actually just did group chat today with couple of my friends cause I was sick and tired being the middle man sending msg to one person to another just add 2 name when u start a new message and I think both have to have iMessage and all of us can chat in one box it's pretty cool
    Thank you for responding and your feedback is indeed appreciated...... The group comments in this thread, however, were in regard to email.
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    I will try that thanks

    But for the future, when i create a new contact, can i so do it so the new contact is in iCloud or do i have to do all that everytime?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    You can via the iCloud website. When you initiate an email to compose, simply type in the name of the Group in the "To" field. The names in the group will appear after you hit the enter / return key. I don't know how to do it from the iPhone, if there is a way to do it.
    Funny, you would think that Apple would have provided for this already b/c if I'm on a computer, I would just send a team email from yahoo, where I already have all the contact info organized into team lists (but which is not accesible either from the mobile site or their iPhone apps (same with gmail it seems))...I bought an app for just this purposes years ago, but it was a pain to deal with, so I will just keep replying to all on other team emails until somebody at Apple figures out that this is a meaningful feature to us...
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