iCloud Contacts Not Syncing with Outlook/Mac/iPhone? How to Fix it

Are your iCloud contacts not syncing with Mac or other devices? This can be problematic especially when you want to use those contacts across devices or you want to keep the contacts safe. Yet, this is an issue that is pretty common among users and can be caused by a number of factors. The solutions are also as varied as the causes.
If your iCloud contacts are not syncing across other devices, this article may have a few troubleshooting solutions that can help.

Part 1. iCloud Contacts Not Syncing on Mac

If your systems are correctly configured but you still can’t get the contacts to sync on your Mac, these two solutions should help you get the contacts on your iPhone to also appear on the Mac.

Keep the Contacts Up to Date on iCloud

Making sure that all the contacts you have on iCloud are up to date is one way to ensure they sync with the Mac. Follow these simple steps to do that;

Step 1: Log in to iCloud.com and then click on “Contacts.”

Step 2: Make sure that all the contacts in iCloud are up to date before exporting them to vCard.

Step 3: Now delete all the contacts in your iCloud account. In a few minutes, the contacts will disappear from all your devices.

Step 4: Now Import the contacts you downloaded earlier back into iCloud.com. They will appear on all your devices.

Download Contacts from iCloud to Mac (Recommended)

Another more effective way you can get your contacts to sync with your Mac is to download the contacts from iCloud to Mac. The easiest way to do that is to use iMyFone D-Port, an iOS data backup and exporter tool that can be very useful when you need to make a backup or export data from your iPhone, iTunes backup or iCloud backup.

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To use the program, download and install it on to your computer and follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Launch D-Port on the main window, click on “Extract Data from Backup” You should see alit of backups on the next interface. If there are no iCloud backups on the list, click on “Download iCloud Backup.”

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Step 2: Log into your iCloud account and then select the iCloud backup you need. Click “Next” to continue.

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Step 3: In the next window, select “Contact” since this is the type of data you want to export and then click “Next” to continue.

Step 4: The program will download the contacts in that iCloud backup. In the next window, you can preview and select the contacts you want to extract and click “Extract” to save them to your Mac.

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Part 2. iCloud Contacts Not Syncing to iPad

If your iCloud contacts don’t appear on the iPad, the following troubleshooting solutions can help;

Check the Internet Connection

Contacts will fail to sync if the internet connection you are using is not strong enough. So the first thing you should so is check your internet connection. You can try resetting the network on your iPhone by going to Settings > general > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Disable and Enable iCloud Syncing

If your internet connection is just fine but your contacts are still not syncing, try disabling iCloud syncing and then enabling it again.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Profile > iCloud or Settings > iCloud (for iOS 10.2 and earlier).

Step 2: Turn off “Contacts.”

Step 3: Tap on “Keep on my iPhone.”

Step 4: Reboot the device and then turn “Contacts” in iCloud on again. When asked what you’d like to so with existing local contacts, tap “Merge.”

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Set iCloud as Default Account

You may also experience these iCloud syncing problems if iCloud is not your default account for contacts. To check, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Go to Settings > Contacts.

Step 2: Tap on “Default Account” and if it is not iCloud, select iCloud from the list.

Part 3. iCloud Contacts Not Syncing with Outlook

If your iCloud contacts fail to sync with outlook, the following simple steps can help you fix the problem;

Step 1: Ensure that you are using the latest iCloud control panel. If not, take a moment to install it.

Step 2: Now sign in to your Outlook account and then go to File > Account settings.

Step 3: Click on the Data File Tab and then go to the iCloud Menu. Here, remove and close your email account.

Step 4: Now click on the “Windows” icon and open the control panel. The open iCloud and sign in if you are not already logged in.

Step 5: Click on Setup iCloud contacts, calendars and tasks.
Now open Outlook and check if your iCloud contacts are syncing.

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Part 4. A Better Way to Back up your iPhone

If you are having problems syncing your contacts in iCloud with all your devices and are afraid that something could happen to cause you to lose them, you may need a better way to ensure they are safe. Like we mentioned before, iMyFone D-Port provides an ideal solution to help you not just export data from your device to your computer but can also be a great way to create a full backup of your device. This way, you can protect not just the contacts on your device but also all other data.

With D-Port installed on your computer, follow these simple steps to use it to create a full backup of your device.

Step 1: Launch the program on your computer and from the main window click on “Back Up & Export from Device.” At this point you may be prompted to connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables. Once the program detects the device, click on “Make a Full Back up.”

Step 2: Click “Backup” on the next interface and the program will begin backing up all the data on the iPhone. Keep the device connected until the process is complete.

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The above solutions can all help you sync iCloud contacts with all your contacts to make it easy to keep your contacts safe. A full iMyfone D-Port backup will guarantee the safety of all your data.