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In addition to syncing your music, movies, and photos, your iOS device also supports the syncing of your contacts and calendars. So, if you carry around your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch all the time, you have quick access to your addresses, phone numbers and schedule. In this movie, we'll look at how this works on Windows machines. If you're on a Mac, check out the previous movie for info on how to sync contacts and calendars with your device. So, here on iTunes, I have my iPhone selected and I'm going to go to the Info tab. So, when you're working on a PC, you can choose to sync contacts with Microsoft Outlook 2003 or later or Outlook Express, if you have either of those programs installed.
Or if not, on Windows Vista and later, you have your windows contacts. Which you can find by going to Start, into your User folder and Contacts. So I have a couple of example contacts in here, and notice I have some groups created for family, friends and work. So I'm going to sync with my Windows contacts, and as you can see here, you can choose whether you want to copy over all of your contacts or just selected groups. If I choose Groups, I can then select which groups I want. Maybe I just want to copy my family and friends groups over to my iPhone. Now, because you can create new contact info on your iOS device, you’ll probably want to select a default group to place new contacts into when you later sync your iPhone with your PC.
So going to be all new contacts I create on my iPhone will automatically be added to my Friends group. And that's really all there is to syncing your contacts to your iOS device. Now before I click Apply to copy the contacts over, let's look at Calendars. On Windows, your calendar information has to come from Outlook 2003 or later. So if you don't have Outlook installed, you can't sync calendar info to your device. But I do have Outlook installed, so I'll click Sync Calenders With, and you can see again, Outlook is my only choice. And as with contacts, I can chose to sync all of my calenders or just select the calenders I've created.
Maybe I'll only want to sync over my home and workout schedules. We also have the option here to check Do not sync events older than x amount of days. So if you don't feel the need to carry around your events from last year on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can check this and then type in a number of days. So once I'm done with my contact and calendar settings, I just click Apply. And you can see that info is now being synced to my iPhone. So here on my iPhone, I go over into my Extras folder where I can find Contacts. And here are the contacts I synced over. These are my friends and family contacts.
If I'd have groups, I can see those groups were copied over. And if I go over to the Calendar app, and tap Calendars at the bottom of the screen, you can see my home and workout calendars have been copied over as well. Now bear in mind that every time you sync your device, it's a two direction sync. So, if you've created any new contacts on your device, or if you've created any new events in your calendar on your device, those items will get copied over to your PC during the sync. And that remains true even if you've just altered contacts for calendars on your device. So if you changed a friend's phone number, or moved a meeting to a different time on your iPhone, when you sync, iTunes will be able to see that the information on your phone is newer.
And make the changes to the contacts and events on your PC. So that's syncing contacts and calendars with a PC in iOS 7.
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