Synchronize Your iPad Contacts with Your Computer

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If you choose to set up your iPad data synchronization manually, you can synchronize your iPad contacts with your Mac or PC. Select your iPad in the sidebar on the left side of the iTunes screen. Then click the Info button, which is to the right of the Summary button.

The Info pane has five sections: Contacts, Calendars, Mail Accounts, Other, and Advanced.

To use your iPad with your Google or Yahoo! account, you must first create an account on your iPad. After you’ve created a Yahoo! or Google account on your iPad, you can enable contact or calendar syncing with it in the Settings app’s Mail, Contacts, and Calendars section.

If you use a PC, you see a drop-down list that gives you the choices of Outlook, Google Contacts, Windows Address Book, or Yahoo! Address Book. Don’t worry — the process works the same on either platform.

The iPad syncs with the following address book programs:

  • Mac: Address Book

  • PC: Outlook or Windows Address Book

  • Mac and PC: Yahoo! Address Book and Google Contacts

You can sync contacts with multiple applications.

Here’s what each option does:

  • All Contacts: One method is to synchronize all your contacts, as shown in the figure. This will synchronize every contact in your Mac or PC address book with your iPad’s Contacts app.


In the figure, note that the section is named Sync Address Book Contacts because this image was captured on a Mac. Address Book is the Mac application that syncs with your iPad’s Contacts app.

  • Selected Groups: You can synchronize any or all groups of contacts you’ve created in your computer’s address book program. Just select the appropriate check boxes in the Selected Groups list, and only those groups will be synchronized.

  • Yahoo! or Google Contacts: If you use Yahoo! Address Book, select the Sync Yahoo! Address Book Contacts check box and then click the Configure button to enter your Yahoo! ID and password. If you use Google Contacts, select the Sync Google Contacts check box and then click the Configure button to enter your Google ID and password.

    If you use Yahoo!, note that syncing doesn’t delete a contact from your Yahoo! Address Book if it has a Yahoo! Messenger ID, even if you delete that contact on the iPad or on your computer. To delete a contact that has a Yahoo! Messenger ID, log on to your Yahoo! account with a web browser and delete the contact in your Yahoo! Address Book.

If you sync with your employer’s Microsoft Exchange calendar and contacts, any personal contacts or calendars already on your iPad will be wiped out.