How to Fix iPad Contacts Not Syncing with iCloud/iPhone/Mac

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Jun 12, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

Through iCloud, you can sync and update your contacts on iPad to iPhone, Mac or Windows PC. However, things don't always go well during the iCloud usages. You may face with iPad contacts not syncing with iCloud due to iCloud storage issue, iCloud settings matter or any other problem. Or, you may encounter iPad contacts not syncing with iPhone or Mac because of iCloud account matter, network connection, etc.. On this page, we will discuss how to fix iPad contacts not syncing issue from following three aspects:

Part 1 How to fix iPad contacts not syncing with iCloud

You can sync your iPad contacts, notes, photos, mail, calendars and more with iCloud as long as you have set up iCloud on your device. After iCloud syncing, you can restore iPhone/iPad from iCloud backup when your device is back to factory settings.

1. Check the iCloud service for Contacts

The precondition to syncing contacts with iCloud on iPad is to turn on the iCloud service for contacts.

Go to Settings > tap [your name] > iCloud. Find APPS USING ICLOUD and make sure Contacts option is on.

2. Make sure your iPad connect to a WLAN and cellular

iCloud syncing needs a stable network connection. If the cellular not working on iOS 11 iPad or Wi-Fi won't work well, the iPad contacts may won’t sync with iCloud. So, make sure a stable network connection on your iPad.

3. Check the iCloud storage

Each iDevice user gets free 5GB iCloud storage space. If the iCloud storage is exhausted, you will meet iPad contacts not syncing with the iCloud problem. You can consider buy more iCloud storage or free up space by delete photos/contacts/other documents.

Go to Settings > tap [your name] > iCloud to check your iCloud storage. And you can tap Manage Storage to choose data to be backed up with iCloud.

Related Tip you may need: How to delete all photo from iCloud.

4. Check the Date & Time on your iPad

If there is a wrong Date & Time setup on your iPad, your iPad contacts may won't sync to iCloud.

Go to Settings on your iPad > General > Date & Time > turn on Set Automatically.

5. Sign out and sign in iCloud again

This method is effective when iPad contacts not syncing with iCloud is caused by iCloud’s temporary error. Try it anyway.

Part 2 How to fix iPad contacts not syncing with iPhone/Mac

Tips on how to fix iPad contacts not syncing with iPhone or Mac are listed below. Check them one by one until you fix the matter finally.

1. Make sure the same Apple ID on iPad and iPhone/Mac

To sync iPad contacts to iPhone and Mac, you need to sign in the same Apple ID on these devices.

How to check iCloud account on Mac: Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud.

2. Turn on iCloud for contacts on iPad and iPhone/Mac

The way to turn on iCloud contacts on iPhone is same as that on iPad.

How to turn on iCloud contacts on Mac: Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud > turn on iCloud.

3. Check the iCloud storage

4. Sign out and sign in iCloud

5. Restart your iPad and iPhone/Mac

Device restart can effectively fix small application errors. If iCloud photo sharing is not available for this device or iCloud contacts not syncing with Mac, you can restart your device to settle the trouble.

Part 3 How to sync contacts among iPad, iPhone, and Mac with an iCloud alternative

Although iCloud provides you a wireless solution to transfer data among iPhone, iPad, and Mac, it has a limitation on music files syncing, which are indispensable for users. Here, we highly recommend EaseUS MobiMover Free to you to move almost all the data among iDevices in a single click. The supported data types are contacts, messages, notes, calendars, voice mails, books, Safari bookmarks & history, photos, photo videos, music videos, movies, TV shows, music, ringtones, playlists, and audiobooks.

In following texts, we only show you how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac with MobiMover's Transfer to Computer feature. If you need to copy contacts from iPhone to iPad without iCloud or in the vice versa, link to the online tutorial.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac running OS X 10.7 or later with a USB cable. Launch EaseUS MobiMover Free and choose iDevice to Mac.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac - Step 1

Step 2: If you want to transfer contacts only, go to click More and keep Contacts selected. As you can see, it would be time-saving to use MobiMover to transfer all the supported files from your iPhone to Mac at once.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac - Step 2

Step 3: Click the folder icon and set a storage path for the contacts to be copied to your Mac.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac - Step 3

Step 4: Click Transfer to begin transferring contacts from your iPhone to Mac. Wait for the process to finish patiently. If you want to check the imported items, open the contacts (in HTML format on your Mac) with a browser to do it.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac - Step 4