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Synced my iphone and macbook, lost all my contacts in my macbook Address Book (iphone info is all there still!) I use backup on my mac book but cant figure out how to get the files back into my macbook Address Book application. I don't want to sync my iphone and computer again in fear that the phone will lose contacts too. help!

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Hi, <div><br /></div> <div>The phone will always have the priority during the sync. So you really don't need to worry about the contacts on your phone being lost. They will always stay there. Also, every time you sync, iTunes takes a backup of your phone first... in case of disaster during sync.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>So, feel free to re-sync, making sure you tick the 'sync contacts' in the itunes info tab first. Once thats done, go ahead and use backup for your contacts.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>You can also export to a safe place, direct from the address book.</div>

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Ok, it simple, first, follow the steps.
check your contact book must be empty if not , delete it all contact from your mac. check your iphone if it has all the contacts. sync with itunes n select from info that you want to replace the contacts in the macbook. your done.

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