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iConnected: Use AirPlay, iCloud, Apps, and More to Bring Your Apple Devices Together by Ben Harvell

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Chapter 6

Stay in Touch

So, your photos and movies are available on all your devices and are synced perfectly, but what about the more functional parts of your digital life? The contacts you need to get in touch with friends, family, and work colleagues? The e-mail and instant message conversations you want to keep going wherever you are? That’s what this chapter will cover as well as entertaining features of iCloud and iOS such as using Location Services to find people and places and even connect to your computer at home.

It’s tough to really understand just how useful it is to have all your contacts and e-mails in sync until you are caught without a vital phone number or message at a crucial time. At that point, of course, it’s too late.

Check Your Connections

Before I delve into the ins and outs of editing and syncing contacts, you need to ensure that the same iCloud syncing for music, movies, and photos is also happening with your contacts. As with everything iCloud, a quick trip to the iCloud settings on all your devices should ensure that all works well.

A quick way to test your contact and mail syncing is to make changes on one device and see if they update in all your others. Any simple edit like deleting a Mail message or updating contact information should be the way to go. These changes should then be sent to the iCloud servers and pushed down to all your iCloud-connected devices in a matter of minutes, if not sooner — assuming the devices are connected to the Internet, ...

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