iPhone Contacts Not Syncing with iCloud? Tips to Fix the Issue

Why are my iPhone Contacts not syncing with iCloud? Even though everything seems to be perfectly configured, why it doesn’t appear to be working. Don’t fret over it. Give these handy tricks a chance to troubleshoot the issue.

Most of us Sync iPhone Contacts to iCloud to keep them secure and easily access them from across iDevices like iPad, Mac. Apple makes it very easy to backup entire address book to iCloud. But at times the contacts may not sync with other devices.

Having experienced this issue on a few occasions, I have discovered some tricks that have worked for me in resolving this issue. Hopefully, they can deliver the goods for you as well!

iPhone Contacts Not Syncing with iCloud? Tips to Fix the Issue

Quick Tips

  • Make sure to enter the same iCloud account on your other your devices
  • Sign out of iCloud, reboot your device and then sign in to iCloud

Quick Links

Solution #1: Check out your Internet Connection

Make sure you have proper internet connection. If the contacts aren’t syncing even if the internet connection is good. Try resetting the network on your iPhone.

Open Settings app → GeneralResetReset Network Settings.

Reset Network Settings in iOS 10 on iPhone

Solution #2: Deselect All Third-Party Accounts

If you have synced your Contacts with third-party accounts, uncheck them. And choose to sync with only “All iCloud.”

Step #1. Open Contacts app on your iOS device.

Open Contacts App on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Groups at the top right corner.

Tap on Groups in Contacts App on iPhone

Step #3. Now, you need to deselect all the third-party accounts like Yahoo, Gmail. Make sure to select only All iCloud → Tap on Done at the top right corner to confirm.

Select Only iCloud Contacts in iPhone Contacts Groups

Step #4. Now, turn off your device. Wait for some time and then turn it on again.

Solution #3: Set iCloud as your Default Account

Have you set iCloud as your default account? No, make sure to do it.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Contacts.

Tap on Settings the Contacts on iPhone

Step #2. Now, tap on Default Account.

Tap on Default Account in Contacts Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Next, you will have to choose iCloud.

Select iCloud as a Default Contacts on iPhone

Solution #4: Turn off/ on iCloud Syncing

If your iPhone Contacts are still not syncing to iCloud, turn off the iCloud syncing and then turn it on.

In iOS 10.3

Step #1. Open Settings app → profile → iCloud.

Tap on Your Profile then Tap on iCloud

In iOS 10.2 or Earlier

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on iCloud.

Tap on Settings then iCloud on iPhone

Step #2. Turn off the switch next to Contacts.

Turn Off iCloud Contacts on iPhone

Step #3. Now, select Keep on My iPhone.

Tap on Keep on iPhone in iCloud Contacts

Step #4. Now, reboot your device. Then, turn on this switch. You may be asked, “What would you like to do with the existing local contacts on your iPhone?” Tap on Merge.

Solution #5: Sign Out of your iCloud Account and then Sign Back In

Step #1. Open Settings app → profileSign out.

Tap on Your Profile then Tap on iCloud

In iOS 10.2 or Earlier

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on iCloud.

Tap on Settings then iCloud on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Sign Out.

Sign Out from iClod on iPhone

Step #3. Enter your Apple ID password and then tap on Turn OFF in the popup.

Tap on Turn Off in iCloud on iPhone

Step #4. Reboot your iPhone and Sign In back.

Solution #6: Update iOS on your iPhone

If your iPhone is not running the latest iOS version, make sure to update it. Some miscellaneous issues are known to crop up when devices are running the old iOS versions. Hence, it’s better to be on the newest software. Before you follow the steps; make to connect your iDevice to Wi-Fi. Head over to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.

Update iOS on your iPhone

The Bottom Line

Have these tricks worked for you? I hope they are able to fix your problem.

It’s the sort of issue which has been encountered by many iPhone users. The tricks mentioned above have done the trick for many, and I don’t see any reason why they can’t get the job done for you as well.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.