How can my wife and I keep our iOS and MacOS contacts synchronized
May 12, 2014 7:30 AM Subscribe
Mrs. Alms and I like to maintain a single contact list for both of us across our iPhones and Macintoshes. How can we do this without abusing my Apple ID and iCloud?
posted by alms to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We currently maintain a unified contact list by using my Apple ID on all of our devices and syncing through iCloud. This works great for contacts. She adds a number for a new allergist and I immediately have it. I add a number for a new babysitter and she immediately sees it. We both have all of our contacts on our iPhones and on our Macs.
This isn't really how you're supposed to use Apple IDs and iCloud, though, and it causes some problems. Apple occasionally tries to add her iPhone to my Messages account, for example; I don't think we can set her up with a distinct FaceTime address, because that's specified via the Apple ID; etc.
So, my question: is there some other way for Mrs. Alms and I to share a single unified contact list across all our Apple devices?
- We want the Contact list to be available to other apps, as it currently is, so a web-based solution won't work.
- Ideally updates made by either of us on any device would appear on other devices in real time, but something less than real-time would be acceptable if the system otherwise worked.
- We're currently using the in-built Contacts app on iOS and OS X. We're happy with them but could switch to something else if there were benefits.
- I prefer not to use Google services.
- Mrs. Alms uses a paper calendar, so calendar syncing is currently not an issue one way or the other.