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Fix: Your Contacts Are Being Synced with Your iPhone over the Air from iCloud

Fix: Your Contacts Are Being Synced with Your iPhone over the Air from iCloud
If you recently received a new iPhone or had one for some time, you may attempt to backup your iPhone contacts or other iPhone info to your local computer through iTunes. You may find one of the following messages that prevents you from syncing your iPhone info to your computer.


Sync Contacts

Your contacts are being synced with your iPhone over the air from iCloud.

Over-the-air- sync settings can be changed on your iPhone.

Sync Calendars

Your calendars are being synced with your iPhone over the air from iCloud.

Over-the-air sync settings an be changed on your iPhone.





You must disable iCloud backups for the particular info you are trying to backup locally to your machine. I don’t use iCloud and always keep my backups local to my computer. To turn off iCloud or turn off iCloud settings follow the directions below.


1.  Go to Settings -> iCloud
 
2. Turn off iCloud backups for the any of the following applications pictured below.

iPhone iCloud Disable iTunes Sync Settings


Afterwards, you can backup and sync contacts and more in iTunes.
 
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Comments

Court on Sunday, 27 May 2018 18:45

Trying to transfer contacts from my PC to iPhone for the first time, this article finally showed me how to shut off the stupid over-the-air wifi sync!

Trying to transfer contacts from my PC to iPhone for the first time, this article finally showed me how to shut off the stupid over-the-air wifi sync!
Rob on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:02

Thank you so much for this post everyone! I followed Susan's reply and that has me up and running. The kicker is....I'm trying to back up the contacts so I can export them and import them into an Android device.

For the iPhone 5s using iOs 11.1.2, go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > iCloud and then turn off iCloud backups for the applications listed by swiping the button to the left.

-rob

Thank you so much for this post everyone! I followed Susan's reply and that has me up and running. The kicker is....I'm trying to back up the contacts so I can export them and import them into an Android device. For the iPhone 5s using iOs 11.1.2, go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > iCloud and then turn off iCloud backups for the applications listed by swiping the button to the left. -rob
Susan Krebsbach on Friday, 08 December 2017 10:20

For the iPhone 8 using iOs 11.1.2, go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > iCloud and then turn off iCloud backups for the applications listed by swiping the button to the left.

For the iPhone 8 using iOs 11.1.2, go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > iCloud and then turn off iCloud backups for the applications listed by swiping the button to the left.
Karen on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:30

Thank you! Your article is the only one I found that worked!

Thank you! Your article is the only one I found that worked!
MacCentric on Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:00

Sergio is correct, though I just had this happen: on an iPad Mini 3, it allowed me to overwrite the contacts through iTunes even though iCloud sync was enabled; in an iPhone 7, I had to turn off iCloud sync for contacts before I could push the contacts to the phone via iTunes. Weird.

Sergio is correct, though I just had this happen: on an iPad Mini 3, it allowed me to overwrite the contacts through iTunes even though iCloud sync was enabled; in an iPhone 7, I had to turn off iCloud sync for contacts before I could push the contacts to the phone via iTunes. Weird.
Sergio Torres on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 07:00

Using Iphone 6 with IOS 10.3.1 it will be Settings -> Contacts -> Accounts -> iCloud,
instead of Settings -> iCloud

Using Iphone 6 with IOS 10.3.1 it will be Settings -> Contacts -> Accounts -> iCloud, instead of Settings -> iCloud
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