How to sync contacts over USB in OS10.9.3

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Hi, How do I use this new feature of syncing contacts with my iPhone over USB on the new mavericks 10.9.3? Thanks.

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Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, May 15, 2014

As the directions say in the macworld article I just now read say it goes like this.

  • connect your device to your computer
  • launch itunes
  • make sure contact and calandar syncing is off in icloud
  • highlight yoru device in the sources table
  • click contacts and calandar
  • make the appropiate choices
  • click apply.

If you want info [here is the mac world article.

Submitted by Daniel on Friday, June 6, 2014

In adding to the article posted above, I'd just like to say from following the instructions at first it didn't work for me.

So, what I had to basically do in addition was to uncheck the boxes in Mavericks itself for contacts and calendars in the system preferences under iCloud to get syncing locally again to work.
The way I did it was to delete my iCloud contacts when asked from the IOS device but when asked the same thing on the Mac I chose to keep them on the Mac because they have already been deleted from iCloud from the IOS device. After this, I then went ahead and checked contacts and the calendars check boxes found in the info tab when my iphone was connected and synced the device and low and behold by performing these extra steps, I was able to get my contacts from the Mac synced to my iphone. Where as just doing the steps in the article wouldn't sync my contacts to my iphone which I will say was really scary. I then thought about it and said to myself "hold on you have iCloud contacts and calendars syncing on your mac too right?" So by turning this off as well on the Mac, I was able to successfully sync locally again with the two devices.

I wanted to put this out there just in case anyone has experienced the same issue who may want to go back to locally syncing contacts and calendars between there Mac and IOS devices again since the feature was restored in Mavericks 10.9.3

Hope this helps anyone out.