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I have my contacts on Google, so that my wife and I have the same list. It has some issues (as you mentioned).
I can’t edit the distribution list (it’s greyed out) & I can’t share smart lists.
Thanks Gary - I am using contacts for other important information. For example I have a list called appliances and I include all contact information for my fridge, internet, vacuum repair, etc. On the card I include my serial number, account or warranty info. Is there a way to attach a picture or file to the contact card?
apparently this "lists" feature cannot send texts/messages?
Julie: Not really, no. Maybe create a folder in your Documents folder to hold images and PDFs and name those files so they are easy to find.
I know how to email a group/list but I can’t figure out how to text a list. I can add phone numbers one at a time to a text but I would be so much easier to send. Is there a way to do that?
Can you transfer lists created on the mac to the iphone? Will they transfer automatically
I have lists as smart lists on the mac, but they don't appear on my iphone, even though I made the same list title on the iphone.
Geoff: No easy way to do it with Messages.
Tom Daily: Regular lists transfer automatically if you are using iCloud. Smart Lists do not because there are no Smart Lists in the Contacts app for the iPhone.
Any ideas why Lists are available on iPhone , iPad, and iCloud but do not show on iMac (all with latest software) contacts are on iMac but not lists. Apple support have been looking at it for a month. Am I the only one with problem.
Phil: Are you up-to-date and using Ventura? Are you sure you are looking at the right account in the left sidebar?
Gary, is there a way to specify multiple email addresses for the same contact--i.e. if I have contact Jane Doe and she has a work email address and a home email address, can I have a list that includes two entries for Jane Doe, one with work, and the other with home?
Philip: I don't think so, no.
Hi Gary, Using Ventura 13.1. Apple thought the problem was related to Cliptools so re-created my account from scratch after re installing operating system without any additional software, but the problem is the same on the new account. Have a 1100 contacts on the Mac but 1130 in iCloud . All other apps Calendar , notes etc all syncing. Added new contact from Iphone, Ipad and Mac and they all sync within seconds. Just no lists on the Mac
Phil: They thought it was related to MY app? Ugh. Why would they say that? My app have nothing at all to do with the Contacts app and doesn't use iCloud at all. That's so frustrating that they would blame my app for this.
So what happens if you create a List ON your Mac? Do you see that list? Does that one sync to your other devices?
I guess they were looking for anything that was different to what they had seen before but the new accountant totally ruled out Cliptools. If I create a list on the mac it stays on the Mac. It doesn’t sync back to iCloud and therefore not to iPad or iPhone. However if I add a contact on the Mac it does sync back. Very frustrating.
Hi Gary, I don't think this can be done anymore but is there any way to only view selected Lists of Contacts or Contacts with no List? My wife and I share one iCloud a/c across two iPhones with 10 Contact Lists. I use to be able to only select my relevant lists (5 out of 10 lists) in my iPhone & my wife would only select her relevant Lists (5 out of 10) in her iPhone prior to ios 16. We seem to only be able to view one list at a time now?
Derek: Yes, I think Lists are one-at-a-time.
Contacts constantly shows the beachball on my computer (Ventura 13.1) for many years. Updates don't matter. I have to repeatedly quit the app, to reopen it to drag a contact to a list. I'll drag a few and then it just stops. I have to quit the app again, reopen and then I can resume and cards will move. It's as if (1) it constantly is pinging the cloud and (2) gets "tired". Scientific I know. Happens on a friend's laptop too so I know it's not just me. I noticed you didn't seem to get the ball.
Liz: I'd talk to Apple Support and get it worked out.
Thanks for the video, Gary! Somehow I completely missed that the management of Groups/Lists was added to iOS and iPadOS 16. It's a decade overdue. Ironically, in the Contacts app on iCloud.com it still uses the Group terminology.
I don't understand why a contacts card on a Mac would not include information or a prompt to indicate what lists that specific contact is included in. I see that in iOS, that feature is available. If this is a setting or work around, it has eluded me. If it doesn't exist, hopefully an update fixes it. If you can see who's in a list from the list view, you should be able to see what list a contact is in from the contact view.