Can you have 2 address books?

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  1. noweev

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    I want to use iSync to sync my phone's phonebook to my address book on my Mac. Now my wife got a new phone and she also wants to sync her phone's phone book to the Mac address book... but not my address book.

    Is it possible for us to have seperate address books in our Mac and have our phones sync to our own address book?
     
  2. Bulakbol

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    Not sure because I have not tried this but maybe it would create a new address book if you create a new user account.?

    Edit: Yup, I tried it and logged on to the other account. The new user account's address book does not contain anything yet so your wife may be able to sync her phone using that one.
     
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  3. PatrickGaerlan

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    @noweev, yup, it would be better to create a separate user account for your wife. With another account, all the data and settings for applications will be kept separate. It's like having a separate Mac. Turn on "Enable fast user switching", in System Preferences -> Accounts -> Login Options (you'll have to click on the padlock to make changes). That way, it's very easy to switch between accounts, without having to logout one account first.
     
  4. noweev

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    Hmmm... we currently share only one account for our home computer... is it possible to do this under 1 account?

    If I do create a new account, does it take much space in the hard drive? It would only be used for the address book, and nothing else :)
     
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    In iTunes you can select specific groups to sync in the iPod's address book. Can you not do the same thing in iSync? Does it copy all the addresses?
     
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    Better to create a separate account, you avoid synching issues that way. I have an empty (still) account for my son in my iMac. The size is 3.1 Mb.
     
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    You can try making a group contacts on your addressbook and then set the iSync to sync only just certain group on the certain phone of yours. HTH
     
  8. PatrickGaerlan

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    Actually, you can. Just like iTunes, all the contacts (from both phones) will be in the main Address Book "library", then you can create separate contact groups (like iTunes playlists). Then, in iSync, you can just have a particular phone sync only with a certain contact group. To do that, click on the phone's icon in the iSync window and adjust the settings there.
     
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    I actually did that. I have a P1i and my wife has her Nokia 6600 and SE K800i.
    Somehow, when I synced them. All the contacts got mixed up and I had to manually delete all my wifes contacts and resync it with mine. grrr....
     

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