Daily Tip: How to link Facebook, LinkedIn contacts

Daily Tip: How to link Facebook, LinkedIn contacts

After sharing a tip on how to link Exchange and Mobile Me contacts, we were asked to cover how to link Facebook and LinkedIn contacts to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well. Done. Follow on after the break to see exactly what you can and can't link, and some cautions on what you might and might not want to link.

To link your Facebook and/or LinkedIn contacts to your iOS contacts you need to use the free Facebook and LinkedIn apps from the App Store. Chances are you already have them, but if not grab them first:

LinkedIn

  1. Launch LinkedIn
  2. Tap on Connections, middle icon on the left
  3. Tap on Download All, top right menu bar icon
  4. Read the warning. It says LinkedIn doesn't upload any of your contact info, only downloads contact info from LinkedIn
  5. Tap on Download all new connections

Depending on how many connections you have in LinkedIn, it could take a while to download. Once it's done, your LinkedIn contacts should be new or updated in your Contacts app. You can tell by the LinkedIn icon stamped on the bottom left corner of any new or updated contact.

Facebook

  1. Launch Facebook
  2. Tap on Friends, top icon on the right
  3. Tap on the action button, top right menu bar icon
  4. Tap on Sync Contacts
  5. Toggle the Syncing slider to ON
  6. If you want to sync pictures too, toggle the Replace photos slider to ON
  7. Read the warning. It says Facebook will upload all your contacts to Facebook.
  8. This scares the $#!+ out of me, so at this point I personally hit Cancel. If you and your friends are okay with this, however...
  9. Tap Sync Contacts

Again, depending on the size of your contacts, it may take a while to sync. Once it's done, your Facebook contacts should be available as new or updated entries in your Contacts app.

Note: If a you're the friend of a colleague at work and they have a party picture up as their Facetime profile pic, hilarity might ensue the next time you get a business email from them...

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The Reptile says:

I did this in the past and ended up with a lot of duplicated contacts. This is an area where HP/Palm has a decided advantage over Apple because webOS will link the duplicates resulting in a single unified contact with all of the content rather than 2 with partial information in iOS. This is one of my pet peeves with iOS. With the long rumored new cloud services maybe we'll see this change.

Spiderman says:

you spelled FaceBook FaceTime in the note

notooloud says:

I use Contacts XL to grab the bits of information I want from friends' Facebook profiles and import it into Contacts. It's a one way process, and only happens when I want it to.

Gerid says:

Can anyone help with the pics being shrunk down when you do this?

ragavbpl says:

that really scares the hell out of me using Facebook sync.. linked in is much better in that sense

Ryan says:

Another good method is you could also simply use a website like:
http://rocketconnections.com
They make it an easy process to import Facebook friends to LinkedIn.

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