I know that if I had my iPod sync’d to a Mac system it’d be easy to manage my contacts, but I’m on a Windows system and, darn it, I would love to have a list of phone numbers on my iPod. I mean, the capability is there with the “Contacts” area. So how do I manage contacts, names and phone numbers on my iPod Nano if I’m using iTunes on my Windows PC?
You’re right. You’re doomed. There’s no hope for you, you need to be on a Mac system.
Just kidding! There is a way to create and manage your phone book and contacts on your Windows PC and it’s through a program that I’ll bet you never new existed, called Microsoft Contacts.Turns out that there’s a nice little phone book built in to modern versions of Windows!
It’s indicative of a weakness with Apple’s do-all iTunes program, however, because I feel like iTunes should include a full, robust contact management system on the PC side (e.g., a Windows version of Address Book) or should simply skip that feature. Instead, it taps into a super obscure Windows app.
Buuuutttt…. be that as it may, you don’t really care about the politics of the matter, you just want to be able to drop some phone numbers onto your iPod. Okay, so let’s do it!
Launch iTunes on your PC (I’m running it on a Microsoft Windows 7 system) and plug in your iPod, whether it’s an iPod Classic, iPod Nano or any other iOS device.
Now click on your iPod’s name on the left side, then along the top you’ll notice that among the entries is “Info”:
Click on it and you’ll find a fairly empty screen, but it’s the top spot you’re most interested in anyway:
That’s the clue. There’s an application called “Contacts” somewhere on your Windows computer. How to find it? Simple… choose “Run…” from the START menu and type in the word “contacts”:
Click “OK” and you just launched Microsoft Contacts:
It’s a rudimentary app and the interface is a bit confusing because it looks so much like the regular file browser, but it does work and you can add new contacts by simply clicking on “New Contact”:
Enter names, numbers, add pics, whatever you want. Add a bunch of people, even celebrities. When you’re done, you’ll end up with something that looks like this:
Looks good? Ready to have Natalie’s number handy any time you’ve got your iPod in your pocket? Great. Switch back to iTunes again and this time actually click on the box next to “Sync Contacts”…
Now next time you synchronize your iPod with your Windows PC you’ll find that iTunes copies your contacts onto your iPod. Oh, and tell Natalie “hi” for me if you do give her a buzz…