About SyncServices

SyncServices is a technology Apple uses to synchronize information between computers and devices. It is only one of many possible solutions you can use to synchronize data. This article explains which features of SyncServices are available depending on the operating system you are using.

SyncServices can be used to sync Contacts, Calendars, Notes, and Mail account settings on some versions of OS X and Microsoft Windows. 

OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and later

SyncServices is included as a framework in OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and later. It is used to synchronize the following data:

  • Contacts and Calendars with iOS devices connected over USB (using iTunes 11.2 or later)

Mavericks also supports sharing your information using several network-based and cloud-based solutions. If you want to sync your information across multiple devices and computers, you can also use one or more of these methods. These include iCloud, CardDAV servers, CalDAV servers, and servers that use the Exchange ActiveSync protocol. 

OS X Mavericks 10.9 to 10.9.2 

OS X Mavericks v10.9 through 10.9.2 do not use SyncServices. 

OS X Mountain Lion

SyncServices is included as a framework in OS X Mountain Lion. It is used to synchronize the following data:

  • Contacts, Calendars, and Mail settings between iCal, Address Book, Mail and third-party applications that use SyncServices

OS X Lion and earlier

SyncServices is included as a framework in OS X Lion and earlier. It is used to synchronize the following data:

  • Contacts, Calendars, Notes, and Mail settings between iCal, Address Book, Mail and third-party applications that use SyncServices

SyncServices for Windows

SyncServices for Windows is included with iTunes 11 and earlier. It is used to synchronize the following data:

  • Contacts with Windows Address Book on Windows XP
  • Notes, Contacts, Calendars, and Mail Settings with Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2007, and Microsoft Outlook 2010 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Bookmarks with Safari for Windows or Internet Explorer with your iOS device on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8

 

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