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Syncing contacts and calendars to iPod with iTunes for Windows

iTunes can sync your contacts and calendars from Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express and contacts from Microsoft Address Book to any iPod with a display screen1 (Note: Outlook 2003 or later is required to sync contacts and calendars from Outlook).

If you are syncing contacts and calendars to an iPod touch, please see this article.

To configure iTunes to sync contacts to your iPod:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPod and wait for it to appear under Devices.
  3. Select your iPod. This displays the iPod Preferences.
  4. Click the Contacts tab, under the iPod tab.
  5. Select the "Synchronize contacts from" checkbox.
  6. From the menu, choose the program (Outlook, Outlook Express, or Microsoft Address Book that contains the contacts you want to sync with your iPod.
  7. Click Apply.

Outlook Express users, you're done. Outlook users, continue with this next section of steps to allow iTunes to access your Outlook data.

Outlook users:

  1. A dialog appears, telling you that a program is trying to access data from Outlook.
  2. Select the "Allow access for" checkbox.
  3. Choose a time limit from the menu:

  4. Click Yes to close the dialog.
  5. Click OK to close iTunes preferences and begin the sync process.

Note: You will need to grant access to your Outlook address book every time you sync contacts from Outlook to iPod.

If you have any trouble syncing your contacts, click here.

To configure iTunes to sync calendars to your iPod

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPod and wait for it to appear under Devices.
  3. Select your iPod. This displays the iPod Preferences.
  4. Click the Contacts tab.
  5. Select the "Synchronize calendars from Microsoft Outlook" checkbox.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. A dialog appears, telling you that a program is trying to access data from Outlook.
  8. Select the "Allow access for" checkbox.
  9. Choose a time limit from the menu:

  10. Click Yes to close the dialog.
  11. Click OK to close iTunes preferences.

Additional Information

Note: You will need to give iTunes access to your Outlook calendar through the dialog every time you sync your Outlook calendar with your iPod. If you have any trouble syncing your calendar with your iPod, see iTunes for Windows: Troubleshooting iPod contact and calendar syncing.*

  1. The maximum supported number of contacts varies by iPod model. iPod nano (6th generation) does not support syncing contacts and calendars.
Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Mar 17, 2011
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