How to Sync Contact Numbers From Facebook

Written by anthony bonesarelli
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On Facebook you can share a plethora of personal contact information on your profile. This info can be made publicly available to anyone who visits your page, or limited to your connected friends. If your connected friends have shared their phone numbers on Facebook, this information can be transferred and synced with your iPhone contacts or your Microsoft Outlook profiles. Additionally, with a script for a special Firefox extension known as Greasemonkey, you can transfer the contact numbers to your Address Book. Several other plugins and third-party applications help sync your contact lists with other phones and devices.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Greasemonkey (for Firefox)
  • OutSync (for Outlook)

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Instructions

    Facebook for iPhone

  1. 1

    Tap to launch the Facebook app. If you do not have the app, you can download it from the iTunes App Store.

  2. 2

    Log in to the app by entering your e-mail address and password.

  3. 3

    Tap the Friends button and tap the arrow in the upper-right corner.

  4. 4

    Select "Sync Contacts" to add contact information to your phone's database. This information only syncs with friends whose names on Facebook match the names listed in your phone.

    Address Book

  1. 1

    Launch Firefox and download the Facebook Phonebook Exporter script (userscripts.org/scripts/show/56546). Click "Install" in the prompt to install the script. This script is installed to your Greasemonkey extension, a Firefox add-on that allows you to run scripts to edit the way you interact with and receive information from certain websites. Greasemonkey is available from the Mozilla add-on website.

  2. 2

    Log into your Facebook account and click the "Friends" tab. Click the "Manage Friends List" button and click "Contacts."

  3. 3

    Click "Tools" in the Firefox toolbar and select "Greasemonkey." Highlight the "User Script Commands" heading and select "Export Facebook Phonebook."

  4. 4

    Select "Export as VCard."

  5. 5

    Select "Open with Address Book." You are prompted to add the contact information to the existing list of contacts in your Address Book. Click "OK" to confirm. Contact information is merged, and your old data is preserved.

    Microsoft Outlook

  1. 1

    Download and install the OutSync app from the official website.

  2. 2

    Double-click to launch OutSync. Enter your Facebook account information to connect the app with your profile. Two columns will appear with your friends' contact information. The left column indicates names from Facebook that have matched names in your Outlook contacts. The right column lists names that have not matched with Outlook contacts; these names will not be affected or edited.

  3. 3

    Scroll through the list of available contacts in the left column. Check any contacts whose information you want to transfer to Outlook. Click "Sync" to begin merging the information with your Outlook contacts.

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