Sync Subset of Address Book Contacts with iPhone?

Is there a way to limit the contacts in Address Book which are sync'd with the iPhone? My copy of Address Book has many contacts which are from long ago. I like to keep them around for the occasion I need to reach someone. But, I don't need them cluttering up the list of people I need to reach promptly in my iPhone.

The simplest way to do that would be to create a group in Contacts that has just the ones you want and only sync that group to your iPhone.

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    Hi There,
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    Enthusiast: I just got back from the Apple Store. This is the solution they suggested and seems to work. We got rid of iCloud contacts. We just set up Yahoo account in the "mail, contacts, calendars" of the iPhone. Under the "contacts" section we have the "default Account" set to Yahoo. When any additions/delete/mods happen then it is updated on Yahoo.
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    I've been having lots of problems with Yahoo contacts. I had previously pulled in facebook contacts. This was NOT a good idea. I cleaned up my contacts, exported them out to CSV. Scrubbed some more. Imported them to a new yahoo account. Then deleted all contacts from my main Yahoo, permanently deleting them. Then imported my contacts. I did lose all my "lists" settings. That was a small price to pay.
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  • How to sync a subset of Address Book contacts only

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    new contacts added in the phone are recognized and copied into my Mac's address book WITHOUT being inserted into "mobile" group!!!
    Although annoying, that is how iSync works, and always has done.
    New contacts added on the phone are not put in the selected group for syncing.
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    This has always been the case, and despite reporting it to Apple many times, it seems to be something they don't want to fix.

  • Phone Sync w/subset of Address Book Contacts?

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    iMac g4 800   Mac OS X (10.4.4)   Moto E815

    I have exactly the same need: to sync a small subset of my large address book with my phone. Only manually created Address Book groups appear as syncable groups in iSync - my carefully crafted Smart Groups don't show up, even after restarts, clean Address Book imports, etc.
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    When I purchased my iphone 4S, I had all my old phone's information transfer over to my new phone. 
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    No need for apologies!  Yes, it was checked.  Looks like I have solved the problem now and it was something very basic - in the preferences of Contacts on the iMac.  Looks like it's all synced now.  Thanks for replying!

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