Get Our Newsletter

Tech Cocktail

How To Avoid iOS 6 Facebook Contact Sync Hijacking Your Contact Info

facebook ios 6

Today is the day when millions of people will be able to download Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 6. This is an exciting day, but also somewhat scary.

Many people will use the new Facebook contact sync feature that has been integrated into iOS 6 to pull in the photos and phone numbers of your friends. It was my understanding that the sync will swap out any exisiting contact info you have for your friends with the information that is stored on Facebook. But that does not appear to be the case. A Facebook spokeswoman explained it as follows:

“Facebook’s integration into Apple’s iOS6 will allow people to sync their Facebook friends’ profile information to their Contacts. This means that any visible email address on your friends’ timelines will be synced to your phone. If you already have an existing email address for that contact, any additional address from Facebook will be added to it. You can always control which email addresses get synced by selecting your preferred visibility setting next to your contact information section on your timeline.”

This summer Facebook made a change to everyone’s profiles and automatically hid your email address, replacing it with a shiny new @facebook.com email address that goes directly to your Facebook messaging inbox rather than to an email inbox. So, in essence, they hijacked millions of people’s emails and sent them to Facebook.

In my opinion, this was a rather intrusive move by Facebook and I was upset about it back in June when I realized all the emails from fans, friends and followers were headed to Facebook. So to avoid getting your email directed to Facebook’s messaging inbox, you have to change the settings on your Facebook page to hide the @facebook.com address and show your regular email address.

To undo the changes that Facebook decided everyone could not live without, follow these steps:

  1. On your Facebook profile, click on “About ” on the left side below your cover photo.
  2. On the bottom right side, click on “Edit” in the Contact Info section.
  3. Next to any personal email addresses that you want people to see on Facebook, switch “Hidden from Timeline” to “Shown on Timeline” on the right dropdown menu.
  4. Just to the left, select which groups of people can see that email address with the privacy control.
  5. Hide your @facebook.com address if you don’t want email messages going to your Facebook messaging inbox (which I rarely check).

I hope this post saves you from a lot of headaches that could occur if people start sending messages to your Facebook message inbox. Hat tip to TechCrunch for bringing this to our attention today.

Personally, I am going to pass on Facebook contact sync for the time being. I also hope that companies like Facebook and others put a little more thought and care into making changes that affect millions of users, thus forcing everyone to eat their dog food. I’d suggest following the old saying: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But I also understand that with an underwhelming IPO, there is pressure to drive additional engagement. Directing all emails to Facebook is definitely one way to do it.

Get more delivered to your inbox just like it!
Get Our Newsletter
Sorry about that. Try these articles instead!
About the Author

Frank Gruber is the founder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech Cocktail. He is an entrepreneur and new media journalist focused on sharing his tech product expertise and analysis on emerging technologies. Previously he built products for millions of users while at AOL and Tribune Company. He is a startup advisor and investor. He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

Tags:

50 Responses to “How To Avoid iOS 6 Facebook Contact Sync Hijacking Your Contact Info”

  1. Hasbro Furby Dark Purple

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I have truly loved surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write once more soon!

    Reply
  2. free classified ads

    You actually make it appear really easy with your presentation however I to find this matter to be really something which I believe I might never understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m taking a look forward in your next publish, I will attempt to get the cling of it!

    Reply
  3. Alethea

    Hi I am so excited I found your site, I really found you by error, while I was looking on Digg for something
    else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a incredible post and
    a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the great job.

    Reply
  4. tweedit.com

    My family members always say that I am killing my time
    here at net, however I know I am getting know-how daily by reading thes
    fastidious articles.

    Reply
  5. ioS 7|mac osx 10.9|iphone6

    certainly like your web-site but you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very troublesome to tell the truth then again I will surely come again again.

    Reply
  6. ios7|new|rumors

    I just like the valuable information you supply to your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and take a look at once more right here frequently. I’m moderately sure I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the following!

    Reply
  7. louis vuitton never full bag

    If perhaps every one of the rain waters sweeping in to the louis vuitton never full bag storm drains are actually ended in top off these types of bodies of water, we might did adequate. louis vuitton never full bag Pertaining to louis vuitton never full bag now many of the rainfall i mean decreasing simply will get blended in many of the dirt that strains the particular drainpipes.

    Reply
  8. youlosebellyfat.com

    It’s the best time to make some plans for the longer term and it’s time to be happy.
    I have read this submit and if I could I wish to counsel you some attention-grabbing things or suggestions.
    Perhaps you can write subsequent articles referring to this article.
    I want to read more issues approximately it!

    Reply
  9. Woodbury MN Realtors

    Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in
    Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

    Reply
  10. bathroom decorating

    This design is steller! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost.
    ..HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had to say, and
    more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    Reply
  11. Darrel

    Hi to every body, it’s my first visit of this webpage; this website carries awesome and genuinely excellent information designed for visitors.

    Reply
  12. HyperGH 14X

    I every time used to study article in news papers but now as I am a
    user of web so from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.

    Reply
  13. Eldon Mathes

    “Well My partner and i sincerely enjoyed reading this. This tip made available from you is quite constructive for proper arranging.”

    Reply
  14. green coffee bean extract gca 400 mg

    Have you ever considered about including a little
    bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you
    say is valuable and all. But think of if you added some great
    graphics or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”!

    Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this website could undeniably be one of the greatest in its field.

    Terrific blog!

    Reply
  15. Onkyo HT-S5500

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!

    Reply
  16. quality lapel pins

    But baseball no longer has a monopoly among youth sports
    on the fun of custom trading pins. Save those gorgeous blooms by
    drying them and placing them in a shadow box frame
    for all to enjoy. The armband looks cool and fits the style of any athlete.

    Reply
  17. jack

    I am impressed by the standard of information on this excellent website. There are a lot of proper resources here. I am sure I’ll visit this area again quickly.

    Reply
  18. Woodbury mn Luxury home builders

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about
    this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit,
    but other than that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read.
    I will certainly be back.

    Reply
  19. salim

    I am actually glad to read this web site
    posts which carries lots of valuable facts, thanks for providing such statistics.

    Reply
  20. www.futbolenvivo.net

    This app letts you follow the World Cup 2010 via the latdst results, stories, pictures and background information.

    However, the fact that it was an intentional head butt
    puts it on the top 10 list. 99 I have to list a few games in
    the list, and Cubes is my favorite.

    Reply
  21. cheap engagement rings

    Hi there! This article could not be written much better! Looking at this article reminds me of my previous
    roommate! He always kept talking about this. I’ll forward this article
    to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a great read. Many thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  22. Julianne

    Thank youu for another fantastic post. Where else could anybody get
    thst kind of info in such a perfect applroach of writing?
    I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the search for
    such info.

    Reply
  23. http://www.seborrheicdermatitisface.net/

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the
    video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about,
    why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your
    site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

    Reply
  24. smoothie recipes during pregnancy

    Before starting this smoothie recipe, remove pits from enough
    cherries to provide one cup of fruit. Ways to
    attain the best advantages from your healthy and balanced smoothie recipes is always to look at the proper mix of fruit and veggies.
    1 ripe banana 1 tablespoon of honey (not for children under 1).

    Reply
  25. poročne obleke

    Magnificent beat ! I would like to apprentice even as
    you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a weblog web site?

    The account aided me a applicable deal.
    I have been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast
    offered bright clear concept

    Reply
  26. Eye exams

    At Eye Care For You, we pride ourselves on becoming able to give our sufferers good quality eye care services from board certified optometrists in North West Houston on the 249 Corridor. We supply comprehensive eye exams, prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses and speak to lenses, therapeutic therapy of eye infections and illnesses such as glaucoma or cataracts and considerably far more. Drop in our Houston, 249 clinic and get a complete consultation – Eye Care For Your eye wellness.

    Reply
  27. student accommodation liverpool

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you’re
    a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and
    will eventually come back very soon. I want to encourage you to continue your great job,
    have a nice afternoon!

    Reply
  28. robocraft

    For the past several years, Games have been developing and getting more advances and
    more and more fun to play. You won’t run out of great free games to play any
    time soon with Free Games Download. Technologies such as Flash and Java have also opened the doors
    to web-based games and other casual games, providing you with
    a constantly increasing selection of games to choose
    from.

    Reply
  29. robocraft tutorial

    There are many similar games but this one is
    probably the best. In spite of this, however, these games do not
    compromise on quality. These free online games
    are becoming very popular and they are in hype these days.

    Reply
  30. www.bestweightlosspillsreviews.net

    Many of these offerings are less than 300 calories and are great to have in the
    freezer when your plsn to prepare the perfect fresh meal goes awry.
    On tthe flip sice there are folods which actually help us to lose weight.

    Yes, because it does give you some sort of workout. When buying
    T3 Clenbuterol you will be assured to lose weight quicker with this than any other supplement currently
    in the market.

    Reply
  31. yahoo

    If you want to take a good deal from this piece of writing then you
    have to apply these techniques to your won web
    site.

    Reply
  32. best downloads video

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon on a
    daily basis. It will always be interesting to read through content from other authors and practice
    a little something from other websites.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)