This release includes stability improvements to enjoy the app on iOS 11 and several bug fixes following your feedbacks.
Happy use! Thank you,
The Connect Team
Ratings and Reviews
Very good overall, just wish created groups synced with the cloud
Overall the app does what it says which is very helpful. The reason I only gave the app four stars instead of five is due to two items which I hope eventually cam be added.
First, any contact groups created by the app doesn't synchronize back to your phone's contact list. What I don't know is whether or not this is a limitation of this app or if this is a limitation of iCloud contacts. Ideally created and modified grounds would synchronize back to your chosen email's list of contacts so as to make this information available from within any app which supports your email in iOS.
Second, regardless of whether or not the first item is technically feasible, there doesn't seem to be a good reason why this app couldn't use iCloud Drive or other cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox to at least store backups of contact groups created within this app. When I upgraded to the new iPhone I didn't know the created contact groups were not available after restoring my data via an iCloud backup. At least while poking around the app I could find any references to backing up data or restoring data (at least when I tried during the week of the hew iPhone's launch).
Review of App
This app has worked exceptionally well for me. I love the way I can pull in any contact info from my iPhone to the Connect list without problems. I don’t update my contacts in Connect. I always use my iPhone list. By including myself in the list, I always receive a copy of messages sent out, too.
I’m hoping when I upgrade my phone, I won’t have problems with my list as some have mentioned.
The only reason I gave the app a 4 is because recently many of my contacts listed in the group message are NOT receiving the messages. I’ve tried to remediate the problem thinking the messages were too long perhaps prohibiting some users from receiving. But that isn’t the problem. In the past they received the messages, so I don’t know if it’s an iPhone app upgrade problem or something changed in iPhone system or something in Connect. I plan to continue using the app—at least for now. Also, I’ll do more troubleshooting to see if I can identify the problem.
Overall, the app works very well and is easy to use.
Deleted Exchange account from phone
After my alma mater deleted my email account, I had to remove the Exchange account from my phone. This caused multiple contacts to be erased, and I couldn’t even add names to the ones that I still had a number for from Messages. I have NO IDEA how Apple decides which contact belongs to which group, because many of my contacts should not have been associated with that account.
So I restored the phone to retrieve my contacts (but still needed to delete the Exchange account). This app allowed me to save all of the Exchange contacts to a group where I could send them all in one file to myself via email. After I emailed myself the file, I was able to delete the email account from my phone again. From there, it was as simple as clicking the attachment and restoring my contacts. Thank you, Connect!!! Before finding your app, I was so frustrated!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.