AT&T to kill Address Book backups in January


ATT quietly announced that it’s killing off ATT Address Book in January. We hadn’t heard much on the news, but a reader tipped us off with the above screenshot.

Indeed, ATT’s site confirms that ATT will end the address book backup service, which came preinstalled on phones, in January. ATT says the actual stop date will vary by each customer, but that each one will receive a text message with the retirement date.

Here’s what ATT says about the changes:

When your ATT Address Book account is closed:

  • The contacts on your phone will remain on your phone.
  • The contacts in your ATT Address Book account will be deleted and back up syncing will stop.
  • You’ll no longer be able to access your stored contacts in your account and the contacts stored in your account will be deleted. If you want to keep your stored contacts, follow the instructions below to export them to your computer.
  • You’ll no longer be able to use the ATT Address Book service to restore contacts to your phone if you upgrade or lose your device.

As a last ditch effort, ATT recommends backing up your Address Book to your computer by visiting your ATT Address Book account online, tapping Address Book, clicking Settings and then Exporting them.

This isn’t a big deal

I may be wrong, but my guess is that ATT is killing this because people don’t back up their address books in this fashion anymore. In other words, Address Book probably doesn’t have a whole lot of users. Thanks to iCloud and Android backup services, there are other ways to keep your contacts safe. Or there’s always the tried-and-true method of storing them to your SIM card.

Thanks Brandon!

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