How to Sync iPhone Contacts with Google?

Trying to sync your iPhone contacts to Google account? Look no further; this article the complete guide to syncing your iPhone contacts to Google.


iPhone contacts to Gmail – the manual way

 

1. You would need to transfer your iPhone contacts to your computer in the form of a single vCard file. In order to do so, download a small computer tool from the following page:

 

 

2. Run the app and connect your iPhone to your PC – you will see all of your iPhone contacts list in the main program window

 

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Follow the instructions presented in the following video or continue with the steps described below:



3. Select all of your iPhone contacts and click “Export selected”

 

export button click to save iphone contacts to computer for gmail sync

 

4. The new window which appears will list a number of formats in which you can export your iPhone contacts – select “Gmail”

 

gmail format for iphone contact export

 

5. Choose a temporary location on your PC where to export your iPhone contacts

 

location of exported iphone contacts for gmail import

 

6. All of your selected iPhone contacts will be saved to your computer to a single VCF file

 

iphone contacts on computer desktop for gmail import

 

7. Now log in to your Gmail account and navigate to “Gmail > Contacts > More > Import”

 

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8. Browse to the location where you saved the VCF file from your PC in order to import your iPhone contacts to Gmail

 

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This is it. You were able to import your iPhone contacts to your Gmail account.

 

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Syncing iPhone Contacts to Google using CardDAV (only iOS 6 +)

 

This method of syncing iPhone contacts to Gmail is only possible if you have an iOS device running iOS 6 or above. Google recommends using this method over syncing your iPhone contacts over Exchange. Syncing over CardDAV provides more accurate synchronization between your Google contacts and your iPhone providing real-time two-way synchronization. The only caveat is that CardDAV does not support Push and uses Fetch only. You can find out more about Push vs. Fetch, here.

 

Here are the steps of how to sync your contacts over CardDAV with your Google account:

 

1. On your iPhone tap through Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars

 

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2. Next, tap “Add Account”

 

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3. Now, tap “Other”

 

iphone contacts sync to gmail

 

4. Next, select “Add CardDAV Account”

 

export iphone contacts to gmail

 

5. Enter your Google account details using your full email address for your “User Name” and “google.com” for “Server”

 

sync iphone contacts carddav

 

6. Let your account details get verified

 

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If you receive the “Cannot Connect Using SSL” prompt, simply tap “Continue”

 

sync google account with iphone contacts

 

If you receive the “CardDAV account verification failed” prompt, tap “OK”

 

export iphone contacts to gmail

 

You will be taken you to the account screen. Tap “Advanced settings” and put “Use SSL” to “OFF”, ensure that the “Port” is set to “80”.

Finally, your new sync account will appear within your Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen on your iPhone.

This is how to sync your iPhone contacts to your Google account via CardDAV.

Synchronizing iPhone Contacts to Google using Exchange

 

This method is the classic way to go if you are trying to sync your iPhone contacts with your Google (Gmail) account. The disadvantage of Exchange over the above CardDAV protocol is that sync is not truly two-way. For example in certain cases, after you sync over Exchange, if you choose to edit a contact on your iPhone, some of the contact data for that entry might become corrupted on your Google account.

 

Exchange sync works on all iOS versions.

 

Here is how to sync your iPhone contacts over Exchange to your Google account:

 

1. On your iPhone tap through Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars

 

sync iphone contacts Gmail

 

2. Next, tap “Add Account”

 

sync iphone contacts exchange

 

3. Now, tap “Exchange”. Do not tap “Google Mail” since with this option, you can only sync your email and calendars, but not contacts

 

iphone contacts sync exchange

 

4. Enter your Google account details. Make sure you enter your full email address associated with your Google account in the “Username” field

 

export iphone contacts exchange

 

5. From the next slide, type “m.google.com” in the “Server” field

 

sync iphone contacts google

 

Finally, your new sync account will appear within your Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen on your iPhone.

 

This is how to sync your iPhone contacts to your Google account via Exchange.

 

For more information about using Google sync with your iPhone contacts, mail, and calendars, have a look at the following page: Sync your mail, contacts, calendar, and more.

 

For a quick video explaining how to put Google sync to use in order to have your iPhone contacts synced to your Gmail account, have a look at the video below:

To transfer your iPhone contacts to Gmail, I'd recommend you use the manual method described above.

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