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UPDATE: We’ve made it incredibly easy to sync your iPhone and Google contacts. Just install Contacts+ For iOS and you can sync your contacts from Google, Twitter, and more.
Last updated: 31 March, 2021
We hear from a lot of folks who have trouble syncing their iPhone Contacts with their Google Contacts. This is a common pain point for iPhone users – especially compared to the relative ease of setting up an Android to sync with Google Contacts.
We’re working on some new features for the Contact+ address book app that will make the process of syncing your contacts with an iPhone much, much easier. In the meantime, we’ve written up a quick guide to help you get things set up right.
This entire process will take 10-15 minutes max, and it will save you a lot of confusion later. Set it and forget it. If you’re an Outlook.com, Yahoo, or Hotmail user, don’t worry – we’ll help you out in a future blog post.
Dec 11, 2019 Tap the “Info” button and select the “Sync Contacts with” option. Make sure to select the Google Contacts found on the drop-down menu. The app will then provide a set of onscreen instructions that must be followed on how to sync the iPhone contacts to Google. Follow these instructions one by one to achieve the best result. Sync Google Contacts with iPhone. Sync Google Contacts with iPhone in just a few clicks. Keep your Contacts updated and synchronized on all devices you are using. Please click “Use this Gene” to sync Google Contacts with iPhone. Google Contacts. Jun 30, 2020 Well, head over to the App Store and download Contacts Sync App for your iPhone. Once installed, go to the Sync section of the application. Contacts Sync will now prompt you to sign in to the Google account that you wish to sync your contacts with. Once done, tap on iCloud Contacts - Gmail.
Many people have multiple Google accounts that include contact lists. For example, I have a work Google Apps account, a personal Gmail account, and a separate personal Gmail account (reserved for beta signups, receipts, Craigslist sales, and other junk where I don’t want to give out my personal email). Each of these accounts has its own corresponding Google Contacts list.
So which accounts should you connect to your phone?
You probably don’t want all your contacts on your phone, because that will slow down the process of searching or scrolling through contacts to make a call. Instead, if you’re like me, you’d rather see a focused list of people with whom you might need to communicate while on the go.
As you consider, it’s important to note that, on your iPhone, you can easily connect an email account without syncing the contacts. This can be helpful when you don’t want to sift through a list of several thousand contacts (pulled from multiple Google accounts) to place a call. For Google accounts specifically, you won’t be able to connect both your contacts and email in one step.
For the most part, this is pretty simple. Tap the Settings icon on your iPhone. Scroll down a bit until you see Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Tap it.
You’ll then see all of your connected email accounts listed under Accounts. Tap Add Account…, select Gmail, and you’ll then be prompted to enter the relevant information, such as email address, password, and description.
I like to label the email accounts with simple names like “Work Mail,” “Personal Mail,” or “Junk Mail” to make it easy to find the right account in my iPhone inbox instead of trying to decipher between several similar email account names (like [email protected] and [email protected], for example). For Google accounts, I specifically add the “Mail” at the end of the description to remind me that the default connection only connects Mail and Calendar, not Contacts.
This is a key point, and a point of confusion and frustration for Google Contacts users. Just because you connect your Gmail does not mean your Google contacts are connected as well. This means that if you stop right now, any changes you make to contacts on your iPhone – or new contacts you add – will not show up in your Google Contacts on the web (and vice versa).
For Google, you’ll have to use separate protocols to sync contacts.
There are two ways to sync your Google Contacts. For Google, the one you use depends on whether you’re using a personal Gmail (or Googlemail.com) account or a Google Apps account.
Of note, no matter which Google method you use, your phone will only sync with your “My Contacts” in Google. It will not sync your Other Contacts* or Google Plus Circles.
*Gmail automatically adds addresses to your Other Contacts list each time you use the Reply, Reply to all, or Forward functions to send mail to addresses that don’t already exist in your “My Contacts” list.
Here’s a stumbling block that a lot of people have found – Go to Settings > Cellular and then scroll down until you see the slider beside Contacts. Enabling this will make sure that your phone can manage your contacts while using cellular data, rather than having to wait for a wifi signal.
You’ll have to use a method called CardDAV. As we’ve written before, CardDAV is a sync protocol that Google recently decided to support. It allows for better synchronization of contact fields than the traditional Microsoft Exchange method (below). Google provides detailed instructions on how to set up CardDAV sync on their help page.
You’ll find the CardDAV option under Other in the Add Account… menu. It’s well worth the minute or so it takes to set up.
Keep in mind, the CardDAV sync does not bring in the associated Gmail and Google Calendar information. You did that in the previous step, which is why you’ll see two different accounts in the Accounts menu that actually represent the same Google Account.
The setup for a Google Apps account is the same as if you’re adding a regular Gmail. iOS now supports the addition of Google Apps via the Google option.
We hope this was helpful in setting up your Google Contacts to sync with your iPhone Contacts!
There are a lot of nuances to fully setting up sync with your various email accounts and apps – we’ll deal with more of these issues in future posts, so let us know what you’re interested in!
By default, an iPhone will store contacts on iCloud, or, if you've opted out from iCloud, it will store them locally on your phone. How do you get these contacts synced up to other services? It all depends on where they are now!
But even if your contacts are currently stored in iCloud, and PieSync supports iCloud, you may want to make sure your iPhone uses Google Contacts instead, especially if the rest of your business runs on Google apps.
A quick way to find out which contacts are currently loaded up on your iPhone, is by going inside the Contacts app, or the Phone app of your iPhone.
By tapping the Groups icon on the top left, you'll understand that an iPhone is capable of visibly merging different databases into one single contact list.
While in some cases it is handy to have your iPhone consolidate contact lists, in most cases it actually leads to confusion. Because everything is neatly merged, there is no easy way to recognize in which cloud database a specific contact is being stored.
Where is your mom's contact stored? Is it in iCloud? Google Contacts? Your SIM card? Worse yet, is it in all three of them simultaneously? Your iPhone actually dedupes them & merges identical contacts visually!
The idea is ultimately that your phone merely acts as a window into contacts databases, so we suggest you visit contacts.google.com or icloud.com/contacts respectively to see & manage these lists.
So how does your iPhone manage contacts? This help article can't possibly cover all possible scenarios, but here's how you can easily find out how your iPhone is setup currently.
Go to Settings -> Contacts -> Accounts to find out which services are allowed to manage/add contacts on your phone. In the example shown to the left, there are three accounts moving contacts into this iPhone:
It's very likely you will see something different on your phone: you may or may not have iCloud, you could have an Outlook account, and so on.
Did you know? Connecting a Google account to an iPhone will import your Google Contacts. However, the contacts that you had on your phone before are not moved to Google. They remain stored on iCloud or on your phone! Follow these instructions to back up those contacts to Google.
The next steps will help you consolidate your contacts into Google's ecosystem instead. Wherever your contacts are, with the Google Drive app, you can push your Contacts data from your iCloud or those that are locally stored to the Google Drive and into Google Contacts.
Now it’s time to backup your content. Open Google Drive and go to the backup wizard in Menu > Settings > Backup. You can select which content you want to backup or simply backup everything. Then hit “Start”.
Sign-in to your Google Account on your iPhone.
Don't forget to set up the 'Default account' to be Google! Merely connecting a Google account isn't sufficient, you also need to make sure new contacts you create on your phone are immediately created inside Google via this setting.