Tutorial to Sync iPhone Contacts to Gmail (iOS 17 Supported)

Email address is only for receiving or sending emails?

Gmail answers no.

Today, with a Gmail, you can handle contacts that you only do on iPhone in old days.

Managing your iPhone contacts on Gmail is as convenient as possible.

The question is how to sync iPhone contacts to Gmail for update?

This page collects 3 efficient methods of transferring contacts from iPhone to Gmail.

Keep reading and get the detailed guide.

Sync Google Contacts

Part 1: Sync iPhone contacts to Gmail by Google account automatically

When we sync Google contacts on Android phone, all we need to do is to add the Google account in Settings. Actually, iPhone also has the similar account manager feature in the Settings app. It is the easiest way to Sync iPhone contacts to Gmail.

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone, go to the "Settings" app and connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. If you use iOS 10.2 or earlier, find and tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars". On iOS 10.3 and above, go to "Contacts" > "Accounts" option. Then head to "Add Account" and select "Google".

Step 3. When you are taken to the Gmail account screen, enter your Gmail account and password and put the switch of "Contacts" to "ON" position. Now, you complete exporting iPhone contacts to Gmail.

Sync Contacts to Gmail

Any time when you change or add contacts on your iPhone, the changes will sync to Google contacts as well.

Kindly note that, if you do not want to update all the contacts always to Gmail, just turn off "Contacts". Then if you accidentally deleted contacts on iPhone, you will get the opportunity to restore contacts from Gmail.

Part 2. How to transfer iPhone contacts to Gmail with iCloud

Like before, iCloud works well in backing up iPhone contacts, and then export iPhone contacts from iCloud, and import contacts to Gmail.

Step 1. Backup iPhone contacts to iCloud

Open your iPhone and tap "Settings". Find your Apple account on the top and click it. Scroll down to find "iCloud" button. Toggle on "Contacts", and then your iCloud account will start syncing iPhone contacts automatically.

Just wait patiently for the whole backup process.

Backup iPhone contacts to iCloud

Step 2. Export iPhone contact backup to computer

Go to on your computer. Enter your Apple ID and password. Click the "Contacts" icon to see all your iPhone contacts.

Select iPhone contacts you wanna sync to Gmail. Click the "Settings" gear icon in the lower left corner. Choose "Export vCard" option from the drop-down menu.

Export iPhone contact backup to computer

Step 3. Import iPhone contacts to Gmail

Log in your Gmail account on computer (Forgot Gmail username?), visit "Contacts", and choose "Import Contacts" in the left panel. Click "Choose File" button to select contacts downloaded before. Click "Import" to backup iPhone contacts using iCloud successfully.

Tip: Gmail allows you to export contacts in Google CSV, Outlook CSV and vCard formats. But iPhone address book only supports vCard.

Import iPhone contacts to Gmail

In this way, you will sync all contacts forcibly to Gmail, including those unwanted contacts, and the backup process may take a long time, if the Internet is not good.

Part 3. How to export iPhone contacts to Gmail without iCloud (Easiest)

No matter what tool you use, iCloud backup or Google account, you will find the process needs the wireless and you get no chance of deciding selective contacts sync to Gmail. For avoiding this inconvenience, we suggest the easiest way with iPhone Transfer.

It can help you simplify the whole procedure by extracting selective contacts from iPhone to computer quickly.

iPhone Transfer

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Transfer iPhone contacts to computer in one click.

Select certain contacts for doing Google contacts sync with iPhone.

Manage iPhone contacts like delete, add, edit, merge, etc. before syncing.

Work for all iPhone devices like iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6, etc.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to computer

Free download this software to your computer. Use the USB cable to connect your iPhone and the computer after running this tool.


Connect iPhone

Step 2. Transfer iPhone contacts

Select Contacts from left ribbon and then select the desired contacts. Click "Export to PC" in the top of the window, to save iPhone contacts to computer. You also can select "Toolkit" on the left. Click "Contacts Backup" to save all contacts on computer.

Transfer iPhone contacts

Step 3. Import iPhone contacts to Gmail

Then you just need to follow the step 3 in the second method to import contacts to Gmail.

iPhone Transfer works better than you can imagine.

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In this tutorial, we have showed you how to do Google contact sync with iPhone. Now, you might understand how to sync iPhone contacts to Gmail. With iCloud or Google account sync, you can achieve your goal, but the process is a little long. If you want o get rid of the long procedure, just take the last method with iPhone Transfer to help you.

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