How to Sync Google Contacts to iPhone 11/Xs/Xr/X/8/7

If your phone contacts are saved in your Google account and you want to sync them to your iPhone, you will want to find out the methods for how to sync Google contacts to an iPhone. There are a couple of ways to do this and this guide covers those methods for you.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 15, 2020

If you have been using an Android device as your primary phone, you have likely stored all your phone contacts in your Google account. It is because most Android users prefer to keep their contacts synced with their Google account and this makes transferring contacts from one device to another easier and faster. If you have now got an iPhone, you will want to import your Gmail contacts to your iPhone.

Although you can associate your Google account with your iPhone, it is not as seamless as doing it on an Android device. However, you can still load your Google contacts onto your iPhone and there are two ways to do that. This guide covers both of those methods to help you get your Google contacts restored on your iOS-based device.

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Sync Google Contacts to iPhone by Adding Account

iCloud is Apple’s cloud storage service that allows you to store and keep your iPhone’s data online. You can then access this data from various devices and services.

However, iCloud is not the only service where you can sync data from your iPhone. Although it is a preferred method to store your data like your contacts, it is not the only option you have. You can actually add your own Google account to your iPhone and sync your Google data with your iPhone. This includes your Google contacts as well.

Google allows your account to be added to any compatible device and then you can start syncing various data types including contacts to those devices. Using this method, you can add your Google account to your iPhone and sync all your Gmail contacts with your iOS device. This is how you can easily get your Google contacts transferred to your iPhone.

Step 1. Go to Settings on iPhone >  Scroll down and tap on Passwords & Accounts which will let you manage the accounts that are linked to your iPhone.

View Accounts Associated with iPhone

View Accounts Associated with iPhone

Step 2. On the following screen, tap on Add Account as you want to add your Google account to your iPhone.

Add An Account to iPhone

Add An Account to iPhone

Step 3. Your iPhone will ask what account you would like to add. Tap on the option for Google as you are going to add a Google account to your device.

Link A Google Account to iPhone

Link A Google Account to iPhone

Step 5. Enter the log-in details for your Google account and continue. On the following screen, turn the toggle for Contacts to the on position and it will start syncing contacts from your Google account to your iPhone.

Sync Google Contacts with iPhone

Sync Google Contacts with iPhone

When the contacts are synced, launch the Contacts on your iPhone and you will see all your contacts are now available in there.

What to Do if the Google Contacts Do Not Sync with Your iPhone

There will be times when your Google contacts will not sync with your iPhone even though you have correctly added your Google account to your device. If this happens to you, you will want to do something about it or you will never get the updated contacts from Google to your device.

Google actually recommends you to enable an option in the Settings that will allow you to successfully sync contacts from its servers to your iPhone. If you are facing difficulties syncing contacts, then it is worth using this option to force your contacts to be synced with your iPhone.

What this option basically does is it enables an SSL connection between your iPhone and Google’s servers. This way your contacts are transmitted securely over the Internet and are a preferred way for Google to send contacts to your trusted devices. You can enable this option as follows on your iPhone.

Step 1. Open the Settings on your iPhone > Scroll down to Passwords & Accounts.

Access the Accounts Linked to iPhone

Access the Accounts Linked to iPhone

Step 2. Select your Gmail account on the screen that follows. Then, tap on the Account option at the top to view your Google account settings on your iPhone.

Open the Google Account Settings on iPhone

Open the Google Account Settings on iPhone

Step 3. You will see various settings that you can modify for your Gmail account on your iPhone. Tap on the option that says Advanced to open the advanced settings menu.

Access Advanced Settings for Google Account

Access Advanced Settings for Google Account

Step 4. Scroll down on the following screen and find the option labeled as Use SSL. Turn the toggle for this option to the on position and it will be enabled.

Enable SSL for Google Account Sync

Enable SSL for Google Account Sync

From now on, your Google contacts will be synced over SSL to your iPhone and you will have no sync issues at all.

Part 2. Transfer Specific Contacts from Google/Gmail to iPhone

The above method syncs all the contacts that are saved in your Google account to your iPhone. If you are only looking to import certain chosen contacts to your device, that method will not work for you.

To achieve what you want, you will need to first export the chosen contacts from your Google account to your computer and then transfer those contacts to your iPhone using an app. We show you how to do both of these things in the following section of the guide.

Export Contacts from Your Google Account to Your Computer

One of the great things about using Google Contacts is that it allows you to sync as well as download contacts to any device you want. If you are closing down your Google account or you simply wish to move to a new account, Google will let you download the contacts file to your computer and you can import that file to your new account.

That is exactly what you can do to transfer contacts from Google to your iPhone. You can reach out to Google Contacts and request a contact file to be downloaded to your machine. This file can contain either all your Google contacts or certain contacts chosen from your account. You can then load this file on your iPhone to import all the contacts.

If you did not know Google offered this feature and you now wish to use it, the following steps will teach you how to use it to export contacts from your Google account.

This only requires logging-in to your account and downloading a file to your computer.

Step 1. Launch a web browser on your computer and head over to the Google Contacts website. Sign in to your Google account if you are not already signed-in.

Step 2. On the left-hand side of your screen, you will find several options to manage your contacts. You need to find the option that says Export and click on it to export your contacts.

Export Contacts from Google Contacts

Export Contacts from Google Contacts

Step 3. Google Contacts will ask how you would like to export your contacts. Configure the options as you want and click on the Export button to save the contacts file to your computer.

Save Google Contacts to Computer

Save Google Contacts to Computer

Save the file in a convenient folder on your machine.

Import Contacts from Your Computer to Your iPhone

Now that you have downloaded all your contacts from your Google account to your computer, you can load that contacts file onto your iPhone and make all your contacts available on your device. However, the issue here is that you cannot manually send the file to your iPhone.

AnyTrans, which allows you to add contacts to your iPhone from any of the contacts file saved on your computer, is a professional data management tool. With it, you can add all your Google contacts that are available in a contacts file on your computer to your iPhone. It will ensure all the entries in your file get imported to your iOS device.

AnyTrans does not require access to the Internet and all it needs you to do is connect your iPhone to your computer and you are ready to import the contacts. The following are the full steps on how you can do this on your phone.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans and run it on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer >Click the More on the right hand. You can view more file types that you can copy from your computer to your iPhone.

Using AnyTrans to Import Google Contacts to iPhone

Using AnyTrans to Import Google Contacts to iPhone

Step 2. On the following screen, click on Contacts in the left sidebar and then click on the + (plus) icon at the top. Choose the contacts file saved on your computer.

Import Google Contacts into AnyTrans

Import Google Contacts into AnyTrans

Step 3. Click on the To Device button at the top to add the Google contacts to your iPhone.

Transfer Google Contacts to iPhone

Transfer Google Contacts to iPhone

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That is all it takes to load contacts from your computer to your iPhone.

Conclusion

The above is how you sync Google contacts to an iPhone using various methods. This will be one of the first few tasks you will want to do when you move over to a new iOS-based device like an iPhone.

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