How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Gmail

It is a good idea to have a backup of your iPhone contacts with a service like Gmail and it is also pretty easy to transfer your iPhone contacts to your Gmail account. There are several ways to do it and here we have got all of those ways for you.

Faye Clarke Last Updated: Apr. 14, 2020

Most iPhone users tend to save their contacts only on their devices and not somewhere else. While that works fine most of the time, you will face issues when your device starts to act abnormally and you will lose access to your contacts. Therefore, it is advised that you have a backup of your iPhone contacts with a reliable service like Gmail.

Gmail allows you to sync your iPhone contacts with it and that way you have a safe and secure copy of all of your contacts in your Google account. What’s more, transferring contacts from iPhone to Gmail can be done right from your iOS-based device if that is how you prefer to do the task. The following guide covers three ways for you to transfer your iPhone contacts to a Google account.

How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Gmail via Settings

The Settings app on your iPhone lets you do a lot of things on your device including helping you transfer the contacts saved on your iPhone to a Gmail account. Basically, to do the task, all you need to do is add your Google account to your iPhone and contacts will start syncing when connected with stable Wi-Fi.

Here are the instructions on how to do it on your iPhone:

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and head to Contacts > Accounts > Add Account. Choose Google from the list and add your Google account to your device.

Link your Google account to your iPhone

Link your Google account to your iPhone

Step 2. Once your account is added, head to Settings > Contacts > Accounts > Gmail and turn the toggle for the Contacts option to the ON position.

Turn on contacts sharing with your Gmail account

Turn on contacts sharing with your Gmail account

You have enabled contacts sync for Gmail and all of your iPhone contacts will be synced and saved in your Gmail account.

That is how you use the Settings app to transfer your iPhone contacts to a Gmail account.

How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Gmail with iTunes

If you would like to use the iTunes app on your computer to transfer your iPhone contacts, you can do it but it is going to require a few more steps than the method mentioned above.

The following is how you do the task with the iTunes app:

Step 1. Launch the latest version of the iTunes app on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2. Click on your iPhone in the app, select the tab that says Info, checkmark Sync Contacts with, and select Google Contacts from the dropdown menu.

Sync iPhone contacts with Google using iTunes

Sync iPhone contacts with Google using iTunes

iTunes will start syncing your iPhone contacts with your Google contacts. Soon when it is done, you will find all of your iPhone contacts available in your Google account.

How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Gmail with iCloud

iCloud also allows you to transfer your iPhone contacts to your Gmail account and all you need to do is export and import your contacts file.

The following steps explain how you can do it on your device:

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your name followed by iCloud. Turn the toggle for the Contacts option to the ON position.

Sync iPhone contacts with your iCloud account

Sync iPhone contacts with your iCloud account

Step 2. Head over to the iCloud website using a browser on your computer and log-in to your iCloud account.

Step 3. Click on Contacts, select the contacts you would like to transfer to Gmail, click on the settings icon at the bottom-left corner, and select the option that says Export vCard.

Export iPhone contacts from iCloud

Export iPhone contacts from iCloud

Step 4. Head over to the Google Contacts website and sign-in to your Google account. Click on Import in the left sidebar and choose the file you downloaded from the iCloud website.

Import iCloud contacts to Google Contacts

Import iCloud Contacts to Google Contacts

Your iPhone contacts will be imported to your Gmail account.

That is how you use iCloud to export your contacts and then import them in your Google account – all on the web.

The Bottom Line

Transferring your iPhone contacts to a Gmail account is extremely easy and there are a number of ways to do the task on your device. We hope you have been able to create a backup of your contacts in your Google account using our guide.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.