How To Transfer Your iPhone Contacts To Gmail Account


Irrespective of the device, phone contacts are always very crucial and required to be safe. For this purpose, you can create a back-up of your contacts on your system or cloud-based platform. Though both these platforms have their own pros and cons. The data stored on the system could be erased accidentally or the system itself can get crashed. On the other hand, storing information on the cloud platform can be swept away by the hackers. Therefore, choose your backup method wisely.

This article is about transferring the contact from your iPhone to Gmail account, which is a cloud-based platform. Gmail remains to be one of the safest ways to store your personal data and also promises to be risk-free. On the top of that, you can also easily find your data if you want to restore it to your new device. There are three quick ways which will let you transfer your contact data. One through the iPhone settings options, other with iTunes and the third method is with iCloud.

1. How To Sync Contacts From iPhone To Gmail Account via iCloud

You can effortlessly send your phone contacts to the Gmail account via iCloud. The exported contacts stay to be 100% secure.

Follow are the steps:

  • First of all, go to “Settings” > [type your name] > “iCloud” and toggle on “Contacts”.
  • Browse on your system and enter your Apple ID and password credential.
  • Tap on “Contacts” among the options and select the whole contact list or you can select a few to sync from your iPhone to Gmail.
  • Select the “Gear icon” and tap on “Export vCard”.
  • Once done, open the Google Contacts ( and sign in.
  • On the left side of the Google Contacts, you will find the “Import Contact” option. Tap on the “Choose File” option.
  • Then select the vCard you exported from iCloud and click “Import”.

You are good to go.

2. How To Send iPhone Contacts To Gmail via Settings Option

If you wish to transfer iPhone contacts to Gmail through the Settings option, follow the guide below:

1. For iOS 10.2 and earlier devices

  • Go to “Settings” option
  • Tap on “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”
  • Choose “Add Account”
  • Select “Google” from the pop-up list
  • Slide the “Contacts”

2. For iOS 10.3 and later devices

  • Go to “Settings” option
  • Select “Contacts”
  • Choose “Accounts” and tap the “Add Account” option
  • Tap on “Google”
  • List your Gmail account
  • Slide the “Contacts”

Your selected will be on their way.

3. How to transfer the iPhone contacts to Gmail with iTunes

The last way through which you can import iPhone contacts to Gmail is through iTunes. It not only allows the user to transfer the contacts but you can also transfer music files, videos, books, messages, photos, and Apps. To start with, you will need to connect your iPhone to the computer via Apple supported USB cable. Have a look at the following steps:

  • Run iTunes on the system
  • Select the “Info” tab
  • Tap on “Sync Contacts” with “Google Contacts”
  • Enter the Gmail credentials

Once done with details of your Gmail account, the contacts will be transferred and then choose “Contacts” to view the imported contacts.

Complications That You May Face While Syncing iPhone Contacts To Gmail

While trying to transfer your contacts, you can end up on the wrong side. Following are the few issues that you may have to face:

  • Invalid password prompts: If you face the invalid password prompts hiccup, you need to open your Gmail account again. Enter your email address, password and follow the new Captcha letters. After that, you will be able to unlock your account.
  • Contacts unable to sync: One can often bump into this issue. You have to select Mail option from the Settings and then add contacts. Try to transfer and sync new contacts using your iPhone’s vCard files and let the syn start.
  • Syncing field limitations: This problem could be due to infusing of too much of information in the contact. You have to follow the limitation rule when syncing contacts.
  • Incomplete information: Make ensure that the Google+ logo is on while you are up for syncing. It will confirm the sync and data will directly transfer to the Gmail account.
  • Missing iPhone contacts on Gmail account: You must be logged into your Google+ account and carefully submit your Google connected data profile information. It will ensure the contact sync to your account only. 

Neha Baluni is a content maven associated with MobileAppDaily, the platform for gaining the insight on tech innovation. With her writing, she has been helping many companies to dignify their visibility over the internet. Having more than 5 years of experience in technical content writing, she loves writing on a variety of technical & non-technical topics apart from being an avid traveler.

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