How to move iPhone contacts to Gmail

Need the iPhone contacts to show up in Gmail? Here are all the ways to transfer your iPhone contacts to Gmail easily.

If you are looking for a way to transfer your iPhone contacts to Gmail, there are a couple of ways to do that. This also comes in handy when you want to switch from an iPhone to an Android device.

Over time, Apple has made it relatively easier for you to move or transfer your iPhone contacts to Google’s services.

Import iPhone Contacts GMail

An interesting this is, when you move your contacts to Gmail or Google, it can be accessed across all Google services including but not limited to your Gmail, Android device, Google Contacts Web, etc.

Sync iPhone contacts to Gmail through Contacts app

This is the simplest way to transfer your iPhone contacts to Gmail. Instead of doing a lot of manual work, you can simply make iPhone work for you.

Things have changed a lot in the recent versions of iOS, for the better. It has not become much easier to move your iPhone contacts to Gmail.

You can simply tap and change a few settings on your iPhone and you’ll be all-set in a matter of a few seconds.

Follow the below steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Contacts.
  3. Tap on Accounts.
  4. Then, tap on Add Account.
  5. You will be presented with a bunch of options. Select Google from the list and proceed to enter your details.
  6. Once your account is added, choose the account and enable Contacts.
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And you are golden.

Now, all your iPhone contacts will be synced with your Google account and will be available across all Google services.

Tip: If you want verify if all the contacts have been transferred, simply visit Google Contacts and see if all your iPhone contacts are available there.

When you visit Google Contacts web, you are asked to log in. Provide your Gmail credentials.

Once you log in, all your synced contacts should appear.

If you have just enabled sync on your iPhone, please wait 15 to 20 minutes to make sure all the contacts are completely synced.

Transfer iPhone contacts to Gmail using iCloud

This is another way to move your iPhone contacts to Gmail by manually exporting the data from iCloud and then importing it on your Google contacts.

Note: You need a computer (Mac or PC) to follow this method as it involves accessing your iCloud account from a computer.

Make sure iCloud contact sync is enabled

This is the first of the three-step process. First of all, we need to make sure that your iPhone contacts are being synced to your iCloud account. Most of the time, by default, iCloud contacts sync will be enabled on all iPhones unless you have changed it.

The steps below will make sure iCloud contact sync is enabled:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on your iCloud/profile at the very top of the settings.
  3. Tap on iCloud.
  4. In the next screen, make sure the button right next to Contacts is enabled.
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Tip: If you are just enabling the iCloud contact sync, please wait for 15 to 20 minutes to make sure all the contacts are completely synced to iCloud before proceeding to the next steps.

Export iPhone contacts from iCloud

The steps below will help you export the contacts from iCloud in a VCF (Virtual Contact File or vCard) format which is compatible with Gmail/Google Contacts. You can then import this file into Google Contacts to access it across Google services such as Gmail.

  1. Visit iCloud from a web browser on your computer.
  2. Click on Contacts.
    Export iCloud Contacts 1
  3. Select a contact and press CMD + A (on Mac) CTRL + A (on Windows) to select all the contacts stored in iCloud.
  4. Next, click on the Gear icon at the bottom left corner. (You can also use the Select All option here to select all contacts).
    Export iCloud Contacts 2
  5. Click on Export vCard.
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  6. All your contacts will be downloaded to your computer locally as a .vcf file.
    iPhone Contacts in VCF Format

The VCF format is standard contacts format that is universally accepted across various platforms.

Import the VCF file (vCard) to Google Contacts

Now, we can easily import the VCF file downloaded from iCloud into Google Contacts.

  1. Visit Google Contacts.
  2. Login by providing your username and password (should be the same as your Gmail username and password).
  3. On the left pane, select Import.
    Import iPhone Contacts to Google Contacts 1
  4. A popup will open. Click on Select file.
    Import iPhone Contacts to Google Contacts 2
  5. Browse and select the VCF file we just downloaded from iCloud. Ideally, the VCF would be saved in the Downloads folder.
    Import iPhone Contacts to Google Contacts 3
  6. Make sure the file has uploaded and then click on the Import button.
    Import iPhone Contacts to Google Contacts 4
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That is all. Google will now import all the contacts saved in the vCard file into Google contacts. All these contacts that are saved in Google Contacts can be accessed in Gmail, Android, and other Google services as well.

These are the two easy ways by which you can move iPhone contacts to Gmail.

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