There are two ways to transfer your iPhone contacts to your Gmail account. This page discusses how to set up Google sync in order to be able to transfer contacts from Gmail to iPhone and the other way round. It also discusses how to transfer your iPhone contacts to your Google account independently from Google sync or other Cloud-based services.
Method 1: Transfer iPhone contacts to Google in a few easy steps
To do so, follow the outlined directions in this short YouTube video or go through the steps below:
1. Download and install a powerful utility called CopyTrans Contacts to your PC:
2. Run the tool and connect your iPhone. Your iPhone contacts will begin to populate and display on your computer screen
3. Click on the “Export selected” button and when asked in what format you want to export your iPhone contacts, click on “Gmail”
4. Next select the location on your PC where you want to save the contacts. If you do not know where to save your iPhone contacts, select your PC’s Desktop and click OK
5. Your iPhone contacts will be saved to a folder on your Desktop in a single vCard file as seen below
6. Now, go ahead and login to your Gmail account. Navigate to Gmail > Contacts
7. Next, click on More > Import
8. Click on “Browse…” and Navigate to the location on your PC where you saved the contacts file, then click “Import”
9. Your iPhone contacts have now been transferred to your Gmail
Trick: Refrain from exporting more than 600 contacts at a time, as I have found that Gmail cannot handle a large vCard file containing several thousand iPhone contacts at a time. If you have a very large contact list, simply export your iPhone address book on several goes following steps 3. to 8.
This is a quick way to transfer iPhone contacts to your Gmail account.
Method 2: Transfer iPhone Contacts to Gmail and the other way round using Google Sync
Google comes handy when you are trying to synchronize iPhone contacts between your PC, Gmail account and your iPhone. The service works for other mobile devices too. This section discusses how to set up Google sync in order to be able to transfer contacts from Gmail to iPhone.
Note: For the other way round - in order to tranfer iPhone contacts to your Gmail account, have a look at the this free BETA application.
Google Sync for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
- Navigate to the iPhone Settings and from there chose the option which is named Mail, Contacts, Calendars
- On the newly-opened slide, select Add Account...
- From the next window, make sure you tap on Microsoft Exchange
- Next, enter your full email address (including @gmail.com) in the field called Email. You can leave the Domain field empty as it is not required. In the Username field, again, enter your full username which includes the @gmail.com ending. Tap on Next on the top-right.
- Now, type m.google.com in where it says Server and just press Next again.
- Next, from the next screen, make sure you turn Contacts and other Google sync services such as Mail or Calendars which participate in the synchronization.
- Your iPhone will ask you what you would like to do with existing local contacts, calendars etc. on your iPhone. Unless you want to delete your currently saved on your iPhone contacts, select Keep on My iPhone in order for the sync to take place. Any new contacts (from your iPhone) with regards to your existing Gmail contacts will be placed in the All Contacts group.
- Finally, in order for the sync to begin, go to your iPhone settings, and tap on Fetch New Data. From the newly-opened slide turn Push on.
This is how to turn the Google Sync service in order to sync your iPhone contacts with your Gmail contacts. Here are some more details about what the Google sync is and how to sync your emails, calendar and contacts.
Note: In order to follow steps 1 through 8, you need to make sure you have at least iOS 3 installed on your iDevice (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch). Also, perform an iOS backup of your device via iTunes on your computer, in order for your iPhone contacts, calendars and additional settings data to be backed up to your PC. To find out more about how to proceed with iOS backup, have a look at this page:iOS: How to back up