How to Sync Google Contacts on an iPhone

The use of Google for Email/Contacts as well as the Calendar has become one of the top web outlets used in terms of communication as well as keeping track of scheduled events. For iPhone users, being able to find a feature that allows the capability of syncing this option has been a difficult task, but there is a solution to this problem.

Here is a quick and easy step by step instructional on how to sync both your Google Contacts and Calendar to your mobile iPhone device.

I. Before You Begin

1.  Make sure that you backup all of your data initially (Contacts and Calendar Events) prior to syncing Google on your iPhone to avoid any chance of erasing important information.

*Note: This can be done internally with the use of iCloud, and also through a USB computer connection.

2. Also, this How to is not limited to any specific model; this will work on any iPhone.

II. Set Up Google Sync

1. Scroll through the icons on your iPhone until you come across the Settings icon. Tap Settings.

2. A list of all of your setting options should appear. Tap the Mail, Contacts, Calendars selection.

3. Next, tap Add Account…

4. Select Microsoft Exchange.

III. Microsoft Exchange Configuration

1. Here is where you will enter all of your Google account information in the required fields – Email, Username, Password, and Description (an example would be “My Google Account”)

*Note: Be sure to leave the entry field titled “Domain” blank.

2. Tap Next once complete.

IV. Server Entry

1. Next, a new “Server” selection will appear on your screen. From there, type in “” and tap Next.

2. Take note to the message that appears reading “Keep Contacts on iPhone?” – you will want to select YES as another form of backup, so that your contacts will not be erased during the syncing process.

3. A warning message will pop up on your display screen regarding your account settings. Tap Accept.

4. After this, select both Contacts and Calendar to sync to your phone by tapping until it reads ON next to both selections.

5. Now, tap Sync to begin the process, and then when it appears again, tap Sync once more to confirm the transmission of data.

V. Finalization

1. Now your screen will display Google Sync erasing all of your current relevant data from your Contacts and Calendar, followed by the synchronization of both back onto your iPhone from your Google account.

2. Once the sync reads as “Complete,” turn your iPhone off and back on again to make sure that everything has worked properly.

This is part of our iPhone and iOS Basics/Tips and Tricks series. Great for anyone new to the iPhone or iOS, or anyone just looking to learn a few tips and tricks! For all our iPhone and iOS Basics, head here.

6 thoughts on “How to Sync Google Contacts on an iPhone”

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  2. Will my iPhone contacts (the ones which are already on my iPhone) get deleted during the sync and replaced with my Gmail contacts?

    I wish to keep contacts from both places on my iPhone.

    1. Ricka your iPhone contacts will not get replaced by your Gmail contacts upon sync. However, if you are prompted with a message whether you want to Merge contacts – by all means tap “Merge”.

      To be on the safe side, you can also manually export all your Gmail contacts in the form of a *.csv file to your PC. Next, import the *.csv file to your iPhone using an app similar to the one discussed here:

      This will manually add your Gmail contact entries to your iPhone Contacts app, so no actual sync is needed.

  3. You are awesome! That was so simple. Why haven’t I been able to find this online??? Everyone has these complicated things to do or an app to promote. Thank you!

  4. I set up my gmail email with my iphone 4S. All my contacts sync’d with no issues. My problem now going forward when I add a new contact in gmail or on my iphone it doesn’t sync with the either. Is there a way to get my iphone contacts and gmail contacts to sync whenever I update one or the either?

  5. This is great. Is there a way to preserve the “favorites” function, so I don’t have to search for my most-used contacts every time?

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