Sync Google Contacts with your iPhone, iPad and Mac

This article details how you can import your Google Contacts to your iPhone or iPad. We also list a few troubleshooting tips if you run into problems.

This process is also called sync. You can sync Google Contacts with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. What this means is that when you make Google Contact changes, the changes will also appear on your other Apple devices.

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This syncing process is a bidirectional service. For example, when you add, delete or edit a contact in Google Contacts, your contact info will sync with your iOS, iPadOS, or macOS devices. This further means that when you delete or edit a Google contact on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, your Google Contacts will be updated also.

Google Contacts lets you save names, email addresses, phone numbers of your friends.

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iPad or iPhone

Follow the steps below:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Passwords & Accounts.Passwords and Accounts
  3. Tap Add Account.Add Account
  4. Select Google.Google Account
  5. A popup will appear saying “Settings” wants to use “” to sign in. Tap Continue.Google Sign In
  6. Enter your Google (Gmail) username and password. And follow the onscreen instructions.Google username and password
  7. Make sure that you turn on Contacts.Turn on Contacts
  8. Tap Save. And the account will be added.

Now, open the Contacts app on your iPhone or iPad, this will start syncing.


Follow the steps below:

  1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. Click Internet Accounts. Internet Accounts
  3. Select Google. Select Google
  4. A popup will appear saying “Google requires completing authentication in your web browser.” Click the Open Browser button. And follow the onscreen instructions and sign in. Your Google Account will be added.
  5. Make sure that the Contacts option is checked. Then click Done. Google Contacts on Mac

Now, open the Contacts app, and you will see your Google Contacts.

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Contacts Sync not working?

If your Google Contacts do not appear on your devices, you may try the following tips. please try these troubleshooting steps in order. After trying each step below test to see if your issue is resolved:

Please note that most sync problems are temporary. Wait a few minutes and try again. If your issue seems to be permanent, then try the following:

  • Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or Mac has a Wi-Fi connection or a cellular-data connection.
  • Simply restart the Contacts app:
    • iOS or iPadOS: Open your recently used apps (double-click the Home button or swipe up from the bottom of your screen), find the Contacts app (swipe left or right), and swipe up to close it. The open the app again.
    • macOS: In Contacts, click Contacts and Quit Contacts. The open the Contacts app again.
  • if you are having this problem on your iPhone or iPad, make sure that the “Use SSL” option is selected. On your device, go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > select your contact account. Then tap Account and Advanced. And toggle Use SSL on, if it is off. Use SSL
  • Restart your device.
  • Make sure that your date & time settings are correct:
    • iOS and iPadOS: Settings > General > Date & Time. You may also want to turn on Set Automatically.
    • macOS: System Preferences, then click Date & Time and select “Set date and time automatically” box.
  • If you are still having issues, remove the account, and then re-add the account. Here is how:
    • On iPhone, iPad: Go to Settings Passwords & Accounts > Your Account and then tap the Delete Account link. Then re-add the account by following the steps above. Delete Account
    • On your Mac: Click System Preferences, Internet Accounts, select the Account, and then click the (-) minus sign. Then re-add.Delete account on Mac
  • Update your device:

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Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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