Iphone or Android, this battle has been going on for some time. No matter which type of smartphone you have chosen, chances are you would find it easier to have all of your updated contacts in one location. The good news for iPhone/iCloud users is that it is quite easy to transfer your iCloud contacts over to gmail. There is no need to download a third party app in order to be able to do this.
When you have moved your iCloud address book to Gmail you will still be able to use the iOS contacts app in order to access all of your contacts from your Apple device. This is quite convenient as you will love the fact that your contact will automatically pop into the “to” field when you are composing an email through your gmail account. Additionally, if you ever decide to leave Apple and get an Android device, your contacts will already be waiting for you.
Using a vCard File Containing your iCloud Contacts
When searching for a way to transfer your iCloud contacts to Google you will come across many third party apps that promise to sync all of your contacts for you. However, it is possible to do this on your own without the help of one of these apps by simply using vCard files. This means that you will have to use a desktop browser briefly.
There is a third party tool available through Google that will import your iCloud contacts for you for free. However, there are reports of errors coming up when using this tool with an iCloud account. In addition, using a third party app such as this requires you to hand over your password to the application, which is not typically a good idea in any circumstance.
Steps for Moving iCloud Contacts to Gmail
- Log in to your iCloud account. You will need to go to iCloud.com using a web browser. You will then log in to your account with your username and your password for the account.
- Click on Contacts. In the left column you will see all contacts and you will need to click on this.
- Click on the settings button located at the bottom of the page.
- Click select all
- Click on settings again and then choose export vCard. This will pack every one of your contacts onto a single vCard. This vCard will then be downloaded onto your desktop. Make sure to note where this file ends up on your hard drive. Typically it will go into your downloads folder.
Moving Contacts to Google
Once you have created a file with your entire list of iCloud contacts it is time to import the file to your Google account. To do this you will follow these steps:
- Open up your gmail account on the web
- Click on the red mail heading located in the top corner of the page
- Select contacts from the pull down menu
- Click the more button and select import
- Click on vCard or CSV file
- Click on the choose file button and then select the vCard that you created from iCloud.
- Click on the blue import button
Once you have done this all of your iCloud contacts will now be available through gmail.
Once you have moved your list from iCloud to Google it is a good idea to check for any duplicate contacts that may appear after the import is completed. To do this you will simply click on the more button and then choose the find and merge duplicates tab. When you click on this tab Google will go through your list of contacts and any duplicates will be listed for you to go through and review. You can choose to go through them individually or if you want to you can simply click on the merge all button and all of the duplicates will be merged at once.
Another important note about the importing process, if something happens to your existing contacts in Gmail that you do not like you can undo the changes by clicking on more and then restore contacts. You can pick when you want to roll back to and restore your contacts to any state they were in for the past 30 days.
Setting up iOS to Use Google Contacts
If you have decided to make the switch to android and this is the reason that you are importing your iCloud contacts to gmail, you are done after following the steps above. When you sign into your Google account on your new android device your contacts from iCloud will simply appear under the contacts app.
However, if you are still going to use your iPad or iPhone there is some more work that you will need to do in order to get your gmail contacts to show up on your iOS devices.
Here are the steps to take to get your Google contacts to show up on your iCloud account.
- Click on settings then mail, then contacts, Calendars, and then tap on the name of your iCloud account.
- Uncheck the switch next to contacts
- A box will pop up asking if you want to remove the contacts from your iPhone, click on delete, do not worry, these contacts will still be available through iCloud.
It should be noted that turning off the contacts setting for your iCloud account is not necessary as the contacts app for the iOS does a decent job of combining all your duplicate contact cards from your different accounts. If you want multiple accounts for contacts it is important to choose an account to be the default. In order to do this you will need to click on settings, mail, contacts, calendars, then default account.
Next you will need to go back to the main screen and tap on your gmail account and then click on the switch by contacts. All of your gmail contacts will then go into your iOS device.
Transferring your contacts from iOS to Google and vice versa is really as simple as that.