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How to Sync Gmail Google Contacts with iOS

For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users who use a third-party email application such as Gmail rather than Apple’s very own iCloud, syncing email contacts with your Apple device can be quite a tricky process. However, you’ll be pleased to hear that although syncing third-party applications with IOS is well-renowned for being difficult, syncing your Google/Gmail contacts isn’t actually as hard as one might expect.

Although it’s possible to download the Google/Gmail app to your Apple device in order to ensure that your contacts, notifications and everything else are on hand, it’s more much efficient and simple for users to have all of their contacts from various email accounts synced to appear in one, easily-accessible place. With the majority of internet users relying on Google and Gmail for their email and contact related needs, we’ve put together this guide on how to set up and use a CardDAV account on IOS to effortlessly sync your Google and Gmail contacts to your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, enabling them to appear under the ‘Contacts’ option on your Apple device where you can easily find them for composing emails on the go.

First and foremost, you will need to open the Settings app on your Apple device. Then, choose the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option. The next step is to open Accounts > Add Account > Other. Under the ‘Contact’ section, you’ll see an option for ‘Add CardDAV Account. Click on this.

Once you have done this, you will be directed to a setup wizard which requires you to enter your credentials. Since you are adding a Google account to sync your contacts, you should enter your Google account credentials as requested. Whilst doing this, you should be sure to set the ‘Server’ option to ‘’, along with entering your Google account name, password, and verification code if you have one set up.

The format should look similar to this:

  • Server:
  • User Name: [Your Gmail/Google account username]
  • Password: [Your Gmail/Google account password]
  • Description: [however you wish to describe the account, e.g. ‘personal’ or ‘work’.]

Add CardDav

Once you have completed entering in all of your Google or Gmail account credentials, click on the ‘Next’ option, which appears in the top right hand corner. This will complete your CardDAV setup.

Once you have finished following the instructions, your CardDAV account will be set up immediately (depending on the speed of your internet connection – if you have a slow connection, it may take a few minutes). Once setup has completed, your Google and Gmail account contacts will start to sync straight away with your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch device.

Although iCloud is an email account option that offers a lot of simplicity and ease of use, it’s not always possible or preferable for email users to switch from a third-party account to iCloud for the sole purpose of syncing contacts with their Apple device. The CardDAV route is highly recommended for those who have a Gmail or Gmail account at hand, and need to ensure that their contacts are stored on their Apple device along with other devices. This method is highly recommended for those switching over from Android to Apple devices as it takes away a lot of the hassle involved.

This method of contact syncing is not limited to Google or Gmail alone, so there’s no need to worry if you’re a user of another email platform, such as Outlook or Yahoo Mail. In order to use CardDAV to sync contacts from any email account other than iCloud with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, simply enter the credentials from the required email account by using the steps detailed above.


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