How to Sync Gmail Contacts on iPhone?

The headlined question is frequently asked by two categories of users:

  • Former Android phone users who recently switched to iPhone;
  • Longtime iPhone owners who started using the G Suite for work.

The process of syncing Google account contacts to an iPhone is quite simple. Owners of Apple smartphones that work for businesses using the G Suite don’t have to worry about third-party applications. The inbuilt mechanism makes syncing Gmail contacts to iOS devices extremely easy.

How to Sync Google Contacts on Your iOS Device?

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  1. Go to the Settings
  2. Tap Contacts → Accounts → Add Account → Google.
  3. Type in your email and password. Alternatively, use an app password, if you use 2-Step verification.
  4. Tap Next → turn on Contacts.
  5. Tap Save at the top of the screen.
  6. Open your iPhone/iPad Contacts app to begin syncing.

What to Do if Contacts Aren’t Syncing?

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Check if your Google Account is connected to your iPhone/iPad using SSL, the recommended secure connection.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Tap Contacts → Accounts → tap on your Google account.
  3. Turn on the Contacts, then tap Account → Advanced.
  4. In the Incoming Settings, turn on Use SSL.
  5. Tap Account → Done.

If this doesn’t help much, try removing and adding your Google account again.

What to Do if Contacts Aren’t Syncing on a PC?

In some cases, users are unable to copy new contacts stored on their iPhone to a PC. If that is your issue, do the following:

  1. Ensure your cardDAV account is correctly set up. It should have a title saying Google and a subdescription saying
  2. Go to SettingsMail, Contacts, Calendars. To confirm that cardDAV is set correctly, check if Google account with the Contacts subheading is listed under the ACCOUNTS section.
  3. Scroll down to the Contacts, then click on Default AccountGoogle to see if there is a check mark on the right.
  4. Return to the home screen and refresh everything on your PC.

How to Delete Duplicate Entries in Contacts?

Some users reported that duplicate contact entries had appeared after syncing the Gmail account contacts to their iPhone. Follow these steps to fix the issue:

  1. Go to Contacts → click Group in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  2. Examine which contacts are currently displayed: Gmail, iCloud, or contacts stored on your iPhone.
  3. Tap to switch off each one of them in turns, and see if the duplicate contacts disappear. Most likely, the contacts sync from different locations, and this is why you get duplicate entries.