How to Sync iPhone Contacts Using Gmail

If you already have a Gmail account and use it regularly to send email, then you can also use it as a “just in case” backup for your contacts list. Many people believe incorrectly that only Android phones can take advantage of a Gmail contact backup, since Google and Apple are competitors. However, if you want to backup your iPhone contacts to Gmail, simply use the steps below to do so.

Step 1

If you are using an iPhone, go into “Settings” and scroll down to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.” Tap “Add Account” and you will get a visual list of the various email clients to which you can link your phone. Tap the Google tab.

Step 2

Fill out the required fields with your Gmail account information. This includes your name, the email address, your password, and a description of the account you are linking to. Then tap the “Next” button on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Step 3
Fill out the “Outgoing Mail Server” box to complete the setup for your email account. This box will ask you for your username (simply type your email address) and your password, along with the “Host Name.” In the Host box, type “” and then tap “Next.”

Note: Sometimes you will see an error message before or after this step. Don’t worry, simply tap “Continue” and move on with the process. Your email account will then complete the configuration process.

Step 4
Back in the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” settings menu, select your newly configured Gmail from the “Accounts” list. Finally, slide the “Contacts” switch to the On position to sync your contacts between your phone and your account. If asked, tell your device to keep the contacts on the phone. Tap “Done” to complete the process.

You never know when you might lose your iPhone, or be stuck with an inoperable device after an ill-advised iOS update. Luckily, as long as you have your contacts backed up to Gmail, you will be able to salvage them easily.
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