Sync iCloud – Google Contacts

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EXPORT MAC APPLE CONTACTS TO GOOGLE CONTACTS

Apple Contacts is the built-in Mac Contacts app, which also can export Mac contacts, but it will only export Contacts as VCards. You know, common spreadsheets or databases can’t handle VCards so there’s no easy way to get your Contacts into Excel.

INSTRUCTIONS…

  • Step 1: Open the Contacts on your Mac.
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  • Step 2: Select the contact list you would like to export.
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  • Step 3: Go to File > Export > Export VCards.
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  • Step 4: Save the file to your desktop.

EXPORT ICLOUD CONTACTS TO GOOGLE CONTACTS

INSTRUCTIONS…

  • First, you go to iCloud.com and sign in.
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  • Go to your Contacts, and select all of them by pressing Ctrl + A.
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  • Then, you press that little gear button in the lower left-hand corner and click Export vCard and save to your desktop.
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  • Now that you’ve downloaded your vCard file with all your contacts, you’re probably wondering why there’s only one file… DO NOT OPEN IT. (Otherwise it will open this huge number of windows that you have to close one by one, which is especially tedious if you have a lot of contacts.)

IMPORT CONTACTS TO GOOGLE CONTACTS

  • Go to Google Contacts
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  • Click that tab on the right that says More.
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  • Click Import, and you will be asked where you want to import the contacts from… choose CSV or vCard File
  • Then, google will have a message pop up and you will select…  Click GO TO OLD CONTACTS.
  • When this window opens, Click the Import Contacts… button on the lower left-hand corner
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  • Select your file that you just downloaded from iCloud. It should import all your contacts into your Google account.
  • DUPLICATE CONTACTS… there should be a notification saying to merge your duplicates. You should probably do that. You can also merge duplicates in the new Contacts page by clicking that tab thing on the right.
  • IMPORTANT… If you are going to use the native Mail app for your iPhone or Mac, just go to Settings and disable contacts for your iCloud account. That way, if you add a new contact, it’ll go straight to your Google account!

SET UP IOS DEVICE SO IT NOW SYNCS CONTACTS CORRECTLY

  • VIEW INSTRUCTIONS >
  •  IMPORTANT… If you are going to use the native Mail app for your iPhone or Mac, go to Settings and disable contacts for your iCloud accountThat way, if you add a new contact, it’ll go straight to your Google account!

TROUBLESHOOT

A few things to keep in mind:

The vCard files that these apps produce might not contain all of the supported contact fields. For example, when Outlook exports to a vCard file, it omits data, including attachments, distribution lists, the “file as” field, and text formatting in the “notes” field.

Because Google Contacts doesn’t have a way to know what data was omitted, we suggest that after you finish the import, you search for contacts that might have these properties and manually copy over any important information.

Also, Google Contacts doesn’t support contact attachments, distribution lists, rich text formatting in the “notes” field, and unlimited length for the “notes” field. When we are unable to import a certain field from the vCard, we do our best to let you know so that you can fix it manually.