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How to Export Contacts from iPhone to Gmail

How to Export Contacts from iPhone to Gmail

Learn the steps to effortlessly transfer your contacts from iPhone to Gmail to manage your contacts and connections across multiple platforms.

How to Export Contacts from iPhone to Gmail

Syncing iPhone contacts with Gmail streamlines communication and organization, ensuring seamless access across platforms for a simpler digital life.

Unlocking the potential of your iPhone's contacts by seamlessly integrating them with your Gmail account opens a world of convenience and accessibility. Whether switching devices, safeguarding against data loss, or simply streamlining your digital life, mastering the art of exporting contacts from your iPhone to Gmail is a fundamental skill every modern tech user should possess.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to effortlessly transfer your contacts, ensuring a smooth transition and empowering you to manage your connections across platforms.

Why Should You Sync Your iPhone Contacts with Gmail?

Why Should You Sync Your iPhone Contacts with Gmail

Syncing your iPhone contacts with Gmail has many benefits that simplify your digital life. One significant benefit is the seamless transition across devices. When switching to a new phone or upgrading, manually transferring contacts can be tedious. However, you can effortlessly have all your contacts on your new device by syncing with Gmail. The same applies if you're changing email providers or using multiple devices.

Another advantage is safeguarding against data loss. Storing your contacts on Gmail helps mitigate the risk of losing important contact details in case your phone gets lost or damaged.

Having all your contacts accessible from different platforms facilitates smooth communication, whether sending emails or making calls. No more digging through multiple devices or accounts to find the right contact; everything you need is conveniently located in one place.

If the convenience and peace of mind provided by syncing your iPhone contacts with Gmail sound appealing to you, let's explore the steps to make it a reality.

Preparing Your iPhone

1. Update iOS

Before beginning the transfer process, it is essential to make sure your iPhone's settings are optimized for a successful export. Updating your iPhone's operating system (iOS) is essential before exporting your contacts to Gmail. Here's how to do it:

  1. Ensure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network and plugged into power. Apple's iOS is configured to only proceed with updates when these conditions are met.
  2. Open your Settings app, then scroll down and tap on "General."
  3. In the General menu, select "Software Update."
  4. If a new update is available on your device, you want to install the available software updates. If you're already up to date with the latest iOS for your device, you'll see a message confirming this.
  5. Finally, tap "Install Now." Depending on your internet speed and the update size, the update process may take a few minutes to an hour. Your device may also restart during the process.

Once updated, proceed to the next step.

2. Back-Up Contacts

As a precaution, we recommend backing up your iPhone's contacts before exporting them to Gmail. This will serve as a safety net in case any data is lost during the transfer process. To back up your contacts:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app. Find and tap your Apple ID name at the top of the menu.
  2. Select "iCloud" and then "iCloud Backup." If it's turned off, tap on "iCloud Backup" to toggle it.
  3. Hit "Back Up Now" and wait for the process to finish. Once completed, you'll see a confirmation message.

This process ensures your iPhone contacts are securely stored on the iCloud server, along with other essential data.

Tip: If you have trouble logging into iCloud or see authentication errors, double-check your Apple ID details and password. If problems continue, reset your iCloud password.

3. iCloud Contacts Sync

Before exporting your contacts to Gmail, temporarily turn on/off iCloud contacts sync depending on whether or not you want to export your iCloud contacts. If you don't use iCloud, skip this step.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and navigate to your "Settings" app. Look for and tap on your Apple ID name at the top of the screen.
  2. Within your Apple ID settings, locate and tap on "iCloud."
  3. Scroll down until you find the "Contacts" option and toggle the switch next to it to turn it on. This action ensures that your iPhone contacts are synced with your iCloud account.

This step helps avoid conflicts during export, ensuring you export the desired contacts. If iCloud isn't utilized, the process exports all current iPhone contacts, disregarding any previously deleted contacts that may still be in iCloud.

How to Export iPhone Contacts

Export Contacts from iCloud

After preparing your iPhone, it's time to export your contacts to Gmail. This process is done through iCloud, and it's a simple process. Essentially, you're downloading a special file containing all your contacts in a way that can be easily imported into Gmail. You'll use this file to finish the transfer process.

Here's how to export your iPhone contacts with ease:

  1. Open the "Contacts" app on your iPhone. Tap on "Groups" in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Ensure that "All iCloud" is selected to display all your contacts stored in iCloud. If you're not using iCloud, skip this step.
  3. Tap "Select All" at the top of the screen to choose all your contacts. Alternatively, you can individually select specific contacts by tapping on them.
  4. With all contacts selected, tap on the "Share" icon located at the bottom of the screen. From the options presented, select "Export vCard." This will package all your selected contacts into a single vCard file.
  5. You may share this vCard file via email, message, or other methods depending on your preferences and available options. Follow the prompts to complete the export process.

Make sure you can access the vCard file on the device you'll be using to import the contacts, such as your computer. Once you've successfully exported your iPhone contacts, proceed to import them into Gmail.

How to Import iPhone Contacts to Gmail

Importing to Gmail

Now that you've successfully exported your contacts in a vCard file, it's time to import them into Gmail. This process is best done on a computer, so check that you can access the vCard file from your iPhone on your desktop.

After you've saved the file containing your contacts, follow these steps to import them into Gmail:

  1. Navigate to Google Contacts on your computer.
  2. Log in to your Google account. Ensure you're signing in with the Google account you want to import the contacts.
  3. Click the "Import Contacts..." option in the left panel of Google Contacts, then select "Choose File" in the new window.
  4. Browse your files and select the vCard file you exported from your iPhone. Click "Open" to upload the file.
  5. Once the upload is complete, you'll see a confirmation message with the number of contacts imported into Google Contacts.

Now, when you open Gmail and navigate to your "Contacts" section, you'll see that all your iPhone contacts have been successfully imported and synced with your Google account, allowing you to use them in Gmail.

Tip: To fix the "Your VCF file isn't properly formatted" error, export the VCF file correctly from iCloud or iPhone settings. Verify file integrity before importing into Gmail.

How to Merge Duplicate Contacts

When you import contacts, you might encounter duplicates. This may happen when you previously synced your iPhone contacts with multiple accounts. To avoid confusion and clutter in your contact list, it's best to merge these duplicates into one.

Here's how to merge duplicate contacts in Gmail:

  1. Open your Google Contacts.
  2. Look for duplicate entries (those with the same name or contact information).
  3. Google Contacts often prompts you to merge duplicates; simply follow the prompts to combine them.

Tip: If some contacts don't appear in Gmail, verify that you've exported all contacts correctly and that no filters or labels hide specific contact groups in Gmail.


Syncing your iPhone contacts with Gmail offers many benefits, making connecting with your network easier. Doing so ensures that your valuable contact information is securely backed up, reducing the risk of data loss. 

This synchronization provides a seamless experience across devices, allowing you to access your contacts on your computer and mobile device easily. Moreover, merging duplicates streamlines your contact list, keeping it organized and clutter-free.

So, take advantage of this simple guide to export contacts from your iPhone to Gmail and enjoy the convenience of staying connected with ease.

Sara Alsaqaf

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