Sync contacts with your Apple device

To sync your Google contacts with your Apple device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac), we recommend using CardDAV, which is an Internet open standard. When you sync your Google contacts using CardDAV, you’ll be able to edit, add, and remove contacts from your device and keep them in sync everywhere you use them.

If you use Google Apps for Business, you can use Google Sync to sync your contacts to your iOS device.

Sync your contacts

iOS 7+

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Select Add Account.
  4. Select Google.
  5. Fill out your account information in the following fields:
    • Name: Enter your name
    • User Name: Enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
    • Password: Your Google Account or Google Apps password. (If you’ve enabled 2 Step verification, you’ll need to generate and enter an application specific password.)
    • Description: Enter a description of the account (e.g. Personal Contacts).
  6. Select Next at the top of your screen.
  7. Make sure that the "Contacts" option is turned ON. The switch should be green.
  8. Select Save at the top of your screen.

After you've completed setup, open the Contacts app on your device, and syncing will automatically begin.

iOS 5 & 6

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Select Add Account....
  4. Select Other.
  5. Select Add CardDAV Account.
  6. Fill out your account information in the following fields:
    • Server: Enter "google.com"
    • User Name: Enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
    • Password: Your Google Account or Google Apps password. (If you’ve enabled 2 Step verification, you’ll need to generate and enter an application specific password.)
    • Description: Enter a description of the account (e.g. Personal Contacts).
  7. Select Next at the top of your screen.
  8. Make sure that the "Contacts" option is turned ON.

After you've completed setup, open the Contacts app on your device, and syncing will automatically begin.

Mac

  1. On your Mac, open the Contacts application.
  2. Click Contacts at the top of the screen and then Preferences.
  3. Open the Accounts tab and click +.
  4. Fill out your account information in the following fields:
    • Account type: CardDAV
    • User name: Enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
    • Password: Your Google Account or Google Apps password. (If you’ve enabled 2 Step verification, you’ll need to generate and enter an application specific password.)
    • Server address: google.com

 

Set Google contacts as your default account on your iOS device

If you have set up iCloud, are syncing contacts from another account, or already have contacts stored on the device, you will need to select a Default Account.

Set your default account

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars and scroll down to the Contacts section. You will only see the Default Account option if you're syncing more than one account. 
  3. Select Default Account.
  4. Select your Google contacts account.
  5. Your account will be labeled with the description you gave it in the Description field.

New and existing contacts

New contacts created directly on your iOS device will be added to your default account.

Existing contacts should be imported into Google contacts. If your contacts are stored on an Apple device, you can transfer your contacts using vCard files. If your contacts are stored with another provider, first export your contacts and then import your contacts into Gmail.

Troubleshooting steps

If you have any problems, please try these things first:

  1. Open the CardDAV account you established at Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars under Accounts. Make sure Contacts is turned ON. (For iOS 6 and below, make sure that the Account option is turned ON.)
  2. If the Account is ON, then open Account > Advanced and make sure Use SSL is turned to ON. (For iOS 6 and below, open Advanced Settings and make sure Use SSL is turned to ON.)
  3. If you have changed anything, please click Done and the top right of the Account screen to save those changes.
  4. If you’re still experiencing issues syncing your contacts using CardDAV, please login to your Google account on the web. You might be prompted to acknowledge an “Unusual sign-in location”.