Google is the default account for saving contacts in the cloud on most Android smartphones. So you can access your contacts by logging into your Google account. So, if you migrate from Android to iOS, you can import and sync contacts from Gmail to iPhone. Let me show you how to import Google contacts to iPhone or iPad.

  1. Go to “Settings” → “Contacts”.
  2. Click Accounts → Add an account.

    Click on

  3. Choose Google.
  4. Enter your email address or phone number → tap Next.
  5. Enter your password → click Next.

    Select Gmail and enter your Gmail ID.

  6. Confirm the login if two-factor authentication is enabled → tap Allow.
  7. Turn on Contacts and select Save.

    Click Allow and enable Contacts, Save to iPhone.

All of your Gmail contacts will sync to your iPhone.

You can delete them or remove the added Google account by going to the contacts settings themselves. Also, if you already set up a Google account, you only need to turn on the Contacts toggle to sync your Gmail contacts.

Set default Gmail contacts on iPhone

After importing contacts from Gmail to iPhone, you need to set Google Contacts as default. This way, the Contacts app will only show the contacts that are synced with your Google account. In addition, your iPhone will also save and sync contacts with your Gmail account.

  1. Open Settings → Contacts.
  2. Click on the default account.
  3. Select Gmail.

    Set default Gmail contacts on iPhone

If you don’t want to add your Gmail account to your iPhone, you can sync your Google Contacts to your iPhone using iCloud.

  1. Open your Gmail account in a browser on your computer.
  2. Click on the Google Apps icon → select “Contacts”.

    Click on the Google Apps icon in your Gmail account

    Click Contacts in your google account on mac

  3. Click the hamburger menu on the left → click Export.

    Click Export from the left menu in your google account

  4. Select a business card and click Export.

    Export contacts from google account to computer

  5. You can select and export multiple contacts instead of all. To do this, select the names of the contacts, and then click “Export”.
  6. After downloading the vCard file, log into the iCloud account with your Apple ID.
  7. Now open the Contacts app.

    Click on the contacts in the icloud account on the computer

  8. Click on the “Settings” icon → select “Import vCard”.

    Click settings and select import vcard to icloud on mac

  9. Select the downloaded vCard file.
    It will add your Google contacts to your iCloud account.

    Select the file and click

  10. On iPhone, go to Settings → Your Name.
  11. Tap iCloud → select Show All.

    Click on your profile, iCloud, and Show all on iPhone.

  12. Turn on Contacts.

    Enable Contacts on iPhone

Now the Google contacts saved in iCloud will be synced to your iPhone.

If your Google account is not connected to your iOS device via SSL via SSL, your iPhone will not sync your Google Contacts. Follow these steps if you encounter an iPhone not syncing Google contacts error:

  1. Launch the Settings app → Contacts → Accounts.
  2. Select the Gmail or Google account that isn’t syncing.

    tap on

  3. Click on “Account” → choose “Advanced” → enable “Use SSL”.

    tap on

  4. Go back to the account page → tap Done.


If that doesn’t help, you can delete your account and sign in to your Gmail account again.

Don’t miss important contacts!

Importing and syncing Google Contacts to your iPhone can save you time and effort in managing your contacts. This way you don’t have to save each contact manually. Before importing contacts from Gmail to iPhone, make sure your iPhone is connected to the Internet. Also, allow Gmail to access the Contacts app.

So give it a try and enjoy the benefits of having contact lenses at your fingertips wherever you go! If you run into any issues, let me know in the comments below. Will definitely check.

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