By Lena / Last update September 8, 2021

Google Contacts is one free Google contact management tool that lets users store and organize contacts online. It lets you add contacts as well as edit the names, numbers, email addresses and all the other details any time you want. If you just switch from Android phone to iPhone, you can transfer contacts to new iPhone with the help of Google Contacts. Keep reading to learn how to sync Google contacts to iPhone 12 as well as iPhone SE 2020/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6.

How to Sync Google Contacts to iPhone?

There are two methods you can try to transfer Google contacts to iPhone. You can enable the contacts sync of Gmail on iPhone directly or import Google contacts to iPhone 12/11/X/8 with the help of iCloud.

Way 1. Sync Google Contacts to iPhone via Gmail

The direct way to sync Google contacts to iPhone is to turn on the contacts sync of Gmail. You should first add your Google account in Settings and then enable the contacts sync. It will sync Google contacts to iPhone as well as sync iPhone contacts to Gmail. All the work is done on iPhone and no other applications are needed.

How to Import Contacts from Gmail to iPhone 12:

1. Go to Settings > Scroll down a little to choose Accounts & Passwords.

2. Tap Add Account > Choose Google > Enter the required information to add your Gmail account and tap Next.

Choose Google

3. Tap Save when your account is verified.

4. Turn on Contacts > Tap Save to confirm.

Email Sync Contacts

Note: If you find the contacts not syncing, please make sure your Google account is connected to your iPhone using SSL (the recommended secure connection): Go to Settings > Contacts > Accounts >Tap your Google account > Turn on Contacts > Tap Account > Advanced > Turn on Use SSL > Tap Account > Done.

Way 2. Import Google Contacts to iPhone via iCloud

Another way to import Google contacts to iPhone is by taking advantage of iCloud. This method allows you to choose the contacts that you want to transfer to iPhone instead of all items. Three steps to complete the transfer: export Google contacts to computer > import contacts to iCloud > turn on contacts sync in iCloud on iPhone.

How to Import Contacts from Google to iPhone 12:

Export Google Contacts

Go to Google Contacts via a browser on computer > If you want to export all contacts, please click the Export option on the left-hand side of the window. Or you can choose the contacts one by one and then select Export.

Select Export

2. Confirm the contacts you want to export > Choose vCard (for iOS Contacts) > Click Export.

Export Google Contacts to vCard

Import Google Contacts to iCloud

1. Go to and log in with your Apple ID and password.

2. Click the Contacts icon > Click the Gear icon and choose Import vCard... to select the file you just exported from Google.

Import vCard

Turn on Contacts Sync in iCloud

1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

2. Turn on Contacts.

Enable Contacts Sync

3. When you're asked if you want to Merge or Cancel, tap Merge.

Please make sure your iPhone has connected to a stable network (Wi-Fi or 4G) to let it sync all contacts smoothly. If there are lots of contacts that need to be synced to iPhone, it may take a while to finish. You can go to the Contacts app and pull down from the top of the screen to refresh the contacts.

Bonus Tip: An Easy Way to Backup iPhone Contacts

From the above, you know how to transfer Google contacts to iPhone. Indeed it’s a good way to sync contacts with Google but it also has disadvantages. You should know that cloud services can undergo many issues such as data theft. So it’s always a good choice to backup iPhone contacts to computer.

To make things easy, one free iPhone backup manager named AOMEI MBackupper is recommended here. It can help you backup all contacts in one-click or only the selected contacts as per your needs. Besides contacts, it also supports messages, photos, music, videos, etc.

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After the backup, you can check the transferred contacts on your computer any time you want. You can choose to restore the contacts to any iDevice and it will not erase any existing data. Go for it now and discover more!

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That’s all for how to import Google contacts to iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6. You can choose to sync all Google contacts via Settings or import selected contacts via iCloud. If you meet any problem during the process, please feel free to leave a comment and we will reply to you as soon as possible.