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CardDav & Google Sync Contacts

Sync contacts with your iOS device


To sync your Google contacts with your Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), 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.

Syncing via CardDAV is only available over SSL1 for Apple devices on iOS version 5.0 and above. If you use Google Apps for Business, use Google Syncto sync your contacts.

Here’s how to sync your contacts to your device:

  1. Open the Settings application 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 ""
    • 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 to ON.

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

Setting Google contacts as your default account

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 application 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 are syncing more than one account.
  3. Select Default Account.
  4. Select your Google contacts account. 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 that the Account option is turned to ON.
  2. If the Account is ON, then open Advanced Settings below and make sure Use SSL is turned to ON.
  3. If you have changed anything, please click Done and the top right of the screen showing your account settings 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”.

If you are a developer looking for documentation, please click here to request it.

  1. SSL: SSL (secure socket layer) is a way of changing data such as your username and password into code as it travels across the Internet, so that the data will be secure and private.

Export Outlook Contacts to Gmail

Export Outlook Contacts to Google Gmail

Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003
Microsoft Outlook® 2002

You can export your Outlook Contacts as a Comma Separated Values (.csv) file and then import your contacts into your Gmail account.

Export Outlook Contacts

  1. In Outlook, on the File menu, click Import and Export.
  2. Click Export to a file, and then click Next.
  3. Click Comma Separated Values (Windows), and then click Next.
  4. In the folder list, click the Contacts folder, and then click Next.
  5. Browse to the folder where you want to save the contacts as a .csv file.
  6. Type a name for the exported file, and then click OK.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Finish.

Import Contacts into Google Gmail

Log on to Gmail, and then click Contacts at the top of the page.

The Contacts list opens in a new window.

    1. Click Import Contacts.
    2. Click Browse, and then navigate to the .csv file that you created in the "Export Outlook Contacts" section of this article.
    3. Select the file, and then click Import Contacts.

After your contacts are imported, a dialog box appears and displays the total number of contacts imported.


Outlook Contacts without an e-mail address are not imported.

Outlook distribution lists are not imported. Gmail does not support distribution lists.

If an Outlook Contact that matches an existing Gmail contact is imported, your Outlook Contact information replaces the Gmail contact.

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