Google Contacts Sync - How to Sync Contacts from Gmail to Android Cell Phone

2023-05-11 00:00:00/Posted by Alleny Gavinto Android Backup Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

Gmail makes the communication between people more convenient as it has the function of saving the contacts when people send emails using their Android cell phone. In this case, some users may want to sync contacts from Gmail to Android cell phone. So in this article, we will show you easy methods to copy Gmail contacts to Android in several steps. Now you can keep reading and get those skills.

Steps to Sync Gmail Contacts with Android Directly

Now almost all the Android devices equip the "Gmail Sync" function which allows users to sync data like contacts from/to Android. That is to say, you can sync Gmail contacts with Android without any third-party tool. On the contrary, what you need to do is just to toggle on the button next to "Contacts". The detailed steps are as below:

Step 1. Unlock your Android phone and enter the "Settings" on the device.

Step 2. Choose "Accounts & Sync" under the "Settings" section and elect the "Add account" option.

Step 3. Tap "Google" from the list and click the "Next" button to go to the next interface.

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Step 4. Hit the "Sign in" button if you already have a Google account and then enter your username and password. If not, you need to create a Google account at first.

Step 5. After entering your Google account, you can see there are many file types under the "Sync" setting. Just mark the "Contacts" option to activate the contact synchronization. Here, you can also tick off other options to sync the files.

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How to Transfer Contacts from Gmail to Android with MobiKin Android Assistant?

MobiKin Assistant for Android (Windows/Mac) is a management tool for Android users, which can help users to manage different kinds of files on the desktop computer well. And one of its main functions is "Import". This function enables you to import Gmail contacts to Android within few clicks. But before that, you need to copy the Gmail contacts to computer first.

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Here is the detailed tutorial of transferring contacts from Gmail to Android:

Step 1. Login to your Gmail account on the computer, then go to "Contacts" menu on the left panel.

Step 2. Choose the button of "More" and click "Export..." option in the drop-down list.

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Step 3. Here, you can choose "All Contacts" and tick the output format "vCard". After that, you can tap on "Export" button to save the Gmail contacts on desktop computer as .vcf.

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Step 4. Launch MobiKin Assistant for Android on the desktop and connect Android phone to the computer with USB cable. Then you need to make the Android device be recognized by following the prompts on the program. (If the recognition fails, you can click here to see how to make your Android phone be recognized by MobiKin Assistant)

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Step 5. After the recognition, you should go on to select "Contacts" in the left side, and you'll see the detailed contacts info on your Android device.

Step 6. Click on "Import" button and choose the "Import vCard file (*.vcf)" for importing to your Android device.

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For iPhone users, you can click to learn the details about transferring Gmail Contacts to iPhone.

How to Backup Android Contacts to Gmail?

Backing up contacts from Android phone to Gmail is also a tendency now - more and more users like to backup their Android contacts by using this way. Therefore, if you want to make a backup for your Android contacts, you can try the Gmail backup here. If you do not know how to do, just go with the steps below. (For iPhone users, please go to here.)

Method 1. Normal Way to Sync Android Contacts to Gmail

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "Account & Sync" > "Google".

Step 2. Login to your Gmail and then slide the "Contacts" button to the "On" position to complete the syncing process.

Method 2. Backup Android Contacts to Gmail with MobiKin Android Assistant

Step 1. Download, install and launch the program on your computer. Then connect your Android phone to computer via USB cable and go with the on-screen prompts to make the connected device be recognized.

Step 2. Now the parameter and files of your device will be listed on the program. Just click the "Contact" folder and preview the specific items on the right panel, then you can mark those you want to copy and hit "Export" and choose "Export to VCF". After that, the selected contacts will be saved to PC as .vcf files.

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Step 3. Open and login to your Gmail account on your computer, then select "Contacts" in the left side. Next, you need to tap on "More..." button on the right side and click "Import..." option to load the .vcf file into your Gmail account easily.

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Except for contacts, you can also backup other files like text messages, App data, etc. to Gmail.

Words in the End

These are two effective ways to sync contacts from Gmail to Android. You can choose the one you like to complete the Google contacts sync. As for the users who want to backup the Android contacts, you can also get the methods from the tutorial. Now just take action to sync your Gmail or Android contacts.

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Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
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