How to Backup & Sync Device Contacts with Google Accounts

How to Backup & Sync Device Contacts with Google Accounts

Everyone wishes to keep all the contacts in one place. People use multiple devices at the same time and have contacts on different devices. It’s always better to keep all your contacts backup and sync them on a single Google account. This article will help you to ensure that all your iPhone contacts / Android contacts / Outlook contacts / Gmail contacts and other social networking contacts are synced at one place.

Backup and Sync on Android Devices

If you are an Android user, you would be glad to know that you can easily sync all your contacts stored in your phone with your Gmail account linked to your device. In just a few steps, you can make changes in settings and sync all your Android contacts with Gmail accounts.

Before initiating the process, you need to ensure that your Contacts are linked with the Gmail Account.

Open Contacts -> Press the Menu / Settings button -> Select ‘Merge with Google’ and confirm.

It may prompt you to select the Gmail account you wish to Sync all your contacts with if there are more than one Gmail accounts. The device will notify you once the process is complete.

Settings - Android Google Account Sync

Steps to sync your Android contacts with Gmail AccountOpen Google contacts

Step 1: Ensure that you have Gmail configured on your device.

Step 2: Open Settings and go to ‘Accounts and Sync’.

Step 3: Enable Accounts and syncing service if it’s turned off.

Step 4: Select your Gmail account from the E-mail accounts setup.

Step 5: Ensure that the ‘Sync Contacts’ option is enabled.

Step 6: Tap on the ‘Sync now’ button and wait until contact synchronization is completed with your Gmail account.

Step 7: Open Gmail on your PC/Laptop and click on Google Apps on the top right and select contacts.

Step 8: You should be able to see all the contacts from your Android smartphone. Here you can label your contacts and bifurcate them according to your desired category.

Once your contacts are on Gmail (Google Contacts) you can change your smartphone or reset the phone to factory settings. There is no threat of losing your contacts as they are already backed up on your Google account and synced with your Gmail account.

Backup and Sync on iPhone

Backup and Sync can help you sync all your Google Contacts on your mobile device or computer. You can backup and sync your all your Google Contacts on your phone, tablet, and computer simultaneously. If you edit a contact on one device, the contact details are changed and saved on all the devices.

Step 1: Open ‘Settings App’ on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Tap on ‘Passwords & Accounts’ -> ‘Add Accounts’ -> Select ‘Google’.

Step 3: Enter your credentials (Email ID & Password), Complete 2-Step verification if prompted.

Step 4: When you go next, enable ‘Contacts’ sync and Tap on ‘Save’.

Note: To start syncing, you will need to open your iPhone or iPad’s ‘Contacts App’.

Password and Accounts Add acount on iphone Add google Account on iPhone

Unable to Sync Contacts?

You need to ensure that your Google Account is configured on your iPhone or iPad using (SSL), It’s a recommended secure connection for additional security.

Step 1: Open ‘Settings App’ on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Go to ‘Contacts’ -> ‘Default Account’

Step 3: Tap on your Google Account.

Go to the contact on iPhone Setting Open Default Account On Gmail Contacts

Step 4: Put a tick on selected accounts and switch ‘Contacts’ ON.

Step 5: Tap ‘Account’ -> ‘Advanced’ -> switch “Use SSL” ON -> Tap ‘Account’ again -> Tap ‘Done’.

Note: You can try adding your account after configuring these settings and it should be done.

Password and Accounts Click On advanced Feature on iPhone Setting Enable Use SSL Button on iPhone Advanced Setting

Also Read: How to Import / Export Phone Contacts on Google Account

Backup and Sync Contacts on Computer

Mac Computer

Syncing all your contacts on a computer can be done through various modes. Let’s checkout the easiest way of doing it.

Step 1: Open System Preferences on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Go to ‘Internet Accounts’ and click on ‘Google’.

Note: If you want to use a different Google Account, click ‘Add’ and select ‘Google’ in the bottom left corner.

Step 3: Enter your credentials (Email Address & password) and click on ‘Next’.

Step 4: ‘Check Contacts’ and click on ‘Done’.

Open Internet Accounts on Mac Setting

Select Google Account on Mac

Windows 10 Computer

On your Windows computer, configuring a Google account to Sync contacts is very easy.

Step 1: Click on ‘Start Button’ and click on ‘Settings’.

Step 2: Click on ‘Accounts’ in ‘Windows Settings’ box -> click on ‘Email & Accounts’ on left hand side panel -> Click on (+ sign to ‘Add an Account’). -> Select ‘Google’.

Step 3: Enter your credentials (Email Address & password) and click on ‘Next’.

Step 4: Review permissions and then click on ‘Allow’ and ‘Done’.

Go to the Window 10 Setting Accounts

Add An Google account on Windows 10

Backup & Sync Google Contacts with Outlook 365 Contacts

To Sync Google Contacts with Outlook 365 Contacts, we need to use the ‘People’ app. To perform this task, it’s essential to sync both Google Contacts & Outlook Contacts with the ‘People’ App on Windows 10.

Step 1: Search for the ‘People’ icon on your Taskbar / Start Menu for ‘People’ App.

Step 2: Click on ‘Add Account’ and follow onscreen prompts to add Google and Outlook accounts.

Step 3: Set up their sync options and turn ON Sync contacts.

Sync Google Contacts with outlook 365

Note: You might need to use Exchange instead of Outlook depending on the configuration of your account.


As we have learnt how to sync Google contacts with Android / iPhone / Computers and other applications, now you can ensure that all your contacts are backed up and synced at one place. You can view / edit any contact on any device and all devices will reflect the updated details. You can add a contact on any device and all the devices will have that contact added in the contacts list. So now stay assured about keeping all your contacts in one place and never lose any contact.

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