How to Add Gmail Con­tacts to iPhone and Oth­er Tricks

Parth Shah

Contact management is crucial these days. After all, you won’t want someone's number with one glitch. Both Microsoft and Google offer capable contacts backup with Gmail and Outlook. The majority out there opt for Gmail as it comes by default on all Android devices. However, things can be a bit tricky if you don't know how to add Gmail Contacts to iPhone.

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When switching between mobile phones, it’s equally important to transfer hundreds of contacts from one device to another. Changing from one Android phone to another is seamless as you are probably using the same Gmail ID for the Google account. That's why all your contacts and messages get synced to a new device easily.

The issue arises when you are moving from Android to iOS. Thankfully, Apple has developed a solution to make the process smooth.

In this post, we are going to talk about multiple ways to move your old contacts from Android or Gmail or SIM cards to a new iPhone. We will also cover a few tips and tricks to ditch the Google ecosystem in favor of Apple one.

Use Move to iOS App

Apple developed a smooth solution for users converting from Android to iOS. The company released the ‘Move to iOS’ app for Android.

Users can use the app to transfer messages, call logs, and contacts from old device to the new iPhone. The entire process simple and easy to use.

First, you need to download the app from the Play Store. Keep your new iPhone with you on the setup screen. Now, open the app on Android and go through setup screens. After that, the app will ask you to add the code from the iOS device to Android. Enter the code and the transfer process will start.

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Move to ios code

In a matter of minutes, all the relevant data, such as contacts, messages, calendars, photos, and videos, will start copying from Android to iOS. The app uses a secure private Wi-Fi network to make the transfer.

Move to ios code enter

But, what if your contacts aren’t saved on the Android phone and are in a different Gmail account altogether? In that case, you can use the trick below to get the job done.

Add Gmail Account on iPhone

Apple provides a central solution to add, delete, and manage all email IDs. Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > and add the new Gmail account.

After a successful attempt, the account will appear in the same menu for additional adjustments.

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Add account

Now, open the Gmail tab, and you will see the ability to sync Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Notes to iPhone.

Toggle-on the required services, and you will see the data in the respective apps. The Email app will showcase the Gmail account and the Contacts app will sync the Gmail contacts. The Gmail events will get added to the default Calendar app.

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Pro tip: Using the same trick, you can add Outlook contacts to iPhone as well. Microsoft goes ahead and lets you sync Outlook tasks to the Apple Reminders app too.

Use Super Backup app

Google Play Store is filled with excellent contacts and message backup solution. One such app is the Super Backup app.

First, you need to download the app from the Play Store. Open the app, and the home screen will let you backup everything, including apps, SMS, Contacts, Call Logs, and more.

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Backup all

Tap on the Contacts tab and then choose backup all options. It will ask you to create a VCF file and let you rename it.

After a successful file generation, send the file to the iPhone using Bluetooth or Email or any other platform.

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Share backup


Open the file on iPhone and the file will import the backup of the contacts on the iPhone.

Change Default Contact Location on iPhone

By default, the iPhone adds the new contacts to the iCloud platform. It can create a mess for Gmail users as they rely on the backup of their contacts on Google’s platform.

You need to change the backup behavior from the Settings menu. Here is how to do it.

Go to Settings > Contacts > Default Account and change it to Gmail.

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Change account


From the same screen, one can import the SIM contacts using the option below. It will ask you the location to export the contacts.

Import from sim

Backup Contacts to iCloud

Now that you have added the contacts from your old device, Gmail, and SIM to iPhone, it’s time to back up the contacts to Apple’s iCloud platform. Let me explain why you need to do that.

Apple provides a robust backup and restores function when switching from one iPhone to another (something iOS is known for compared to Google’s messy solution). It’s essential to back up the required data to iCloud to make a smooth transfer.

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Icloud contacts


You need to go to Settings > Profile > iCloud and switch-on back up for contacts, messages, calendars, and more.

Manage Contacts Like a Pro

Use the tricks above for moving contacts from all the places to the new iPhone. Also, don’t forget to take a backup with the iCloud platform. You can as many Gmail accounts on the iPhone and sync the personal and work contacts in it. For offline usage, opt for VCF file creation and save it for future use.

Next up: iCloud comes a bare 5GB of storage. It can quickly feel up with all the options switched-on. Read the post below to delete the iCloud storage from iPhone and Mac

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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

A self-described geek with a knack for writing and a passion for all technology