How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Google

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: June 16, 2021

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Smartphones have dominated the telecommunications arena and undoubtedly still the topmost choice of people. Chatting and calling became easier and convenient with the help of contacts saved on our devices.

Sadly, if you did not take any iPhone contacts backup then you might end up with no contacts at all. However, there are plenty of ways to save, backup, sync contacts or merge iPhone contacts.

We can even backup iPhone contacts to Google. Yes, even though these two giants are competitors yet they prove that everything is just in the name of fair play.

In this article, we will learn how to transfer and backup all our iPhone contacts to a registered Google account.

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Part 1. How to Quickly Backup iPhone Contacts?Part 2. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to GooglePart 3. How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Gmail Using iCloud?Part 4. Summary

Part 1. How to Quickly Backup iPhone Contacts?

Well to avoid many hassles and possible issues, you can choose to backup iPhone contacts to the computer or sync iPhone contacts via third-party apps safely and securely. All you have to do is to simply run the program and it will do the stuff for you.

FoneDog Toolkit - iOS Contacts Backup & Restore is a professional program that efficiently manages all phone data through ‘backup and restores’ option.

This software is able to back up the entire device to the computer without any data loss and no overwriting issues.

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Step 1: Download, Launch Fonedog and Choose Backup Option

Download and Launch Fonedog toolkit. Connect the iPhone to the computer with an original USB cable connector and wait until software loads up. Choose iOS Data Backup from the main menu and continue to the next step.

Backup Restore

Step 2: Select Contacts Backup Mode

You can choose from the two given options of data backup mode: Standard and Encrypted. Standard will backup all data regularly while Encrypted will let you set one password for the entire phone files. Choose whichever you desire and click Start.

Select Backup Mode

Step 3: Choose Contacts to Backup

Among the given phone data onscreen, mark iPhone Contacts to backup and then click Next to continue.

Select Files Type Backup

Step 4: Contacts Backup Complete

Wait until FoneDog Toolkit - iOS Data Backup & Restore has finished backing up the entire contacts. It will prompt you when the process is done.

Backup Completed

Quick Tip: How to Transfer Contacts among Different Devices

A great tool recommended here would help you to transfer the contacts between Android devices, iOS devices, Android and iOS devices, or even Android/iOS and PCs. It is called FoneDog Phone Transfer.

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Part 2. How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Google

It may sound a little weird but yes you can backup iPhone contacts to Google. All you need is to add or register a Google account and we will give you the steps on how to smoothly keep all the contacts safe.

Step 1: Install the Google Drive app
  1. On the iPhone, install and launch Google Drive
  2. Tap Menu in the top left corner
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap Backup
  5. Tap Start Backup

Before you start the backup, make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi and not mobile data to avoid extra charges and of course a stable connection.

Iphone Contacts Google Drive

Step 2: Register a Google Account:
  1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Tap Contacts, scroll down and tap Accounts
  3. Tap Add Account and then Google
  4. Enter your email and password (if you enabled 2-Step verification, use the same app password)
  5. Tap Next
  6. Toggle Contacts on
  7. Tap Save

Add Google Account

After turning on the contact sync option, all the contacts will be saved to Gmail automatically. You can verify if all the contacts were synced by opening the Gmail account on a browser or go to and check if all contracts are complete.

If contacts are not syncing or if you are having problems with syncing the contacts, follow the troubleshooting below:

  1. Open Settings app on the iPhone
  2. Tap Contacts
  3. Tap Accounts
  4. Tap the Google account
  5. Turn "Contacts" on.
  6. Tap Account
  7. Tap Advanced
  8. Turn "Use SSL" on
  9. Tap Account
  10. Tap Done
  11. Add account of your Gmail account again

Add Google Account 1

This will then start back up your iPhone contacts to Google drive. Remember that when you back up multiple times, all the previous backups will be overwritten especially for contacts, photos, and calendars.

Third party contacts such as Microsoft Exchange and Facebook will not be added to the backup

Part 3. How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Gmail Using iCloud?

ICloud is so far the best way to backup all the contacts on any iOS devices.Also, it can sync contacts. This is because it gives total convenience to ensure that all data is safe no matter what and wherever you are. All you need is to simply turn on the iCloud backup.

Note: Here you are going to do with Google Contacts as well. Google Contacts greatly helps in contact transfer.

Follow the steps below on how to backup contacts to iCloud:

  1. On your iPhone go to Settings and tap your iCloud account or your name then tap iCloud and toggle Contacts on.
  2. On your computer, open and enter your Apple ID and password
  3. Click on Contacts among the given options and then select the contacts you wish to sync from your iPhone to Gmail
  4. Tap on Settings and click the Export vCard option
  5. Open Google Contacts and sign in or go to
  6. Click the Import Contacts... option from the left panel and click Choose File in the new popup window
  7. Select the vCard you just exported from iCloud and then click Import

Transfer Iphone Contacts To Gmail

That’s it! You have just performed how to backup iPhone contacts to Gmail via iCloud.

Part 4. Summary

Imagine if you lose all your iPhone contacts. Will you be able to call or text anybody from your phonebook just by memory? We bet not.

We cannot deny that contacts are extremely important in our everyday phone use. We cannot remember all our family and friend’s numbers all at the same time that is why we rely mainly on our phonebooks.

There are so many ways to backup iPhone contacts to Google drive even if they are competitors. Users are given their free will on how to back up their own personal data as long as they follow the above-given methods.

In case you are having a hard time syncing the contacts to Google, simply use FoneDog Toolkit - iOS Data Backup & Restore and you will surely have all the contacts safely, easily and faster!

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Gina Barrow

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Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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