Easily Sync Your iPhone Contacts With Gmail Using “Contacts Sync for Google Gmail”

By , Dec 21, 2011

Are you one of the thousands of users who have transitioned their entire online ecosystem into Apple’s iCloud? Did you stop syncing your contacts with Gmail in order to sync with iCloud? Do you want to maintain your address book with iCloud and have the same address book in Google Contacts?

Now you can with a paid application called Contacts Sync For Google Gmail

This application is currently available in the App Store for the price of $2.99. The developers made a Mac application, priced at $4.99, to coexist with the iPhone application. However, anyone who syncs their contacts from their computer to their phone will only need to buy the cheaper iPhone version.

This application is perfectly compatible with iCloud. I have tested it with several Google accounts and it has never failed me. I have synced my entire address book onto Google Contacts because I want consistency. It is also easier when trying to use Google for email to have a consistent (non broken) address book. On top of its ability to sync individual contacts, users who use “groups” can rest easy knowing your groups will sync safely.

When using the application you will be prompted to select your method of syncing. Your contacts will then load and you will be asked to review the information and confirm the action. This pre-sync stage is to prevent things like loss of contacts and duplicates.

The application gives you the option to either “merge” or “replace” contacts, found in the settings portion of the application. On top of that, Contacts Sync for Google Gmail supports “2 way sync”, “Gmail contacts to iPhone”, “iPhone contacts to Gmail”, “Manual sync”, “Delete iPhone contacts”, and “Delete gmail contacts”. As you can see, there are a variety of options for maximum productivity when maintaining your address books.

A native iPad application is not needed since the primary function of this application is to sync contacts. The iPhone experience will certainly get the job done for anybody who purchases the application.

Looking at the App Store reviews, you can see an overwhelming number of positive reviews for this application, which reinforces my thought that this is indeed a great application.

You can get Contacts Sync For Google Gmail from the App Store for $2.99.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jacer.lee Jacer Lee

    The best way is still managing your contacts on Microsoft Outlook and using Google sync which automatic sync with your gmail and at the same time keeping organized contact folders with multiple Apple Devices.

  • Roman Minaroviech

    I using one exchange account for syncing contacts, emails and calendars… I dont see reason to install another application or using outlook.

    • double chin

      Exchange for contacts and calendar. And on the same gmail account I use for notes and email.

  • http://twitter.com/soundmanbrad soundmanbrad

    Can you not still sync through an exchange account while using iCloud?

  • Andrew Mckenzie

    iCloud contact syncing still does not work, so annoying

  • Anonymous

    What about Sync in a Blink?

  • Simon Reidy

    As others have indicated the best solution by far is to setup Gmail as an exchange account, rather than via the default IMAP method. Then your calendar, contacts and email will all be perfectly synced and pushed to all your devices.

    Forget about iCloud for email, contacts or calendar. Why use it when Gmail works across multiple devices, brands and computers, and has far more features? Then again I’m a PC user, so maybe this is more benefitial to Mac users somehow?

    Regardless, this app just sounds messy and unnecessary. The only advantage I can see is that you can import and use your Gmail contact groups (unfortunately Exchange doesn’t support groups on iOS devices). However I can’t say I miss this feature much, given how quick it is to enter contacts when composing an email.

    • Lisa Rhone

      It’s only a one-way sync from Gmail to iPhone though, so when you add a number/email to iPhone, it doesn’t sync back up to Gmail. I use gmail contacts as a backup for my iPhone contacts, so this wasn’t acceptable to me.

      • Simon Reidy

        Sorry for the big delay. Only just noticed this reply. You are however wrong. Google Sync is two way. I can update a contact on my phone and it will sync with my Google contacts online instantly. Same goes calendar appointments and email.

  • Donald Lawton

    Hello,

    I am the developer of the “Contacts Sync For Google Gmail” app. As to why you should use my app over Google’s Active Sync, it is because the Microsoft Exchange protocol has its limitations. It does not sync contact groups. Also, it does not sync any contact fields that use custom labels. In addition, it doesn’t allow you to add Twitter accounts to your iPhone contacts. Version 3.6.4 of my app which is available now already syncs contact groups, and version 3.6.5 of my app due out in a few days will add support for syncing custom labels. Being an Apple fanatic for the past 30+ years, I wasn’t satisfied with the options for syncing Gmail contacts with iPhone, so I’ve spent the last few months developing this app. I made my app with the intention of making the iPhone/iPad/iPod/Mac a stronger platform.

    Sincerely,
    Donald

    • Steve Johnson

      I have purchased the OSX version of “Contacts Sync For Google Gmail” and run it on
      my Snow Leopard iMac. My iMac Address Book gets backed up via Time Machine,
      so it is the safest repository of my contacts. I had been using the “Synchronize with Google” and iSync to keep my Address Book and Google Contacts in sync, but never quite trusted that system. I prefer the greater control which keeps the iMac Address Book as the master store.

      However, I very much would like a “Contacts Sync for Apple iCloud” option.
      I do not plan to upgrade my iMac past Snow Leopard any time soon (if ever),
      so I very much need a way to update my iCloud contacts. Just using an Exchange account on all my IOS devices fails to preserve my groups.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gianlucaboari Gianluca Boari

      Hi, is possible to syncronize also the entire groups of contacts from google to ophone???

  • Donald Lawton

    Hello,

    I am the developer of the “Contacts Sync For Google Gmail” app. As to why you should use my app over Google’s Active Sync, it is because the Microsoft Exchange protocol has its limitations. It does not sync contact groups. Also, it does not sync any contact fields that use custom labels. In addition, it doesn’t allow you to add Twitter accounts to your iPhone contacts. Version 3.6.4 of my app which is available now already syncs contact groups, and version 3.6.5 of my app due out in a few days will add support for syncing custom labels. Being an Apple fanatic for the past 30+ years, I wasn’t satisfied with the options for syncing Gmail contacts with iPhone, so I’ve spent the last few months developing this app. I made my app with the intention of making the iPhone/iPad/iPod/Mac a stronger platform.

    Sincerely,
    Donald

  • Don Appleseed

    Hello,

    I am the developer of the “Contacts Sync For Google Gmail” app. As to why you should use my app over Google’s Active Sync, it is because the Microsoft Exchange protocol has its limitations. It does not sync contact groups. Also, it does not sync any contact fields that use custom labels. In addition, it doesn’t allow you to add Twitter accounts to your iPhone contacts. Version 3.6.4 of my app which is available now already syncs contact groups, and version 3.6.5 of my app due out in a few days will add support for syncing custom labels. Being an Apple fanatic for the past 30+ years, I wasn’t satisfied with the options for syncing Gmail contacts with iPhone, so I’ve spent the last few months developing this app. I made my app with the intention of making the iPhone/iPad/iPod/Mac a stronger platform.

    Sincerely,
    Donald

    • http://twitter.com/skyseattle Jeff Hansen

      I am thinking of trying this app, exchange has too many features missing. It does not do groups as he mentions, and I have 300 contacts or so, I use my phone for work and want to separate them. Also, when you sync with exchange it reduces the picture size, I know it is a small thing, but I hate that, I like the full size picture when my wife calls! Does your app keep the full res picture Don?

  • Don Appleseed

    Hello,

    I am the developer of the “Contacts Sync For Google Gmail” app. As to why you should use my app over Google’s Active Sync, it is because the Microsoft Exchange protocol has its limitations. It does not sync contact groups. Also, it does not sync any contact fields that use custom labels. In addition, it doesn’t allow you to add Twitter accounts to your iPhone contacts. Version 3.6.4 of my app which is available now already syncs contact groups, and version 3.6.5 of my app due out in a few days will add support for syncing custom labels. Being an Apple fanatic for the past 30+ years, I wasn’t satisfied with the options for syncing Gmail contacts with iPhone, so I’ve spent the last few months developing this app. I made my app with the intention of making the iPhone/iPad/iPod/Mac a stronger platform.

    Sincerely,
    Donald

  • Steve Johnson

    Update on my Stone Age approach:
    I added a contact on my Snow Leopard iMac, and added it to an existing group (that group was already on Google Contacts and my IOS 5 iPad); then used OSX “Contacts Sync For Google Gmail” to one-way update my Gmail contacts. The new contact showed in My Contacts, and in the group. I then used “Contacts Sync For Google Gmail” on my iPad in one-way mode with Replace; that correctly updated Contacts on the iPad, and a few seconds later on iCloud.
    Great! Then I created a new group, added an existing contact to it, and repeated the syncs.
    Again, all contact info (and correct groups) got propagated all the way to iCloud.
    But then I tried simply deleting the new group I just added on my iMac. This time running Contacts Sync did not delete the group on Google Contacts.

    That is why I would like a 10.6.9 Snow Leopard to support iCloud contacts, or else see a
    “Contacts Sync For Apple iCloud” app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattjarvis.us Matt Jarvis

    I dont do reviews…however….this app is the truth. Exactly as advertised! Much props for bridging the gap in something that could and should be universal. Well worth the $$$