Move Your Contacts from iCloud to Google

Modified on Thu, 30 Nov 2023 at 03:48 PM

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If you use Android devices and Google services, this is simple: just use Google Contacts. It’s integrated into everything Google, and works like a charm. This is also ideal if you use a mix of Android and iOS devices, since Google Contacts can sync with pretty much any platform.

If, however, you use exclusively Apple devices, you have a choice: use Apple’s iCloud, or use Google Contacts. iCloud is designed to work seamlessly with iOS devices, and if you use iCloud or Apple’s Mail app everywhere for your email, it’s the obvious choice. but if you have an iPhone and/or iPad and use Gmail on the web for your email, it may still be a good idea to use Google Contacts—that way, your contacts are synced between your phones, tablets, and your web-based email.

Alright, here’s how to sync your contacts with either service.

If you’re moving from an iPhone to an Android device, you’ll need to also move your contacts from iCloud to Google. You’ll want to do so using a computer, because it’s much easier.

First, log in to your iCloud account on the web, then click on Contacts.

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From there, click the cog icon in the bottom left corner, then choose Export vCard. Save the file.

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Now, log in to Google Contacts.

Click the More button, then Import. Note: The old version of Google Contacts looks different, but the functionality is still the same.

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Choose CSV or vCard file, then select the vCard you downloaded. Give it a few minutes to import and you’re good to go.

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