“The contacts on my iPhone mean so much to me. I wouldn’t want to lose them. However, things do happen and I may end up losing these contacts no matter how careful I am. For this reason, I would like to create a backup for them. My first choice would be to backup contacts to Gmail which is recommended by mt friend. The issue is, I don’t know how to import contacts to Gmail. Can anyone help me out please?”    - George

Losing iPhone contacts is always a possibility no matter how careful you are. Your kid might reset your iPhone or you might lose your iOS device. George’s concern is understandable. We already know that a large number of iPhone users have the same concern. That is why we will dedicate today’s article to showing you how to sync contacts to Gmail.

Method 1: Backup Contacts to Gmail from iPhone with Settings

You can import contacts to Gmail directly using your iPhone Settings. This is actually the easiest method. There are two options for this method. We have described them below:

Option 1: To Your Existing Gmail Account

If you already have a Gmail account, you can easily backup contacts to Gmail with the simple steps we have outlined below:

Step 1: Launch your iPhone Settings, tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendar”.

Step 2: Select Add Account and then tap Google. Choose your Gmail account.

Step 3: Toggle on Contacts. Choose to keep your iPhone contacts for syncing to be possible. Wait for the process to complete.


If you want Gmail to be the default contacts account, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Launch Settings and tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendar”.

Step 2: Under contacts, click Default Account. Choose your Gmail account.


Option 2: To A New Added Gmail Account

If you don’t own a Gmail account, you can still create a new one then use it to sync contacts to Gmail. The process is simple, you need to follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: For iOS 10.2 and below: Open Settings, tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”, and then click Add Account. For iOS 10.3 and above: Open Settings, click Contacts, tap Accounts, click Add Account.

Step 2: Choose Google on the next Page. Fill in your Gmail credentials and then click Next. Toggle on Contacts.


Method 2: Sync Contacts to Gmail from iPhone via iTunes

iTunes allows iPhone users to import contacts to Gmail quite easily. If you prefer using this method instead of method 1, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Using a USB cable, connect your iPhone to a computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Choose “Sync Contacts with Google Contacts” under the iTunes Info tab.

Step 3: When prompted, enter your Gmail credentials. All your contacts will be synced to Gmail.

Step 4: Go to visit, then Gmail >Contacts to have a check.


Method 3: Transfer Contacts to Gmail from iPhone via iCloud

To be able to backup contacts to Gmail via iCloud, your contacts have to be available on iCloud first. To make sure your iPhone contacts are synced with iCloud, follow the simple steps outlined below:

Step 1: Launch Settings, tap [your name] and click iCloud.

Step 2: Toggle Contacts on under iCloud.


Now that you have synced your contacts with iCloud, follow the steps below to sync contacts to Gmail via iCloud:

Step 1: On a computer web browser visit and log in using your credentials.

Step 2: Tap Contacts and then choose the contacts you wish to import to Gmail.

Step 3: Tap Settings icon (Gear Icon) and then select Export vCard.

Step 4: On your web browser, visit Google Contacts and sign in using your email address and password.

Step 5: Tap “Import Contacts…” and then tap Choose File. Select the vCard you exported in step 3 above. When the vCard is uploaded (usually takes seconds), all your contacts should be imported to Gmail.

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Tip: How to Import Contacts to Computer from iPhone

While all the above methods will work to help you back up contacts to Gmail, they may take too much of your time. Any time-conscious person would want a method that works faster in order to save time and use it doing better things. Luckily, there is a better option that you can use if you wish to back up your contacts from your iPhone to your computer to keep them safe. The option that has proven to be even better than both iTunes and iCloud is iMyFone iTransor backup and restore tool.

iMyFone iTransor works with all iOS devices and iOS versions. It is even compatible with the latest iOS devices such as iPhone 8/8 plus/X and the latest iOS 12/11. The features iOS device owners will enjoy while using iMyFone iTransor include:

  • iTransor makes it possible to back up and restore only Contacts, SMS, WeChat, or WhatsApp.
  • The data can be restored from any backup platform including iTunes, iMyFone, and iCloud. It does not overwrite any of the data available on your device during the restoration process. This means that you won’t lose any of your currently available data. When using iCloud and iTunes, your current data will get overwritten.
  • iTransor makes it possible to view and also export more than 18 data types from the iOS device and iCloud/iTunes backups which iTunes and iCloud does not allow.
  • You can easily merge the important data you have on your device with the ones available in your backup during restoration.

iPhone Backup & Restore Just Contacts

We have mentioned above that iMyFone iTransor is capable of both backing up your iPhone contacts and restoring them. Below, we will show you how to do both of these. Let’s begin with looking at how you can back up your contacts using iTransor.

How to Back Up Only iPhone  Contacts

Step 1: After launching iTransor on your PC, tap Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud on the left-hand column. Click Back Up Device.


Step 2: Connect your device to the PC using a USB cable and trust the computer. Choose contacts data type under "Select One or More Data Type(s)" on the right-hand column.


Step 3: Now click Back Up button to complete this process.


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If you prefer to back up more than just the contacts, select the other data to back up from the available options. To make sure that the process is completed perfectly, keep your iPhone connected to the computer throughout the backup process.

How to Restore Only iPhone Contacts

After backing up your iPhone contacts using iTransor, you will have the ability to restore them in the future. Follow the simple steps outlined below:

Step 1: After launching iTransor, select the Restore Backup to Device tab and all your backup files will be listed on the screen.


Step 2: Choose one related backup and then tap Restore Partial Backup.


Step 3: On the following screen, select Contacts. You can choose either Preview & Restore or Directly Restore to continue. If you choose Directly Restore, you do not need step 4, jump to step 5.


Step 4: The Preview & Restore option allows you to preview your data before restoring it. After viewing your data, tap Restore to proceed.


Step 5: After clicking Directly Restore in step 3 or Restore in step 4 above, a pop up appears with options Merge and Replace. Read the notes on screen and make your final decision.


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If you would like to combine the contacts you choose to restore in backup with the contacts currently available on your iPhone, select Merge. If you wish to replace the corresponding data available on your iOS device with the one you are restoring, choose Replace.

If you have been trying to import contacts to Gmail, this article is all you need. Try using the methods we have outlined here to sync contacts to Gmail. A better way to back up your contacts to your computer and keep them safe is via the use of iMyFone iTransor. iMyFone iTransor offers you a lot of benefits over Apple services such as iTunes and iCloud. Do not hesitate to have a try. We look forward to hearing from you. Please leave your comments below.