Moving Gmail Contacts to iCloud: A Step-by-Step Guide


Ted Stinson

Moving your Gmail contacts to iCloud is easier than you might think. With just a few simple steps, you can transfer all your important contacts from one platform to another, ensuring that you have access to them wherever you go. Whether you’re switching to an iPhone or just want to keep your contacts in one place, this guide will help you do it quickly and easily.

Step by Step Tutorial: Moving Gmail Contacts to iCloud

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re about to do. Essentially, we’re going to export your contacts from Gmail, then import them into iCloud. This will allow you to access your contacts across all your Apple devices.

Step 1: Export Contacts from Gmail

Go to Google Contacts and select the contacts you want to export.

Once you’re on the Google Contacts page, you may notice there are contacts that you don’t want to move over to iCloud. You can choose to export all your contacts or select specific ones by checking the boxes next to their names. After you’ve made your selection, click on the ‘Export’ option on the left-hand side menu.

Step 2: Choose the Export Format

Select ‘vCard (for iOS Contacts)’ as the export format.

Since we’re moving contacts to an Apple device, the vCard format is the most compatible option. It’s specifically designed for transferring contact information between different platforms, and iCloud will be able to read this file type without any issues.

Step 3: Import Contacts to iCloud

Open, sign in, and click on ‘Contacts’.

Once you’re in iCloud, you’ll see a gear icon at the bottom left corner of the page. This is the settings menu, where you can import the vCard file you downloaded from Google Contacts. Simply click on the gear icon, select ‘Import vCard’, and choose the file from your computer.

After completing these steps, your contacts should now be available in iCloud. They will synchronize across your Apple devices, so you can have them at your fingertips whenever you need them. If you are also a Google Docs user, then can answer many of the questions you might have about that application.

Tips: Moving Gmail Contacts to iCloud

  • Make sure you’re signed in to the correct Google account that holds the contacts you want to transfer.
  • Clean up your contacts before exporting them, as this is a good chance to get rid of any duplicates or outdated information.
  • If you have a large number of contacts, it might take some time for the transfer to complete. Be patient!
  • Double-check your imported contacts in iCloud to ensure they all transferred correctly.
  • Remember to back up your contacts periodically, whether on iCloud or another platform, to prevent data loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if all my contacts have been transferred?

After importing your contacts to iCloud, compare the number of contacts in iCloud with the number you had in Gmail. If the numbers match, it’s likely that all your contacts have been successfully transferred.

Can I transfer contacts from Gmail to iCloud on my iPhone?

Yes, you can do this directly on your iPhone by adding your Gmail account and enabling contacts sync, then signing into iCloud and syncing contacts there as well.

What if some contacts are missing after the transfer?

If some contacts are missing, try exporting and importing them again. Check for any errors that may have occurred during the process.

Can I transfer other data like calendar events from Gmail to iCloud?

Yes, you can transfer other data like calendar events by exporting them from Google Calendar and importing them into your iCloud Calendar.

Will my contacts automatically update in iCloud if I make changes in Gmail?

No, after you import your contacts to iCloud, any changes made in Gmail will not be reflected in iCloud. You’ll need to manually update the contacts in iCloud or re-import them.


  1. Export contacts from Gmail.
  2. Choose the vCard format when exporting.
  3. Import contacts to iCloud.


So there you have it, a straightforward guide to moving your Gmail contacts to iCloud. It’s a simple process that anyone can do, and it ensures that your important connections are always at your fingertips, no matter which Apple device you’re using. By following the steps outlined above, you can make the transition smoothly and without any hiccups.

But why stop at contacts? Now that you’ve mastered this, you might want to consider moving other information, like your calendar events or notes, to iCloud as well. This way, you can have all your essential data in one place, easily accessible, and perfectly synchronized. Remember, the key to a successful digital life is organization and making sure your data is where you need it, when you need it. So go ahead, take the plunge, and move your Gmail contacts to iCloud today!