by Dom Esposito
September 30, 2012
Whether you’re new to iOS, or just want to pick up some useful tips and tricks, we're here to help. This is iOS Advice. Using Google to store your contacts can be very handy, especially if you use more than one of their products. If you’ve just made the switch to iPhone, or would like to have your Google contacts on an iOS device, there’s an easy way to get everything in sync. This will pull your Google contacts right into the Phone or Contacts app within iOS. It will also provide you with “push” for your Gmail account if you have one setup. If you’d like to sync your Google contacts with iOS, watch the video or follow the steps below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwU6bfH_LTQ Note: If you've already imported your contacts using a different method, this will create duplicates and may be a little messy. Step 1: Go into the Settings app on your device. Step 2: Next, scroll down to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and tap on it. Step 3: Under the “Accounts” section at the top of the screen, tap on the row labeled “Add Account...” On the next screen, tap on “Microsoft Exchange.” Step 4: Enter your Google account's email address, password, and a short description, then tap on “Next” in the top right corner. Step 4: In the “Server” row, type in “m.google.com” without the quotes. Then, copy and paste your email address, or enter it again in the “Username” row. After you’re done with that, tap on “Next” in the top right corner. Step 5: Finally, select the services you’d like to sync. If you’d only like to sync your contacts, turn off “Mail” and “Calendars.” If you leave the “Mail” option enabled, your Gmail account will “push” new messages to your device immediately. When you’re done configuring these options, tap on “Save” in the top right corner. When you open the Phone or Contacts app, your Google contacts will appear in the list. This group is now in sync with Google and will update when contacts are added or changed on either end. If you need more help getting this feature setup, check out the video tutorial. Now that you’ve learned how to sync your Google contacts, if there’s something else you’d like to see on iOS Advice, please let us know. Send us an email with your question or comment and we might feature your suggestion in a future article. If you need a little more advice, check out our other helpful tutorials.