How to Sync your Android device contacts with Gmail

G mail Android syncOpen Source, all of the Android phones are open source as these devices work on platform of Google’s operating system. Due to its open source nature developers can develop the applications as per the needs and requirements. All the developed applications are show cased in the Google’s Android Market place where there are applications ranging from free to paid giving a wider choice to choose from for all your entertainment and business needs. Since Android comes from a powerful company like Google which is a pioneer in revolutionary applications like You tube, Google translate, Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Latitude, G Mail to name a few and list goes endless which we use it on daily basis.

Ranging from Android version 1.6 to 2.1 to the latest version Froyo 2.2 these phones are highly customizable as these phones come with a revolutionary capability of syncing videos directly into your you tube account or also can create, manage and sync all your contacts with Google’s G Mail.

Creating and syncing contacts with the G Mail is very easy, with a simple procedure you can achieve this, all you will need is an Google’s Android device, an active G Mail account, a list of phone contacts and obviously also a GPRS connection or if your phone supports Wi Fi connection then even Wi Fi will do which is required you to open G mail account from your Android device.

1. First, all you need to do is to log into your G Mail account from PC or laptop, once you get logged in, select the contact icon which is located on the left hand of the screen. As soon as you click on this icon, you will be directed to contact management area, now click on “+” signed icon. After clicking on “+”, you will be asked to create a new contact. Now, input all of your contacts and once done with all the entries you can click on the save link. Now, repeat this process until all of the contacts get saved.

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2. Now, it’s time to log into your G Mail account from your Android device where contacts are stored. Once you login, go to the main menu on the device and select the contacts icon. Drop down the check box to bring the list of options. Select the account from the available list which is select the G Mail account. Once you select the account, turn on the sync contacts option.

3. Now you have successfully synced the account with your Android device and all contacts will be transferred from the device. It allows you to conveniently have a backup of all your Gmail contacts. This helps a lot when phone gets stolen or crashes down or even if it suffers from memory loss. As all the contacts are synced with your G Mail account, you can retrieve on any of the smart phones as a replacement device not necessarily to be Android.

So, in just 3 easy steps you have successfully managed to sync all your contacts with G Mail.



  1. Me

    April 28, 2013 at 1:45 am

    It worked for me just like a charm… BUT be aware of: FIRST copying contacts on SD and ONLY AFTER import them into gmail account. Android 2.3.6 Samsung Young S5369. Thanks..

  2. Bviwish

    June 14, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Use the SYNC app. It will toggle and merge data. It will not create dups.

  3. William

    May 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    From Galaxy Mini to Gmail.

    Hope this might help some people who experience the same problem as I did..

    I wanted to save my galaxy mini contacts to gmail as a backup. I had already backed them up with ‘Kies’ as I was about to update the firmware as advised by a shop assistant! So, after hours of trying (not an electronics person just trial, error and slanted logic) I eventually found that I could…

    1) Backup from phone to Kies software on the laptop via usb (I believe you could miss this step)

    2) Using ‘Kies’ ‘Transfer to device’ button to copy to phone (also think you can miss this step if not wanting to use ‘Kies).


    3) On handset, contacts button –> menu –> Import / Export –> Export to SD Card

    4) On handset, contacts button –> menu –> Import / Export –> Import from SD Card. You will then be given a choice to import to the phone or to your (and make sure you have registered the account on the handset) gmail account.

    5) Select gmail account.

    It worked for me on my 703 contacts with numbers, addresses, email addresses etc. Hope it saves someone some of the brain ache I had!

    • Amit Arora

      April 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      This worked Bro…. Thanks a ton!!!!!

  4. Mark

    May 14, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Who cares about backing up your gmail contacts to your phone? If they are in gmail they are as safe as any data stored by google’s servers.

    No, the real issue is how to sync contacts from the phone to gmail, so if you lose the phone your contacts will be backed up in your google account. It’s ok if you save new contacts direct to gmail, but Android lacks the ability to “copy” contacts from phone memory or sim card TO gmail – and this is the key feature that is missing.

    • Carla

      May 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      I totally agree with Mark’s comment.

      • Tef

        September 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

        I agree with Mike as well. How Can I save contacts from my phone to gmail????????

    • randomuser

      May 16, 2012 at 1:57 am

      Mark’s question, how do i sync FROM PHONE and TO GMAIL, is the real issue. It apparently DOES NOT WORK as described here and elsewhere. Another fine decision to “do things right” despite the fact that users want/need something very, very different. Almost makes me long for the old days of responsive Microsoft development… Almost.

  5. Cirtex Review

    January 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Nice one. It is one of the easiest way of syncing the contacts, but the problem I have seen with this thing is that the contacts list get the email addresses too instead of the phone number contacts.

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