Managing several contact lists on your Mac, iPhone, Windows PC, and Android smartphone is not an easy task. Even though Google Contacts with its occasional sync bugs and duplicated contacts isn’t perfect, we still love its simplicity and effectiveness. Many devoted Apple users also choose their contacts list to be managed by Google Contacts.
Syncing macOS contacts with your Google contacts is a wise thing to do. Besides, from now on, any information about changing, adding or deleting contacts on Google will be instantly copied to Apple contacts.
In this article, you’ll get to know how to easily and quickly sync your Google and Mac contacts, as well as how to avoid or delete any duplicated contacts that may appear in your address book during this process.
Syncing macOS contacts with Google contacts
In case you don’t use any other Google services such as Gmail, on your Mac computer, and all you want is to copy Google contacts into macOS Contacts app, follow these steps:
- Open Contacts app on your Mac.
- Backup your existing contacts. Go to Contacts menu, next click File – Export – Contacts Archive. Click on Save after you select a location for the backup.
- On the menu bar, select Contacts – Add Account.
- At the bottom of this list, choose Other Contacts Account (if you use Google services such as Gmail on your Mac, click on Google logo instead of Other Contacts and follow further instructions).
- In the drop-down menu, select CardDAV. Set the Account type to Automatic. In the respective fields, enter your Google email address and password.
- Sign in.
- Open Contacts and click Preferences in the menu bar. Next, click the Accounts tab.
- In the provided list of accounts, select Google.
- Tick off Enable This Account.
- You can choose the frequency of your Contacts app checkups with any changes in your Google contacts. In the drop-down menu, go to Fetch and select the time range from one minute to one hour.
- Now all information about your Google contacts will appear in the macOS Contacts app and will update at the specified time interval.
Syncing contacts if you use Gmail
In case you already use Google services on your Mac such as Gmail, the process of syncing contacts will go much faster and easier:
- Open Contacts app; in its menu bar, click Contacts – Accounts to choose from the Internet accounts preferences.
- In the left part of the window that has opened, select Google from the list of accounts.
- Tick off Contacts in the list of Google services and exit the app.
That’s it. Now your Apple and Google contacts will be synced automatically.
As another option, you can download a specific app (such as Contacts Sync) that will help you to carry out the process of syncing contacts in no time.
Dealing with the duplicate contacts after syncing
However, synchronizing Google and Apple contacts may not always go that smoothly. Duplicated contacts that may appear after the syncing process is finished are a common problem. Here’s how you can delete duplicates if they appeared on your contacts list.
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If you use Gmail, the advantage you can enjoy is that it can find any duplicated contacts and merge them. The merging has to be done through Gmail because Apple Contacts can’t do this.
- To merge contacts, log into your Gmail account. Under the Mail menu select Contacts.
- In the More menu, select Find & Merge Duplicates. By this, all of the contacts that have similar data will be found automatically. You will get to see all the found contacts; also, you’ll be given a prompt before continuing and merging them.
Possibly, syncing between Apple and Gmail contacts with merging them as the next step may have to be done several times, to consolidate all of the duplicate contacts.
As an option, you can remove all the duplicates manually. The latest versions of macOS make merging in Contacts possible.
- Open Contacts app. In the panel at right, click the button Find Duplicates.
- In the list that appears, you’ll see all contacts with the similar names, but different phone numbers, email addresses, and other data.
- Look through the list and un-check all the dubbed contacts. Next, in the upper right menu, hit the Merge button.
We hope that this post will help you to sync and manage all your contacts on Mac and Google without any extra effort.