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How to sync Contacts on Android with Gmail Account

Sync Contacts with Gmail Account

Android users that love to customize their devices should know that they can easily sync the Contacts stored in their phone with the device’s designated Gmail account.

This trick helps you keep your phone, Google+ contacts and all the other profiles synced with your Gmail Account, the one you’re using the Google Play Store and with all the other Google services. This feature is great and you can easily perform all the changes and syncing in several steps.

Syncing contacts with Gmail account comes in handy when you want to root/ update the firmware of your phone. As you know, while rooting or updating firmware you’re risking to damage data files, SMS text messages and contacts that could get corrupted or lost. That’s the reason I’ve created this article, to help you sync the stored Contacts in your Android phone with your Gmail account successfully.

Before moving to the tutorial guide you need to make sure that your Contacts are linked with the Gmail Account.

  • Open Contacts.
  • Press the Menu/ Settings button.
  • Select ‘Merge with Google’ and then confirm the action.ย In case you have more than one Gmail accounts then select the one you wish to use as default to host your contacts.
  • When everything has been successfully merged, a pop-up message will notify you.

Here’s how to sync your contacts with the Gmail account:

  1. Make sure that you have Gmail installed on your device.
  2. Open the App Drawer and go to Settings, then go to ‘Accounts and Sync’.
  3. Enable the Accounts and syncing service.
  4. Select your Gmail account from the e-mail accounts setup .
  5. Make sure that you’ve enabled ‘Sync Contacts’ option.
  6. Press ‘Sync now’ button and wait until all the phone contacts have been successfully synchronized with your gmail account.
  7. Now open Gmail in your computer’s web browser and click the Gmail text link that is listed on the upper left side of the Gmail profile.
  8. Select Contacts and then you should see a page where all the contacts from your Android smartphone have been stored.

That should do it. If you have any other extra questions then please feel free to ask me in comments.

After you’ve backed up/ synced contacts from your Android phone and then you’ve also changed the ROM or, you’ve rooted the phone and selected factory reset, then you will need to sync again the Gmail account with your phone and, all the phone numbers will be restored. Otherwise all the contacts will be removed from your phone.


  • mosab

    my “sync contacts” is disabled in contacts/menu
    how can i enable it while it was enable before?
    i have many contacts such as google, facebook, whatsapp and … , i merged some of them together.

  • ciprianmp

    Everytime I do a contacts restouration from google account, after an upgrade, all the individual contacts settings are lost. Like the default call number and even the linked accounts. I have more than 1,500 contacts imported from all my books (yahoo, skype, gtalk, hotmail, facebook, etc), so after every restore, I have to individually set again the default call number and the linked accounts. This drives me crazy…
    Does anyone have any idea how long would take Google/Android guys to fix this huge bug or how hard would it be? It just needs a new checkbox in the Google Contacts database to remember the default selected number for each contact.
    Although the max 5 linked accounts are saved to google database, it’s strange why the restoration doesn’t keep those in the phone Contacts book.
    Any ideas? Thank you.

    • Anthony

      You need to do it on the web then sync. Settings will should stay.

  • lalith

    Hi I have lost all my contact aftre the upgrade. android version is changed to 4.1 automatically in the nexus s i9023. Now when i’m enabling the sync contacts in my gmail account also its not happening. kindly help me on the same. I’ve completely lost all the contacts. Alll other data was fine as before after upgrade only contacts have been lost. Please help

    • babak

      Dear All
      i had the same problem,but i tried some VPN or proxy servers like PSIPHONE,then everything is worked,t seems some of the ports they use for synctronize has problem ,so if you use the VPN or proxy system it will work,because i had this problem since one month ago.PSIPHONE is free.

  • rams

    how to transfer contact details from SD card to phone memory

    • ezrina98

      import.. go to contact.. then there is an import option to import from sd ๐Ÿ™‚

    • nil

      go to setting and reset your phone &
      automatically your all contact transfer to SD Card !!!

  • Ok

    Thanks for your help.
    Android 2.2 contacts show as being synced to my gmail account.

    I open gmail on my computer, click on the drop down and there is no text option and NO contacts from my phone.
    I would appreciate your help.

  • Ok

    I’m attempting to locate my android contacts that have been synced to gmail and I have not been able to do so.
    How do I get these contacts backed up BEFORE some event occurs that causes them to be lost?

  • doesnt work with ICS on my nexus s. some prob there…

  • stirfryed

    are you serious, thats it. no way no how dosent work that way will NOT synch from phone to gmail ffrom gmail to phone yes. Not the other way.

  • Sanjay Mehta

    What is sync?Why do sync before my HTC Desire S updation?

  • Hiddy

    When you make a change in gmail first en then synchronize. Will the contacts in your phone also be updated or should you make the change in contacts on your phone first?

  • sarah davis

    this doesn’t work for me,.. although my droid confirms sync gmail does not show my droids contacts ๐Ÿ™

    • steven

      Hi, before syncing the contacts I suggest you to keep a backup, otherwise you may fail both: couldn’t transfer and lose contacts. If you are unlucky to lose the contacts try Myjad Android Contacts Recovery to retrieve them.

  • vyache

    I did everything but the contacts have not appeared at my gmail account (starred contacts). I have Sony Experia Go

  • Priscilla

    thanks!!!!! it worked on my Samsung Galaxy s3. I’m so happy I found this post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Moo

    This process is so much easier on an iPhone… recommend you switch. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • nothnx

      yeah i think i will not take that advise, the reason things seem easier on iphone is because you have no customization options on iphone. What they give you is what you get, no options for personalization at all!

  • Hi Thanks for the tip. Need a little more hand-holding. How do I LINK my Contacts from Nokia N73 to the gmail account? I could not see any โ€˜Merge with Googleโ€™ when I opened Contacts in N73 and pressed setting.
    My Google phone is arriving soon and therefore I am preparing for the Contact transfers.

  • chankit bhatia

    Hi, not all of my contacts are getting synced to my google account what may be the reason.Can you help.I m using samsung galaxy sl i9003

  • henrik2802

    When I try to merge with Google in Contacts, I get the message: No contacts to be merged” on my Galaxy 3S. I do have a Google email on the phone?

    • margiris

      Maybe because your contacts are in sim card and not in the phone ?

      • hannodb

        I get the same error, but it is not synced. I added a phone number to a Gmail contact on my phone, and I then clicked merge, which resulted in this message.

        However, when I check the contact details in Gmail, the phone number did not pull through.

    • N Ramu Rao

      hi hv ur problem been sloved dear

  • Jules Boozy

    wot does the text link look like?

  • asteroid5511

    Can anyone explain this? None of my contacts that start with ‘B’ will sync with Gmail. I can change the contact to start with another letter and it will sync – change it back and it will not sync. WTF?

  • Elieser

    Thanx for your help.
    I still have some contacts on my Samsung S3 which don’t appear on the computer even after syncing. Any suggestions?
    Thank you,

  • nick

    worked like a charm, thnx a lot

  • Amarnath

    Thanks it works great

  • lilytanto

    it works…..thanks

  • peter

    I didnt do any of this ,since i was told its gonna be done automaticly by google saving my contact,, thats the advantage og android” now i have ne phone with no contacts transfered automaticly to it by google log in with gmail screen name , why is this ?

  • Jeff Simpkins

    Do you know what the Archive function really does? I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab2. With Gmail you can swipe the message right to “archive” it, but where does it go. I can’t seem to find it later and I don’t see it show up on my PC when I’m viewing gmail there. Thanks.

  • vad

    Can i sync my contacts from s3 to iphone5?

  • littleI

    My Samsung S4 shows its syncing to my gmail account. in gmail under contacts, its not sowing up. I followed your steps but its not working – help! what am I missing?

  • Yaz7

    hey i did all of that but my contacts page still empty! :S

  • Lori

    Will this process also share/sync all photos, albums too? I do not want all my facebook photos and albums in my phone’s albums/memory, please advise before I do this process. Thank you.

  • sachin chavan

    I have synced my contacts with google account, but I can’t find it on gmail. I can only see e-mail id noy phone numbers. Plz guide me how to see phone numbers.

    • shwetabh

      login to ur gmail….above inbox there is a gmail drop down .click contacts in that.

  • lollka lollichka

    Thank you very much for such a basic tutorial. I was able to effortlessly transfer my contacts from my Sony Experia to google mail and then didn’t have to do anything from there… my contacts just appeared on my new galaxy S3 phone… awesomeness personified…and simplified… thank you. I actually downloaded a few different ‘trial’ apps… this was literally a no brainer… very happy – thank you.

  • Tracy

    hi everything syncs to my gmail but my contacts from my phone. What can i do now?

  • Imran Agha

    Thank you, this was extremely helpful!

  • Jai

    Hi, Only Email ID have synced not mobile number, How can I sync mobile number and can view mobile no contact in Gmail account

  • yogi

    why not store to reliance CDMA Phone pls reply me my no is 9324007333

  • G

    This just deleted all my contacts. Dammit.

  • Theva kumar

    how to sync the new contacts automatically

  • arun

    I get following Msg on my Mobile “Synk is currently expersing problem. It will be back shortly”

    Unfortunately 12 days have passed and same reply.

  • farhat

    hi, i merged my contacts on my phone with google but it looks like it only merged the first 35, now i have lost all my contacts!

  • kenn

    After the 4.4.2 update to my Samsung galaxy mega my phone wants to save my contacts to the device by default. I don’t like that and want to return my phone to the state, where my Gmail account was the default save point

  • T

    great stuff.

    Thanks a million

  • Sylvanus moses

    Thanks for the education but am not really helped because I use HTC BUTTERFLY X920e and so I can’t really follow the steps u listed here! I can’t find a mail merge in my phone contacts menu and also under accounts and syncs I can’t see ‘sync contacts’ option.
    Please help me

  • Zam

    This explanation only applies synching from contacts created from google account to the phone. It does not explain how to upload already created accounts to the google account.

  • ttalpola

    hi,i installed kitkat os on my samsung tab3.but since then my gmail account,wats app are not being synced.the gmail account shows ‘not synced’. even if i tap sync now option it gets updates but again the message of ‘account not synced’.i tried removing and reinstalling gmail account but to no use.please give the solution.thank you

  • hosko04

    will this work if i already have a gmail account? My problem is i have a gmail address but have forgot my password and the answers to my security questions? That gmail address hasn’t asked me for my password in over a year and i just can’t remember, it is very important i get back in to it what can i do? PLEASE HELP

    • Moazzam

      They have other recovery options, like identify your frineds, last sent emails etc.

  • hosko04

    Will this work if I already have a gmail address on my phone,

  • chavan

    in my android syn is showing error ibuddy connect 2

  • chandu

    hi frds all my contacts i have merge with google so now how to retrive these

  • Dinesh Kumar

    I am not able to see any contact synchronized with my gmail. When i click on drop down nothing appears from my phone except email account saved therein… please help

  • ds1213123

    I have Micromax Canvas A177 phone & in this the option Merge with Google is nowhere in the phone,then how will i merge my google account of this phone with the google account of my lost android phone(Samsung Galaxy S Duos GT- S7562) & bring back all my contacts from that phone to this phone?.Please help me.

  • Saurabh Bhati

    I am using xperia z1, and for the past few weeks each and every new contact I save, is no where to be found later on in my phonebook. Can you find me a solution for this?

  • Rickert

    Thanks,this worked perfectly fine for me. Just the names used in the steps may vary per phone, like Account and Sync settings may be just a little different.

  • mayank

    I have merge my all contacts with google but mean while I hav merge the same wid smasung a/c…resulting I hav lost all my contacts…. kindly help to restore the same. …

  • What if you have 30,000 contacts that you want to get in the cloud but don’t want in your phone? Can you segregate?

  • del200

    Tried this so many times and keep getting the message displayed: ‘ No phone account contacts to merge with google contacts’
    Any ideas? Thanks

    • del200

      (Samsung Galaxy 2)

  • blackbird1122

    Hi, can someone help!?

    I’ve just noticed on my Galaxy S5 phone, on my contact list I have half of my contacts saved on my device, half on my sim and some on my gmail account.

    How do move/transfer them so I can have them all saved in one place like my gmail account?

    Many thanks

  • Gary Falk

    None of this seems to work or even be close. There is no Menu/Settings button associated with contacts. Just search, groups and + so I can’t select Merge with gmail. And even though gmail is supposed to sync contacts and the latest sync was a few minutes ago there are no imported contacts on my gmail page. Maybe I just need to do the Merge. Can you help me find the Menu/Settings button under contacts?

  • Sarah

    I tried doing what you said but it didn’t work… So I tinkered around a little. It turns out that my contacts were saved on my SIM card, so I tried selecting the ‘Import from SIM card’ option under Contacts. Now each contact is duplicated — one with a SIM card icon at the bottom right and the second with a Google icon instead. Then I tried pressing the ‘Sync now’ option and my contacts finally appeared in my Gmail contacts. Hope this helps whoever had the same problem!

    • srini

      hi sara..I too was able to get the contacts from my phone to Gmail account via import/export — but when I added a new contact in my phone, its not appearing in my Gmail contacts (my sync is on, of course).. Other than repeatedly performing the import/export exercise, any other ideas to make this “Phone to Gmail” sync automatic?
      My observation is “sync” only syncs from Gmail to Phone (and it worked when I added a new Gmail contact, it appeared in my phone right after the sync occured)..

  • Irina


    It seems all proposals for contact’s sync with gmail account is not working for my GT-I9001. When i try to do the sync, only contacts that have been added to gmail contacts is the new one i have created. Would you please help? Much appreciate!!!

  • ghazal
  • Alexander Dudka

    Thanks for the help!

  • Denise

    I managed to get some of the contacts from my phone to the gmail account, but about half of them are still missing. Is there anything I can do to sync all contacts?

  • Atul

    Thanks, it has worked fine with me.

  • taylor

    i want to put save my contacts on my gmail account it doesnt work. i need help please its a tab 8.9. the sync is not working either

  • JC

    I have recently changed to Samsung Core Preium and noticed that some of my contacts are not synced to my googl account?

  • D. Deepak

    If I sync my gmail account with any other Phone can I download and save all these contacts from this gmail

  • William

    what happens if this phone has an “accounts” tab, but nothing about sync. I have opened the google account several times and pressed the sync button however the contacts don’t want to get over there. what now?

    • young

      I had the same problem…..but then i transferred my contacts to SD card and then used the Import from SD card option and sycn it with my gmail account….its works

  • Julia

    I have two android phones with same gmail account installed. How can I sync contacts so every time I add a phone number on one device it automatically can be added on the other device also?

  • Ammir

    ammirbest@gmail.com my name is Ammir pls I need …..Install Android 4.4.2 XXU1ANG9 KitKat Update for Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F….or download android 4.4.2 kitkat official firmware for samsung s5 g900f

  • macolm

    my phone doesnt say anything about merge with google

  • ashish

    i added gmail account , and auto sync. is on …. and in m contact list it showing symbol of google g in blue colour ….but the problem is when i restored in factory mode my android device then i filled up again my gmail which added before but the problem is : i tried everything searched on google ….. i checked my contacts list in gmail bt the problem is there is no contacts … and i losted my contacts i dnt know why …. can any body help me why it is so …

  • IT is now June 2015 and given that google has a new half functioning contact system, these instructions are no longer valid. The “merge” function no longer works. If anyone else has any ideas, I would love to make this work. All my google contacts are gone from my phone! Even new ones that I add to google mail contacts don’t add to my phone anymore.

  • Natacha Cohen

    Hi. Its a nightmare! Im trting to go from an iphone to a Lumia and its absolutely impossible!!! Help!!!! Thank you.

  • MD.Abdul Kuddus Nahid

    windows phone has recovery system by pc afte lost the phone. But, android has not such

  • Gautam Goel

    Hi, How can I delte unwanted contacted from my Android Asus Zenfone2 and my google account. There are many contacts which are of no use and are available on Google account. How can i delete them

  • Hemanth

    I am using Oneplusone mobile I followd above steps, which don’t appear on the computer even after syncing.

  • Abrar Haider

    Hi This is Abrar Shah.
    I have s3 at&t android kitkat version. My phone is not showing merge option when how can i transfer my contacts to my gmail account.
    plz urgent reply.

  • Laszlo Makrai

    no, it does not work. so really, how to do it ? I did this and I have 2 contacts on google out of my 584 contacts. T-mobile can not do it either.

  • Kashifa Khursheed

    How to sync again the Gmail account with your phone ?

  • Sharanagouda patil

    My mobile is HP slate6
    My contacts are not syncing to Google account
    Give solution

  • Enoch

    Hello am not getting a pop-up message when trying to merge the phonebook and gmail account even when am following the steps as prescribed. Its saying account already exists.

  • Gloria

    I just got a new phone and I need my gmail from old phone that got deleted. New phon e wont let me use my gmail

  • muzzammil jamkhan

    I have reset my phone to maintain the factory settings. However prior to that I have my contacts synced with my email ID. Can you please help to know how to recover the lost contacts?
    Many thanks for your help.

  • Andreea

    Hi, I am have a problem with my phone. I have just bought a new LG G4 phone and I added my gmail address to have them sync. I managed to get only the e mail addresses and no phone number. I even got back my groups I had in my previous phone but with 0 contacts. will you please help me get my phone no.?Any suggestions?Thanks in advance

  • Andreea

    Hi, I am have a problem with my phone. I have just bought a new LG G4 phone and I added my gmail address to have them sync. I managed to get only the e mail addresses and no phone number. I even got back my groups I had in my previous phone but with 0 contacts. will you please help me get my phone no.?Any suggestions?Thanks in advance

    • Veron

      Hello, if it’s still relevant – in the menu of contacts you go to parameters than after the section general info you need to click synchronise now. This will start the syncronisation with all the accounts that you’ve added

  • Rajoo Bhargava

    All my gmail contacts are not visible on my android phone, version 4.2.2, despite syncing it repeatedly, although sometime they are visible. Pl suggest.

  • thetrellan

    This was probably great advice 2 years ago, but I have no “accounts and settings” in my app drawer. Care to point me to an updated version of the solution?

    I have Android on Coolpad Arise.

  • Raj

    How do i sync contacts from samsung account to gmail account using PC


    AOA .. if i want to add my pc contact to my s4 my contacts are in pc on excel sheet do i copy that contact in phone by sync my phone with gmail account

  • Hiren

    I’m using Sony Xperia Ion. After syncing, I see that some of my contacts are not appearing in my gmail account. Please let me know what could be the reason.

  • Sandeep Shelar

    hi team,
    I have taken back up of phone with google account but not able to restore my contacts…pls guide

  • VegasMom

    Yea. This doesn’t work with the S6. Can we get updated information?

  • syed naeem

    if we merge with google… we see gmail accounts on phone contact list some murged some are just emails contacts but no cntact numbers .
    if we rename a contact from phone.. it will rename it in gmail email contacts????
    and if we rename contacts from gmail web… contacts will be rename on phone contact lists????

  • leah

    My gmail contacts on the pc show around 500 contacts . In Google account on my HTC it shows 1400 contacts, most of them without names, just say UNNAMED
    where did they come and how to get rid of them

  • vivekanandam

    followed the steps and it worked fine for my galaxy s3

  • Bill G

    Gee, like everything else on the internet, a date on this post would be great!

  • Wade

    There is no “Merge with Google” option on my LG phone under Contacts > Menu

  • Jan Brothen

    The recent Android update has messed up my contacts. I have followed repeatedly all the steps that you mentioned above and not all of my gmail contacts are syncing to my Galaxy S5.

  • Ceebee

    Thank you so much. I kept looking for ways to copy my husband’s 112 device contacts but was scared to “merge contacts with google” for fear of accidentally deleting the contacts instead. I did it anyway and successfully copied them to gmail. What a relief!!! Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TuckerdogNC

    What do you do when you get “google is experiencing problems and isn’t working come back later” for three months?

  • RaviKumar K

    How to sync contacts in Redmi 3S prime

  • armiller

    I just got a new S7. Somehow, I have a ton of contacts now, many of which are simply email addresses, probably from my gmail. They’re useless to me on my phone, as I only want contacts with numbers. How can I streamline the contacts on my phone to get rid of the pesky “email only” names?

    As a side note, I don’t see any contacts when I log in to gmail on a web browser.

  • Vivek Shah

    I have a SONY and yes my contacts are synced.
    Lately I have added new contacts and am trying to update them on the google account but it has failed to do so. Please help.

  • Schalk Louw

    How do I synchronize my Memo from Samsung S5 with my PC

  • Wasif Hadi

    I have changed my phone and want to sun my contacts in phon

  • KC Larraga-Neufeld

    I don’t even seen a “merge with google” option… Please help.

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  • Ahaz

    Thank you! You’re the first one who’s been able to give a good answer. Leave it to the Android’s to fix an issue google has created. *rolls eyes* Again that’s and have a wonderful day!

  • Jacob Perl

    WHY do so many tech sites like this not have dates on posts…do you not think it would be helpful for users to know the info might be a tad out-of date? smh

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  • Sachin Shekar Poojary

    Hi, My all the contacts are not getting synced with, I have total 700 contacts, but it has been updated only 300, I have been updating daily, but no use, please help me here

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  • Rick

    Is there an updated ‘How to’ there is no ‘merge contacts option’ on S7

  • “Switch off the power saving mode”, It works for me.

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  • Sagar Kodunuri

    Im having a prblm ……
    I can’t see my dp in my friend’s mob
    Even though the contact is saved perfectly ……nd alot of friends can’t see me !!!!..
    Need urgent response plz!!!

  • N Ramu Rao

    When I try to merge with Google in Contacts, I get the message: No contacts to be merged. I do have a Google email on the phone?

  • nb4u2

    Old info

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  • Carol Miller

    If I add a new contact to Google contacts on my laptop, it appears on my Samsung J7 phone. However, when I add a new contact on my phone it does not appear on my laptop.