Today we will explain how to sync your Android smartphone contacts to your Google Gmail account, so that you never lose the number of friends, customers or people you need to communicate with.
And once you have them in the cloud, you will have the advantage of never losing a contact or their information, such as their photograph, date of birth, their address and a thousand other things.
Likewise, you can sync them with any Android device, no matter if it’s the mobile, the tablet or even the computer itself.
How to import contacts from a file to Google account
The Google account allows you to sync a wide variety of information across all your devices. In addition to photos, documents and notes, you can sync your contacts to the cloud. However, there are some things you need to do first to enable this feature. In the following sections we explain all the methods needed to upload your contacts to Google account from Android.
In this section we explain how to import contacts into your Google account from an external file. This method can be useful if you have exported your contacts from another service. In this case, you will also need the Google Contacts app.
Go to the contacts app settings and tap Import. In the box, click OK.
Use the file explorer to locate the VCF file. After that, all contacts will be uploaded to your Google account and will be available on all your devices.
How to use Google contacts to sync phone contacts
If the contacts you want to import are stored in your phone’s memory, Google Contacts makes it very easy to synchronize them with your Google account. After downloading and installing it on your device, open the application and click on your account avatar.
In the pop-up window you will see all the accounts that are synced with the device. Select the account you want to copy your local contacts to.
Then, open the settings and click on Contact Sync Settings.
Under the instruction Also sync device contacts you will see the Manage Settings button. Click on it. Activate the slider you will see on the screen.
Immediately, all contacts stored in your terminal locally will be uploaded to your Google account. This is the best way not to lose them in case the device stops working. Remember that all the changes you make to your agenda with this application will be synchronized with Google’s servers.
How to sync Google account contacts
If you already have your contacts in your Google account, but they don’t show up on your device, you need to make sure syncing is turned on. Go to the Account section of the settings.
There, click on your Google account. Of course, if there is no Google account on the device, you will need to add it with the Add Account button.
On the next screen, tap Account Sync. Finally, turn on the option you will see next to Contacts.
Once this is done, your Google account contacts will be synced to your device.
How to view your Google account contacts on your device
After following the steps mentioned in the previous sections, your contacts will be available on your phone regardless of which contacts application you use.
However, sometimes you will need to manually turn on the contact display. Taking the native Android contacts application as an example, we explain how to do it.
Open the application settings and tap Contacts to view. Enable the All contacts checkbox.
In this simple way, you’ll have configured the contacts app to show all calendar entries, including those stored in your Google account.