How to sync Android phonebook: Would you like to synchronize the address book of your Android smartphone with that of Gmail or Outlook but you don’t know how to do it? Would you like help transferring contacts from an Android smartphone to an iPhone, or vice versa? Perfect, I’m happy to announce that you’ve come to the right place at the right time.
With today’s guide, we will find out in fact how to sync android phonebook with cloud services such as Gmail and Outlook.com and with other devices, such as the iPhone. The procedure is extremely simple to complete and involves a two-way synchronization of information: the contacts modified or created on the phone are automatically reported on the cloud service associated with it, and vice versa.
Just one last warning before we start: if you add a second Gmail account or an Outlook.com account to a phone on which a Google account has already been set up, when creating a new contact be careful to correctly select the account with which you intend to sync it (the one from Gmail you originally set up on your phone or the new one you added on your device later). Clear? Well, then let’s get to work right away!
Synchronize Android address book with Gmail
If you have associated your Android smartphone with a Google account, the contacts in the address book should already be synchronized with the Gmail address book.
To verify that the sync feature is active, go to settings Android (the gear icon found in the menu with all the apps installed on the device) and select the item Account from the screen that opens.
At this point, “tap” on the logo of Google, select yours Gmail address and make sure the toggle located next to the item Contacts is set to ON (then shifted to the right). If not, activate it yourself and the synchronization of contacts will start automatically.
In case you haven’t yet set up a Google account on your phone, go to the menu Settings> Accounts Android, select the item Add account from the screen that opens and “tap” on the logo of Google.
Then log in with your Gmail account, make sure the contact synchronization item is active and that’s it.
If you don’t have a Gmail account yet, you can create it directly on your smartphone by selecting the item Or create a new account from the screen that opens after selecting the Google logo from the Android menu.
Synchronize Android address book with Outlook.com
Do you want to synchronize the Android address book with that of Outlook.com? No problem, this can also be done.
The procedure you need to follow is quite similar to the one we saw earlier for Gmail. You have to go to the menu settings of Android (the gear icon found in the menu with all the apps installed on the device) and select the item Account from the screen that opens.
At this point, “tap” on the item Add account, select the icon Exchange and enter your mailing address outlook.com (or live / hotmail) in the appropriate text field.
When the operation is completed, first press the button Forward placed at the bottom right, then on that Exchange and enter your Microsoft account password in the screen that opens.
After this step too, press the button Forward and type the “coordinates” of Outlook.com in the form that is proposed to you. To be precise, in the field Server you have to type the address s.outlook.com while in the drop-down menu Security type you have to set the value SSL / TLS.
Finally, press the button Forward; make sure there is a check mark next to the item Synchronize contacts from this account and press on Forward two more consecutive times to complete the account setup process.
Synchronize Android phonebook with PC
If you want to export Android contacts to your computer – in programs like Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail – all you have to do is create a VCF file containing all the names in the address book and feeding it to your favorite email client.
The operation is much simpler than you imagine. To export contacts from Android, open the application Contacts, presses the button (…) located at the top right and select the item Import / Export from the menu that appears.
If you are using a Samsung smartphone, after entering the app Contacts, select the tab Contacts, presses the button […] and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. Then go up Contacts and finally choose the option Import / Export.
At this point you have to choose whether to create the VCF file with Android contacts directly on the phone memory (by selecting the item Export to archive) or on one SD card (by selecting the appropriate option).
When done, use an application such as ES File Manager to auto-send you the VCF file via email and import it on your PC in your favorite mail client: you can find out how to do it in my guide on how to open VCF files.
If any step of the procedure is not clear to you, find out in more detail how to save Android phone book by following my tutorial on the subject.
Synchronize Android address book with iPhone and / or iCloud
You also have an iPhone and would like synchronize Android phonebook with that of your “iPhone by”? In this case, you can resort to various solutions.
You can connect the Gmail address book to your iPhone and let the contacts be automatically synchronized on both devices (there is a tutorial in which I have explained to you in detail how to do it). In this case the iPhone contacts are no longer saved on iCloud but on the Gmail address book.
Alternatively, you can “manually” export contacts from Android (as a VCF file) and import them to the iPhone by following my guide on how to import contacts to iPhone. In this other case the changes applied on Android or iOS are not automatically synchronized on the other system but the iPhone contacts continue to be loaded normally on iCloud (so in a sense you can synchronize the Android address book with the iCloud one) .
Would you like to do the reverse process and copy contacts from an iPhone to an Android smartphone? In this case, read my tutorial on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android and you will quickly find out how to do it.