How to Export Gmail Contacts to an iPhone Using a VCard


The vCard file format is an industry standard for electronic business cards, or address book entries. Both Gmail and the iPhone support the vCard format and are able to import and export your contacts list using this type of file. All vCard-compliant entries are available when exporting from your Google Gmail account -- such as name, address, emails, Web pages, phone numbers and more -- which are all recognized by the iPhone and added to its Contact app with the appropriate headings.

  • Launch your computer's Web browser and navigate to your Google Gmail account at

  • Click the "Contacts" link in the left column, under the Mail heading.

  • Check the box next to any contact(s) you want to export, click the "More Actions" menu at the top of the contacts list and select "Export."

  • Check the VCard Format radio button in the Which Export Format? section, and then click the "Export" button. Select a location on your computer to save the vCard file(s) to when the Save To dialog box opens, and click the "Save" button.

  • Open the folder on your computer where you saved the vCard file(s). Right-click the vCard(s) and select "Mail Recipient" from the Send To menu. A new email message opens, with the vCard added to it as an attachment.

  • Send the message to an email address that you can access from your iPhone. This probably means emailing the vCard file(s) to yourself.

  • Launch the Mail application on the iPhone by tapping its icon on the home screen. The iPhone automatically checks for new messages and downloads the email with the vCard(s) attached.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the message and tap the vCard attachment button. Tap the "Add to Contacts" button, and the vCard is saved to your iPhone's Contacts application as a new entry.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also tap the "Save to Existing Contact" button on the iPhone and add the vCard's details to an entry that already exists in your iPhone's Contacts app.
  • Gmail also allows you to export all your contacts in one go by checking the All Contacts radio button when exporting your vCards.

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