1. earthshaker78's Avatar
    Hi,

    I recently transferred from Crackberry to iMore as my 9930 was replaced with my iPhone 5. I'm having a tough time with syncing my contacts. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


    i manage to sync my iPhone with my Gmail account (thru Exchange) and it give me my contacts and my calendar... But it doesn't give me "Groups". I some times send mass txt/emails and having Groups is very convenient for me.

    When I sync with iCloud, I do get groups, which is great but when i make updates on my gmail account, which i do often, it doesn't transfer to my phone.

    Is there any way to find a happy median?

    Where I can have groups and sync with my gmail?

    Can we get gmail/iPhone/iCloud working together?

    Thank you
    10-19-2012 07:30 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    In regard to iCloud, I suggest doing the following:

    1 login to your gmail account and export your contact in the vCard format.
    2. Login to www.icloud.com and import your gmail contacts.

    Afterwards, the contacts will auto-sync to your device.

    As for Google groups, *if I'm not mistaken*, you can sync your groups to your device via iTunes.
    10-19-2012 09:02 PM
  3. SnapThrow's Avatar
    I didn't think you could sync groups with Google... but the last time I looked into that was about a year ago so things may have changed. I use an app called Groups to manage my email... well... groups
    10-20-2012 12:11 PM
  4. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I didn't think you could sync groups with Google... but the last time I looked into that was about a year ago so things may have changed. I use an app called Groups to manage my email... well... groups
    You could very well be right. Still, when you connect your device to a computer (at least via a Mac) and fire up the iTunes app, there is a setting to sync all contacts and/or selected groups so I assumed that would do it. I do not sync to iTunes, but I do transfer purchases and back up my devices with it.
    10-20-2012 12:25 PM
  5. sprintkozy's Avatar
    to sync your contacts delete the gmail your already made of your iPhone. Now add another account but you choose exchanger server this time fill out the information and select next. In the server field type m.google.com. Your username is your full gmail address. in the domain field all you do is type he same m.google.com. FInally change description to gmail. This will sync your contacts it may take some time so don't worry. This will also take care of your calendar too. FYI you may need refresh your contacts multiple times depending on how many contacts you have so that they all come threw. Phone >contacts> Groups then hit the refresh button in the top left.
    10-22-2012 06:45 AM
  6. Kaitokomauri's Avatar

    Can we get gmail/iPhone/iCloud working together?
    No, unfortunately multi-account contact sync is not possible in iOS. You have to choose to sync between your iCloud account or your Gmail account.

    When I sync with iCloud, I do get groups, which is great but when i make updates on my gmail account, which i do often, it doesn't transfer to my phone.
    If you have both Exchange and iCloud sync enabled, you would need to set which is your Default Contacts account on your iPhone to do so go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and under "Contacts" tap on Default - next choose either Exchange or iCloud. If you are often updating your Gmail contacts, I would personally choose Exchange.

    If you depend on your Gmail account for contacts and groups, another tip is instead of using Exchange protocol to use CardDAV protocol to sync your contacts. Then contact and group sync works flawlessly both-ways from your Gmail to your iphone and from your iPhone to your Gmail. To set up CardDAV instead of Exchange, have a look here: Syncing iPhone Contacts to Google using CardDAV.
    10-23-2012 06:40 AM
  7. sbalchand's Avatar
    uncheck the contacts in your exchange settings. get an app called 'contacts sync' from the App Store.

    this works flawlessly for me as far as managing my contcts and groups is concerned.

    before doing this you will have to make sure to delete all contacts from icloud else you will end up wth duplicates. hope this helps.

    - - - Updated - - -

    uncheck the contacts in your exchange settings. get an app called 'contacts sync' from the App Store.

    this works flawlessly for me as far as managing my contcts and groups is concerned.

    before doing this you will have to make sure to delete all contacts from icloud else you will end up wth duplicates. hope this helps.
    10-23-2012 10:01 AM

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