How to switch from iPhone Contacts to Google Contacts (4 Steps) Google Drive iCloud sync CRM

Move your contacts from iPhone Contacts to Google Contacts

If you’re a big user of iPhone Contacts you already know how difficult it is to get your contacts out of iPhone contacts and into other cloud apps.

That’s a real pain if you want to use other cloud apps, such as a CRM, and you don’t want to mess around with import/export, or even worse, manual data entry.

Google Contacts is the answer to iPhone Contacts. Google Contacts is extremely versatile and unlike iPhone Contacts it doesn’t “own” your contacts. You can easily connect Google Contacts with other cloud apps, such as your CRM, to help streamline your business.

Up until recently it was impossible to do this without a lot of messing around. Luckily Google heard the distress cries of all iPhone users, and have responded with “Switch”.

With Switch you can push your Contacts data from your iCloud to the Google Drive and into Google Contacts.

Start Google Contacts in four easy steps

1. Download Google Drive to your iPhone and sign in with your Google account. If you don’t have a Google Account, you can create one when you sign-in to Google Drive. Already have Google Drive? Make sure it’s up to date.

Install Google Drive Google Contacts iPhone

2. Now it’s time to backup your content. Open Google Drive and go to the backup wizard in Menu > Settings > Backup. You can select which content you want to backup or simply backup everything. Then hit “Start”.

3. Sign-in to your Google Account on your iPhone.

4. Go to your iPhone settings and make sure your default account is Gmail.This ensures that new contacts are added to Google Contacts and can then be synced to your cloud apps such as your CRM.

If you’re really sure you want to keep using iCloud for your contacts, but want to sync to Google Contacts for your CRM, then you can use a third party app like Contacts Sync for Google Gmail. It works like a charm and once you set it up, you don’t have to think about it again.

Find out how you can sync your iPhone with your CRM in this blog post.

This blog first appeared on the PieSync Blog.