Contacts pictures missing from Google Contacts Sync

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by anon2828, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. anon2828 macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    Mac OSX Mountain Lion (10.8) / Contacts

    Using Contacts (previously Address Book) and syncing with Google Contacts (Prefences>Accounts>check Synchronize with Google).

    Contact pictures are missing from Apple Contacts. The pictures are in Google Contacts without issue. Google Contacts also syncing with 2 iOS devices (pictures are fine) without issue. Leads me to believe that it is something specifically with Contacts/Address Book.

    (Note: can add pictures to Apple Contacts and they show up in Google Contacts. After a sync, some disappear from Apple Contacts. All pictures stay in Google Contacts. Also, some pictures added in Google Contacts not coming over to Apple Contacts.)

    Have tried resetting Sync History.

    Others are seeing this as well:

    Also: tip for those having problems syncing anything at all (not just pictures) in Contacts with Google Contacts:
    Delete or rename/move:
    ~\Library\Application Support\AddressBook (this file has a longer name with weird extension)

    Any ideas?
  2. jwmcclung macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2012
    Google Contact Pictures

    I am seeing the same generic thing. Now the contacts app in Mountain Lion wants to sync with my Google contacts and it looks like I am going to lose over 260 contact pictures from Google. I don't want to sync and lose the pics. Any advice is great, thx.
  3. AntlersAnchors macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2012
  4. wsw1217, Oct 7, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012

    wsw1217 macrumors member

    May 21, 2012
    i got it fixed.
    1. First unclick the "synchronize with google" in contacts settings on your Mac.
    2. Delete all your google contacts
    3. Go to System preference>Mail, Contacts&Calendar>Add Other Account>Add a CardDav Account>
    user name is ur email address, server address is

    However, I do find the method has its issue as well.
    I found out that some of my contacts that I use their own gmail/google profile pic as their gmail contact pic, don't have profile pics in Contacts on Mac while their pics do show up in Messages App on Mac. That's a weird bug.

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