How do I import my GMail contacts to Address Book?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Beezzy, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Beezzy macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2011
    Hey everyone,

    Brand new to Macs, I got the i5 MacBook Pro 13'' 2011 yesterday, loving alot of it, still learning how things work different than Windows. But one thing I'm having a hard time with is getting my GMail contacts to import! Where do I even go? I try going to Address Book > Import, but then there is no GMail option. Thanks in advance!
  2. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
  3. Beezzy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2011
    Wow that was simple, like fast too! Thanks!!!
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    There is a better option that will let you automatically sync the contacts back and forth between your Mac and Gmail.

    Open the address book application on your Mac and open the preferences. There's an option there to synchronize with Google. Enter your account info and you're all set. It takes a little while for the Mac to start the first sync. It'll perform it within an hour.

    If you've already imported from Gmail the other way, delete the contacts from your local address book first to avoid strange conflicts. :)
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    This is the best option. However, unless Apple or Google has fixed the issue groups do not sync. So I use the Gcontactsync plugin for Thunderbird, it's not perfect but better than Address Book. I also use the Lightning plugin for calendar syncing in Thunderbird, I prefer the layout over iCal though trying to Cache data does not work so well meaning your calendar only is visable when you have an internet connection.

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