how do i transfer my contacts

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  1. zoran macrumors 68030

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    From gmail to iOS without the cloud? I wanna try the traditional way, even if its more time consuming!
     
  2. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Tis looks like a tricky one, i see no answers! hehe
     
  3. HangJebat macrumors member

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    Why traditional way? Modern way is easier and faster, I think safer too.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 7, 2016 ---
    If you want traditional way, just write down one by one and add it to your new iPhone. Easiest and most straightforward solution.
     
  4. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Traditional way i wouldnt recon to be by writing down. I would thing of geting an export fiile from gmail, transfer that file into the iphone and import the contacts from that file. Isnt that possible?
     
  5. verpeiler macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have a Mac? Export contacts from gmail and import it on the Mac. Quite simple.
     
  6. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Export them as what from gmail?
    Then how do i insert them on the iPhone?
     
  7. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Without apps, isn't there an ability to export gmail contacts as a v card and then place the vcard in iPhone and use that file to import ones contacts?
     
  8. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Gmail

    Turn on what you want synced, including Contacts.

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  9. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sorry im lost. Can we do the whole thing from the beginning?
    Also there is no Gmail option at the Mail,Contacts,Calendar
     
  10. border terrier macrumors regular

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    Do you have a Mac computer? If so you can export from Google and import to contacts and then sync with your phone. I don't know any other way to do this direct to iOS other than an app.
     
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Sign into gmail in the mail contacts calendars section in settings and toggle contacts on. It's as simple as that
     
  12. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok got it! The contacts i see now on the phone, where are they stored, on the iPhone? Is it best to put them on the Cloud now? Also their sorting is funny, not like it was on the Android phone!
     
  13. verpeiler macrumors 6502a

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    It is sorted the way you want it to be. Has nothing to do with android or windows.
     
  14. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok say for eg. that i want my contacts to be sorted by last name, what do i do?
    Also can these contacts be transfered to the cloud rather than gmail?
     
  15. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    In mail contacts and calendars the sort options can be set as you wish.

    If you want to upload them to iCloud then go to the iCloud settings and toggle the contacts on. It should pop up and ask if you want to merge them. If you merge it will upload them to iCloud.
     
  16. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Are there any upsides to having my contacts on the cloud?
     
  17. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    If you have other iOS devices then yeah. If not then not really
     
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Or if you are restoring at some point (and perhaps not using a backup). Or want to access or edit contacts from a computer for some reason.
     
  19. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Now you lost me on those remarks. Can you explain further and more extensive please so i understand? (sorry :( )
     
  20. simon lefisch, Aug 8, 2016
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    Do you not want to have your contacts in iCloud? I sync mine with iCloud. That way if I have to set my phone back up after a restore or something, all my contacts get restored automatically.

    Here's what I did to transfer them to iCloud:

    -signed into gmail on my browser

    -go to contacts

    -select all my contacts

    -export as vCard format

    -sign into iCloud on my browser

    -go to contacts

    -click the gear icon on bottom left and select "import vCard"

    -all my contacts have just been imported

    -on your iOS device, go to Settings>iCloud and enable contacts

    -all your contacts will be downloaded (sync'd) to your iOS device

    Easy and fast.
     
  21. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok ive created a new account, enabled the gmail account and got my contacts. If i close it down i suppose i will loose the contacts, right? How can i save them on the phone, and is it better to have them on the phone rather than the cloud or gmail?
     
  22. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand your question.

    You currently have your contacts in gmail, correct? Are you trying to move all your contacts to iCloud so you can stop syncing with gmail?
     
  23. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just a sec, first things first :) Right ive synced with gmail and i see my contacts. Those contacts, where are they located? Are they on my phone or not? If i cut down wi-fi (that how i got internet, dont have mobile networking) will they be lost?
     
  24. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    They are in sync existing in both places, Google and your phone.
     

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