How to synchronise your Shared Google Contacts with your iPhone native address book

Time needed: 3 minutes.

Being able to access your shared contacts on your mobile phone is essential for many teams and businesses to conduct their daily tasks. We understand it well and have made it extremely easy for our users to sync their shared contacts with their phones.

So, after you have shared your Google contacts, you and your users need to synchronise these contacts with your iPhone contact book. To access your shared labels and share your mobile contacts, the simplest way is to install Shared Contacts for Gmail® iPhone/iOS app.

If for some reason, you do not want to use Shared Contacts mobile app, you can also simply synchronise your shared contacts with your legacy native iOS Contact book as follows:

  1. Lets begin by signing into your account on Shared Contacts for Gmail and choose the specific label you would like to share.

    Sign into your account on Shared Contacts for Gmail and choose the specific label you would like to share.

  2. Click on the Share Icon of your chosen contact list (label).

    The shared icon is shown on the right hand side of your labels.
    Click on the Share Icon of your chosen contact list (label).

  3. Add your collaborators in this step by typing in their email addresses, and be sure to set the collaborators access permissions by clicking on the downward arrow to view all permission settings.

    In this step users can select “Sync these shared contacts with your mobile devices and Outlook”.
    Add your collaborators and set access permissions

  4. If you have missed the previous step and want to synchronise an already shared contact label, enable the “Mobile and Outlook” sync toggle:

    Activating the toggle ensures that shared contacts are synced to the users general Google Contacts and not solely visible in their shared labels, making integrations with Google Contacts hassle free. However, by restricting this access, collaborators avoid having unnecessary contacts synced to their Google Contacts, outside of their designed label.
    enable the “Mobile and Outlook” sync toggle

  5. Well done! Now that the sync is completed from Shared Contacts for Gmail, lets activate the sync on the iPhone.

    Open your iPhone > Settings app
    activate the sync on the iPhone.

  6. Scroll down to click on “Contacts”.



    Scroll down to click on “Contacts”.

  7. Click on “Accounts”.


    Click on “Accounts”.

  8. Tap “Add account“.

    Tap “Add account“.

  9. Choose Google.

    Follow the instructions to sign in to your Google Account.
    Choose Google.

  10. Activate the “Contacts” toggle to sync with your iPhone, and click save.

    Open your iPhone Contacts app to begin the sync. You can manage and edit these settings at any given time.
    Activate the “Contacts” toggle to sync with your iPhone

Congratulations! Your iPhone is now synchronized with your Google Contacts. If you want to enjoy full sharing capabilities and want to handle contact labels in your iPhone, get our iPhone app!

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