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Monday, October 22, 2012

1284. Sync Google mail contacts on my Mac

Jessica asked: I use Google mail and have a lot of contacts there, and would like to keep them in sync with my Mac address book. Can I do this?


Not only can you do this but with the last few verses of the Mac OS X operating system it is free and built into the operating system.

In address book on the Mac go to the preferences, choose accounts, and then in "On My Mac" account it has an option to synchronize with Google. You specify your Google credentials and then your Google contacts will be synchronized with your Mac address book. It’s that simple. On the other and you might also want to synchronize your Mac address book with your iCloud contacts.

It doesn’t work well if you synchronize both.  I can say this from experience that things go a little weird if you synchronize both with Google and with iCloud from your Mac. You will have to be very careful if you use that route to keep iCloud and Gmail contacts in sync.  I don’t really recommend that option.


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