Did you know that you can sync your Android phone numbers to Gmail? More importantly, do you know why you’d want to do such a thing? For many of you reading this, I know it may come as old news. But with the over 2 BILLION active Android devices on the planet, it should come as no surprise that not everyone knows their way around their smartphone like the back of their hand.
In fact, I just had a friend message me today on Facebook asking me to guide her through the process. It’s simple enough, and she got through without any issues, but I figured it’d be a good idea to put this together as a reference guide for those to whom I’m not available for free tech support.
First, I’ll explain why you can and should be syncing your Android phone contacts with Gmail, and then I’ll show you how to do it. So, if you’re new to the Android platform, or perhaps you just need a refresher, lets put on our learning hats and tackle this tutorial, shall we?
Why sync contacts with Gmail?
Syncing your phone contacts with Gmail allows you to have access to said contacts across all of your devices that you’ve signed into with your Google account. Nearly every Android phone comes with Gmail installed and prompts you to either create a new Google account or log into an existing account during the initial setup.
Also, any changes you make to contacts are automatically saved and available across your devices. No user interaction needed, outside of the obvious of adding/editing contacts. Everything syncs to the cloud in the background, and it doesn’t require much bandwidth or storage space to do so.
Stop losing your phone contacts!
This means, when you buy a new phone, you won’t have to worry about transferring contacts via a cable, or even worse, creating them all again manually. Syncing your contacts with Google and Gmail gives you the peace of mind of having your contacts always available, regardless of where you’re Internetting from.
How to sync contacts with Google
Make sure that you have Gmail installed on your device. (You likely do, but here’s a link just in case.)
Go to Settings, then go to ‘Accounts’. (On the Galaxy Note 8, you get a second screen with ‘Accounts’; tap it again.
Select ‘Google’ from the ‘Accounts’ screen.
Select your Gmail account from the ‘Accounts’ screen.
Make sure that you’ve enabled the ‘Sync Contacts’ option.
You can verify your contacts are properly on the Google Contacts website. They will also show up in Gmail and become available any time you sign into a device with your credentials and enable syncing.
So, as you can see, this is a very simple process that will save you a lot of time if you lose/break/upgrade your phone. I hope you enjoyed it, and I’ll leave you with a parting question. Are you syncing your contacts with Gmail? Let me know why or why not down in the comment thread.
Thanks for the inspiration to write this guide, Brittany!