How to Jump Off iCloud and Migrate to Google Contacts

If you’re talking about smart phones and cloud computing, the two big kids on the playground are Apple and Google. Apple has their ecosystem of iPhone, iOS, and iCloud while Google has a bevy of Android devices and a ton of Google services; all there to keep your data nice and synced while you use either platform.

What happens when you want to move from Apple and iCloud over to Google and their services? Do you need to abandon your old address book and cut ties with all your current family, friends, and coworkers stored on the Google platform? While data bankruptcy is tempting to give you a clean start, the reality is you can easily migrate your data between iCloud and Google.

Below is a step-by-step on how to move your contacts from Apple and iCloud and over to Google. There are two ways to handle this. In one case you have a Mac and are using Apple’s Contacts app to store your contacts. The second case is that you only use your iPhone/iPad plus iCloud to make the transition. Both are outlined below.

Exporting Apple Contacts

If you use a Mac and Apple’s Contacts, getting your information over to Google is pretty simple. First, open up Contacts on your Mac. Next, click on the All Contacts item in the left bar.

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Next, click on any contact in the list, then hit CMD+A on your keyboard to select all contacts. All contacts should be highlighted blue when done. With all your contacts selected, click the File menu > Export > Export vCard. You should get a Save As window that looks something like this:

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Click Save and you should end up with a contact list export file.

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With the Apple Contacts saved, the next step is to import them into Google.

Importing Contacts Into Google

Head on over to contacts.google.com and log in using your Google ID. Once logged in, you should see the following interface:

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In the side bar, click on Import Contacts.

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When you click this link, an import window will appear. Click the Choose File button to locate the export file you just created and click Import.

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The page will process your contacts and depending on the number of contacts you import, this will take a minute or two. When the import is complete, you should see all your contacts listed.

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Now, you’re contacts are in Google and ready for Android or any other Google-centric use.

Exporting Your Contacts from iCloud

If you don’t use Apple’s Contacts app, but still use iCloud for your contacts, you can export your contacts just as easily.

First, log in to your iCloud account at iCloud.com. Once logged in, click on Contacts.

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You should now see a list of your contacts. Click on any of them in the list and hit CMD+A (or CTRL+A on PC) to select all your contacts. Once they are all highlighted blue, click the gear icon in the bottom left of the window, and choose Export vCard.

A file will automatically download from the iCloud website with your vCard information. Follow the steps listed above to import the file into Google Contacts and you’re done!

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Wrap-Up

As much as every company wants to hold on to your data and not let it go other places, there is always a way to get your data from one place to another. Even if you’re not still using iCloud or Google, leaving your contacts in both places can give you an additional backup of your contacts as well as make it easy to jump ship when you want to.

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