This post will show you how to sync your mac osx contacts to gmail contacts. This will allow for a two-way sync – ie when you add a contact to your addressbook, its automatically added to google and when you add a contact to google its automatically added to your osx contacts.

How to sync your mac osx contacts to gmail contacts on osx lion and later:

Option 1:

  • Open addressbook (which is now called ‘contacts’)
  • Goto preferences > accounts
  • click the + in the bottom corner
  • click ‘google’
  • Enter your google account information

Option 2: CardDav

  • Open addressbook (which is now called ‘contacts’)
  • Goto preferences > accounts
  • click the + in the bottom corner
  • click Other > ‘CardDav’
  • Enter your google account information – under server address, enter google.com

How to sync your mac osx contacts to gmail contacts

For addressbook on snow leopard and earlier:

Basically there are 3 steps.

  • Enable google in the addressbook preferences
  • Enable isync in the top bar thingy
  • Sync

OK, so on to step one.

  • Open addressbook. goto preferences > general.

How to sync your mac osx contacts to gmail contacts.

  • Tick the box for enable google sync.
  • Fill in your details.

If the option to enable google sync is missing then you need to plug-in an ipod touch or an iphone, or search google for a way to enable it without one.

Now on to step two.

  • Open up isync (applications > isync)
  • Goto preferences
  • Tick enable syncing on this computer
  • Tick ‘show status in menu bar’

Now on to step 3.

  • Hit the big sync devices button in isync or goto the menu bar and click the sync icon
  • Sync now.
  • Done.

You will now have all your gmail contacts in addressbook and will most likely need to sort them all and merge a few. good luck.