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Have you ever lost, broken or had your phone stolen? Let’s be honest… creating a Facebook group to ask for your friend’s numbers can be annoying. You may not know this but there are many different ways to backup your phone’s contact list, even if you have a dumb phone. Check with your carrier for more details. If you’ve got an Android phone chances are you’re already backing up your contacts with Gmail without even knowing it. This post is for iPhone users. There are different ways to sync your Mail, Contacts, & Calendars on your iPhone. If you’ve got a Gmail account and you set it up on your iPhone the standard way to do it is to use the simple Gmail setup option. The problem with that option is it will not allow you to sync your precious contacts! In order to sync your iPhone contacts with your Gmail contacts, just follow the steps below:
Navigate to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account… and select the Microsoft Exchange option instead of Gmail.
Type in your full Gmail / Google Apps account email address in the Email field. Leave the Domain field blank. Type your full Gmail / Google Apps account email address a second time into the Username field. Enter your Password. Give it a custom Description so you can easily identify it in calendars and contacts later.
A message will appear saying that your iPhone Cannot Verify Server Identity. That’s okay. Select Continue and you will be given an opportunity to type in the server.
The Server for Gmail / Google Apps accounts is m.google.com. Type that in the now visible Server box.
Your Gmail / Google Apps account has now been verified as an Exchange Account on your iPhone. Select which parts of your account you wish to sync with your iPhone. You’ll notice Contacts is now displayed. You may also notice that Notes is no longer available. I’m guessing Notes is not that important to you. But if it is, you can always setup your same Gmail / Google Apps account under the Gmail option from step 1 and select it to only sync Notes.
Navigate to your Contacts app and view Groups. You will notice your contacts from the newly added account are now visible on your iPhone! Any contacts you may add or change either in Gmail or on your phone will now sync!
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