14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 19, 2008 9:37 AM by Raj
AJLynn Level 1 Level 1
I'm running Leopard Mail and Address Book but I'd like Gmail (via the web site) to also have my addresses. There are a lot of them - it would take forever to manage manually. Is there a way to sync them?

MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Steve Ehlers Level 1 Level 1
  • Greg Hart Level 1 Level 1
    I've used "A to G" and it worked great. It allows you to do a one-time dump from your Apple Address Book to your Gmail Contacts. Is there an even easier way, via a two-way sync? Any tools out there that automatcially keep my web-based Gmail contacts synced with my Apple Address Book??

    Thanks.
  • Kurt Anglese Level 1 Level 1
    I think a lot of people are out there looking for that, myself included. gMail rocks and paired with an iPhone it is even better.
  • Greg Hart Level 1 Level 1
    Totally agree. IMAP Gmail on Apple Mail/iPhone is great. I love the fact that for no charge, you can host your personal or organization's domain's mail services on Gmail (Google Apps, to be exact). I see 3rd party apps out there for two-way calendar sharing between Google Calendar and iCal. Anything similar exist for Gmail Contacts <--> Apple Address Book sync'ing?
  • amstanley Level 1 Level 1
    Plaxo.
    Works great.
  • AJLynn Level 1 Level 1
    Isn't Plaxo that service where you give it the email address of everybody you know, then it sends them a bunch of emails asking them to keep their contact info updated? I don't want everybody I've ever met to get spammed because I want to sync up my address book...
  • Alex Foessel Level 1 Level 1
    About Plaxo spamming, they have changed their policy and approach. I use it successfully to keep my contacts in sync without spamming anyone.

    On the GMail contact sync, Plaxo has not yet delivered a 2 way sync. Many of us current users are still waiting.

    On the other hand, Plaxo does sync calendar with GMail caledar. This is not as useful to me, though.
  • argash Level 1 Level 1
    Actually Plaxo still annoyingly does not support two way sync of Address Book and gMail contacts. It does have a one way support (gMail -> Address Book) but we're still waiting for the two way sync and its starting to become very annoying.
  • netnichols Level 1 Level 1
    Hi AJLynn,

    Syncman ( http://wateree.net/syncman ) is a recently released product that synchronizes between Address Book and Gmail. Postal addresses aren't handled yet, but they'll come soon.

    Disclosure: I'm the developer
  • &#38589 Level 1 Level 1
    I used syncman once, however, all my GTalk contacts are lost. Surprisingly, they are not all lost since Adium remembered them all. Is there anyway to easily sync all of them back so that iChat and Adium could share my GTalk buddies ?
  • alanterra Level 1 Level 1
    If you have an iPhone, synching google/iPhone/Address Book is built in to 10.5.3. See "10.5.3: Sync your iPhone contacts with Google" <http://www.tuaw.com/2008/05/28/10-5-3-sync-your-iphone-contacts-with-google/>. I remember seeing something on a way to use this if you don't own an iPhone, but since I have one, I didn't follow up.
  • Jeffery Nunes Level 1 Level 1
    well this is very promising... i'm expecting that all these networking and syncing features and add on for the apps that are being built into the iphone would eventually show up in OSX...
  • Mark A Wilson Level 1 Level 1
    I've been using the Google Contact Sync feature in OS X 10.5.4 (http://googlemac.blogspot.com/2008/05/mac-os-x-1053-sync-google-contacts.html) and am confused about a couple of things.

    Firstly, I can set it up via the Address Book preferences (but then can't see any way to make it sync) or in iTunes 7.7.1 (and it syncs when iTunes syncs with my iPhone).

    Secondly (and more importantly), it seems to pull contacts from GMail but not sync them back after I have added phone numbers etc. in Address Book.

    Am I missing something?
  • Raj Level 1 Level 1
    If you do not own an iPhone, you may not see the option in Address Book to sync contacts with Google's Gmail. If you are not seeing the option in the preferences of Address Book > General, then read the 3 steps in the follow post on how to enable the Gmail contact option box:

    http://lifehacker.com/393855/enable-google-contact-sync-without-an-iphone-or-ipo d-touch

    (Excerpt:)
    Here's what you do:

    1. If you don't have the Property List Editor installed, download the shareware PlistEdit Pro and install.

    2. Open up ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPod.plist and save a backup copy of it. Then, expand the tree to reveal "Family ID." Change that value to 10001, as shown above.

    3. Save your changes. Launch Address Book and open the Preference pane. The Google contact sync option will be staring right at you.

    Next, open iSync, choose iSync > Preferences, and then select “Show status in menu bar.” Quit iSync. Click the Sync menu in the menu bar and choose Sync Now. (taken from Address Book Help > Synchronizing with Google Contacts).

    Voilé!