11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2013 12:14 AM by R.Robbo
seanc8412 Level 1 (0 points)

How is Contact Sync for Gmail different from Address Book's built in sync? Should I uncheck the sync option in address book if I am using the app? Thoughts?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • dsimagry Level 4 (1,275 points)

    Syncing address book contacts with your Google contacts





    Sync your Mac Address Book with Google Contacts





    How to Sync Your Mac OS X Mail Address Book with Google Gmail Contacts

    http://email.about.com/od/macosxmailtips/qt/Sync_Mac_OS_X_Mail_Address_Book_with _Google_Gmail_Contacts.htm

  • seanc8412 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I am aware of how to tick the box to sync/configure to Gmail. However, there is an app in the App Store that offered to sync to your Gmail too. It got me thinking as to why an app would be offered to sync to your Gmail when the functionality is already built in to Address Book. I suppose I answered my own question, because apparently the app doesnt sync any better than Address Book, and it doesn't sync in the background like Address Book does. Thanks for your help though!

  • dsimagry Level 4 (1,275 points)

    My expertise ends here... Hopefully someone comes by with the solution you seek.

  • allen.h Level 1 (0 points)

    The Apple address book doesn't do a real two-way synch (which would result in the same contacts in both systems). Rather, it makes the Google contact list visible inside the Apple address book, but doesn't move any data in the other direction. Among other things, this makes addresses that happen to be in both locations show up as two identical entries in the Apple address book. More to the point, addresses added to the Apple address book DO NOT appear in Google contacts, though the oposite is true (new Google contacts do show up in the Apple address book).


    So, so-called synching works best if you use Google contacts as your real address book and then set up the Apple address book to mirror Google contacts. If you forget, and add an address on the Mac side, it won't show up in Google contacts, however.

  • sporry Level 1 (0 points)

    this kinda doesn't work for me. I'm using mountain lion though. There is no "sync" button in the adddress book in mountain lion. This makes me wonder if Apple gave google teh boot completely.

    I'm trying to work this out because I woudl liek to get an iPhone, if I can get all my acocunts synced together. So far that proofs to be real tough. It doesn't help that my apple account details are different from my normal google mail account. I managed to get my iPad somehow to sync my gmail contacts and calendar to my ipad calendar, but the address book in mountain lion does not sync even after setting up the account 9again, there is no "sync"button in address book mointain lion).


    So far i have to conclude that if I want to use gmail, it won't work with my iMac...

  • GrandWazoo Level 1 (0 points)

    I am using OS X 10.6.8 and indeed my Address Book is synced with my contacts in my Gmail acccount, bi-directionally. Allen.h, are you sure about your statement ?

  • allen.h Level 1 (0 points)

    The behavior I described in my note was correct at the time, but it's working now! Either Google or Apple fixed something, but I'm happy. I'm running 10.8.2.

  • allen.h Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't figure out how to delete my previous post, but it's working now (under OS X 10.8.2). Ignore the original post!

  • trisheep Level 1 (0 points)

    Google released support for CardDAV not too long ago.




    Instead of checking the sync with Google option for "On my mac", I created a "Google" account in my address book by following the intstructions above. And now all is working perfectly -- syncing both ways.


    And if you have another account, say Yahoo!, you can copy all the contacts from that account and paste them into your Google account, then do a merge for duplicates. Now your contacts in both Yahoo! and Google are in sync too. That's a bit of mannual work, but worth a try.

  • radman2020 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the newest version of Mountain Lion.  It is only syncing in the one direction as yours was.  I set up a CalDav gmail account thinking this would fix it.  It did not.  Anyone have any ideas??!?

  • R.Robbo Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this same problem.  I found that going to Settings > Mail etc > iCloud and unchecking the sync contacts resolved the issue.


    In the contacts app I had sync with Google checked.  However, this was not enough to perform a 2-way sync.


    With both settings in Contacts AND settings sorted, it worked fine.


    Just need to go through the duplicated now!!!