Viewing Your Google Contacts in MacOS Contacts

Set up MacOS contacts to copy Google Contacts automatically

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Setting up macOS Contacts to include your Google Contacts is a snap, and it makes having up-to-date contacts everywhere just about effortless. If you make a change to one of your contacts in Google Contacts or add or delete contacts, that information is copied to the macOS Contacts app seamlessly.

Setting Up MacOS Contacts to Mirror Google Contacts

If you don't use other Google services—like Gmail—on your Mac, and you only want to add Google contacts to your macOS Contacts app, use this method:

  1. Open Contacts on your Mac.
  2. Create a backup copy of your existing contacts by going to the Contacts menu and clicking on File > Export > Contacts Archive. Select a location for the backup and click Save.
  3. Select Contacts > Add Account from the menu bar.
  4. Click Other Contacts Account at the bottom of the list. (If you already use other Google services on your Mac, such as Gmail, click the Google logo instead of Other Contacts and see the specific instructions below.)
  5. Select CardDAV from the drop-down menu. Confirm the Account Type is set to Automatic. Enter your Google email address and password in the fields provided.
  6. If you use two-step verification, add an app password. 
  7. Click Sign in.
  8. Go to Contacts on the menu bar and select Preferences. Click the Accounts tab.
  9. Select Google in the list of accounts.
  10. Place a checkmark in the box next to Enable this account.
  11. In the drop-down menu next to Fetch, select a time period to indicate how often you want the macOS Contacts app to link up with Google Contacts and check for changes. Times range from 1 minute to 1 hour.
  1. The contact information from Google appears in the macOS Contacts application and updates at the interval you chose.

Activate Contacts If You Already Have Google Services

If you already have Google services on your Mac, such as a Gmail account in the Mail app, the process of linking with Google Contacts is much easier. 

  1. From the Contacts menu bar, choose Contacts > Accounts to open the internet accounts preferences.
  2. Select Google in the list of accounts on the left of the window that opens.
  3. Place a checkmark in the box next to Contacts in the list of available Google services and exit the screen.

If you sync your macOS Contacts app with your iPad or iPhone, the changes are viewable there too.