If you have contacts located in both your iCloud account and Google account, you can sync them in the Contacts app using CardDev, a protocol which allows you to sync contacts between Google and your Mac. Note that they are stored separately from your iCloud contacts; that is to say, they will not be merged together.
To set this up, you will need to launch System Preferences from the Contacts application and then click the Accounts tab. Click the + symbol to create a new account.
Now you don’t want to click Google here – that’s only if you are setting up a Google email and/or calendar account. Instead, click the radio button next to other contacts account. In the CardDev screen, enter in your user name (without the gmail.com), your password and the google.com in the server name.
Important – If you use two-factor authentication on Google, you cannot use your gmail password but must create an application specific password to use here.
Quick Guide: Sync Google Contacts with Mac Contacts Application
- Open the Contacts application.
- Select Contacts > Preferences from the menu.
- Click Accounts on top of the screen.
- Click the + symbol (plus) on the bottom of the window.
- Click the radio button next to other contacts account
- Click Continue.
- Enter in your Google user name (without the “gmail.com” in the User Name box.
- Enter in your Google password. If you are using two-factor authentication, you will need to create an application-specific password.
- In the Server Address box, type in: google.com
- Click Create. Your Google contacts will now be available in Contacts under the google.com area.
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