The Google account allows you to synchronize a wide variety of information on all your devices. In addition to photos, documents, and notes, you can sync your contacts in the cloud. However, there are a few things you need to do first to enable this feature. In the following sections we explain all the necessary methods to upload your contacts to the Google account from Android.
How to import contacts from file to Google account
In this section we explain how to import contacts to your Google account from a external file. This method can be useful if you have exported your calendar from another service. In this case, you will also need the Google Contacts app.
Access its settings and tap on Import.
Import contacts to Google
In the box, click okay.
Import VCF file
Use the file explorer to locate the VCF file. Afterwards, all the contacts it hosts will be uploaded to your Google account and will be available on all your devices.
How to use Google Contacts to sync phone contacts
If the contacts you want to import are stored in the memory of your phone, with Google Contacts it is very easy to synchronize them with the Google account. After downloading and installing it on your device, open the application and click on your account avatar.
Open account picker
In the pop-up box, you will see all the accounts that are being synchronized with the device. Select the account where you want to copy your local contacts.
Select Gmail account
Next, open the settings and click on Contacts sync settings.
Synchronize contacts in Google Contacts
Under the statement Also sync device contacts you will see the button Manage settings. Click on it.
Synchronization from device
Activate the slider that you will see on the screen.
Start backup contacts
Immediately, all the contacts stored in your terminal locally will be uploaded to your Google account. This is the best way not to lose them in case the device stops working. Remember that all the changes you make in your agenda with this application will be synchronized with the Google servers.
How to sync Google account contacts
If you already have your contacts in the Google account, but they do not appear on your device, you must make sure that the synchronization is activated. Go to section Accounts settings.
There, click on your Google account. Obviously, if there is no Google account on the device, you must add it with the button Add account.
Open Google account options
On the next screen, tap on Account sync.
Finally, activate the slider that you will see next to Contacts.
Activate contact syncing on Android
Once this is done, the contacts from your Google account will be synchronizing on your device.
How to display Google account contacts on device
After taking the steps mentioned in the previous sections, your contacts will be available on your phone no matter what contacts app you use. However, sometimes it will be necessary to activate its display manually. Taking the native Android contacts application as an example, we explain how to do it.
Open the application settings and tap Contacts to display.
Contacts to display
Check the box All contacts.
Show all contacts
In this simple way, you will have configured the contacts application to show all the entries in the calendar, including those stored in your Google account.