My primary means of handling contacts on my iPhone is gmail sync, but somehow it appears I have added a number of contacts to my phone locally. I want just these local contacts to sync back to gmail.

I'm fine with exporting and then importing to gmail, and then deleting the local contacts off my phone. However, I can't seem to find any good way of doing this.

  • Can you make use if a computer and iTunes to do a one time move? That is free and easy.
    – bmike
    Feb 3, 2014 at 17:35
  • @bmike If you have a good way to do it, definitely throw an answer in. My Google Fu is weak on this one it seems. Feb 4, 2014 at 4:52

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You can do this with My Contacts Backup. This will allow you to export all your local contacts as vCard which can be imported into Gmail.

Remove your Gmail account from your device (so that only the local contacts are backed up), then backup your contacts. You can then import the .vcf into your Gmail.

  • This worked for me, was free, and was pretty easy. CHOSEN. Feb 4, 2014 at 7:25

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