I used to keep mac, iphone and Gmail in sync via Exchange till iCloud was released. Once I started using both Gmail contacts and iCloud for air syncing I started having duplicates on the address book, whatsapp and other apps.

After doing some research I found there are conflicts between Gmail and iCloud when syncing. For instance, Exchange protocol does not allow things like birthday dates, contact groups or custom fields (something I noticed before). I was tempted of using iCloud for that reason but then Gmail contacts would be out of sync and I'm not sure I would be able of syncing my Mac's address book either (not sure).

Anyway, is there any easy way (via software or not) of keeping mac, iphone, icloud and gmail in sync? Including custom fields, groups, birthdays...

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use the Gmail template on iOS to have the best Gmail experience on iPhone, use Sparrow to have the best experience on Mac. It will use your Gmail contacts and the one you have on Address Book.


Use iCloud for contact syncing on the Mac and the iPhone. You won't have the contacts on the Gmail webapp, but you can still find them on icloud.com.

  • Hi, just to be clear.... I'm only talking about contacts. Just modified to topics to make it even clearer. :) Also, ideally, I'd like to keep Gmail in the sync too.
    – ozke
    Jan 10, 2012 at 16:43
  • Right. Then it's going to be harder. At least with the built-in apps. You can't sync Gmail and iCloud contact with Address Book. Jan 10, 2012 at 16:48

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