Apple Mac Contacts Address Book Groups and Google Groups

If you’re dependent on using groups for organizing your contacts and sending emails, then be warned that Apple Mac Contacts Address Book and Google Contacts don’t work well together.

New groups created in Apple Contacts will show up as individual contacts in your Google Contacts address book.

Groups and tags for contacts in Google won’t be reflected in your Apple Contacts address book.

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Apple OS X Contacts Address Book Inactive Accounts Delete

Sometimes the list of accounts in the Apple Contacts program will be different than the Internet Accounts listing in System Preferences. This is particularly a problem with accounts marked as Inactive.

To fix this problem, follow these instructions.

  1. Close System Preferences if it is open.
  2. Press the Option key and click the Go menu in finder and select Library to view your user Library.
  3. In the Preferences folder, find the file named com.apple.internetaccounts.plist and move it to the desktop.
  4. Start System Preferences and open Internet Accounts. You should see the previously missing Inactive account from Contacts appear in the list.

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Apple OS X Contacts Don’t Synchronize with Google Gmail

Usually it’s possible to add a Google account to your Apple Mac OS X Contacts and the system will work properly. This is done through System Preferences > Internet Accounts > press + to add an account. You can setup Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Messages, and Notes. However, some people have experienced problems with Gmail contacts and the Apple Contacts program.

It may be, when you click the checkbox next to Contacts in System Settings > Internet Accounts, you won’t see any names show up in your Apple Contacts program. If this happens, you’ll need to configure your Gmail contacts in the following way (for OS X Mavericks):

  1. System Preferences > Internet Accounts > press + to add an account.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the available account types, and click on Add Other Account.
  3. Choose Add a CardDAV account.
  4. Provide your Username (only the part before the @gmail.com) and password. The server address should be http://www.google.com. If you enter Google.com for the server (as instructed elsewhere on other help pages), you’ll get an unknown error.
  5. The new account will be listed as Www. You can click it and choose Details to give it a better description.

Your contacts should now appear in the Apple Contacts program and should remain synchronized properly.

Additional reading about this issue can be found in the Apple Discussion forums.

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