Whether you’re thinking of making the jump to Android or you’re an iPhone-toting Gmail user who wants your updated contacts in the same place as your mail, transferring your iCloud contacts to Gmail is a snap, and you don’t need any third-party apps to do it.

Once you’ve moved your address book over to Gmail, you’ll still be able to access your contacts through the iOS Contacts app. Indeed, once you’ve finished the process, you may forget that the contacts on your iPhone or iPad are stored somewhere other than iCloud, and you’ll love it when a contact pops instantly into the “To:” field whenever you compose a Gmail message in a desktop browser. Best of all, your contacts will be waiting for you if you ever decide to cross the street from iOS to Android.

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