How to Sync Your Facebook Contacts With an Android

Android Facebook App

When you first install a Facebook app you may be prompted to sync all your FB contacts with those on your phone. If you skipped that step but you now want to sync your Facebook contacts with your Android it is quite easy to do.

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Of course you can uninstall the FB app and reinstall it to get the sync option again. In any case you will need to have a Facebook app installed on your Android to sync your contacts.

For some devices (like Nexus) sync-algorithm is quite easy:
On your phone, go to “settings” and scroll down to “accounts”, tap on “Facebook” and then tick the “Contacts” box (which should have “Sync is OFF” displayed), then it will start syncing.

How to Sync Facebook Contacts with Android:

  • Menu >Settings> Account & Sync
  • Click on Facebook. If you don’t see Facebook in the list of accounts it is likely that you haven’t yet added your Facebook account to your Android Accounts – tap on the option at the bottom of the screen and do so now.
  • Select the “Sync contacts” option
  • Click “Sync Now”

You should notice that there are options to sync your Facebook feed, calendar and schedule if you like. Once you complete the sync you will now be able to see all your Facebook friends in your list of contacts.

If you still have problems, try special sync software: HaxSync or UberSync

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  • Jacaroe

    Install a Facebook apk released prior to May 2015 and don’t update it. It’s been working fine for me. Be careful that you don’t update it. Facebook is real tricky about prompting you to do that.

    23 Sept 2016

  • Kevin Laster

    I’ve tried several different methods to sync my contacts but when I synced facebook there was no option to sync contacts, only calendar and gallery. Can a real tech teach me how to do this please!!!!

  • Sidharth M

    Dear sir
    I have just bought a Micromax Canvas XL2, i have tried all possible methods to synchronize my FB account to phone but no use.
    In “accounts” i tapped facebook, an option to synchronize contacts etc should come, but it shows nothing. Tried similar with my gmail account , but shows options to synchronize .

    Need your help please.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards
    Sidharth

  • Ariel

    You have to go into the App Menu in Facebook and select the option to sync contacts.

  • Sanjib Barman

    I install facebook app and the contents was synchronized but i restore my mobile and now i install the app but their no contact sync option…i go to setting and thn account> Facebook. But there no option to tap contact sync. My mobile is Lava iris X1
    . pls pls help me.

  • Chris Fifi Faisal

    I’ve tried a few times to sync my contacts wiz faceboook but still it doesn’t sync…Even my contacts doesn’t shows the whatsapp icon at all of my contacts though all of them have whatsapp and I’ve been texting them.My phone is Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

  • Chris Fifi Faisal

    I’ve tried a few times to sync my contacts wiz faceboook but still it doesn’t sync…Even my contacts doesn’t shows the whatsapp icon at all of my contacts though all of them have whatsapp and I’ve been texting them.My phone is Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.Please help me out coz I really can’t whatsapp lots of ppl unless they whatsapp me 1st…

  • Rama Rao

    After may 2015 this is no longer possible as facebook disallowed contacts sync via their API.

    Btw, how is this forum without a date stamp for posts or replies? One should know when was which post/response was created, right?

    posted on 17-Aug-2015

  • matt

    To sync fb
    contacts to your Android
    1. Go to fb “search page”
    2. Hit the 3 lines
    3. App settings
    4. Under contact settings
    5. Sync contacts
    6. Hit til it shows Sync All

  • Stacy

    I restarted my phone..galaxy 5s and now my contacts are not synced with Facebook and the option to sync contacts in the app settings is gone. WTH is going on? Pls help! TIA

  • Ankit k

    I have just bought note5 and tryin to sync my facebook contacts but it seems like their is some problem its not doin anything i have tried every thing deleting and adding the facebook account but nothings seems to work is it woth the facebook app plzz help

  • Max

    I have Sansum note 5 and is not working facebook contact list arenot sync….

  • Kristie Price-Sissons

    Ok since the new update, I have tried to sync my Facebook with my android, I can not it does not give me a option. Can a tech help me out.

  • Ann

    I have the Samsung galaxy 6 edge plus and I used to have the option to sync my contacts with my phone and now it’s gone. Help please…

  • Joshua Baker

    My Samsung Note 3 USED to sync up Facebook contacts, but now REFUSES to. For the past few months, all it says is sync error. No other reason explaining why. I’m dumber than a box of rocks with electronic devices. Any help would be absolutely wicked awesome! Thank you.

  • Kevin

    I have the Samsung galaxy 6 edge and I used to have the option to sync my contacts with my phone and now it’s gone. Help please…

  • Barbara

    Thanks Ramadan for the info. I have been trying to pair my contacts with Facebook and I’ve tried everything I can think of and reinstalled twice. Now I shall stop trying but I miss all the pictures of my friends. I can’t imagine why FB would disallow this facility, except to be awkward!
    23rd November 2015

  • Saralie Guzman

    I have a galaxy s6. I had to do a reset on my phone . And can’t seem to sync to Facebook contacts.it seems like Facebook has disabled the sync contact option. It’s kind of disappointing, that was the only reason why I have facebook.

    11/24/2015

  • Nick

    Same problems as above, not syncing FB to contacts, i’ve got a HTC 1M8. I can add FB as an account in HTC settings, but the old “sync contacts” option has gone since FB updated the other day. WTF…Facebook get onboard. If someone figures it out, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD

  • Dana

    I tried a dozen times & several ‘sync’ apps, still nothing….. have to manually add names & numbers (without photos) to my phone contact list…

  • Mike

    It is not Facebook that is dissallowing the sync, but rather Google. On several other tech blogs, the solution is to use an older version of Facebook, but I hesitate to do that because of the virus/corruption possibilities. Shame on Google for not playing well with others!

  • JohnX

    IT may be google/Facebook spat, but its because Facebook wants you to upload your contact list from your phone into their servers.

  • anil

    I’ve tried several different methods to sync my contacts but when I synced facebook there was no option to sync contacts, only calendar and gallery. Can a real tech teach me how to do this please!!!!please help

  • Maria

    I uninstalled fb trying to see why it locked me out. Little did I know that now I can’t sync my contacts w fb. It is upsetting. I like this feature. I uninstalled twice it never asked to sync my contacts.. Now what?? I have to send txt to my friends requesting pics so I can have them sync on my contacts not fair..I might as well not have fb on my Samsung Galaxy 3 anymore. If anyone can find a way to sync contacts please let us know thanks

  • Dawn

    Doesn’t matter who’s decision it was, the fact is that ability to sync is GONE. And if you were like me & had your phone contacts linked to your Facebook friends, then that entire contact was deleted (name, phone #, etc.). So freaking frustrating….

    Reverting back to an old FB version does NOT work.

    Any app out there that will do it?

    Posted 12/14/2015 @ 3:00pm

  • Frank Reed

    It looks as though they moved the option to the separate messenger app settings.

  • dimesh

    uninstall fb and download old version upto march 2015 from apk down. your all contacts sync again.

  • Shawd

    You go to the app Facebook. Then in the right corner hit the menu scroll down. Then you go down to app settings. In the app settings all the way down at the bottom there is a sync contacts selection, click that and choose to sync all contacts to your phone. Done.

  • Diane

    This is annoying Google, fix it!!

  • Abdella Issa

    How to Sync myfacebook Contacts With an Android

  • Carrie

    My husband and I have the same type of phone. My facebook contacts are not linked in my contacts all of a sudden and his still are. Why is that if this is no longer offered or an option? How do mine just disappear and his stay? I want mine back and no one can help me get it back. If you are telling me it is no longer an option? Why did it just go away? And now I am missing phone numbers of people and some last names have disappeared. I want my contacts linked again. I have tried multiple things to sync and nothing has worked. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Facebook on my phone and still no luck. I have a business and this is not helping be run it!

  • shoeb

    i am unable to sync facebook account in samsung galaxy j7 from Menu >Settings> Account & Sync.

  • Scott

    I want my sync option back. Have Contact’s all over the country and am tired of looking at a blue dot/letter for contact image. Shame on whoever is responsible.

  • jay

    There is another app that works good for syncing fb to android phones. It’s called “Sync.ME” it’s free at the play store..

  • Andrew

    It’s Facebook that have removed the option In the last update I have been told to try a third party app called sync me am going to have a go now

  • Andrew

    No no no it will only do it if you agree to send theme all your phone and Facebook instagram twitter etc contacts to its servers yeah nice try

  • Sharie

    Same here in my note 5 I sync now and then but still nothing happened. .. help help… I want my contact in Feb sync in my phone

  • Sharnai

    I was having the problem where there is no longer a sync option for Facebook on Android. I read that this is not a glitch, Facebook have removed this feature. To sync your Facebook contacts to your phone contacts you must use an external syncing app. I used SyncMe to much success.

  • rosan kumar mahanta

    my phone name is micromax unite 3.I add facebook account but he seen onli one facebook account add.

  • Jawad

    I’ve tried a few times to sync my contacts wiz faceboook but still it doesn’t sync…Even my contacts doesn’t shows the whatsapp icon at all of my contacts though all of them have whatsapp and I’ve been texting them.My phone is Samsung Galaxy note 3

  • Barbara

    FB is linked to my phone and I get all the FB photos, but how do I get the FB photos on my phone contacts?

  • Angie

    Have a new LG5 and my phone won’t update my Facebook pictures and contacts in my phone. Not sure how to make it woek5.

  • Saad gilllani

    I synchronize my contact in fb …now i lost my phone..tell me how to get them back from fb…as they showed to me in fb