Importing contacts to Gmail via a CSV / VCF file

Almost all email clients and web-based email services have the option to export contacts to a CSV file, as this format is one of the simplest and most convenient..

Importing a CSV / VCF file

Almost all email clients and web-based email services have the option to export contacts to a CSV file, as this format is one of the simplest and most convenient. VCF (vCard file or Virtual Contact File) - format mostly used in iOS Contacts.

  1. Click the Google Apps button at the top right.
  2. Click the Contacts button.
    Gmail - 'Contacts' button
  3. Click the Import button in the Contacts window.
    Gmail - 'Import' button
  4. Click the Select file button and select the contact file to be imported.
    Gmail - Select file button

    You can also click the No Label button to set a label for all the contacts to be imported. For example, if you are importing contacts from your work email to your home email address, it would be convenient to label all those contacts with the "Work" label.

    On this page, you can also see the Create Multiple Contacts button. It will be useful for those who want to add several contacts manually by writing them one line in a special field (not importing CSV / VCF files).

  5. Click the Import button.

Here we go! Contacts are imported.
If the result of the import is not what you expected (or you just want to cancel the import), click on the Undo button, which will appear at the bottom right after the import is completed.
Gmail - undo button

Export a contact file from Gmail
  1. Go to the contact page (as described above).
  2. Click the Export button at the bottom left.
    Gmail - Export button
  3. If you want to export contacts selectively, click on the Selected contacts checkbox and select the desired ones.
  4. In the Export as option, select the format of the exported file depending on where you intend to import the contact file in the future:
    • Google CSV - if you are going to import the file to another Google account.
    • vCard (for iOS Contacts) - to import to Apple system.
    • Outlook CSV - for other cases.

    Gmail - Export contacts menu
  5. Click the Export button.
  6. Select a folder on the disk to save your contact list.
  7. Press the Save button.

Have questions? Contact us: [email protected]

Terms of Service    Privacy policy    Contact us   

Made with favorite in Arlington, VA