How To Import Your Contacts To Gmail.
There are times when you need to switch to a new email address or a new Gmail account. The first thing you might think about is migrating all your emails and creating an email forwarding rule. But don’t forget about all your contacts!
On the days of online syncing, all your contacts are automatically synced across all your devices as long as you’re signed in to the same account. This is why it is so important to keep all your contacts updated. If you’re moving to a new Gmail or Google account, here’s how you can import contacts to Gmail from various sources (including Outlook, Android, and iCloud) in CSV and VCF (vCard) formats.
How To Export Contacts From Outlook
If you are using the Microsoft suite and are using your Outlook account to sync contacts, you will find all your contacts stored in the People section of the Outlook website.
To get there. , open Outlook.com in a browser and sign in to your account. Your Outlook mailbox will open. In the lower left corner, click the People button.
You will now see all your contacts listed here. In the upper right corner, click the “Manage” button. Here, select the “Export Contacts” option.
In the pop-up window, you can choose to download all contacts or a specific group. Then click the Export button.
After a second or two, Outlook will save the CSV file to your download folder.
How To Export Contacts From iCloud (and iPhone)
IPhone users who use iCloud to sync contacts can export all their contacts using the iCloud website from a desktop or laptop. Unlike Outlook and Gmail, iCloud exports contacts in vCard (.vcf) format. But don’t worry, Gmail reads and imports the VCF format just fine.
First, you need to make sure iCloud contact sync is turned on. To do this, open the Settings app and click on your profile at the top. Here, select the iCloud option and on the next screen make sure the Contacts switch is turned on.
Now open the iCloud website in your desktop or laptop browser and after logging in, select the Contacts option.
Click the gear icon in the upper left corner and select the Select All option. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command / Control + A. Now click the gear icon again and select the Export vCard option.
iCloud will instantly download the VCF file to your computer.
How To Export Contacts From Gmail
Moving contacts from one Gmail account to another is pretty easy. You will need to export contacts from your first Gmail account in order to import contacts to your new Gmail account. First, make sure you’re signed in to the Gmail account you want to export your contacts from, and open the Google Contacts website in a new tab.
Here in the sidebar, select the Export option. …
Google will show you some options in a popup. You can export only selected contacts, all contacts or contacts with a specific shortcut. Since we are exporting this for a different Gmail address, make sure the Google CSV format is selected. Then click the Export button.
Google will download the CSV file.
How To Export Contacts From Android Smartphone
If you are using an Android smartphone and all your contacts are saved locally or on a SIM card, you can still export them easily.
Various Android manufacturers use their own contacts app. This is why we recommend that you use a third party app to export local contacts.
Super Backup & Restore app is a reliable solution to backup and restore contacts and call logs.
After installing the application, go to the “Contacts” section. Here, to back up all contacts, select the “Back up all” option. On the next screen, you can change the name of the VCF file. Then click OK.
The application has now generated a VCF file for you, which will be saved to local storage. The app will ask if you want to upload it to Google Drive or share it with other apps. We recommend that you send this file to yourself by email. Select the Send to Others option, and then tap Gmail in the list of apps. Enter your email address in the “To” field and then send your email.
This way, the VCF file will always be available in your Gmail account and you can download or import it on any platform (this can be useful if you are switching from Android to iPhone).
How To Export Contacts From iPhone (Without iCloud)
If you don’t want to use iCloud sync, you can use a third-party app to manually export all local iPhone contacts (it’s just as easy to move Google contacts to iPhone).
There are many contacts backup apps on the App Store, but one app that has stood the test of time is backing up my contacts. The free version of the application allows you to export up to 500 VCF contacts. You can buy the My Contacts Backup Pro app for $ 1.99 to remove all restrictions.
This is a very simple application that allows you to export contacts and email them from your iPhone. By default, the application exports contacts in VCF (vCard) format, but you can change it to CSV in the application settings menu.
Open the app and tap the gear icon in the bottom right corner. Here go to Type and select CSV (Excel) format.
To export your contacts, open the My Contacts backup and give the application permission to access your contacts. Then click the Backup icon. The app will start backing up all your contacts.
When the process is complete, click the Email button. In the compose email menu, enter your email address to email the contact file to yourself. Then click the “Submit” button.
Check your inbox to see if you received an email with a contact file.
How To Import Contacts To Gmail
Now that you’ve exported your contacts and are ready to work with your CSV or VCF file, it’s time to import the contacts to your Gmail or Google account.
To do this, go to the Google Contacts site and sign in to your Google account. In the sidebar, select the Import option.
In the pop-up window, click the Select File button.
Now select and open the CSV or VCF file you want to import.
Click the Import button in the pop-up window.
Google Contacts will now get started and start importing all the contacts in the file.
After a couple of seconds, you will see that all contacts appear on the Google Contacts site.
These contacts will now be available on all devices on which you have turned on Google sync.
Now that you’ve switched to your new Gmail account, don’t forget to delete the data in your old Google account.
What’s your favorite Google Contacts contact management tool? Are you a fan of Google’s new contacts website? Share your workflows with us in the comments below.
How To Import Your Contacts To Gmail
How To Import Your Contacts To Gmail