The Secret To Exporting & Importing Google Contacts

Dear Computer Lady,

My husband is changing companies and needs to export his contacts from his former business gmail to his new one.

According to him he has tried everything. Well, he didn’t try one thing … he didn’t try contacting you. Is there a foolproof way to do this?

Info on the internet is a lot like the recipes my mother in law used to give me … missing one key ingredient.

Please help, Chris

Dear Chris,

I can give you directions for exporting contacts from a regular Gmail account. I am not sure if this would be the same as your husband’s business account.

1. Log into your Gmail account.
2. In the upper-left corner of your screen, just under the word, Google, click on the drop down arrow next to “Gmail”.
3. In the drop-down list, click on “Contacts”.
4. In the left column, click the down arrow next to “More”, then click, “Export.
5. You will be prompted to go to the old version of Google Contacts since the export function apparently isn’t yet functional in the new version.
6. Once in the old version of Google contacts, click the check boxes to select the contacts you want to export.
7. Click “More” and then “Export” in the menu at the top.
8. Click to select the contacts you want to export, then select the format you want, and finally click the blue “Export” button.
9. You will be prompted to select a locatio and file name for your export. Once you have done so, click the “Save” button.

10. In the new Google account, follow steps 1-4 above, but this time click “Import” instead of export.
11. In the dialog box that appears, click on “CSV or vCard file”.
12. Follow the prompt to go to the old version of Google Contacts.
13. In the old version, click on “More” then “Import” and click on the button that says, “Choose File”.
14. Locate and click to select the file you exported, then click “Open”.
15. Click the “Import” button and your contacts will soon appear.



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