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How to Export Your Gmail Contacts

Asif Mahmud Arnob

Wed, 06 Dec 2023

How to Export Your Gmail Contacts

What to Know

  • In Google Contacts, select Export > Contacts and choose the appropriate format.
  • You can export the entire list or only certain groups.
  • New automatic contact entries are found under Other contacts in Gmail Contacts.

  • Export Your Gmail Contacts

  • Your address book isn't tied to one Gmail address. You can use it with another Gmail account or a desktop email program such as OutlookMozilla Thunderbird, or Yahoo Mail. To export your full Gmail address book:
  • 1. Open Google Contacts. The easiest way to do that is to visit or select the apps menu in the upper-right corner of Gmail and choose Contacts.

2. Select Export.

3. To export an entire address book, select Contacts. Select the drop-down arrow to choose a Google Contacts group.

    4. Choose an export format:

    • ## The Outlook CSV format exports all data and converts names to the default character encoding.
    • ## The Google CSV format exports all data and uses Unicode to preserve international characters. Some email programs such as Outlook do not support Unicode.
    • ## The vCard format is an internet standard that is supported by many email programs and contact managers such as OS X Mail and Contacts.
    • 5. Select Export.
    • 6. Download the file (named Contacts) to your computer. You can rename the file anything you want, like gmail-to-outlook.csv (for the Outlook CSV format), gmail.csv (for Google CSV), or contacts.vcf (for the vCard format).
    • Where to Find Contacts Automatically Added by Gmail
    • Your list and file of contacts may be large because Gmail adds new contact entries to your address book when you reply to an email or forward it to a new address. These new automatic entries are found under Other contacts in Gmail Contacts.

    Prevent Gmail From Adding Contacts Automatically

      • To prevent Gmail from adding new addresses to your Contacts automatically:

      1. Go to Gmail and select the Settings gear in the upper-right corner of the page.

      2. Select See all settings.

      3. Under the General tab, scroll down to Create contacts for auto-complete section and select I'll add contacts myself.

      4. Select Save Changes at the bottom of the page.


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