How to export contacts from Gmail: You have decided to abandon the Gmail e-mail service because you do not find it suitable for your needs, but you have not yet decided to create a new e-mail address. Even though Google’s Webmail service goes tight you are continuing to use it: you are not willing to lose all your precious contacts and you are looking for a way to avoid transferring them from one email to another one by one. Are you thinking of opening a secondary email address and would you like to transfer all the contacts in your Google address book to it? I guess that’s why you searched the Internet for information on how to export contacts from Gmail.
Well, if you find yourself in one of the situations listed or in a similar situation, know that what you are thinking about is absolutely possible and that it is not as difficult as you think; just take advantage of the appropriate contact transfer function and you’re done. This is a procedure that shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes, I assure you.
How do you say? The topic is of your interest but you are not particularly expert with technology and even less with the use of the computer? And where is the problem? I am here and I can help you. If you want to know in detail how to export contacts from Gmail , all you have to do is take a few minutes of free time. You will find all the instructions step by step to carry out this procedure in this guide of mine that I am about to offer you: you will only have to make sure that you follow them carefully and put them into practice. By doing so, you will be able to transfer your entire address book from Gmail to any other email service or client with minimal effort. I wish you a good read.
How to export contacts from Gmail (web)
At this point, if you want to export specific contacts, select them by placing a check mark in the box that appears in their correspondence when you hover over them with the mouse pointer. Then click on the ⋮ button located at the top right and select the Export item from the menu that opens. Choose, therefore, whether to export the selected names in the form of a CSV Google file , CSV Outlook or vCard (for iOS contacts) and presses the Export button to obtain the files with the contacts.
If you want to export all the contacts in the address book or a specific group of contacts, instead, you must click on the item More which is located in the left sidebar of the Gmail contact management panel, after which you must select the Export item that appears in below and, in the box that is shown on the screen, you must put a check mark next to the item Contacts (total number of contacts) . To select a specific group of contacts and not all the contacts in the address book, select the name of the group you want to export from the menu that appears after putting the check mark on Contacts (total number of contacts) .
Finally, choose whether to export the contacts as a CSV Google , CSV Outlook or vCard file (for iOS contacts) and click the Export button to start exporting the address book. As you have seen, the procedure that requires you to act from the web version of Gmail is very simple to perform.
How to export contacts from Gmail (Android)
The procedure that allows you to export contacts from Gmail acting from Android mobile devices is completely different as it will be necessary to be in possession of the Contacts application developed by Google.
On Android mobile devices , in fact, Gmail contacts are automatically synchronized with the Google account that is used to access the device; consequently through the use of this application you can use the list of all contacts and carry out the export.
To carry out the operation of exporting Gmail contacts via your Android smartphone, you must therefore make sure that you have the application mentioned. If not, you will need to download and install it on your device. To carry out this operation, then go to the Android Play Store (the colored ▶ symbol located on the home screen) and, through the internal search engine, download and install the Contacts application by tapping on the Install button and then on the button I agree .
At the end of the installation tap the Open button that will have appeared in the Android Play Store to start the application, or tap the icon of the application which will have been added to the main screen of your device. Once the application is launched, allow it to be able to access and manage your contacts by pressing the Allow button for two consecutive.
After that, in case you are asked, log in indicating the Google account data you have and for which you want the application to synchronize and import all your Gmail contacts. All contacts synchronized through the Contacts application will be visible on the main screen and you can easily export them using this Google application.
To perform the export operation, first tap on the button with the symbol of the three dots that you can see in the upper right corner. Then, from the drop-down menu that you see on the screen, tap on Select all for select all the contacts in your Gmail account that have been synced with this Google app.
Then you have to tap the button with the sharing symbol and press the Allow button , in order to authorize the application to manage contacts. Once this is done, you will be able to view the various contact sharing options so that you can export and / or share them through the use of other external applications or services.
If you wish, you can also export some selected contacts, always acting through the Contacts application developed by Google which is present on Android mobile devices. In this case, after logging in with your Google account in the Contacts application, you will have to press the button with the three dots symbol again . However, you will need to press on the word Select in order to manually select, by placing a check mark, the contacts you want to export.
Once you have made the selection of contacts, press the button with the sharing symbol and, through the Share with menu , choose the option that best reflects your needs regarding the export and / or sharing of contacts selected.
How to export contacts from Gmail (iOS)
Acting from iOS mobile devices, you cannot perform the procedures indicated in the previous lines relating to the export of your Gmail contacts. At the time of writing, in fact, on the iOS mobile devices there is no Contacts application developed by Google.
You can, however, synchronize the contacts of Gmail on iPhone (or iPad) and then use a third-party application to export them in the form of a VCF or CSV file: below I will explain how to do it. Let’s start by activating the Gmail address book on iOS.
From the home screen of your device, tap on the Settings app (the symbol of a gear ). Then scroll down to find the Account and Password item and tap on it. Then, under the word Account , press the Add Account button and then tap on the Google item to add your Google account and consequently import all your contacts into your iOS smartphone.
Once the Google Account has been added, it will appear among the menu items in the Account section . Then tap on it and make sure that the lever at the Contacts item is active. If it is not, move it from OFF to ON to activate it and make it turn green.
At this point, once you have done this, if you open the Contacts application of your iOS device you will be able to find all your Gmail contacts perfectly synchronized. From here, you can export them as CSV or VCF files using an application like My Contacts Backup , which I told you about in detail in my tutorial on how to save the iPhone address book .