If you’ve built an extensive network of email contacts in Gmail, you may want to export them to another service. To export Gmail contacts, you need Google Contacts, which you can access through Gmail itself.
Because Gmail contacts are synchronized with your Google account, your saved contacts may include email addresses, phone numbers of synchronized mobile devices, and other additional contact information. Contacts are exported as vCard (VCF) or CSV files, so you can import them into any other email service, including Outlook.
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This is only possible for Gmail users on the web and owners of Android devices using the Google Contacts app. iPhone and iPad users must use the web interface to export contacts as the Google Contacts app is not available for those devices.
Export Gmail contacts on Windows 1
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If you are using Gmail from your web browser on a Windows PC or Mac, you can easily export Gmail contacts after logging in.
To do this, open the Gmail website and click the app menu icon (consisting of several dots) in the top right corner. Select “Contacts” from the drop-down menu.
To select individual contacts to export, click the check box next to each item in the “Contacts” section on the right.
After you have selected your contacts (or if you want to export all saved contacts), select the “Export” option from the left menu panel.
In the “Export contacts” popup window you can identify the contacts you want to export. If you want to export only the selected contacts, choose the option “Selected contacts”.
Otherwise, you will need to specify which category of contacts you want to export from the drop-down menu directly below. For example, you want to export all saved contacts or an automatically generated list of email addresses that you have contacted often.
Choose the export method in the “Export As” section. You can export as Gmail or Outlook friendly CSV files, or as vCards, which are suitable for mobile devices such as iPhones.
When you are done, click on the “Export” button to export your contacts.
You will be prompted to download the file at this stage. Choose a suitable file name and then save the file to your PC or Mac. You can then import it into another email service or into another Google account.
Export Gmail contacts on mobile devices
If you own an Android phone or tablet, you can export Gmail contacts using the Google Contacts app instead of exporting them directly through the Gmail app. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you will need to use the web interface (as explained above) to export contacts from your Google account.
On your Android device, open the Google Contacts app and tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner.
Tap the “Settings” option in the menu.
In the “Settings” menu, tap the “Export” option under the “Manage Contacts” category at the bottom.
If you’re signed into multiple Google accounts on your device, tap the check box next to the account you want to export from. When done, select the option “Export to .VCF file”.
The Google Contacts app saves a copy of your contacts to your device as a vCard file (.VCF). You can then import it to another service or app on your current device, or transfer it to another device (including a Windows 10 PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, or other Android device) to import it there.