With the Google Contacts service, the colossus of search engines has been offering a free contact book for years, available on the one hand as a web application at contacts.google.com , and on the other, as a standalone feature built into Google services such as Gmail email or the G Suite office suite. If you have an active Google account , you can use this practical service to save your contacts at all times: you just have to open Google Contacts and log in to be able to create new contacts, classify them into groups, consult them, modify or delete them with just a few clicks..
Another very useful function is to export Google contacts. In this way, you can consult the entire contact list from any device and without having to open the web application , as is usually done with Gmail or the G Suite programs. Furthermore, the exported contact details can be transferred to the various alternatives to Gmail, such as Outlook or Thunderbird. In this article, we tell you how to export your contacts from Google or Gmail.
Exporting your address book data from Gmail or Google can be useful for several reasons: not only does it allow you to transfer your contact data to other email programs , but it also generates a fully functional exported file that serves as a backup copy of the contact book. For example, if you lose access to your Google account or accidentally delete any data, with the file you can re-import your contacts at any time..
The fastest way to export your Gmail contacts is as follows:
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Next, we will explain the process of exporting contacts from Google in more detail. We will also take a look at the various export formats and the procedure for exporting only a few contacts ..
First of all, open your Google Contacts and log in with the corresponding Google account. For this, there are basically two options:
Once the application is open, you can export all Google contacts or transfer only some of them . If you opt for the second option, you also have two alternatives: select one by one the contacts you want to export or export only those that are provided with a common label .
The fastest way to export your contacts from Google or Gmail is to transfer the entire address book. To do this, you do not have to mark anything, but just press the button directly? Export ?, located in the menu on the left of the Google Contacts application. Next, you must select the export format you prefer from the following three options:
When you've chosen the export format you prefer, click? Export ?, in the pop-up window indicate the location where you want to save the file and click? Save ? If you don't indicate it, the file will be saved in the downloads folder by default.
If you don't want to export all your Google contacts, but only some, you have to go one step further: before starting the process, you must check the box of the contacts you want to export:
Once you have selected the Google or Gmail contacts that you want to export, follow these steps:
If you have classified your contacts in different categories using tags , you can also save these groups of contacts in an external file with the export function. To do this, you just have to select the corresponding label in the window before pressing? Export ?.
In the previous sections, we have explained how to export Gmail contacts from the web application. If you use the Contacts application for Android , you also have the option to save the calendar data in a separate file in the download folder of the smartphone or tablet. The procedure is the next:
The Google Contacts app for Android only offers the option to export contacts as vCard ( .vcf file ).