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Quick guide to export Gmail contacts
Tutorial to export Gmail contacts step by step in the browser
How to Export Gmail Contacts in Android App
How to export all Gmail contacts
Export only some contacts from Google

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Export contacts from Gmail step by step

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.

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  1. Quick guide to export Gmail contacts
  2. Tutorial to export Gmail contacts step by step in the browser
    1. How to export all Gmail contacts
    2. Export only some contacts from Google
  3. How to Export Gmail Contacts in Android App

Quick guide to export Gmail contacts

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:

  1. Open the Google Contacts page and log in with your personal Google account .
  2. If you want to export only some contacts, mark them with the left mouse button. If you want to export all of them, skip this step.
  3. Push the button ? Export ?, located in the menu on the left.
  4. Indicate if you want to export the contacts as a Google or Outlook CSV file or, if you prefer, as a vCard (to later incorporate them into Apple applications) by selecting the corresponding option .
  5. Click? Export ?.
  6. In the pop-up window, select your preferred location and click? Save? to start exporting your Gmail contacts or Google's contact book.
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Tutorial to export Gmail contacts step by step in the browser

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:

  1. Enter the address contacts.google.com in the browser's address bar to open the web application, and then log in with your Google account information.
  2. Open the calendar application with the button? Contacts ?, which is on the list of? Google Applications ?, which you can display by clicking the icon to the left of the profile image.
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In? Google Applications ?, you will not only find Google Contacts, but also all its other services, such as Gmail, Drive, Calendar or Maps.

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 .

How to export all Gmail contacts

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:

  • Google CSV : You should export your contacts as a Google CSV file if you plan to import them into Calendar or other Google services in the future. If you are exporting your data for backup purposes , this format is also the best option.
  • Outlook CSV - Outlook CSV is the most suitable format for importing data into Microsoft's Outlook e-mail application . In addition, this file is used to transfer the contacts to other programs, such as Thunderbird.
  • vCard - The VCF format, better known as vCard, is the standard contact format used by Apple devices running macOS or iOS. If you want to export your Gmail contacts to have them in your iPhone or MacBook email program, for example, we recommend this option.
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If you decide to export all contacts, the option of? Selected contacts? dims automatically.

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.

Export only some contacts from Google

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:

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You can open the contact list by clicking on the option? Contacts? In the menu on the left.

Once you have selected the Google or Gmail contacts that you want to export, follow these steps:

  1. Click the button? Export ?, in the menu on the left.
  2. Do not modify the option of? Selected contacts ?, which will be checked by default.
  3. Select your preferred export format, then press? Export ?.
Note

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 ?.

How to Export Gmail Contacts in Android App

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:

  1. Open the Google Contacts app on your device.
  2. Press the menu icon (three horizontal lines).
  3. Press the button? Settings ?
  4. Press? Export ? and select the location where you want the file to be saved (by default, it will be the? Downloads? folder).
  5. End the process by pressing? Save ?
Note

The Google Contacts app for Android only offers the option to export contacts as vCard ( .vcf file ).


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