How to Import Outlook Contacts to Gmail

Gmail makes it easy to import your account information, including contacts, from virtually any email service. The import process from web-based email services such as Yahoo! and Hotmail are one-step affairs, requiring simple account authorization, but there are extra steps when importing from a desktop email program. With Outlook, it is necessary to export the contact database into a format that Gmail can recognize. Once the file is prepared, simply import the database through the Gmail settings.

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Launch Outlook.

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Select "File" and then "Import and Export."

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Select "Export to a file" and then click "Next."

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Choose "Comma Separated Values (Windows)" and then click "Next."

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Choose "Contacts" and then click "Next."

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Name and save the CSV file to your preferred location, then click "Next" and "Finish."

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Open a web browser and login to Gmail.

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Select "Contacts."

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Select "Import."

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Click "Browse..." and select the CSV file you created earlier in Outlook.

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Click "Import."