How to Send Contact Information in Gmail

By Chad Anderson

Despite the continued requests of Gmail users, Google has not yet implemented a feature that allows users to send individual contact information to an email address in their list. Groups and the entire contact list can be separated into Comma-Separated Value (CSV) files or vCards, but not individually transferred. The only way to do so is to move the user into a group of its own, export the group as a CSV or vCard, then email the file to another address.

Step 1

Click the "Contacts" link to access the Contact Management portion of Gmail. Click the contact you want to send to open the contact's details. Click the "Group" button, then click the "Create New" link and enter a new name for your temporary group. Press "Enter."

Step 2

Click the temporary group you created in the left column, then click the "More Actions" button. Choose "Export" from the drop-down list, then click to select the group only radial option. Click to select your temporary group from the adjacent drop-down list as well as your preferred format from the radial buttons below.

Step 3

Click "Export" to export the selection and save the file to your hard drive. Click the "Mail" button in the left column, then click the "Compose Mail" button to create a new email. Fill in the appropriate fields, then click the "Attach" button to create a link.

Step 4

Click the "Browse" button next to the empty text-entry field and select the contact file from your hard drive. Click the "Send" button to forward the contact information to another address.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the "Import" button in the Contacts Management area to add the CSV or vCard file to the new address book.

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