The gmail e-mail offered by google is perhaps the best free e-mail service you can find on the net and once you try it you will hardly want to do without it. However, you may sooner or later need to export address book from gmail to import it into another e-mail service or, more simply, into a PC mail client; if this is your case then know that google offers the possibility to copy address book from gmail with a couple of clicks and the operation to copy address book from gmail is really simple.
In this guide, without getting too lost in useless preambles, I will explain in detail how to download gmail contacts from computers and smartphones.
- Export address book from gmail
- Export gmail contacts from PC
- Export gmail contacts from mobile
Export address book from gmail
Before seeing how to export address book from gmail I have to make a brief introduction; Google allows you to copy some contacts or the entire address book from gmail with two different formats: the cvs format and the vcf format .
CSV files are simple text files containing values separated from them by a character (usually a comma or a semicolon) and are used to import data, for example, into Outlook.
The vcf format is the so-called electronic business card (called vCard); these are files that contain all the address book data of particular contacts and are used to import data into Apple systems (for example iOS) but also on some Windows e-mail clients (for example Windows Live Mail)
Export gmail contacts from PC
Having said this, let’s see immediately how to export address book from gmail from your computer through any web browser; the procedure is very simple and first you will have to connect to google and log into gmail as you usually do and go to the contacts section (you can access directly from this link). To export gmail contacts press on the word Export in the right menu and from the window that will be displayed select the item CSV Outlook if you want to export address book from gmail in csv format or select VCard (for iOS contacts) if you want to export them in vcf format.
Once you have chosen, press on export to start downloading the file containing the entire address book.
If, on the other hand, you want to export only some of the contacts in the gmail address book, you will have to select them first and then press on the word Export in the right menu and from the window that will be displayed select the item Selected contacts and proceed as described above.
Export gmail contacts from mobile
You can also export gmail contacts from your Android or iOS mobile phone but the procedure is not as simple. On Iphone what you can do is synchronize the address book with gmail and try to export them in cvs format through third-party apps but I immediately warn you that the procedure is so laborious that you first use a PC.
On Android, on the other hand, you can use the Google Contacts app which allows you to quickly export gmail contacts. Once you have downloaded and installed the app you have to open it and log in with your gmail credentials and then you will have to press on the symbol with three dots at the top right and from the menu that will be displayed select the item Select all to select all the contacts. done this press the share button to export the contacts.