FAQ: Transfer Contact List from Microsoft Outlook to Google Contacts


  1. QrafTee

    QrafTee Well-Known Member

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    There are four versions of Microsoft Outlook that I'm covering... hopefully I got them all right--since I haven't used Outlook Express in many years.

    Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Beta)
    1. Open Microsoft Outlook
    2. Click on File
    3. Click on Open
    4. Click on Import (Yes, I said Import; I have no idea why they don't have an Export button)
    5. Click on Export to a File
    6. Click on Comma Separated Values (Windows)
    7. Click on the appropriate Contacts files you require.
    8. Save exported file as: Contacts (it should already be converted to CSV so including .csv is redundant)
    9. Log into Gmail/Google Voice
    10. Click on Contacts
    11. Click on Import
    12. Browse for the Contacts (.csv) file
    13. Click Import

    Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Technical Preview)
    1. Open Microsoft Outlook
    2. Click on the Microsoft Logo (top left MS icon)
    3. Click on Open
    4. Click on Import (Yes, I said Import; I have no idea why they don't have an Export button)
    5. Click on Export to a File
    6. Click on Comma Separated Values (Windows)
    7. Click on the appropriate Contacts files you require.
    8. Save exported file as: Contacts (it should already be converted to CSV so including .csv is redundant)
    9. Log into Gmail/Google Voice
    10. Click on Contacts
    11. Click on Import
    12. Browse for the Contacts (.csv) file
    13. Click Import

    Microsoft Outlook 2000/2002/2003/2007
    1. Open Microsoft Outlook
    2. Click on File
    3. Click on Import and Export
    4. Click on Export to a File
    5. Click on Comma Separated Values (Windows)
    6. Click on the appropriate Contacts files you require.
    7. Save exported file as: Contacts (it should already be converted to CSV so including .csv is redundant)
    8. Log into Gmail/Google Voice
    9. Click on Contacts
    10. Click on Import
    11. Browse for the Contacts (.csv) file
    12. Click Import

    Outlook Express
    1. Open Outlook Express
    2. Click on File
    3. Highlight Export and click Address Book
    4. Click on Text File (Comma Separated Values)
    5. Save exported file as: Contacts (it should already be converted to CSV so including .csv is redundant)
    6. Click on the appropriate Contacts files you require.
    7. Log into Gmail/Google Voice
    8. Click on Contacts
    9. Click on Import
    10. Browse for the Contacts (.csv) file
    11. Click Import

    I'd like to thank Android Forums member mplevy for "inspiring" me to write this FAQ.

    Also, I'd like to thank Android Forums member syntrix for informing me that Outlook 2000 shares a similar method to Outlook 2003 for transferring contacts to a .csv file.
     
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  2. justjimjpc

    justjimjpc Premium Member VIP Member

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    Thanks for the great contribution... keep up the good work.
     
  3. syntrix

    syntrix Well-Known Member

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    Outlook 2000 procedure is the same as your 2003 procedure. This is about as basic as it all gets.

    Don't forget the various tools that allow direct contact syncs to google, should be a sticky here somewhere.
     
  4. 91rangerturbo

    91rangerturbo Member

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    i would just like to say thank you for posting this. It should be a sticky!!
     
  5. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    U Been repped.

    Excellent writeup.

    I think you might have just inspired me to do a write up for Thunderbird users, but that would be a shame, as the procedure is nearly identical to this one, with one minor exception.
     
  6. wrench

    wrench Well-Known Member

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    Does the csv export method result in all contacts being created in Gmail, or just the ones with email addresses? There was a Microsoft document that claimed only contacts with email addresses would be transferred in this manner.

    Also, does the data in ALL the fields get transferred? Outlook Contacts has a LOT of fields, including a notes field. Does Gmail map all these properly?
     
  7. ladyivory78

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    Thank you so much! You wouldn't believe how much I use this in my daily work to support customers who call in for help transferring contacts.
     
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