How to import/migrate gmail contacts to outlook

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In Google Contacts, select Export > Contacts and choose the appropriate format.You can export the entire list or only certain groups.New automatic contact entries are found underOther contactsin Gmail Contacts.

This article details how to export your Gmail Contacts list for use in other accounts and applications. The instructions apply to the web version of Gmail and across all browsers.

Export Your Gmail Contacts

Your address book isn”t tied to one Gmail address. You can use it with another Gmail account or a desktop email program such as Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Yahoo Mail. To export your full Gmail address book:

Open Google Contacts. The easiest way to do that is to visit https://contacts.google.com/ or select the apps menu in the upper-right corner of Gmail and choose Contacts.

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To export an entire address book, selectContacts. Select the drop-down arrow to choose a Google Contacts group.

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Choose an export format:

The Outlook CSV format exports all data and converts names to the default character encoding.The Google CSV format exports all data and uses Unicode to preserve international characters. Some email programs such as Outlook do not support Unicode.ThevCard format is an internet standard that is supported by many email programs and contact managers such as OS X Mail and Contacts.

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Download the file (named Contacts) to your computer. You can rename the file anything you want, like gmail-to-outlook.csv (for the Outlook CSV format), gmail.csv (for Google CSV), or contacts.vcf (for the vCard format).

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Where to Find Contacts Automatically Added by Gmail

Your list and file of contacts may be large because Gmail adds new contact entries to your address book when you reply to an email or forward it to a new address. These new automatic entries are found underOther contactsin Gmail Contacts.

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Prevent Gmail From Adding Contacts Automatically

To prevent Gmail from adding new addresses to your Contacts automatically:

Under theGeneraltab, scroll down to Create contacts for auto-complete section and select I”ll add contacts myself.

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