E-mail and address book applications have never settled on a universal file format for importing and exporting contact details. The vCard format is one of the most widely used, but certain important services, such as Gmail, don't fully support it. By converting vCards to comma separated value, or CSV, sheets, it's possible to export your vCard contacts and load them into a Google Mail account.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Export your contacts as a vCard file in your e-mail client or address book software. For most applications, the export function is found in the "File" menu. Save the vCard to your computer.
Open your Web browser and go to the vCard to LDIF/CSV Converter page (see Resources). Click the "Choose File" button and select the vCard you just exported.
Click "CSV" or "Gmail (CSV)" if using Google Mail from the "Format:" drop-down menu. Click the "convert" button, and save the new CSV file to your computer.
Import the CSV file into your e-mail, Gmail or address book software, and check through the list to ensure the entries are in the correct place.
Tips and warnings
- Although Gmail does allow you to load a vCard, it's unable to determine all the required fields and may place entries under the wrong headings.
- A collection of free vCard conversion tools are also available to download that run from your computer.
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