This article will show you how to import contacts to Gmail from Excel easily and effectively.
Available in Gmail, Google Contacts is a contact management tool from Google. It offers a number of useful features. For example, it allows you to import contacts for backup, management or other purposes. It supports importing contacts from CSV and vCard files. What if your contacts are stored on an Excel spreadsheet? Please read on.
Effortlessly import contacts into Gmail from Excel on Mac.
- Support contacts from sources such as Mac Contacts, Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, LinkedIn and more
- Allow you to easily import/export contacts to/from supported sources
- Let you efficiently view, search, add, edit, group, tag, print, share, and sync contacts
- Enable you to backup/restore contacts with 1 click
- Make it easy to find and delete/merge duplicate contacts
- Easy to use
- Compatible with macOS 10.11 or later
Get your Excel spreadsheet ready to be imported to Gmail
There are two things to do.
- Convert Excel to CSV.
- Make sure you use correct headers for the columns in your CSV file, which is optional but may be necessary.
When it comes to importing contacts from a file, Gmail only supports CSV and vCard files. If your contacts are stored in an Excel (with the extension .xlsx or .xls) file, then you need to convert the file to CSV (.csv). You can do this with Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel, etc.
- Open your web browser. Go to Google Drive.
- Sign in.
- Upload the Excel file that contains your contacts.
- Right-click it and select Open with > Google Sheets.
- Choose File > Download > Comma-separated values (.csv, current sheet).
Now you can try to import your contacts. If you are not happy with the result, then read on.
In many cases, things can go wrong. For example, there could be missing fields (e.g. name, email address and phone numbers). Let’s find out how to successfully import contacts to Gmail from Excel.
Where does the Excel file come from? You may create a spreadsheet for your contacts manually. You may export the contacts from an email client. In either case, it’s recommended to check the header of each column in your file before the import. If a column header is not properly named, Gmail may have problems recognizing the data.
- Go to Google Contacts.
- Sign in.
- In the top left corner, click Create Contact > Create a contact.
- When creating a new contact, fill in as many fields as possible if needed. Click Show more to reveal more fields. You can use fake information.
- In the list of contacts, click the 3-dot icon next to the contact created in the previous step. Choose Export and choose CSV as the export format.
- Open the CSV file provided by Gmail in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, etc. Take a look at how Gmail names the headers.
- Edit the spreadsheet containing your contacts. Make sure that the column headers in your file are the same as the column headers in the template from Gmail.
- Save the edited file to CSV.
This is how you prepare your contacts file before you upload it to Gmail. You can do it in your preferred way. The instructions here aim to help you figure out how to make things more effective before you import contacts to Google Contacts from Excel.
If you already have a very organized contacts list in the first place, then things can be easy. If not, it may take a lot of copying and pasting.
The header names don’t have to be exactly the same. For example, Gmail’s default header name for the email field is “E-mail 1 - Value”, but it can also recognize “E-mail Address”. For convenience’s sake, you can directly use the default headers. Don’t delete any column in the template. As for headers/columns that you don’t need, just leave them empty.
Below are some of the column headers in the template.
- Given Name
- Additional Name
- Family Name
- Yomi Name
- Given Name Yomi
- Additional Name Yomi
- Family Name Yomi
- Name Prefix
- Name Suffix
- Billing Information
- E-mail 1 - Type
- E-mail 1 - Value
- Phone 1 - Type
- Phone 1 - Value
Import contacts to Gmail from Excel with Google Contacts
- On your web browser, sign in to Google.
- Go to https://contacts.google.com/.
- On the left, click Import.
- Click Select file and upload the CSV file containing your contacts.
- Under the Labels section, find the contacts you've imported.
- Mass select all of them and click the Add to contacts icon.
If you don't do Step 6, the imported contacts won't appear in the Contacts list.
Import contacts from Excel to Gmail with ContactsMate
Mac users can also import contacts to Gmail from Excel using Cisdem ContactsMate, the best contact manager for Mac.
- Download Cisdem ContactsMate and install it.
- When you open the app for the first time, it will ask you to grant it access to your contacts. Click OK.
- Click Add Account in the toolbar.
- Select Google and sign in with your Gmail account.
- Select the box next to Contacts.
- Quit ContactsMate and open it again. Now you should find Google in the sidebar.
- Select Google in the sidebar and click Import in the toolbar.
- Select the CSV file you have prepared for import. Click Open.
ContactsMate works with contacts from Mac’s Contacts app, Gmail, iCloud, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Exchange Yahoo and more. It enables you to effortlessly organize and manage all your contacts in one place. It also helps you clean up contacts thanks to its sophisticated and useful feature to fix duplicate contacts.
Cisdem ContactsMate Benefits
- Support contacts from various sources
- Export/convert contacts to 8 formats: CSV, vCard, Excel, TXT, DOCX, HTML, Numbers and Pages
- Allow you to edit, add, search, print, share, and sync contacts
- Offer useful group and tag features to organize contacts
- Make it easy backup and restore contacts
- Help you find and fix duplicate contacts with powerful solutions
- Easy to use and customize
- Support macOS 10.11 or later, including macOS 11 Big Sur
You can successfully import contacts to Gmail from Excel with ease as long as you use the right method. I hope this article can be helpful. Gmail or Google Contacts can be used to back up and manage your contacts. The service is free and easily accessible. It’s web-based and widely compatible.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.