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.
There are two things to do.
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.
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.
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.
If you don't do Step 6, the imported contacts won't appear in the Contacts list.
Mac users can also import contacts to Gmail from Excel using Cisdem ContactsMate, the best contact manager for Mac.
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.
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.