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exporting gmail contacts

i had found it infuriating that one could import but not EXPORT or back up contacts from gmail. i thought i'd look round again for the solution and the feature has indeed been added/enabled.

so here's how to export one's gmail contacts list into a csv file.
  1. log in to your gmail account.
  2. click contacts along the left side of any gmail page.
  3. click export in the upper-right corner of the contacts list.
  4. select thedesired format to export contacts' information.
    • gmail csv (for import into another gmail account): formats one's contacts' information for easy import it into another gmail account.
      • this option encodes your csv file in unicode/utf-8.

    • outlook csv (for import into outlook clients, including outlook express): formats your contacts' information so you can easily import it into various versions of microsoft outlook.
      • this option encodes your csv file based on your language preferences, since outlook doesn't accept unicode files. when you import your contacts into outlook, some entries may become garbled if they contain characters that aren't part of your language's character set.

  5. click export contacts'
  6. select a location to save your file, and click 'ok.'
depending on the requirements of the programme to which you're importing the contacts, one can easily edit the gmail csv to fit one's needs.