Import, restore, or back up contacts

You can save names, email addresses, phone numbers, and more in Google Contacts.

Import contacts

If you have contact lists that you want to use in Gmail, you can import them into Google Contacts.

Note: When you import details for someone who's already in your Google Contacts, the imported contact will replace the existing contact.

From Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, AOL, and other email providers
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click More and then Import.
  3. Select the account you want to import from.
  4. Click I Agree, Let’s Go!
  5. Sign in to your email account.
  6. Click Agree.
From a Gmail account

Step 1: Export existing Gmail contacts into a CSV file

  1. Go to the old version of Google Contacts.
  2. In the top left, click More  and then Export.
  3. Select which contacts to export.
  • "My Contacts" are contacts you created.
  • "All contacts" are contacts you created and Other Contacts you’ve emailed.
  1. Select Google CSV format.
  2. Click Export.
  3. In the top right, click your photo, then click Sign out.

Step 2: Import the file

  1. Go to the old version of Google Contacts.
  2. In the top left, click More  and then Import.
  3. Click Choose File.
  4. Select your CSV file.
  5. Click Import.

From an Apple or iCloud account via Shuttlecloud

Step 1: Generate an app password

  1. Go to Appleid.apple.com.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Verify your identity with two-factor authentication.
  4. Under "Security," select Generate Passwords. If you don't see Generate Passwords, enable two-factor authentication.
  5. Enter a label for the password, such as “Google Contacts Import.”
  6. Copy the app password.

Step 2: Import your contacts

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click More and then Import.
  3. Select the account you want to import from.
  4. Click I Agree, Let’s Go!
  5. Sign in to your email account.
  6. Enter the app password you generated.
  7. Click Agree.

Trouble importing

There are a few reasons you may have problems:

  • You're importing more than 3,000 contacts at a time. If you have more than 3,000 contacts, split them into multiple CSVs before you import them.
  • You reached the limit of 25,000 contacts. Learn about contact size limits
  • The contacts aren't formatted to work with Google Contacts.

Add a single contact

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. In the bottom right, click Add Add. (If you don't see Add Add, go to add contacts in old Contacts.)
  3. Enter the contact's information.
  4. Click Save.

Merge duplicates

If you have duplicate listings for the same person in Google Contacts, you can merge them.

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click Duplicates. If you don’t see Duplicates, go to merge contacts in old Contacts.
  3. In the top right, click Merge all. Or, review each duplicate and click Merge.

Restore or export contacts

Restore contacts

If you deleted, synced, imported, or merged contacts in the last 30 days, you can undo those changes to retrieve your contacts. 

Note: When you restore contacts to a certain time, such as one week ago, any contacts added after that time won't show up. Learn how to export your current contacts and add them back later.

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Click More  and then Undo changes.
  3. Choose a time to go back to. 
  4. Click Confirm.
Export contacts

You can add your Google contacts to another email or contacts service. 

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Choose which contacts you want to export:
    • To select specific contacts: Check the boxes next to their names. Then click More and then Export.
    • To select a group of contacts: Click More and then Export, then choose the group.
  3. Choose or save your contacts as a CSV or vCard file.
    • To add contacts to another Google Account or Microsoft Outlook: Choose Google CSV.
    • To add contacts to any other email or contacts service: Choose vCard.
  4. To save your file, click Export.

Tip: To clear up storage, export and then delete contacts you don't need.

Control who's automatically saved to your contacts

If you email someone you haven't added as a contact, their email address is automatically saved in your contacts. Their email address will show up the next time you email them.

Save contacts from your interactions

When you interact with people on Google products, you can automatically save their contact info. When this setting is turned on, you'll keep the names and email addresses of:

  • People you've shared something with, like a document in Drive
  • People who share content with you, like shared albums in Google Photos
  • People included in events or groups you're in

Start or stop saving automatically

  1. Go to the Contact info saved from interactions section of your Google Account.
  2. Turn Save contact info when you interact with people on or off.
  3. If you use Gmail, choose if Gmail saves contact info from people you email:
    1. On a computer, go to your Gmail settings.
    2. Under "Create contacts for auto-complete," choose an option.
    3. At the bottom of the page, click Save changes.
See people you've emailed
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click Other contacts.

Note: You’ll only see “Other contacts” if you’re on a computer.

Delete contact info
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click Other contacts.
  3. To select contacts, check the boxes that appear next to their names.
  4. In the top right, click More More and then Delete and then Delete.