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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, Apple, 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. Note: If you use 2-step verification with Apple, do a search on how to create an Apple password specifically for importing contacts into Google.
  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.

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.
  • The file has non-Latin or ASCII characters.

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

To add your contacts to another email account, first download them as a CSV or vCard file. To clear up storage, export and then delete contacts you don't need.

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. To select contacts, check the boxes that appear next to their names.
  3. Click More  and then Export.
  4. To back up your contacts, select Google CSV.
  5. To save your file, click Export.

Control who's automatically saved to your contacts

If you email someone but you haven't added them as a contact, Google Contacts automatically saves their email address in your "Other Contacts" group. Their email address will show up the next time you email them.

Stop automatically saving contacts you email
  1. On a computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. In the "Create contacts for auto-complete" section, select I'll add contacts myself.
  4. At the bottom, click Save changes.
See "Other Contacts" you've emailed
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click More  and then Other Contacts.

Note: If you're on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you won't see Other Contacts.

Delete "Other Contacts" you've emailed
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click More and then  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. If you don't see More More, go to delete Other Contacts in old Contacts.
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