Import Google Gmail contacts into Outlook

If you want to see and use your Google Gmail contacts in Outlook, you don’t have to enter them one at a time. Instead, export your Gmail contacts to a file, and then import them into Outlook. It’s not a one-click button but there’s a wizard that’ll walk you through the steps.

If you're using Office 365 for email, go to these instructions to import your Gmail email and contacts into your Office 365 mailbox.

Note    If you’re importing Gmail contacts into an Outlook.com account (or another Exchange ActiveSync account) in Outlook 2013, see Import contacts into an Outlook.com account.

Export your Google Gmail contacts to a file

  1. Log on to your Google Gmail account.

  2. Click Gmail >Contacts.

    google gmail - click contacts

  3. At the top of the contacts section, click More >Export.

    Google Gmail - Click more, export

  4. Under Which contacts do you want to export, click a contact group or All Contacts.

  5. Under Which export format, click Outlook CSV (for importing into Outlook or another application), and then click Export.

    Gmail export contacts dialog box

  6. When prompted to download the export file, click Save As.

    google gmail export contacts save as

  7. Click Browse and choose a location on your computer to temporarily save the file. The default file name is contacts.csv.

    Note    You can delete this file after your contacts are imported into Outlook.

Import your Google Gmail contacts into Outlook

  1. In Outlook, click File > Open & Export.

    File Open and Export

  2. Click Import/Export.

    File import export

  3. Click Import from another program or file, and then click Next.

    import and export wizard - import from another program or file

  4. Click Comma Separated Values, and then click Next.

    Outlook Export Wizard - Choose CSV file

  5. In the Import a File box, browse to find the file you saved in step 7 of the previous procedure, and then double-click to select it.

  6. Click one of the following:

    • Replace duplicates with items imported   If a contact is in Outlook and Gmail, Outlook discards the info it has for that contact and uses the info from Gmail. You should choose this option if the contact info in Gmail is more complete or more current than the contact info in Outlook.

    • Allow duplicates to be created   If a contact is in Outlook and Gmail, Outlook creates duplicate contacts, one with the original Outlook info and one with the info imported from Gmail. You can combine info for those people later to eliminate duplicate contacts. This is the default option and the safest one because no info is discarded.

    • Do not import duplicate items    If a contact is in Outlook and Gmail, Outlook keeps the info it has for that contact and discards the info from Gmail. You should choose this option if the contact info in Outlook is more complete or more current than the contact info in Gmail.

  7. Click Next.

  8. In the folder list, click the contacts folder where you want the imported contact information to go, and then click Next.

  9. Click Finish.

Tip    If you use Google Calendar, you may also want to see and update your Google Calendar in Outlook.

Applies To: Outlook 2013



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