How to Export Your AOL Mail Contacts

Use your AOL contacts with another email service

You may have years of contacts in your AOL Mail address book. If you want to use those same contacts in another email service, export the address book data out of AOL Mail. The format you choose depends on the preference of the alternate email service provider.

Generating an AOL Mail Contacts File

When you export contacts from the AOL Mail address, the available file formats import the contacts into most email programs and services, either directly or through a translating program.

To save your AOL Mail address book to a file:

  1. Go to the AOL Mail folder list, then select Contacts.

    Contacts in AOL Mail
  2. In the Contacts toolbar, select More, then choose Export.

    Export command under the More menu in AOL Mail
  3. In the Export Contacts dialog box, choose CSV.

    Export dialogue window in AOL Mail with the CSV option highlighted
  4. Select Export.

    Export Contacts window in AOL Mail with the Export button highlighted
  5. A file titled contacts.csv will download to your computer.

You can import the CSV file into most other email programs (import CSV into Outlook and import CSV into Gmail). Although each email service differs, in general, you import the saved file by looking for the Import option in the email program or in the address book or contacts list that is used by the email program. When you find it, select Import and choose the exported file of your contacts to transfer them to the email service.

Fields and Contact Details Included in an Exported CSV File

AOL Mail exports all the fields a contact has in your address book to the CSV (or plain text or LDIF) file. This includes first and last name, AIM nickname, phone numbers, street addresses, and all email addresses.

Import Contacts from Another Program

If you have a CSV file that contains contacts from another email application, such as Outlook or Gmail, import those contacts into your AOL Mail account.

  1. Log in to your AOL Mail account.

  2. Go to the folders list and select Contacts.

    Contacts in AOL Mail
  3. Go to the toolbar at the top of the contact list, select the More drop-down arrow, then choose Import.

    Import option under the More menu in AOL Mail
  4. Select CSV, choose Browse for File, then find the CSV file saved on your computer.

  5. Select Open. AOL Mail notifies you that the contact list has been imported.

The imported contacts might not appear in your AOL Mail contacts list until you log out and then log back in to your account.