Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Export Your Gmail Contacts Export your address book to Outlook CSV, Google CSV, or vCard format Share Pin Email Print Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated January 31, 2020 102 102 people found this article helpful Gmail makes it easy to maintain an address book. Everybody you communicate with is automatically added to your Contacts. Additional people and data can be entered as well. Your address book isn't tied to one Gmail address. You can use it with another Gmail account or a desktop email program such as Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or Yahoo Mail. To use your address book in other places, export it to CSV or vCard format. Instructions in this article apply to the web version of Google Gmail and should work in any web browser including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. Export Your Gmail Contacts To export your full Gmail address book: Open Gmail Contacts. Select Google apps, then choose Contacts. In the left panel, select More to display additional options. Select Export. To export an entire address book, select Contacts. Select the drop-down arrow to choose a Google Contacts group. Choose an export format: The Outlook CSV format exports all data and converts names to the default character encoding. The Google CSV format exports all data and uses Unicode to preserve international characters. Some email programs such as Outlook do not support Unicode.The vCard format is an internet standard that is supported by many email programs and contact managers such as OS X Mail and Contacts. Select Export. Download the file to your Desktop. The file may be named something like gmail-to-outlook.csv (for the Outlook CSV format), gmail.csv (for Google CSV) or contacts.vcf (for the vCard format). After the address book downloads to your computer, import your contacts to another email account or restore the contacts to the original Gmail account. Contacts Automatically Added by Gmail Your list and file of contacts may be large because Gmail adds new contact entries to your address book when you reply to an email or forward it to a new address. These new automatic entries are found under Other Contacts in Gmail Contacts. To prevent Gmail from adding new addresses to your Contacts automatically: Go to Gmail and select Settings. Select Settings. Go to the General tab. In the Create contacts for auto-complete section, select I'll add contacts myself. Select Save Changes.