How to Import Addresses from Hotmail, Yahoo! into Gmail

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When you send an email, Gmail automatically remembers every recipient. These addresses will show up in your Gmail Contacts list, and Gmail auto-completes them when you write a new message.

Still, you have to enter the email address at least once. With all your contacts already in your Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Express, Outlook, and Mac OS X Mail address book, is this really necessary? No, of course you can import addresses into Gmail more or less easily.

To import addresses into Gmail, you first need to get them out of your current address book and in CSV format. What sounds highly sophisticated is really just a plain text file with addresses and names, separated by comma.

Export Your Contacts from an Existing Address Book

    Import Addresses into Gmail

    Once the export is done, importing the addresses into your Gmail contact list is really easy:

    • Open Contacts in Gmail.
    • Click More in the contacts toolbar.
    • Select Import… from the menu.
    • Select the CSV file holding your exported contacts.
    • Click Import.

    You can find the newly imported entries in the "Imported dd/mm/yy" group.

    Import Addresses into Gmail (Older Version)

    To import contacts from a CSV file into Gmail's older version:

    • Follow the Contacts link in the topmost Gmail navigation bar.
    • Select Import Contacts.
    • Choose the CSV file you just saved from your email client or service.
    • Click Import Contacts.