How to Import Your Gmail Contacts into Mozilla Thunderbird

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Now that you access your Gmail account in Mozilla Thunderbird, how would you like to have your Gmail contacts in Mozilla Thunderbird, too?

Of course, you could also abandon Gmail altogether or just like to have your contacts (the more the better!) in as many places as possible. No matter the reason, though, you can copy your Gmail address book to Mozilla Thunderbird with a lot of ease and a bit of finicky work.

Import Your Gmail Contacts into Mozilla Thunderbird

To export your Gmail address book and import it into Mozilla Thunderbird:

  • Save your Gmail contacts as gmail-to-outlook.csv.
  • Select Tools | Import... from the menu in Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Make sure Address Books is selected.
  • Click Next >.
  • Highlight Text file (LDIF,.tab,.csv,.txt) under Please select the program from which you would like to import.
  • Click Next >.
  • Select the gmail-to-outlook.csv file you just created.
  • Make sure First record contains field names is checked.
  • Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to match Mozilla Thunderbird address book fields on the left with Gmail fields on the right.
    • Make sure at least
    • Primary Email and E-mail Address and
    • Last Name and Name match.
    • Gmail has a unified name field and does not distinguish between first and last names.
    • You can use the Next button at the top to see what the import process will produce.
  • Click OK.
  • Now click Finish.

In your Mozilla Thunderbird address book, you will now find a folder named "gmail-to-outlook" with all imported contacts.