Restore or Import Your Gmail Contacts From a CSV File

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Importing Gmail contacts from another account or restoring your contacts from a backup CSV (comma-separated value) file is easy. Here's how.

You also can restore a previous state of your Gmail contacts from automatic Google backups.

  1. Open Contacts in Gmail.

    Select Contacts in Gmail
  2. Select More > Import.

    Gmail Contacts More > Import
  3. Press Select file and choose the google.csv file you want to import or restore.

    Gmail Import contacts
  4. Click Import.

If you change your mind, simply select Undo from the dialog box that appears.

Undo Gmail Contacts import

In the process, Gmail automatically detects and merges duplicates email addresses, but not names. If a contact has been updated, Gmail adds the new information but doesn't delete the old.