Restore or Import Your Gmail Contacts From a CSV File

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. Select the Apps button in Gmail. The icon is nine dots arranged in a square.

    A screenshot of Gmail with the Gmail Apps menu highlighted
  2. Open Contacts.

    A screenshot of Gmail with the Contacts app icon highlighted
  3. Select More > Import.

    A screenshot of Gmail's Contacts page with the Import command highlighted
  4. Press Select file and choose the google.csv file you want to import or restore.

    A screenshot of Gmail's Import contacts window with the Select File button highlighted
  5. Click Import.

    A screenshot of Gmail's Import Contacts window with the Import button highlighted

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

A screenshot of Gmail with the Undo button highlighted

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.