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How To Import Gmail Contacts Into Thunderbird

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One of the problems that users encounter when they work with different email clients is that the information between the clients is not synced automatically. But automatic syncing might not always be ideal as it usually requires to run a software program or add-on to sync the data regularly.

The alternative is to manual import the data. This article will describe a way to manually import Gmail Contacts information into the Mozilla Thunderbird email client.

Thunderbird users who want to automatically sync Gmail contacts instead can follow the link above.

Manual importing and exporting contacts is usually done with csv (comma separated values) files.

Import Gmail Contacts Into Thunderbird

Open the Gmail website and click on the contacts link in the left sidebar. This should open the Gmail Contacts window that lists all contacts and groups in the email client.

gmail contacts

Locate the Export link at the top right of the screen and click it.

gmail contacts export

You can now export all contacts or only specific groups of contacts which is handy if contacts have been sorted into custom groups. Select Export as Outlook CSV which ensures the best compatibility for importing operations.

A click on the Export button in the menu will open a Save File dialog to save the contacts.csv file to the local computer system.

Now that we have the Gmail contacts information we need to import them into the Thunderbird email client. Open Thunderbird and click on Tools > Address Book or press Ctrl-Shift-B.

Locate the Tools menu again in the Address Book of Thunderbird and select the Import link there.

import contacts thunderbird

Make sure you select Address Books before continuing. Now select Text File (LDIF, .tab, .csv, .txt) from the next screen as we have exported the Gmail contacts into a csv text file.

import contacts

A file browser opens. Browse to the Gmail contacts file that you have exported earlier. You might need to change the filtering type in the file browser so that all files and not only LDIF files are shown.

The import address book window opens afterwards. You can use this window to check that the exported contact information match with the information in Thunderbird. It is possible to go through all contacts and switch information if necessary. You should make sure that primary email and e-mail address as well as last name and name match in this window before continuing.

import address book

A click on the OK button imports the Gmail contact information into a new Thunderbird address book.


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