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I can not import contacts from g-mail.

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I have been using Firefox for a little over 3 years now and finally decided to switch to Thunderbird after having moved from XP to WIN7. I love it except!!! I have trying for three days now to export from G-Mail and import to Thunderbird all of my contacts. Nothing works. I have found several articles on the Internet (even a couple from Mozilla) that I have tried and nothing works. Maybe I am just a DA? I am looking at a couple of other software products, but really would like to stay with the Mozilla family. Can someone please assist me? Thanks - Hal

I have been using Firefox for a little over 3 years now and finally decided to switch to Thunderbird after having moved from XP to WIN7. I love it except!!! I have trying for three days now to export from G-Mail and import to Thunderbird all of my contacts. Nothing works. I have found several articles on the Internet (even a couple from Mozilla) that I have tried and nothing works. Maybe I am just a DA? I am looking at a couple of other software products, but really would like to stay with the Mozilla family. Can someone please assist me? Thanks - Hal

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Open your gmail account through your browser, click the arrowhead next to 'Gmail' in the upper left corner, select Contacts, click More/Export. If you are directed to open from old Google Contacts, do so, then select More/Export in old Contacts. Choose vCard format and then Export.

Open Address Book in TB, Tools/Import... Address books... vCard file... select the contacts.vcf file you exported from Gmail. Close and re-open Address Book and find a new address book named 'contacts'.

If you want to synchronize rather than just import, consider an add-on such as gContactSync.

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sfhowes
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Open your gmail account through your browser, click the arrowhead next to 'Gmail' in the upper left corner, select Contacts, click More/Export. If you are directed to open from old Google Contacts, do so, then select More/Export in old Contacts. Choose vCard format and then Export.

Open Address Book in TB, Tools/Import... Address books... vCard file... select the contacts.vcf file you exported from Gmail. Close and re-open Address Book and find a new address book named 'contacts'.

If you want to synchronize rather than just import, consider an add-on such as gContactSync.

Open your gmail account through your browser, click the arrowhead next to 'Gmail' in the upper left corner, select Contacts, click More/Export. If you are directed to open from old Google Contacts, do so, then select More/Export in old Contacts. Choose vCard format and then Export. Open Address Book in TB, Tools/Import... Address books... vCard file... select the contacts.vcf file you exported from Gmail. Close and re-open Address Book and find a new address book named 'contacts'. If you want to synchronize rather than just import, consider an add-on such as [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/gcontactsync/ gContactSync].

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Bless you. Google strikes again (and again and again and again)! This did import my OLD G-Mail address book which contained many names that no longer exist and doesn't have many of my current contacts, but at least I have something to do for the rest of this year - edit my address book with my new Thunderbird and I am finally done with Google. Thank you again so very, very much. A contribution to the Mozilla group shall be forth coming.

Bless you. Google strikes again (and again and again and again)! This did import my OLD G-Mail address book which contained many names that no longer exist and doesn't have many of my current contacts, but at least I have something to do for the rest of this year - edit my address book with my new Thunderbird and I am finally done with Google. Thank you again so very, very much. A contribution to the Mozilla group shall be forth coming.
MLinneer 0 solutions 1 answers

I second the gContactSync add-on. It’s solid and works like a champ.

I second the gContactSync add-on. It’s solid and works like a champ.
rattlingroger 0 solutions 5 answers

Many thanks. I tried the vCard route, which worked fine but did not transfer telephone numbers etc.. However, the gContactSync add-on is superb, providing more than I had previously anticipated was possible!

Many thanks. I tried the vCard route, which worked fine but did not transfer telephone numbers etc.. However, the gContactSync add-on is superb, providing more than I had previously anticipated was possible!
sfhowes
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1438 solutions 6814 answers

If you want to import gmail contacts in vCard format, with phone numbers, street addresses etc., it is in fact possible if the MoreFunctionsForAddressBook add-on is installed. In Address Book, select an address book in the (left) Directory Pane, then Tools/MFFAB/Actions for contacts/Import vCard/vcf and select contacts.vcf. You may be asked to choose an encoding format (UTF-8 worked here), and then the imported gmail contacts will be added to the address book.

If you want to import gmail contacts in vCard format, with phone numbers, street addresses etc., it is in fact possible if the [https://freeshell.de//~kaosmos/morecols-en.html MoreFunctionsForAddressBook] add-on is installed. In Address Book, select an address book in the (left) Directory Pane, then Tools/MFFAB/Actions for contacts/Import vCard/vcf and select contacts.vcf. You may be asked to choose an encoding format (UTF-8 worked here), and then the imported gmail contacts will be added to the address book.
rattlingroger 0 solutions 5 answers

I did not try this as the gContactSync solution was perfect for me, but thank you very much for taking the time to offer this vCard solution.

I did not try this as the gContactSync solution was perfect for me, but thank you very much for taking the time to offer this vCard solution.