How to Import Android Phone Contacts from Your Computer

Your computer’s e-mail program is doubtless a useful repository of contacts you’ve built up over the years. You can export these contacts from your computer’s e-mail program and then import them into your Android phone. The process isn't the simplest thing to do, but it is a quick way to build up your phone’s address book.

The key is to save or export your computer e-mail program’s records in the vCard () file format. These records can then be imported into the phone and read by the address book app. The method for exporting contacts varies depending on the e-mail program:

  • In the Windows Live Mail program, choose Go→Contacts, and then choose File→Export→Business Card (.VCF) to export the contacts.

  • In Windows Mail, choose File→Export→Windows Contacts, and then choose vCards (Folder of .VCF Files) from the Export Windows Contacts dialog box. Click the Export button.

  • On the Mac, open the Address Book program, and choose File→Export→Export vCard.

After the vCard files are created, connect the phone to your computer and transfer the vCard files from your computer to the phone.

After the vCard files have been copied to the phone, you import them into the phone’s address book. The method varies from phone to phone.

For most Android phones importing contacts works something like this:

  1. In the People or Contacts app, touch the Action Overflow icon.

    On some Android phones, touch the Menu icon.

  2. Choose Import/Export.

  3. Choose the Import from Storage command.

    This command may be titled Import from SD Card.

  4. Choose to save the contacts to your Google account.

  5. If prompted, choose the option Import All vCard Files.

  6. Touch the OK button.

    Work any additional steps, such as choosing an account type or touching the OK button if prompted.

The imported contacts are also synchronized to your Gmail account, or whichever account you choose (Step 4), which instantly creates a backup copy.

If you’re using Microsoft Outlook and have Exchange Server, add your Outlook contacts by adding your Exchange Server account to the list of accounts available on the phone. All your Outlook contacts, as well as scheduling and other information, are automatically synchronized with your Android phone.

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