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How to Import Contacts from Your Computer to Your Nexus 7

You can export contacts from your computer’s e-mail program and then import them into the Nexus 7. Your computer’s e-mail program is doubtless a useful repository of contacts you’ve built up over the years. It’s not simple, but it’s possible.

The key is to save or export your computer e-mail program’s records in the vCard (.vcf) file format. These records can then be imported by the Nexus 7 into the People app. The method for exporting contacts varies, depending on the e-mail program:

  • In Windows Live Mail: 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 on your computer, connect the Nexus 7 to the computer and transfer them.

After the vCard files have been copied to the Nexus 7, follow these steps in the People app to complete the process:

  1. Touch the Menu icon button.

  2. Choose the Import/Export command.

  3. Choose Import from Storage.

  4. Select your Google account.

  5. Choose the option Import All vCard Files.

  6. Touch the OK button.

    The contacts are saved on your tablet but are also synchronized to your Gmail account, which instantly creates a backup copy.

The importing process may create duplicates. That’s okay: You can join two entries for the same person in the tablet’s address book.

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