How to Import Contacts to Your Android Tablet from Your Computer

You need your contacts from your computer on your Android tablet. Now what? 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 tablet. 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 Android tablet into 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 on your computer, connect the Android tablet to the computer and transfer them.

With the vCard files stored on your tablet, follow these steps in the Address Book app to complete the process:

  1. Touch the Action Overflow or Menu icon.

  2. Choose the Import/Export command.

  3. Choose Import from Storage.

    The command might instead read Import from USB Storage or Import from SD Card.

  4. Choose an account to save the contacts.

    Choose your Google account, unless you have another account, such as Yahoo!, that you use primarily.

  5. Choose the Import All vCard Files option.

  6. Touch the OK button.

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

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

If you’re using Microsoft Outlook and have an exchange server, add your Outlook contacts by adding your exchange server account as one of the tablet’s accounts. Once added, all your Outlook contacts, as well as scheduling and other information, are automatically synchronized with your Android tablet.

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