How to Import Contacts from Your Computer to Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet’s Address Book - dummies

How to Import Contacts from Your Computer to Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet’s Address Book

By Dan Gookin

It makes sense that you would want the most comprehensive contact list on your Samsung Galaxy tablet. So how can you do that? Well, 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 to your tablet. It’s not easy, 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 into the Contacts 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 tablet to the computer and transfer them.

After the vCard files have been copied over, follow these steps in the Contacts app to complete the process:

  1. Touch the Menu button.

  2. Choose the Import/Export command.

  3. Choose Import from USB Storage.

    If you’ve copied the contacts to the SD Card, choose Import from SD Card instead.

  4. Choose your Google account.

  5. Select the Import All vCard Files option.

  6. Touch the OK button.

    The contacts are not only saved in the tablet but are 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 the Contacts app.