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Export Google Contacts from Desktop and Android Phone

Axel Nash

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There are different reasons why one might want to export Google contacts. Perhaps your old device is malfunctioning, and you switched from Android to iPhone, etc. Irrespective of the reason, the last thing you'd want to do is move the Google contacts manually. For this reason, you need the right solution to export the contacts fast without error.

So, in today's article, we will cover all the possible transfer methods that can come in handy to export Google contacts from Desktop and Android without technical knowledge.

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Part 1: Export Contacts from Gmail on Desktop

Gmail contacts can be exported on a desktop in different formats. Yes, it doesn't matter if you're looking to export the contact via Google CSV, Outlook CSV, or vCard format. All it takes is just a few clicks.

Here, we've outlined the step-by-step process any user can employ to export contacts from Gmail on a desktop. Check it out below,

Step 1: Open on your desktop browser and log in to your Gmail account. Then, navigate to the Google App drop-down list and click on 'Contacts'

Step 2: Click on the three-line icon at the top right corner of the 'Google Contacts' page to access the 'Export' option and click on it.

Step 3: Choose the preferred file format that you want to export contacts from Gmail. You can choose either Google CSV, Outlook CSV, or vCard format as displayed on your PC screen. Then, click 'Export'.

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Step 4: A 'Save As' window will appear once you click the button. Just choose the storage location where you want to save the Gmail contacts, then click 'Save' to finalize the process.

click save

You can see the process is very straightforward. However, if you want to know what the different contacts export formats mean, don't hesitate to read on and find out.

Google CSV: The Google CSV format is a format that allows users to export contacts to another Gmail account, and it uses Unicode to preserve any international characters of the contacts.

Outlook CSV: Unlike Google CSV, Outlook CSV converts all contacts' names to the default character encoding. Thus, allowing users to import the file to Microsoft Outlook smoothly.

vCard: The vCard format, on the other hand, is a popular internet format supported by lots of email services and contacts managers, and it is widely used among Apple devices.

Part 2: Download Contacts from Gmail on Android

It's also easy to download contacts from Gmail on Android. Yes, the process is as straightforward as exporting Gmail contacts on desktop. However, unlike using a desktop, Android supports only VCF format (vCard), so you can't download the contacts in Google CVS or Outlook CSV.

To get the job done, you need to make sure the Google contacts app is installed on your Android device and you've linked your Google account where you saved your contacts. Keep reading to learn the steps on how to use this method to download Google contacts from Gmail.

Step 1: If you don't have the Google contacts app installed, install it from the Play store on your Android, then sign in to your Google account where the contacts are saved.

Step 2: Tap Fix & manage at the bottom of your screen and then choose Export to file from the list.

Step 3: Now, you can choose to export your Google contacts to your phone and name the exported .vcf file.

Since there's no official method to export your Android device contacts as a CSV format file, we recommend you proceed to the next part to learn how to export Google contacts to Excel.

Bonus: Export Android Contacts to Excel/CSV

The ideal way to export contacts on Android to Excel/CSV is by using a robust data management software like MobileTrans.

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How to Export Google Contacts on Android to Excel/CSV

Step 1: Download and install the MobileTrans software > Launch the program and click on 'More' from the top bar. Then connect your Android phone to the PC using its USB cord.

click on more

Step 2: Click on 'Contact Management'.

click on contact management

Step 3: MobileTrans will detect all your Android contacts and display them on your screen.

  • Navigate to the Export button at the bottom right corner and click on 'To CSV File' from the list that pops up above.

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Step 4: All your contacts will instantly be exported to your computer in Excel/CSV format. You can disconnect your Android device from the PC afterward.

Part 4: FAQs

1. How can I export Google contacts to iCloud?

To export Google contacts to iCloud, just:

  • Open and login to your Google account in Google contacts on iPhone.
  • Export the contacts in Google contacts as vCard format.
  • Sign in an iCloud account through your browser, then import the vCard file to iCloud.

2. how to export Google contacts to Outlook?

You can export Google contacts to Outlook from the Google Contacts website. All you just have to do is;

  • Sign in to your Google contacts account from your browser.
  • Export your Google Contacts to Outlook CSV
  • Open Outlook and upload the Outlook CSV file.

3. How can I sync my Google contacts with my mobile device?

You only have to do the following to sync Google contacts with your mobile device;

  • Open 'Settings' on your Android device, locate 'Account and Sync' then tap on it.
  • Tap on 'Google' and sign in to the Google account whose contacts you want to sync to your mobile device.
  • Tap the 'Three dots' icon at the top right corner of your phone screen and select 'Sync Now' to sync Google contacts with your mobile device.


Exporting Google contacts from Desktop and Android phones doesn't come easier than this. So whether you're looking to use Gmail or software, we've briefly summarized how you can get the task done within a few minutes.

In all, ensure to utilize each stepwise guide on this page according to the instructions to prevent any error when you export Google contacts from a desktop or Android phones.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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