How to import your Gmail contacts into Mozilla Thunderbird

Geek 2.0 - May 23, 2020

How to import your Gmail contacts into Mozilla Thunderbird - Intertuto

Import your contacts from Gmail to Mozilla Thunderbird by choosing a single account which you will exchange with contacts.

  Many people use multiple email addresses and multiple address books, but it is not easy to regularly check multiple email clients. In this case, it's best to look at the email provider that you use the most or prefer and import messages from all of your email clients. Once you access your Gmail account in Mozilla Thunderbird for example, it's best to export your Gmail contacts to Mozilla Thunderbird so you can have them wherever you are.

There are many reasons why you might want to use Thunderbird us than Gmail, but whatever the reason, you can copy your Gmail address book to Mozilla Thunderbird.

Import your Gmail contacts into Mozilla Thunderbird

First save your Gmail contacts as a Contacts.csv file to export your Gmail address book and import it into Mozilla Thunderbird. The instructions are as follows:

 Open Gmail;

 Select Contacts at the top of the left panel;

 Click on Export;

 Select Outlook CSV from the formatting options;

 Click Export to generate the contacts.csv file.

After that comes the other so-called tricky step of importing the contacts.csv file into Thunderbird. These are the instructions to follow for its realization:

o Select Tools> Import from the Mozilla Thunderbird menu;

o Make sure that address books is selected;

o Click on Next;

o Highlight Text file (LDIF, .tab, .csv, .txt) under please select the program from which you want to import;

o Click on Next;

o Find the contacts.csv file you just created in Gmail and select it;

o Click Open;

o Make sure that the first record containing the field names is checked;

o Use the Up and Down buttons to match the fields in the Mozilla Thunderbird address book on the left and the Gmail fields on the right. Only you have to be sure that the main email address aligns with the email address and the last name on Name.

N.B: Gmail does not distinguish the first name and the last name, it has only one unified name field.

o Use the Next button at the top to see what the import process will do;

o Click OK;

o Click Finish.

Already, you will now find in your Mozilla Thunderbird address book a folder named "contacts" with all imported Gmail contacts.

While having several email clients, this article is an apprenticeship allowing you to keep your contacts wherever you read your email, i.e. you can choose a single account on which you will exchange with contacts. You learn how you can import your contacts from Gmail to Mozilla Thunderbird.

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