How to import Gmail contacts in your Mozilla Thunderbird

This is just a quick blog to import and configure your Gmail contacts into Mozilla Thunderbird email client.

Follow the below steps:

  1. Gmail –> Contacts –> More Actions. Select “Export” option (img 1)
  2. Select the contact group (if you want to export any specific list) else select “All Contacts”. Select “Outlook CSV format” as export format. Click “Export” button and save the file on your computer (img 2)
  3. In Thunderbird, Select Tools –> Address Book (img 3)
  4. Select “Address Books” as the import item (img 4)
  5. Select “Text File” as file type to import (img 5)
  6. Match the fields that you want to import to Thunderbird. The left column indicates the field in Thunderbird and the right column indicates the field in the google exported CSV file. At least make sure to match Name (Last Name, first Name with corresponding field on right column) and “Primary Email” with “E-mail Address” for the contacts to be imported properly (img 6).
  7. The Gmail contacts should now be available in your Thunderbird email client.

Gmail Export outlookCSV

Thunderbird Addressbook ThunderbirdImport Select File Type FieldMapping

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6 thoughts on “How to import Gmail contacts in your Mozilla Thunderbird

    • Thanks Purnell for visiting my blog.
      Though I have not tried it. But I think you can try following steps:
      – Go to Tools –> AddressBook
      – Select the AddressBook you want to export (import to Gmail)
      – Go to Tools –> Export (in the Address Book window)
      – Select the file type as “Comma Separated” and save the file.
      – In Gmail, try importing this.
      Let me know if you still face issues. Will try and let you know the exact steps.

      Reply
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