How to Export Windows Live Mail Contacts and Import them into Gmail

Jeri from Wisconsin writes:

I recently wanted to import my contacts from Windows Live Mail to my Gmail account. Their help page didn’t include information for Windows Live Mail. Is there an easy way to do this?

There was a time not too long ago when we kept all our important contacts in an pocket-sized address book, but today they are more often stored in our phones or online. So, knowing how to manage them is important. Here is how to export your contacts from Windows Live Mail and import them into Gmail.

Step 1: Exporting Contacts from Windows Live Mail

Start by launching Windows Live Mail. Then click Contacts in the bottom left-hand corner of your inbox screen.

contacts windows live mail

On the tool bar at the top of your screen, click the Export button, and choose to export your contacts as a .CSV file.

export contacts

When prompted, click Browse to choose where you would like to save it. Be sure to save the the CSV file somewhere that you can easily find it later, e.g. your Desktop. Now, enter a file name, and then click Save.


Save Contacts

Once you have chosen the name of you file, and have chosen where to save it, click Next.

click next to export contacts

You now have some options pertaining to the fields you would like to export. Select the check boxes next to the fields that you wish to include in your export. This is the final step before you export your contacts so be sure to select the fields you want, then click Finish to save the file with all your contacts.

Step 2: Importing Contacts into Gmail

 Now you are ready to import your contacts into Gmail so begin by signing in to your Gmail account. Now click the word Gmail in the top left hand corner of the screen, and then select Contacts from the drop down menu.

Gmail Contacts

On the Contacts toolbar you will see a button labelled More. Click it and then select Import…

Import Contacts Gmail

In the pop-up window, click the Choose File button and find the CSV contact file on your desktop that you saved earlier. Click on the file, and then click Open.

Upload Contacts File

Now click the blue Import button and wait a few moments for your Windows Live Mail contacts to be imported into Gmail. Once the import is complete, you should see a list of your contacts listed below.

Import contacts into Gmail

If you already have some contacts stored in Gmail, you may see a message that says “Contacts have been imported, but not yet merged. Find and Merge Duplicates.” If you do see this message, click Find and Merge Duplicates to continue.

find and merge duplicates

To return to your Gmail inbox, click Contacts in the top left-hand corner, and select Gmail.

return to gmail

Your contacts are now imported and ready to use in your next email. 

~ Jonathan

12 thoughts on “How to Export Windows Live Mail Contacts and Import them into Gmail

  1. Is there a way to export only group contacts (not my whole address book) with Windows Live Mail 11 and Windows 7? I have been trying for quite awhile and haven’t figured out how to do it. When I try to put in csv form it is made into an excel file. I can’t seem to find anyone that can help me do it. I would greatly appreciate any help to do it.

  2. I did this, however the email addresses appear in a large OTHER box to the right, not in email field. So, when I try and compose, there is no prompting of choices for example??? What am I missing, Jim new to gmail

  3. First time user of your site:
    I did all the steps above. However, google required to access the “old google contacts”, which resulted in only 2 contacts being converted to a CSV file. the repeating of the process only resulted in the same contacts being converted to a CSV file.

  4. Thank you so much for this!
    It worked great – extremely easy to follow, even though Google has a new beta version, so you need to follow the link to their older system to actually import. (And then refresh the original screen.)
    (Now, if I could only find how to AUTO-delete gmails which I have DOWNLOADED to Windows Live Mail on my PC, that would be great…)

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