Importing Contacts from gmail to Thunderbird

When running a business it’s always recommended to use a professional email using your domain name such as info@domainname.com or simply your name. However you would need to use a client or software such as Outlook or Thunderbird. There are many of them out there but in this article I’m going to show you step by step how to import all your contacts from your Gmail to your Thunderbird.

First you may be wondering why we need to do this. When you go to email someone you will see that by typing their first name doesn’t show anything. So let’s fix this now.

Below is the video version of it or if you prefer to read and follow along you have that option too. 

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Here is the breakdown from the video for your reference:

  1. From your Gmail account, click the contact icon on the right side and then look for the new tab icon on the top, click this. This will open the contact in a new tab.
  2. Now you want to select one of the contacts so that the select all will appear at the top, now select all from there.
  3. You will see 3 dots right next to an envelope icon, click this and click export.
  4. Select the “Outlook CSV” option and click Export.
  5. Save this file somewhere because we will need it in the next step.
  6. Open Thunderbird and click the “Address Book” button at the top, this will open a new window.
  7. Now click the tools > import, select the Address Books option and click next.
  8. Click next again and it will ask you for the file you just downloaded, select it and click on Open.
  9. This box that opens will by default have everything selected but this will not work because Gmail and Thunderbird have different storage fields for each item. So you need to go through this and match everything that you want to be imported.
  10. To do this, select the item and use the “move up” or “move down” buttons on the right to move the left side to match the right side columns.
  11. To help with this, here’s the time stamp at around 2:18 in the video above so you can see how this works, it can be confusing for the first time doing it. It was a little for me. The first couple of attempts it wasn’t displaying the contacts info correctly.
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