How to import vCard VCF contacts into Gmail

Cover image for: How to import vCard VCF contacts into Gmail

If you are searching for a way to import vCard contacts into your Gmail account, this article will show you how to do just that. vCard contacts are stored in a filename ending in .vcf (you can read more about this subject here) and can be afterwards exported in different ways such as by email.

1. Log in to Gmail

Log into your Gmail account using the required credentials.

2. Select "Contacts", then "Import Contacts"

Click on the “Mail” drop-down menu near the top-left of the Gmail window and choose "Contacts". Then go to the “More” button and select "Import Contacts".

The Gmail import menu
The Gmail import menu

3. Select your vCard or .vcf file

Click "Choose file" and select the vCard that lists your contacts.

Import vCards in Gmail
Import vCards in Gmail

That's all! The imported contacts should now be available in your Gmail account.

We hope this short tutorial has been helpful to you and was taught you what you wanted to know.

Do you want to merge multiple .vcf files?

If you have several .vcf files and you want to merge them and then import them in your Gmail account, you should follow these steps:

On Windows

  1. Copy all your .vcf files into a folder
  2. Access Windows command prompt (⊞ Win +R keys) then type cmd and hit ⏎ Enter to open it. Then, go to the folder where all the .vcf files are stored. You should select the drive then reach to the destination folder.
  3. Once the destination is selected, use the following DOS command: copy *.vcf all.vcf

On Mac

  1. Open the terminal: it's at ApplicationsUtilitiesTerminal, or you could tap ⌘ Cmd + and type Terminal then hit ⏎ Enter
  2. Go to the folder with the files you intend to merge
  3. Type the following command: cat *.vcf > contacts.vcf

This is it! Now you have a single .vcf file, ready to be imported into your Google account.

Have you experienced problems trying to import a vCard file into Google mail? If you need more help with this, please reach out.

About the author

Aidan Fitzpatrick founded Reincubate in 2008 after building the world's first iPhone data recovery tool, iPhone Backup Extractor. He's spoken at Google on entrepreneurship, and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation's Leadership Academy.

Reincubate's CEO at Buckingham Palace

Pictured above are members of Reincubate’s team meeting HM Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ at Buckingham Palace, after being awarded the UK’s highest business award for our work with Apple technology. Read our position on privacy, safety and security.

We've helped over 10,000,000 people recover their lost iPhone data. Let us help you too.

Comments (4)

Very useful. Thanks.

How do I get my contacts from my email account to my iPhone?

Hey Pete, thanks for commenting! We've just expanded the guide to cover a few more platforms. Does this help? If you let us know who your email provider is, and which email apps you use, we can update it further. 👍

I am having the same problem as the above comment and when I try to extract the files again it is not giving me the option of to how to extract. It does it automatically as single vcards

Hi Mark! Use the 'Extract' menu located at the top of the application (next to "File") and choose 'Contacts as vCard' or 'Contacts as CSV' and you will have the contacts in one file to import into GMail, Outlook or straight to your iPhone (single vCard).

I can see all my contacts, but can not figure out how to select all and import to Gmail. I know there is a way so I don't have to do it one by one. How?

John -- it sounds like you might have extracted your contacts as multiple vCards. Use the 'Extract' menu and choose 'Contacts as vCard' or 'Contacts as CSV' and you will have the contacts in one file to import into GMail.

Can we improve this article?

We love hearing from users: why not drop us an email, leave a comment, or tweet @reincubate?

© 2008 - 2020 Reincubate Ltd. All rights reserved. Registered in England and Wales #5189175, VAT GB151788978. Reincubate® is a registered trademark. Privacy & terms. We recommend 2FA. Built with in London.