How to Import and Export Yahoo Contacts


Updated: 13th February 2017

contacts-import-export-yahooMoving email contacts from one email system (e.g. Yahoo) to another (e.g.Gmail )  is a very common process.

Yahoo mail provides easy to use tools to enable you to import email contacts into Yahoo Mail, and also to export Yahoo mail contacts from your Yahoo account.

In this tutorial we will look at using the Yahoo Import and export tools.

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Importing Contacts Into Yahoo

Yahoo mail provides two  import mechanisms for importing existing contacts from other email account e.g. Gmail into Yahoo Mail:

  • Direct Import via linked accounts for Gmail and Facebook
  • Import using a csv file – Preferred Option

Note: Importing contacts/addresses has no effect on the original contact list.

 Importing Contacts Using Direct Import

To import email contacts into Yahoo Mail  proceed as follows:

1.Sign in and go to Yahoo mail.

2 Go to the Yahoo! Contacts.

3. Click the “Actions” link on the and select Import
from the drop down menu.

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Then Select Import contacts

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Yahoo will import contacts directly from major services like Facebook, Gmail etc without you needing to create a .csv export file.

Select the service e.g Gmail

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Click Import and you will be prompted to login to the service.

Enter your user name and password to login.

Google displays a message saying that Yahoo wants to connect, you need to accept to proceed with the import.

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The contacts are imported and you are then directed back to the main import page.

This time you should notice the Google icon shows as importing, and is still connected to your Gmail acount,

You should now disconnect.

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When you disconnect you can see the import button once again, and it shows the last time an import was done.

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If you go back to the contacts you should see the new contacts that you have imported from Gmail.

In my case I had 4 contacts before and 37 after the import.

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Yahoo stores the Imported contacts in a separate contacts folder,

if you click on the folder it shows the contacts that have been imported, and the date of the last import.

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Importing Contacts Using  .csv Files

This is the most common method and the preferred method of moving email contacts between systems and It is supported on all email clients.

In contacts click Import contacts and select the file upload option and click import.

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A screen appears with a browse button that you use to locate the .csv file that you want to import.

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Select import to start the import. The contacts are placed in the main contacts folder.

Common Questions

  1.  I get errors when importing a contact list that I exported . – You may need to edit the csv file to match what Yahoo expects. See this Article on how to create a csv file may help.
  2. How can I find out what header fields  Yahoo uses? Do an export from Yahoo and look at the csv file. Use this header for the import header.

Exporting Yahoo Contacts

You can export your contacts from Yahoo to an external csv file, as a backup, or in preparation for importing them into another email service/client or into an excel spreadsheet.

Note: Exporting contacts/addresses has no effect on the original contact list.

To Export your Yahoo Address book (contacts list) proceed as follows:

Exporting Contacts to a CSV file

To Export your Yahoo Address book (contacts list):

1.Sign in and go to Yahoo mail.

2 Go to the Yahoo! Contacts.

3. Click the “Actions” link on the and select Export all
from the drop down menu.

4. In the Export section choose the output format. The format you
choose will depend on what you will be doing with the contacts.

If you will be importing them into outlook or outlook express choose Microsoft outlook, and click the “Export Now” button.

5. When prompted enter the Captcha code and then save the file.

NOTES:

  • The exported .csv file can be used as an import file in Outlook Express, Gmail etc.
  • The import/export feature allows you to import and export
    contacts between Yahoo! Address Book and other clients.
  • Most email programs support the .csv format,and so the file may be usable with other email programs not listed on the Yahoo export/import page.

Exporting as a Vcard

Vcards (virtual business cards) are a standard way of sharing contact information.

They are generally used for sharing individual contact information rather than an entire address book.

Select the contact/contacts you want to export and click export and choose vcard.yahoo-export-vcard

Yahoo Contacts and Desktop Clients e.g WLM

Yahoo Mail was designed to be used by a web based client and emails and contacts are normally stored on the Yahoo Mail server.

If you are using Yahoo with Windows Live Mail your Windows address book will be stored on your computer.

Windows Live Mail doesn’t have access to the Yahoo online address book/Contacts list.

There is also no way of synchronising contacts between the two systems.

However you can use the import and export features of Yahoo and WLM to import and export contacts between the two systems.

Common Questions

Q- I get errors when importing a contact list that I exported from Yahoo.

A –You may need to edit the csv file to match what your new email provider.

Q- Why does Yahoo provide different output formats for different clients e.g. Thunderbird, Outlook etc ?

A- This is because the importer tool provided by these clients expect the csv file to be formatted in a certain order.

Q- My Client is not mentioned can I still export the contact List?

A –Yes use the Microsoft option and edit the csv file to match your Client.

Q- How can I find out what header fields my client uses?

A -The easiest way is to do an export from your client, and look at the csv file. Use this header for the import header.

Q- Can I import the file into an excel spreadsheet?

A -Yes excel is commonly used to edit the file and remove unwanted email addresses etc.

Q- Can I use the import/export to move copy my Yahoo contacts to Windows lIve mail? – Yes

Q How do I import Yahoo contacts into Gmail?

A- Export the contacts from Yahoo mail as a .csv file and then import them into Gmail

Summary

Yahoo mail provides built in importer and exporter tools to help you move email contacts between email clients and services.

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