Steps to import Gmail® contacts to Mozilla® Thunderbird
Reasons to import Gmail contacts to Mozilla Thunderbird. What are the issues that you may face? How can they be resolved?
Mozilla Thunderbird is an open source e-mail program, which stores personal information and e-mail messages on the hard drive. Thus, it helps to access content without an Internet connection. Mozilla Thunderbird is a secure e-mail client developed by Mozilla. It uses communication protocol like POP and IMAP. It finds messages fast and allows you to filter results comfortably by date, contacts and more. It comes with advanced Add-ons and excellent themes. Another important benefit of Mozilla Thunderbird is its enhanced user-interface. If you are a Mozilla Thunderbird user, then you may need to import contacts that are present in Gmail. Mozilla Thunderbird comes with new search filters which improve overall performance, and with the help of a built-in Add-on manager you download the latest Add-ons.
Here are the ways to import Gmail contacts to Mozilla Thunderbird, issues and ways to solve these issues:
- Way to import contacts
- Tips to solve these issues
Way to import contacts
For exporting Gmail contacts to Mozilla Thunderbird, first of all you need to export contacts from the Gmail account. For that select ‘Contacts’ from the tool in the Gmail and go to ‘Export’. Then you need to save the exported contacts in .CSV file format. Then open Mozilla Thunderbird and from the menu bar select 'Tools' and choose 'Import'. Also, select the ‘Address Book’ and by using 'Browse' option obtain the .CSV contact file. Check that the ‘First Record Contains Field Names’ option is checked. Using 'Move Up' and 'Move Down', you can match the fields and uncheck those if you want to exclude it from the import process.
There are several issues that may occur while you import Gmail contacts to Mozilla Thunderbird. Common problems associated with exporting and importing are mail server problem, file format problem and the use of corrupt software. If Mozilla Thunderbird and Gmail account are not properly synchronized, then it will cause issues. If the exported contacts from Gmail are not properly stored on the system, then too you may face issues.
In order to solve these issues you need to choose the correct file format. Usually, the file format which is commonly used is .CSV file format. Also ensure that the ‘First Record Contains Field Names’ is checked which help to match the fields with Mozilla Thunderbird and Gmail. By reinstalling the software you can fix the problem that arises due to corrupt software.
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