Question: I have a CSV-file with all my contacts (exported from Thunderbird). On my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, I have Android 5.0 Lollipop installed. How can I import the contacts from the CSV-File into my Android cellphone?
Just as the above-mentioned situation, if you change a new Android phone, you will need to transfer all your contacts from a .csv file to the new Android phone. No worries. This post will show a step-by-step guide to help you import CSV contacts into Android.
Easy Method: Importing Contacts to Android from CSV with a Gmail Account
If you have a Gmail account, it will be easy to transfer .csv contacts to your Android phone. All you need to do is uploading the CSV file to your Gmail account, and then sync the account on your Android phone. The following shows the detailed steps.
Step 2: Click on the large Gmail letter on the top left below the Google logo and get the drop-down box.
Step 3: Click on Contacts. Find More and select Import in the drop-down menu.
Step 4: Then you will see a dialogue, asking you to import contacts. Click on "Choose File", go to where the CSV file is saved, select it, and click Open, choose Import to upload the CSV file to your Gmail account.
Step 5: After the above Step is done, all the contacts in CSV format have been uploaded to your Gmail account.
Step 6: On your Android phone, sign into your Gmail account.
Step 7: Go to Settings > Accounts & sync. Find your Google account and choose it. Select Sync Contacts > Sync now. When this is done, all CSV contacts will be on your Android phone.
This is extremely convenient if you have a Google account. But what if you don't have one? How would you import CSV contacts to Android? No worries, you can still do that.
How to Import CSV Contacts without a Gmail Account
Step 1: Do the same the above mentioned 5 Steps, and skip Step 6, click More… > Export… select the group where all the CSV contacts are saved. Choose to save as vCard format. Click Export to download the vCard file on your computer.
Step 2: Connect your Android phone to computer with an USB cable. Once detected successfully, go to Computer and find your Android phone.
Step 3: Open Android phone. Copy and paste the vCard file.
Step 4: On your Android phone, tap Contacts category and click the virtual button left to the main button to show the menu. Choose Import/Export > Import from USB storage > Import from SD card.
Step 5: Then save Contacts to Phone or your accounts. Search for the vCard file, and choose Import vCard file. Then all CSV contacts will be imported to Android phone.