How to Import OLM Contacts into Gmail Quickly

All the associated mail data, calendar, tasks, notes and contacts of Outlook 2011 for Mac are stores in its data storage repository OLM file. Though, when user need to switch from Mac Outlook to web based mail client such as Gmail, contacts needs to be imported. Direct conversion of Mac Outlook file to Gmail account may be not easy. The contacts may contains important phone numbers or addresses, users can not afford to lose them at any cost. Therefore, in this blog we will discuss how to import OLM contacts into Gmail account quickly.

Import OLM to Google Contacts

Since the people who are using Mac Outlook 2011 are not able to find any direct option to migrate their OLM contacts to CSV or Windows Outlook file format. Gmail or Outlook for Mac system does not support any direct program to import OLM contacts into Gmail. But we have a workaround by which one can export OLM contacts to excel and Import that Comma Seprated Value or excel file to Gmail account.

  1. Export OLM Contacts to .txt file
    • Install the Microsoft Outlook in Mac Computer System
    • Go to File and Choose Export option


    • An Export Window will Pop Up, Click Contacts to a list (tab) option


    • Enter name and specify the location of Contacts file


    • Now press down the Save and confirmation message for import will be shown.


  2. Convert TXT file to Comma Seprated Value file format

    The text file generated with Mac Outlook 2011 in the above step is not supported by Gmail account. So, user needs to migrate that file to Comma Seprated Value format before importing it to Gmail. To do so follow the steps below:

    • Open the Text file by using MS Excel application


    • The txt file is not in proper format, convert it to excel or Comma Seprated Value file
    • Go to File and choose Save as option


    • Select MS-DOS Comma Separated Value from the list of file formats displayed


    • Save the file in Excel format at desired location
  3. Import Comma Seprated Value file to Gmail Account

    Now, we will Import OLM contacts into Gmail account. Follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Login into Gmail Account
    • Click Gmail on the left side of screen and Go to Contacts option under List


    • Press down More and Select Import option


    • From the Pop-Up window, select Comma Seprated Value or vCard file and hit onNext


    • Browse the Comma Seprated Value file from local machine and Select Import


    • The process of Importing OLM Contacts to Gmail will be started


    • OLM contacts can be seen in Imported Folder under My Contacts Tab in Gmail account

Conclusion: We people are aware with the fact that Contacts play very important role in users professional and personal life, as it may contains highly sensitive information like phone number, addresses etc. In this article we discussed how to import OLM contacts into Gmail easily, if they need to move from Mac OS to web based mail client Gmail. Follow all the steps mentioned above and one can easily import all the contact from OLM to Google contacts without much efforts.

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