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How to Import Your Contacts to a Web Service without Giving Away Your Email Password

07 April 2009 Posted by in category: Internet tools with Tags , , , ,

Once in a while I’m offered by a web service like Facebook, LinkedIn or Digg to give away my email username and password so that it could offer me new friends based on my contacts list. Being the key to all my other accounts and containing a lot of personal information, I’m not that thrilled to give away these details. The solution to that problem is to export your contacts to a file and then import it into the web services. Here is how to do that:

Example – Synchronizing Gmail with Linkedin

As an example, I will demonstrate how to import your contacts into Linkedin from your Gmail account, but the same apply for other web services and other email applications, including Outlook.

Export contacts from Gmail

  1. Go to the “Contacts” sections.
  2. Click “Export“.
  3. Under “What format would you like to export to?” choose “Outlook’s CSV format“.
  4. Click “Export” and save the file to your computer.

Export Gmail contacts

Import contacts to Linkedin

  1. Login to your account and click “Contacts” on the left sidebar.
  2. Click “Imported Contacts”.
  3. Scroll down, hover above “Add more contacts” and choose “Import from file”.
  4. Click “Choose file” and Upload the exported contacts file.

Import contacts into Linkedin

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