How to Export Outlook Contacts to vCard File

Updated On - August 31, 2023 by Nasir Khan |

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In this blog, we know the reasons for why and when user export their Outlook Contacts to vCard files. Here we explain 4 manual methods and one automated tool. Firstly, try the free methods if not getting success then go for the professional Regain PST Converter tool. Let’s start with an introduction…

vCard is a virtual business card. vCards offer a user-friendly interface along-with other options like Picture placeholder and additional notes. The saved .vcf files contain all contact information like first name, last name, birthday, postal and email address, phone number, fax number, notes, photos, and other contact fields.

Exporting contacts into standard electronic business card (.vcf) file helps to import it into many email clients and different devices such as Lotus Notes, Mozilla, Thunderbird, Eudora, Microsoft Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, Google Gmail, Apple iCloud, Apple Address Book, Windows Address Book, Mac Address Book, iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry, Palm, Android devices, other devices and programs.

Most Common Reasons to export contacts from Outlook to vCard files

  • Import contacts to another email client like Gmail
  • Manage contacts in Excel (e.g. to bulk edit contacts and import them back to Outlook)
  • Migrate contacts (together with other item types) to another account/computer/device.
  • Back up contacts

5 Verified Methods to Export Outlook Contacts to vCard File

Method 1: Export Outlook contacts to vCard (.vcf) file using Save As

  1. Launch Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Go to the navigation bar.
  3. Click on People (for Outlook 2013) or Contacts (for Outlook 2007, 2010).
  4. Select the contact(s) to export in vCard format.
  5. Go to the File tab, click Save As button. Export Outlook Contacts to vCard File
  6. Specify the folder and location to save the file, set the Save as a type to vCard files.
  7. Click Save to export all the contacts in vCard file format.

Method2: Export Outlook Contacts to vCard File using Outlook’s Import and Export Wizard:

  1. Go to the Contacts folder and open the contact to export to a vCard.
  2. In the window with an opened contact, go to File.
  3. Click Save As and choose the target location as .vcf

Method 3: Export Multiple Contacts as vCard with Forward Function

To export multiple contacts as vCard, forward the contacts as a business card and then save them in a folder.

  1. Select the contacts to export as vCard. Click Home > Forward Contact > As a Business Card.
  2. In the Message window, right-click at the contacts in Attached field, choose Select All from context menu.
  3. Press Ctrl + C to copy the contacts, go to a folder to locate the contacts, press Ctrl + V to place them.

Note: For Outlook 2007 or previous version, click Actions > Send Full Contact > In Internet Format (vCard)

Method 4: Export Outlook Contacts to vCard File Using Gmail

Step 1: Export Outlook contacts into CSV file

  1. Launch Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Open File menu and select Open & Export. Manual way to export Outlook Address Book to vcard file using Gmail
  3. Select Open & Export and then click Import/Export option. Step 3
  4. Select Export to a File in Import/Export Wizard and click Next Step 4
  5. Select Comma Separated Values in Export to a File Wizard Step 5
  6. Choose the Destination location where you want to save the CSV file Step 6
  7. Now, Initiate the process to export Outlook contacts to CSV file Step 7
  8. It takes some time to complete the saving process.

Now, you can Import this CSV file into Gmail account.

Step 2: Import CSV File into Gmail

  1. Login to your Gmail account Step to import CSV to Gmail
  2. Click on 3 dots upper right corner and select Contacts Step 2
  3. In Contacts menu bar > Select Import option Step 3
  4. Now click on Select file and Browse CSV file to import on Gmail Step 4
  5. After Adding CSV file, Click Import to initiate the process Step 5

Now, you can access your Outlook contacts in Gmail

Step 3: Export Outlook Contacts into vCard File using Gmail

  1. Again Login to Gmail and Click 3 dots in upper right corner and select Contacts Step to Export Outlook Address Boor to vCard File
  2. In Contacts menu bar > Select Export option Step 2
  3. Now Select Export as vCard and Click Export button Step 3
  4. After that, Gmail starts exporting your Outlook Contacts to vCard or VCF file format.

Now you can access your Outlook Contacts in VCF format.

Limitations of Manual Process:

  • Manually export Outlook contacts to VCF file might be a time-consuming process for some professionals.
  • The manual steps to convert Outlook contacts to vCard (.vcf) file can be confusing for some professionals.
  • The professional is advised to perform the steps with proper and complete information, any missed step may lead to change in important data.
  • Requires technical knowledge and background, any novice user might find the manual process difficult.

An Automated Tool to export Outlook Contacts to vCard (VCF) File

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Author: Nasir Khan

I am Nasir Khan from India, working as a Content Developer in Regain Software. Here I am writing about our products and their updates. And writing some free solutions from converting emails or Cloud Migration process. We have tools like Email Converter, Emails backup and Cloud migration.

One thought on “How to Export Outlook Contacts to vCard File”

  1. Avatar Carlos Lentz says:

    I just used this guide to export my Outlook contacts to a VCF file, and it was super easy to follow. Thanks for the great article!

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