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How to Import and Export Contacts in Apple Contacts

This article explains how to export and import your address book using the contacts application in Mac OSX.

Export your Address Book

  1. Open Contacts.

  2. Click [File] > [Export] > [Export vCard].

  3. Choose a location to save the file.

  4. Click [Save].

You have successfully exported your contacts from Apple Contacts.

Import your Address Book

  1. Open Contacts.

  2. Click [File] > [Import].

  3. Locate the file containing your contacts.

  4. Click [Open].

  5. Follow the prompt to complete the Import process or review any duplicate contacts.

You have successfully imported your contacts to Apple Contacts.

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How to Get Help

For technical assistance, you may contact the Technology Support Center at (309) 438-4357, or by email at