Backup Gmail, Hotmail, and/or Yahoo! Mail Contacts to your Computer

Posted March 1, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Internet

Lately, everyone seems to be looking into backingup their inboxes for their online email accounts. While this is important, what would happen if you lost all of your contact information? Here’s how to backup your contacts to your computer from Gmail, Hotmail (Windows Live Mail), and Yahoo! Mail to your computer harddrive.


1. Go to Gmail on login to your account.

2. On the left side, select Contacts.

3. When the Contact Manager appears, select the More actions dropdown

and select Export.

4. Select the All contacts radio button. Then select the desired export format.

5. Click the Export button.

Hotmail (Windows Live Mail):

1. Go to Hotmail and login to your account.

2. Go to the left side of the screen towards the bottom and select Contacts.

3. Select the Manage dropdown and click Export.

4. Input the characters you are shown into the textbook and then click the Export button.

Yahoo! Mail:

1. Go to Yahoo! Mail and login to your account.

2. Go to the left side, select Contacts.

3. Click the Tools dropdown and select Export.

4. Go to the Export section and click the Export Now button that is associated with the desired export format.


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  • Kulas Francis

    I don’t want to export my email contacts from gmail to yahoo, I have already done that…I want to export from gmail to yahoo my files on gmail to yahoo

  • Be

    If you export your cotacts from yahoo to gmail or vise versa, or if you want to back-up your contacts to your computer, will the contacts be lost in your original location where theywere, or will they be in both places?