Sunday, September 09, 2007

How to Move EarthLink Web Mail Contacts to Gmail

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This is not an endorsement. It is simply the quickly researched answer to a question. Use these tips at your own risk. Also feel free to comment on tips and tricks you find that seem to work for your special needs.

This was a follow up question from my blog post last week on How to Move EarthLink Web Mail to Gmail. Someone asked how to move their personal (i.e. NOT COMPANY) web-based EarthLink email contacts to Gmail. Like the original person's question, their needs stem from the fact that they:
  • Are changing ISP,
  • No longer plan to use an EarthLink email account, and
  • Wanted to retain their contacts list.
In their case, they want to capture their legacy EarthLink Web Mail contacts into Gmail. These steps, divided into two parts, will do all that. There is also information from Google in more general details.

Part 1: Export Address Book Contacts from EarthLink Web Mail
  • Go to
  • Login with email address and password.
  • Click "Preferences" on the lower left of the menu.
  • Click "Export Address Book" on the Preferences menu. A pop-up window will ask you to save a CSV (comma separated value) file. Leave the name the same and have it save to your Desktop so you can find it easily.
  • You know have a file with all of your contacts in it from your EarthLink Web Mail account.
Part 2: Import Address Book Contact into Gmail
  • Go to
  • Login with email address and password.
  • Click "Contacts" on the left side menu.
  • Click "Import" on the upper right area of the Contacts web page.
  • In the pop-up window, browse to find the address book file on your desktop and select it.
  • Click the "Import Contacts" button. This may take a few minutes if your contacts list is especially large.
  • You should soon see a message like this: "Import completed. 139 [or some number] contacts have been successfully imported."
That should do it! You should now see any contacts originally in your EarthLink Web Mail Address Book show up in Gmail's Contacts.

If you have questions, comments, suggestions or criticism, feel free to comment as needed.


  1. Thanks, Ashley

    Your instructions on how to transfer my Earthlink address book made it a snap for me.

    All the best to you!

  2. you are a rock star!
    thanks for the simple instructions!

  3. Ashley,

    Thanks for the great(Easy)instructions on moving email addresses to gmail!!


  4. Ashley--your instructions for moving email from earthlink to google were excellent; precise, efficient and easy to follow. Thanks for making my life flow smoothly!!! Ginni

  5. Ashley,
    Thanks, your the man, my headaches are gone. EASY,FAST, and if a novice like me can do it anyone can and I mean anyone.............
    Peace Out

    Big Al

  6. Ashley,
    Thanks! Your the MAN. EASY,FAST AND SIMPLE moving email addresses from Earthlink to Gmail. No more headaches.
    If a computer novice like me can do it, anyone can.

    Peace Out
    Big Al

  7. Ashley,
    I have been trying for a WEEK to get an answer to my to forward address book from Earthlink to Gmail. I even went to the Google site....could not find any clear answers....until YOU!. Thank you so much, that was ridiculously easy and straight forward!

    Many thanks!