Thursday, May 5, 2011

Adding Facebook contacts to Gmail - Decoded!

It's official. How to add facebook contacts into your gmail contacts? Many of my facebook 'friends' were quite irritated with facebook's one way door policy which allows import of contacts from Gmail, hotmail etc but not the reverse. The catch here is that email ids we enter in our personal info is displayed as an image rather than text, which means you would have to add each one individually until now ofcourse. Prolificious claims to be able to do this, converting this image to text and adding contacts to your gmail. I don't know how far this is true as I have never used it myself because of its 'suspicious', shady name. So, is Mark Zuckerbeg still too good at grabbing stuff but giving nothing in return apart from Facebook, ofcourse? Well, his protective armour has been stripped. And it's a sight to behold.

To put things straight, YahooMail has already done it. So, my inactive yahoo ID did come of use finally. It's simple. Import contacts from Facebook using Yahoo's import feature under Tools in the YahooMail contacts page. Then, download the yahoo contacts as a csv file on your computer. After this, all you have to do is go to Gmail and import the csv file and voila! You are ready to go.

Go ahead, lets hope you have not forgotten your Yahoo! password. And if you are utterly jobless, trawl through the 1000+ emails in your Yahoo! inbox. I am in 666 and counting.


  1. Impressive! You guys leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding your way around things.

  2. but the problem is that you can't transfer gmail friends to fb, not fb friends to gmail
    both sides of the street are closed, full shutdown...
    i suppose you could save your gmail friends and upload them to yahoo? or transfer them more simply through available technology that yahoo has but somehow fb won't employ... well ok

  3. @Mark Z..tough luck bro! are right. Even Google has stopped allowing transfer of contacts to FB. The war is on!

    I came across this new chrome extension called Facebook Friend Exporter which allows you to export FB contacts into a csv forma without any 3rd party sites like Yahoo! Do check it out.

  4. But Yahoo way do not import phone numbers. That sucks :/

  5. Unfortunately, it appears Yahoo! have now closed the door on this. Y! Mail will all too happily slurp up your Facebook contact's email addresses (no phone numbers, as GK already stated), but will refuse to export them. All Facebook contacts, including any already merged with normal contacts, will be excluded from the CSV file.

  6. There is a workaround. You must create a list and add all your Facebook contacts to it. You still get only email addresses, but it's better than nothing.

    1. This is not working anymore :( …. Any other ideas?

  7. I was hoping to transfer my FaceBook phone numbers to GMail, but yahoo only takes the email addresses from FaceBook.