I file VCF they are virtual business cards that contain the data of one or more people, such as name, email address and mobile number. They are supported by many applications and many e-mail services, which can use them for importing and exporting contacts in the address book. Gmail, the famous Google Webmail service, is no exception.
With today's guide, I therefore want to illustrate you how to import VCF to Gmail, acting directly from the web panel of the service (Google Contacts) or from smartphones and tablets, using the synchronization functions of the address book with Gmail available in Android and iOS. Contrary to what you might think, I assure you, this is a very simple operation that can also be carried out by those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves an expert in IT.
That said, I'd say ban the chatter and take action. Set aside five minutes of free time, dedicate to reading the following lines and try to put into practice the indications I am about to give you. I am sure that, in a few minutes, you will be able to import your contacts into Gmail and easily synchronize the address book on all your devices.
How to Import VCF into Gmail
The easiest way to import VCF to Gmail is to open the browser you usually use to surf the Internet from your PC (eg. Chrome), visit the Google Contacts service and, if necessary, log in to your Gmail account. Are we up to here? Perfect.
Now, if you don't see the side menu of the service, click on the ☰ button located at the top left. So scroll through the aforementioned menu, expand the item More and click on the option Import which appears below.
At this point, to import the new names into Gmail via the VCF files, click on the button Select file that appeared in the center of the screen and select the file with the contacts to be transferred to the Gmail address book.
Once this step is done, click on the button Import and wait a few moments for all the names in the file to be added to the Gmail address book.
If at the end of the import Gmail warns you about the presence of duplicate contacts, you can quickly solve the problem by pressing the button View (up). You will then be shown a list with all the names of which duplicates have been found in the address book. Double-check that they are all duplicates (otherwise deselect them) and click on Merge it all to unify them.
Alternatively, you can merge single duplicate contacts leaving the others intact by pressing the button Merge related to them. Easier done than said!
If you want to ignore the duplicate warning, click on the button instead Ignore (above) so that it doesn't appear again.
How to Import VCF into Gmail on Android
You have saved some files in VCF format on your smartphone or tablet Android and you don't know how to import all the names they contain into the Gmail application? If, as I believe, you have set up your Google account to synchronize contacts with Android, all you have to do is import the VCF file into the Google Contacts application: by the way, if you have not yet downloaded it on your device, open the Play Store (the default Android store, marked by the colored ▶ ︎ symbol icon), search for it and download it, selecting its icon and pressing the button Install.
If you haven't even set up syncing your Google account with your smartphone (or tablet), open the app Settings (the'gear icon located on the home screen or in the drawer, i.e. the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device), go to Account> Google> [your Gmail address] and move up ON the levers relating to the synchronization of contacts, people details, gmail and other data of your interest (eg. Calendar e Drive).
If you have not configured any Google account on your device, go back to the menu Settings> Accounts Android and press on the item Add account to set up your Gmail address. In case you have some difficulty in completing the procedure, consult my tutorial on how to associate an Android phone with Google.
Once you have configured the Google account on your phone / tablet, you are ready to take action: open the application Google contacts, select theaccount Gmail to use (the one you previously set on the device) and press the ☰ button located at the top left.
Then select the item Settings from the menu that appeared sideways, choose the option Import from the next screen and presses the button file .vcf. It therefore indicates theaccount Gmail in which to import the contacts (this is only necessary if there are multiple Google accounts configured on the device), select the file VCF with the contacts to import into Gmail and that's it.
The names will be imported into the address book within a few seconds and synchronized with the Google online address book. For more information on the subject, see my guide on how to synchronize your address book with Gmail.
How to Import VCF to Gmail on IPhone
If you have one iPhone (or a iPad) and you want to import VCFs to Gmail using the latter, you must first set up your Google account on the device. If not already done, then go to the menu Settings of iOS (thegear icon located on the home screen), go to Password and account (on iOS 14 and later you have to go up Settings> Mail or Settings> Contacts) and its voice Add account to add a new Google account to the device.
At the end of the procedure (which I told you about in detail in my guide on how to configure Gmail on iPhone), make sure that the lever relating to synchronization of contacts is active. Next, you need to set the Gmail address book as the default iOS address book (so that all new contacts are synced with it). Then go to the menu Settings> Contacts> Default account and check the option for gmail.
Now all you have to do is auto-send you the file VCF with email contacts, to an address that you can access from the app Mail of iOS. Then open the app in question, select the message you sent yourself and press the icon of theattached (i.e. the VCF file with contacts).
A screen will open with the list of names contained in the file and the button Add all x contacts, which allows you to add all the contacts contained in the VCF file to the iOS address book (and, consequently, to that of Gmail, synchronized with the device). Press on the aforementioned button, choose the item for create new contacts from the menu that is proposed to you and that's it!