How To Import Your Facebook Contacts Into Gmail The Easy Way

Steve Campbell 14-06-2011

Gmail is where I spend a lot of time during a given day. Whether I’m answering a fresh round of emails or searching through a pile of old ones to find important information I had either forgotten or misplaced, Gmail usually helps me get the job done in a short amount of time. One thing I never find myself doing however, is adding contacts to my address book, because well, that just takes too much time. Besides, I would have to enter all of that information manually. Where would I even find the kind of information that goes along with my contacts’ names and email addresses?


Facebook. Most of the people I know who I would like to include in my Gmail contacts are already friends with me on Facebook. So if I ever need to know where they currently live or work the chances are good I can just search for it there. But wouldn’t it be great if Facebook and Gmail played nicely together so I could have all of that information in one place?  Well, now they do, with a simple little web application called Friends to Gmail.

What Is Friends To Gmail?

Friends to Gmail (directory app FriendsToGmail: Easily Import Facebook Contacts To Gmail Read More ) is a web application that you can use to convert your Facebook friends list into a nice, Gmail-compatible CSV file. Once created, you can import this file right into Gmail and all of your friends’ information, like names, locations, birthdays, bios, work history, and hometowns, will be added to your contacts for you. The app asks for permissions to retrieve this type of information from your Facebook account, but since all of the work is done within the browser, Friends to Gmail’s servers never actually “download” anything, which should alleviate any privacy concerns you may have about the app.

One thing to note is that Friends to Gmail does not download email addresses and phone numbers for your friends. This is because Facebook does not currently provide developers with a way to retrieve this type of data, and for good reason. After all, we already have enough privacy concerns with Facebook. Friends to Gmail’s developer does claim to be working on a way around this for those of us that would welcome such an option.

As an added benefit, you will be able to add all of your friends’ birthdays to your Google Calendar!

How Do I Use Friends To Gmail?

To get started importing your friends, just head over to Friends to Gmail’s homepage (broken link removed) and click the giant Connect with Facebook button. It will ask for your permission (as detailed above) and you will be able to download your CSV file.


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Then head over to your Gmail account and click Contacts.

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On the Contacts page, click on the More actions drop-down menu and select Import….


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From there, a box will pop up that allows your to select a CSV file to upload. Choose the file that Friends to Gmail generated and you’re all set!

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Personally, I think this app is a lifesaver. It finally gave me a good reason to want to keep my Gmail contact list up to date, which enables me to add friends that I hadn’t previously emailed to my outgoing messages, making Facebook’s information even more useful.


What do you think of Friends to Gmail? Do you find this app useful?

Related topics: Contact Management, Facebook, Gmail.

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  1. Anonymous
    June 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    hi is there anyway to do it today? i need to import contact info of my fb.. thank you

  2. Wa Ha Aj
    February 14, 2015 at 7:56 am

    How to get csv file

  3. lame
    January 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    What good is this if it doesn't put the email there? I understand privacy but I'm importing friends I already have this access to.

  4. Bumpguy
    August 26, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Does the app include email address to add 'new' contacts to Gmail?

    • Steve Campbell
      September 6, 2011 at 2:57 am

      Unfortunately I'm not sure what you're referring to, Bumpguy. If you're talking about adding Facebook friends as new contacts in Gmail, then yes, the program should pull them right in.

  5. Bthornton66
    August 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    It only imported the names of my Facebook friends. In some instances, some "notes" were included, but NO phone numbers were imported. The names don't do me any good unless I know how to contact them. Any suggestions?

    • Steve Campbell
      September 6, 2011 at 2:55 am

      Very strange, Bthornton66. Unfortunately I don't know what to tell you. Ideally it would pull in not only the names, but any other information that was available. 

  6. Khaled
    July 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

    How can I save the text I get from the app. into a CSV file?! :s im stuck!

    • Tina
      August 7, 2011 at 6:26 am


      the app should automatically save your Facebook contacts as CSV file. However, yo have to grant it access to your Facebook account. So where exactly are you stuck?

      • Steve Campbell
        August 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

        Thanks, Tina! Khaled, do you have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer? I'd imagine if you're getting text you can re-save the file as a .CSV or even copy/paste it in an Excel doc. Google Docs would be another option for you as well.

  7. Aaron Couch
    July 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I too thought this was going to be more helpful that what it was. I downloaded it, imported them and thought I was good. I went back and looked and saw that 260 Facebook friends have numbers available, but only a small handful were added into Gmail via the CSV file. Not sure how that worked. Any tips?

    • Steve Campbell
      July 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Sorry to hear that, Aaron. It may have something to do with how Facebook stores that information, but I'm really not sure. Perhaps you can shoot an email over to the developer to see if there is a solution.

  8. Dojeeich
    June 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I'm one of those people who'd rather pass on something like this.  I went so far as to open a new G-mail account strictly for Facebook.  After having been burned by three other sites in the past, I'm not in the mood to "blend" a web site I'm a member of and an e-mail account ever again.

    Besides, all but two of my contacts live in the immediate area; I can get ahold of them pretty much anytime.

    • Steve Campbell
      June 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      No worries, Dojeeich. I figured a service like this wouldn't be for everyone. 

  9. Ashfaq
    June 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Yes the application is useful to me. Tried your method and imported around 500 friends list from Facebook to Gmail.

    • Steve Campbell
      June 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Happy to see you're enjoying it. Thanks for your feedback!

  10. Rod
    June 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    This is the most awesome utility ever. I love it. Thank you for sharing!

    • Steve Campbell
      June 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks a lot, Rod. I'm glad you found it so useful!

  11. Kevin Schlanger
    June 17, 2011 at 6:36 am

    No! I want something that syncs Google Contacts and Facebook.

    • Steve Campbell
      June 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      Get to work on that Kevin. I'd use it! :)

  12. Susendeep Dutta
    June 15, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Nice.I hope this app gets its share of popularity in near future.

    • Steve Campbell
      June 16, 2011 at 2:02 am

      Glad you like it! Thanks!

  13. Kelly Faulkner
    June 15, 2011 at 6:39 am

    no, i didn't find it helpful. i ended up with a huge spreadsheet that required massive editing, and after i'd spent some time on it, i realised that most of my friends are all in my contact list anyway (duh), and for those that aren't, it would be far less time consuming to copy and paste their email addys directly from fb to gmail. would have loved the birthdays integrated with my calendar though. 

    would have been more helpful if the app-created file downloaded itself in a ready-to-go csv file, rather than having to copy and paste into excel and then edit so it could be imported. i did try simply saving the file and the importing, just in case, but it doesn't work, possibly because there's far too much unusable info in it - people's favourite this and thats, quotations, ramblings about themselves, etc, on their info pages, which is what the app collects. needing to edit the csv file is a huge step in the process that i don't think most people with bother with. unless i'm doing it wrong? happy to be put right if there's an easier way!

    for those willing to go with the hard yards, here's google's instructions on how to make your data into an importable file:

    • Steve Campbell
      June 16, 2011 at 2:02 am

      Thanks for the great feedback, Kelly. I'm sorry the app wasn't for you, but you do raise some valid points. Hopefully we can see a few improvements in the near future.

      • Kelly Faulkner
        June 16, 2011 at 4:38 am

        no worries! looking forward to the next incarnation :O)

    • Thomas
      March 12, 2015 at 8:41 am

      hi I can not see my Facebook mail too my Gmail

  14. Misterex
    June 15, 2011 at 2:57 am

    If you do not want ALL your Facebook friends, you can edit the CSV file in a text editor and eliminate the friends you do not want. 

    • Steve Campbell
      June 16, 2011 at 2:00 am

      Thanks for sharing this bit of information! I'm sure it will be very helpful to others. :)