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    Hmm, seems simple enough. But not working for me.
    I’m on PC and tried both Chrome and Firefox.

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    Simon October 13, 2011 at 22:56 | | Reply

    It doesn’t work for me, neither.

    When I drag the vcf-file into the icloud-addressbook (in the browser) nothing happens.
    Tested with the newest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.
    Operating System: Windows 7 (x64).

    Any suggestions?

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    Does the page say “No Contacts – Create a new contact by… or dragging a vCard to import”?
    This can either be on the left side or the right side, depending on what view you are in (groups or all contacts).

    Does the border of the container for that message turn to blue when you drag your file over it?

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      This should have been a reply to Simon.

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      ADCthree November 15, 2011 at 06:12 | | Reply

      My page only says “No Contacts – Create a new contact by clicking the + button below”

      nothing about dragging a vCard =/

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    Anthony October 13, 2011 at 23:42 | | Reply

    I’m having the same problem as Simon. I came across your blog early this morning and have been trying all morning. I do not get a blue box when dragging and dropping. I am on Windows 7 32bit. I’ve tried 4 different browsers. Tried just a single contact compared to all. Turning off syncing contacts on my phone. Still wont import. I work for IT for a living, you think it would be easy :)

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    Simon October 13, 2011 at 23:47 | | Reply

    I have exactly the same picture, TechNGuide.
    Depending on the browser the border turns blue or not.

    Where do you guys come from? Maybe iCloud hasn’t turned on every service/feature for all countries yet (but this would be very confusing, not to turn on such an “easy looking” feature).

    I’m from Germany.

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      Anthony October 13, 2011 at 23:50 | | Reply

      I’m in the U.S., NY. Guess I’ll wait until later.

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    Anthony October 13, 2011 at 23:55 | | Reply

    I don’t get a pop-up when double clicking. Nothing happens, however I did get that earlier this morning, but to no avail did not work either. Right now I do not get the option.

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    Anthony October 14, 2011 at 00:04 | | Reply

    Well now it’s almost working, I’m getting a pop-up saying “Unable to Import vCard. This vCard cannot be imported because it is not valid.” but doesn’t like the exported vCard from google. Any suggestions?

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    Simon October 14, 2011 at 00:23 | | Reply

    Double Clicking doesn’t work. Draging the file while loading the calendar neither.
    I can force the addressbook to open a “Open file…” dialog, but after selecting the vCard nothing happens, too.

    TechNGuide, which browser and operating system do you use?

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      Simon October 14, 2011 at 00:26 | | Reply

      Sorry, I meant: “Draging the file while loading the ADDRESSBOOK neither.”

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    Anthony October 14, 2011 at 00:26 | | Reply

    I’ve now generated 4 vCard files. None work. Same error. All in google chrome. Nothing works in Internet Explorer. Could it be a bad contact? How do I check the format of the vCard like in earlier posts.

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    Simon October 14, 2011 at 00:32 | | Reply

    Ok, step 11 works now (you’re right, you have to be very fast).
    But I get the same error as Anthony:
    “Unable to Import vCard. This vCard cannot be imported because it is not valid.”

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    Simon October 14, 2011 at 00:33 | | Reply

    No groups. I also tried a vCard with only one contact.
    Maybe it’s the encoding.

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    Anthony October 14, 2011 at 00:34 | | Reply

    My Contacts are basically in a group called “My Contacts”, I’ll try and tinker with that.

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    Anthony October 14, 2011 at 00:53 | | Reply

    Still a no go. I’ll update if I ever get it to work, may just have to go the itunes route later.

    Thanks for the help and suggestions.

    And my vCard did look like the above format in earlier posts.

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    @neosheet October 14, 2011 at 03:51 | | Reply

    It’s work! Thanks dude ;)

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    Anthony October 14, 2011 at 05:18 | | Reply

    So after tinkering all day couldn’t get it to work. Had to go the itunes route. Here’s what I did:
    1. Turn off contacts in google exchange account on my iphone. Left icloud contacts on.
    2. Connected to pc and itunes through usb, and allowed to sync.
    3. Checked off option in itunes to sync with google contacts and entered login info(got a pop-up that this wasn’t necessary since i was syncig with icloud, ignored that)
    4. scrolled down and checked box for contacts to replace info on my phone this one time.
    5. synced, all google contacts on phone again, but not in icloud (said from my pc)
    6 toggled icloud contacts off on my iphone
    7. toggled contacts back on to which i got a pop-up to merge icloud with contacts from my iphone i chose merge since no contacts existed in icloud yet.
    8.went back to contacts and no more choices of which contacts i wanted to use. all contacts were still there.
    9. logged into web icloud and all contacts were there!

    done. Thanks for the help. Hope this helps someone else.

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      Terry October 15, 2011 at 08:00 | | Reply

      Yes! it worked! Thanks a bunch! I assume this still doesn’t update any changes made in Google contacts?!

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      Ann April 24, 2012 at 01:48 | | Reply

      This was the fix I needed since we are on an older version of windows and can’t have iCloud on the PC. Thank you so much! So excited to finally have the ability to email everyone instead of just the people I already emailed from my phone!

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    Stephan October 15, 2011 at 05:28 | | Reply

    I changed my contacts.vcf to use my first name and it worked first try. So I renamed the file yournamehere.vcf and it went through straight away.

    FYI: I am on Sprint with iPhone 4S and I used Safari on OSX to do it if it makes a difference I am not sure.

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      JDHunz November 30, 2011 at 08:35 | | Reply

      I did this and it worked perfectly…in fact, added some contacts I had forgotten about and was glad to find!

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    Jake Albinson October 15, 2011 at 20:47 | | Reply

    Thank YOU!! for guide no more need to depend on Google contacts all on iCloud now

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    Rob October 15, 2011 at 22:16 | | Reply

    Thanks for your guide! It worked for me as well. A tip when using Google Apps (custom domain support): If you try to access the Contacts link, it will probably fail, but if you go to the following URL and then Export, you will get your vCards:

    Also, I had a contact (me) in iCloud Contacts, I had to delete it, log out, log in a few times before I got the blue score for dropping the .vcf file on.

    It works, just be patient.

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    Ken Haley October 20, 2011 at 01:31 | | Reply

    So, if I do this, will I henceforth have to maintain contacts in BOTH Google and iCloud? Or will they stay in sync with each other?

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    Travis October 20, 2011 at 02:23 | | Reply

    arghhh this is a little frustrating. I have tried all methods as listed above to no avail. Any other thoughts

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    Josh October 20, 2011 at 06:40 | | Reply

    I did get this to work just now. Had to hit the red book mark at the top to get the groups to show then I dragged the vCard file back and forth over the right side of the page until the blue highlight ring showed up. It then imported. I had tried several times prior before I noticed the blue outline coming up.

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    mike November 4, 2011 at 09:25 | | Reply

    right-click dragging in Safari worked for me

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    Dave Lucas November 9, 2011 at 18:56 | | Reply

    Worked fine for me. Had to transfer some (<10) contacts from iCloud to gmail and then back again, but only took an extra five minutes.
    Great post and for some reason I'm glad to get rid of Google contacts.

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    Dodd Martin November 14, 2011 at 16:13 | | Reply

    I already had about 100 contacts that were synced with the cloud and only needed to transfer about 20 from Google to iCloud. What worked for me was creating a new group with no contacts, choosing that (empty) group, then dragging the vCard into it.

    After that I could move the contacts into whatever group I wanted.

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    ADCthree November 15, 2011 at 04:27 | | Reply

    My problem is with the GMail contacts export to vCard. When I follow directions only the 1st contact is exported to the vCard file, not all the contacts. I’m seleting “My Contacts” group when doing the export but it still does not work. In Googling for an answer I foudn several others posting to the Google help boards with the same problem, but no responses on how to fix it. Any insight is appreciated. Thank you! (working in Windows 2010).

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    David November 17, 2011 at 11:40 | | Reply

    Thanks, it worked but as you’ve said, you gotta be very quick in dragging that file once contact is loaded. This is missing from a lot of other sites.

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    soigne November 18, 2011 at 15:17 | | Reply

    Thanks, as easy as ABC, for those who have problem on this try to log in to your iCloud account in Safari Web Browser. I did on it very quickly, just about 5 seconds importing my 561 google contacts…

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    Manuel Acevedo November 19, 2011 at 10:42 | | Reply

    I did it! It works perfectly.


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    massoud_tan November 23, 2011 at 09:07 | | Reply

    I tired Safari and FF, neither worked but Chrome worked. I seemed to have had crashed in the middle of the import but in fact it had finished the import and all of my contacts were in IC.

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    Lars Mouland November 25, 2011 at 17:56 | | Reply

    If you already have contacts in iCloud(which you most likely have if you already are syncing), you could just send the .vcf file that you get from Google to an email-account on your iPhone, open the file from there and select “Add contacts”. It will then sync from your iPhone onto iCloud in a few minutes.

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    Kelie November 29, 2011 at 12:28 | | Reply

    Goodness…thank you! You just made my life so much easier :)

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    Neil November 29, 2011 at 22:09 | | Reply

    Just email to .vcf file to your iPhone, open the attached file, and it prompts to save (or indeed merge) all the contacts. No need for iCloud website or iTunes.

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      Neil November 29, 2011 at 22:10 | | Reply

      Oops. Rule 1, read the thread. Sorry

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    Macdara December 1, 2011 at 18:19 | | Reply

    Thanks this solved my problem. Just to clarify that the problem occurs if you start using iCloud and you already use Google Contacts Sync. I ended up with 237 contacts on iCloud and 935 on Google, now they are all running on iCloud which is a neater integrated solution.

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    cycleguy156 December 8, 2011 at 04:41 | | Reply

    works as advertised :) fast, quick, easy – thanks!!

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    Philbo December 12, 2011 at 00:39 | | Reply

    Tried this – and it worked first time on my iMac using the icloud web site – however it was not a very tidy address book – so deleted all contacts and tried importing a tidied up version and it wouldn’t do it …. next step was to email the file to my ipad2 and opened it there and then was prompted to import into contacts – job done !

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    Julian Yun December 14, 2011 at 03:28 | | Reply

    Hey guys, this did not work for me, but I did find a solution that would work:

    “1.- I exported my contacts from Google Contacts in vcf format.
    2.- I remove the google contacts sincronization with the iphone and I choose delete the contacts from the mobile option
    3.- I activate the icloud contacts sincronization
    4.- I send the contacts by mail to my account
    5.- I open the mail in the iphone an open the attached vcf file
    6.- Finally I imported the contacts to the iphone and it send it to icloud.”

    I found this on another forum…


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    Wolfman December 17, 2011 at 22:59 | | Reply

    It worked just as you described–Thank You

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    chatski December 21, 2011 at 23:00 | | Reply

    One more way for those who is on a Mac. Since the above mentioned way does not export photos from Google contacts, I’ve set sync with Google in my Address Book settings. After that I’ve selected all vcards and clicked Export. Then removed synchronization with Google and all contacts. The exported file dragged to Safari with opened Address Book of and got all my Google accounts with photos in iCloud. My Mac’s Address Book synchronized all the changes immediately.

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    Jim December 23, 2011 at 23:33 | | Reply

    Worked perfectly for me to transfer contacts, drag and drop the file.

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    Rolando January 5, 2012 at 06:42 | | Reply

    Hi, thanks for this information…. finally an answer to my never-ending question!!!

    I have a followup question though. This method (the original post) only copies the contact but doesnt sync Google Contacts with iCloud, right? If this is correct, am I correct to assume that I would have to re-do this process every now and then as I get more contacts?


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    Rolando January 5, 2012 at 09:11 | | Reply

    Great, thank you. If I add a contact on my iPad/iCloud, is there a way to sync it back to Google or is it just easier to manage my contacts through the iPad and iCloud?

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    Bre January 11, 2012 at 04:53 | | Reply

    My boss uses icloud for work. He already has contacts in his contact book. I want to import our 170 contacts into icloud. Right now, they are in an excel sheet ( He needs name, phone number and email address). Can upload my contacts into gmail. Then export them into his contact without losing his current contacts. Please help!!!!

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    John Allen January 12, 2012 at 19:50 | | Reply

    I found that an easy way was to export the vCard, then email this to an account that I pick up on my iPhone. When I opened the attachment on my phone it asked me if i wanted to import all contacts, merging as necessary.

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    Justin January 17, 2012 at 01:31 | | Reply

    If you are in PC maybe using this solution for iCloud too.

    I’ve put my print screen there

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    sherry January 25, 2012 at 00:31 | | Reply

    Thank you, it worked the first time

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    Mauricio Nava February 14, 2012 at 03:18 | | Reply

    Worked like a charm! Thanks! I had my contact in Google Contact but didnt know about the Export and Import to iClud.

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    Nicolaj February 23, 2012 at 00:55 | | Reply

    Absolutely perfect :) thanks a lot. I have spend quite a bit of time trying to get my contacts from Microsoft Exchange over to my apple contacts – and the way is through Google, then using your guide.

    million thanks.


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    RM February 29, 2012 at 05:38 | | Reply

    Try to manually import the vcard file from the bottom-left settings menu, worked for me. Im using Chrome and drag&drop didnt work for me either.

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    Mrs. Relation March 13, 2012 at 23:04 | | Reply

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I also have a PC, but have an iPhone and iPad. You totally made my day!

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    I never imagined how much stuff there was online on this! Thank you for making this easy to get the picture

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    Marcie December 16, 2012 at 00:37 | | Reply

    Thank you! It works perfectly!!!!I am so happy I came across this site. This saved me money that I would have used buying a third-party app.

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    Bhavana February 4, 2013 at 16:56 | | Reply

    Worked smoothly! Thank you

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    Gwen Shack April 17, 2013 at 21:26 | | Reply

    Marvellous – you have just saved me from the past few frustrating hours of trying my best to move google contacts from my old laptop to icloud ready to drop them into my spanking new ipad 4!! Worked brilliantly.

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    KIVILCIM August 14, 2013 at 23:48 | | Reply

    worked perfectly! thanks a lot!

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