When you have email contacts stored in another location, you may want to export them to a CSV or tab-delimited text file, so you can import them into MailChimp. The way to export your contacts depends on the application you’re using. No matter where your contacts come from, you must have explicit permission before you add them to your list as subscribers.
In this article, you'll learn how to find export instructions for a few common applications, as well as how to avoid accidentally importing people who haven’t opted in to your list.
Before You Start
This article talks about ways to export email marketing contacts from services outside MailChimp. To learn how to export your contacts from MailChimp, read View or Export a List.
If the information for your particular email program is not listed here, contact your email client's help documentation, or consult their documentation for further assistance with exporting.
Before you import your outside contacts into MailChimp, inspect the addresses and remove any that might cause you to receive a spam or abuse complaint.
Export Contacts from Microsoft Outlook
If you use any version of Microsoft Outlook, including Outlook for Mac, check out Office Support to learn how to export your contacts to a CSV file.
Export Contacts from Apple Address Book/iCloud Contacts
If you use Apple’s Address Book or iCloud Contacts applications, download the MailChimp Import app to add subscribers to your MailChimp list.
Export Contacts from Google Contacts
If your subscribers are stored in Google Contacts, use our built-in integration to import them to your list in MailChimp. To import a portion of your Google Contacts, export a selection of your contacts from Google as a CSV file before you import to your MailChimp list.
Export Contacts from GoDaddy
If you use GoDaddy’s Workspace Email, you can export your contacts to a CSV file. GoDaddy’s help center suggests that if you use Workspace Webmail 6.0, to first switch to Classic View.
Export Contacts from Thunderbird
If you use Mozilla’s Thunderbird Address Book, make sure to choose the CSV or tab-delimited text file format when you export your contacts.