8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2012 10:00 PM by esteban2800
Needshelp! Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a CSV file containing all of my contacts.  I want to import these into iCloud.  Is there an easy way to do this??

 

The problem I am having is this.  Based on what I read online iCloud will not allow you to import a CSV file. I tried importing the contacts into Google Contacts to get them into vCard format.  Unfortunately Google screws up the fields everytime.  I have tried everything.  I even added a contact into google manually and exported it to make sure that I was using the proper headings for the information.  It still dumps everything into the Notes Field.

 

Obviously I would like to do this without the help of Google.  Surely there is a way.  As I said before, I have an Excel File containing the information and also a CSV file if one option happens to be easier.

 

Thanks in advance

J


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.0.1
  • hooahwife Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Any chance you ever figured this out?  I was attempting the same thing as you were was getting the same results.  If you figured another way please reply.  Have too many contacts to manually enter.  Thanks!

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    There was a similar discussion some time ago.

    Have a look here

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/16228186#16228186

     

    If you still have problems/questions I can try to help you.

     

    Of course you need to import the data in Adress Book and later in iCloud

  • Needshelp! Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried EVERYTHING to fix this.  I imported contacts into Outlook and exported and they still would not go into the cloud.  I tried creating a contact in google contacts and in iCloud and then exporting and copying the same exact field names. 

     

    I followed every tip that was shown on this discussion board and the tips on other boards. 

     

    I ended up manually entering all of these contacts in by hand.  It actually worked out better bc I was able to get more information for my contacts into the fields.  Nice because I am in sales and wanted to add previous years sales numbers etc.  Thank god this time of year I am really slow.

     

    This is something that apple seriously needs to look at.  They have always prided themselves on making the PC to Mac transition easy.  I wish this would have been easier.

     

    Sorry I couldn't help more.

  • Bobby Lane Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was able to accomplish this through Address Book in Lion.  I synced the Address Book with my iCloud account, and then I imported the CSV file into Address Book.  The contacts were instantly available on my iOS devices using that iCloud account.

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Icloud sincs with Mac-Lion or iOS 5 Adressbook (contacts)

    You write you have data in Excel and CSV file and then that you exported from Outlook (to what?).

    At which point do you have a stop ?

    Importing  CSV into Adressbook may need to check that each field (row) of the CSV exactly match the number and kind of fields in your contacs or Adressbook, which can be. This is important and it is explained in the above discussion where in the first attempt the import was not working and the CSV file was corrected to get the result.

    It is a way that needs attention to empty fields and pays if you have really many contact to transfer.

    I read you got your result succesfully in other way therefore I beleive you dio not need any further info about.

     

    Sorry, I was not able to explain you better the way in my first message.

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Have you seen the new messages ?

    Still no result to transfer your contacs ?

  • esteban2800 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Yes, there is a way to transfer contact. Use Outlook import. Below are step by steps to upload an Outlook calendar to iCloud but I am sure you can use it for Contacts.

     

    1. Using Outlook 2010, click File, select Import

    2. Select EXPORT to a file

    3. Select Microsoft Excel 97-2003 or Comma Seperated Values (Windows)

    4. Select the Calendar to export from (this is the source calendar)

    5. Save the exported file as: Calendar.csv

    6. Export "Appointments" from folder: Calendar

    7. Export and create individual occurrences’ of appointments or tasks that occur between: range_date and range_date

    8. The utility will export your file

    9. Go back to File, Import, and NOW you will IMPORT the same file but now the DESTINATION will be iCloud

    10. Select Import from another program or file

    11. Select Microsoft Excel 97-2003 or Comma Separated Values (Windows)

    12. Browse to the import file and select it

    13. Now, you can only use "Allow duplicates to be created" because the other two selections (Replace duplicates with items imported and Do not import duplicates items) will give you an error. In fact, "do not import duplicate items does not do anything.

    14. Click Next and now Select the iCloud Calendar

    15. Click Next and your calendar will be uploaded to iCloud. This will create duplicates and you will need to delete your calendar constantly.

     

    ---- Just use Outlook import utility for contact and jump to bullet point 9

     

    9. Go back to File, Import, and NOW you will IMPORT the same file but now the DESTINATION will be iCloud

    10. Select Import from another program or file

    11. Select Comma Separated Values (Windows)

    12. Browse to the import file and select it

    13. Now, you can import contacts by selecting that location on iCloud

    14. Click Next

  • esteban2800 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    You need to have the iCloud Control Panel installed to make it work becuase it acts as the interface for Outlook and iCloud.