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When you use LinkedIn, it’s all about who you know. However, to import contacts, you normally have to permit the service to access your email and give up some privacy. Here’s how to export your contacts as a CSV file and then import them into LinkedIn.

How to Export Your Contacts

The first thing you need to do is to export all the contacts from your email account that you want to import into LinkedIn. Exporting contacts differs slightly depending on which email provider you use, but it’s easy to do regardless.

Export from Google Account

Fire up your browser and head to Google Contacts. Go through your contacts, select the ones you want to export, and then click the “Export” button in the panel on the left.

Select the contacts you want to export, and then click "Export."

If you want to export all your contacts, click “Export” without pre-selecting any contacts from the panel on the right.

Next, select “Outlook CSV” and then click “Export” to download the contacts as a CSV file.

Choose "Outlook CSV," and then click "Export."

If your browser prompts you to choose a destination for the CSV file to download to, navigate to a folder, and then click the “Save” button.

Select a folder for the file to save to, and then click "Save."

Export from Hotmail

Fire up your browser and head to Outlook People. Click on “Manage” and then select the “Export Contacts” option.

Click "Manage," and then click "Export Contacts."

You can select “All Contacts” or choose pre-selected contacts in a different folder and click “Export” to start the file download.

Choose "All Contacts" or another folder with contact information in it, and then click "Export."

If your browser prompts you to choose a destination for the CSV file to download to, navigate to a folder, and then click the “Save” button.

Select a folder for the file to save to, and then click "Save."

Export from Yahoo Mail

Fire up your browser and head to your Yahoo Mail inbox. Click the contacts icon to open a list of contacts, select the three dots menu button, and then choose “Export CSV” to download a list of all your contacts.

Click the contacts icon, click More, and then click "Export (CSV)."

If your browser prompts you to choose a destination for the CSV file to download to, navigate to a folder, and then click the “Save” button.

Select a folder for the file to save to, and then click "Save."

Import Your Contacts into LinkedIn

Once you have your CSV file full of all the contacts you want to connect to on LinkedIn, head to LinkedIn, click “My Network,” and then click “More Options” from the panel on the left.

Click "My Network," and then click "More Options," located in the left pane, under the Add Personal Contacts section.

On the next screen, click the upload icon that looks like an arrow pointing upward towards an open box.

Click the "Upload a file" icon.

When the next page loads, a file upload prompt will open. Navigate to the CSV file you exported from your email and click the “Open” button.

Navigate to the file you exported from your email, and then click "Open."

Click the “Upload” button.

Click "Upload."

On the next screen, it will show you a list of all your connections who are using LinkedIn. Manually select who you want to connect with or check the box to select all connections and then click the “Add Connections” button.

Select from the list of connections---or tick the checkbox to select all connections---and then click "Add Connections" to continue.


That’s it. After you add these connections, LinkedIn will send an invite to the people to verify you know them. You can repeat this process with any other email addresses you have.

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