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    convert vcf file with many contacts?

    OK, so Google sync'd my phone with thousands of useless contacts.
    The essential question is, how do you get rid of the thousand useless contacts, and keep the 50 or so you actually entered into the phone?

    I exported the contacts to the SD card as a *.vcf file (vcard format) with all 1235 contacts. I have to clean them up in Excel or something.

    Do you know of a VCF to CSV converter that handles a vcard file with multiple contacts?
    You mean like talk? No, no, this is a smartphone. 'Scuse me while I charge it again.

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    Hey Mellowdog,

    you can export them from google contacts straight to .csv. support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=24911

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    Thank you for the reply. Yes, I could do that, but I did not explain it clearly.

    I am looking for a computer program that can convert
    • from a VCF file containing multiple records
    • to a CSV file


    The computer has the "dirty" file that needs to be cleaned up. Like this:

    • I manually added to the phone 30 contacts I call frequently.
    • I scync'd to Gmail, and it added hundreds of garbage contacts to the phone.
    • Must separate the garbage from the good.
    • I exported the phone's contacts (good + garbage) to the sd card
    • The file on the card is in vcard format, with hundreds of contacts in one file
    • I transferred the *.vcf file to the computer to work with it
    • the file is now on the computer, not on the phone
    • most vcard conversion programs cannot manage multiple contacts in one file




    To add to the goodness, the sync does not work" "experiencing problems. try again shortly..."

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    Found a solution
    Gmail will import vcard files with many records.

    • Import the huge *.vcf into google Contacts
    • Then export from gmail in csv format
    • make a copy to backup the original
    • Open in excel or openoffice calc and filter and delete all records without a phone number



    Now transfer the smaller list to google an sync with your phone:
    • go to gmail and delete all contacts. wipe them all out. (You saved the exported file just in case, right?)
    • The only way to delete more than 50 contacts at a time (a limit of the new google contacts manager) is to use the original Gmail contacts manager at https://www.google.com/contacts_v1
    • Import the much smaller list of contacts
    • Wait! you can't sync yet! You MUST move them to the main group "My Contacts". Your 'droid only read that main, top-level group and ignores all the subgroups. See, they were imported to a created group "imported 8/9/12" or similar. Select all of them and move them to the main group "My Contacts". Now, ....
    • Sync with your phone.


    Get a beer. Make it two.
    Last edited by MellowDog; 08-10-2012 at 12:04 AM.

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    Thanks, MellowDog. Importing to Gmail, then exporting to cvs worked great.
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