Whether you’re looking for an emergency back-up or paper records, here’s how to print your Gmail contacts on desktop or mobile.
Whether it’s to prevent an emergency or for a paper record, printing out a copy of your contacts can be handy. But rather than creating a separate list, it’d be far easier to print them right from your contacts list.
Luckily, you can do this with Gmail–you can download, export, or print out your contacts list. In this article, we’ll show you how to print your Gmail contacts, both on desktop and using the Gmail app.
Printing your Gmail contacts is easy whether you’re using a desktop or your mobile phone. Here’s how to do it on a desktop computer.
- Launch your browser and open Gmail.
- Click on the Google apps grid in the top-right corner between Settings and your profile picture. Alternatively, simply go to Google Contacts.
- Click on Contacts on the left pane and wait for the total number of your contacts to populate.
- Now, scroll down the left side panel and click on Print.
- If you want to select some of your contacts to print, click on the Contacts drop-down arrow and select the category you want to print.
- When done, click on Print.
- A print preview page will open, showing you your contact details. From here, you can view the number of pages as well as set your printing preferences.
- Select your printer from the Destination drop-down.
- Then, click on Print. Your Google contacts should now start to print.
You can equally print your Gmail contacts directly from your smartphone or mobile device. Here’s how:
- Open the Gmail app.
- Tap on the three-line hamburger menu in the top-left corner.
- Scroll all the way down the left side panel and click on Contacts.
- Tap on the three dots (More actions) button next to your profile picture.
- Tap Select to choose specific contacts, otherwise, tap Select all. You can also choose to select from categories like Phone contacts, Email contacts, and Company. You’ll find these options just beneath the search box.
- Tap the Share button next to the bin icon.
- Tap on the printer icon and select a printer. If you’ll rather download a copy of your contacts, tap on other sharing options such as email, WhatsApp, etc.
- Set your printer preferences and click on Print to start printing your Gmail contacts. You’ll need to ensure that both your printer and your phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network or that Wi-Fi Direct is on.
However, if you have thousands of contacts, printing might be impractical. Instead, you can choose to download a copy of your contacts, you have the added option of converting the VCF file into your preferred format.
If using a different device, simply tap on the download button in your email or the Google Drive button. When you open the VCARD, you’ll be prompted to save its contents as contacts. This is also a handy way to move your contacts from an old device to a new one.
Whether you choose to print or download them, you can have your Google Contacts handy in hard or soft copy. If you do decide to print your contacts, you should keep the printout in a safe place away from prying eyes. This is because it contains people’s personal information.
While printing your contacts is handy, there are countless other handy hacks you can use with Gmail.