Update: Megan left a helpful comment on creating a custom CSV that works even better than my approach.
My mother made the big switch today. She left AOL and jumped onto DSL. As I was setting up her connection, she asked me to move her address book from her AOL account to her new Gmail email address. It turns out, there’s no way to do it, well, until I made a way.
The Gmail Help page says:
AOL doesn’t have the functionality to export your address book, so you’ll have to create a custom CSV file if you use this service.
That’s no help, what about just exporting the AOL address book period. Well, I found some iffy solutions that require downloading a 3rd party software, but that seemed too difficult. So, I came up with an easier method.
- In AOL, make a new Group that contains all the emails you want to export.
- Send an email to that group; Carbon Copy (CC) your new Gmail address. I included a quick blurb that the email address would be changing, etc.
- Leave AOL, and open up Gmail. You should see the email you just sent in your inbox.
- Reply All on that email. I mentioned something like, “Hi, just wanted to send you all another email from my new account.”
- You’re done. Gmail automatically puts everyone who you email in your contacts. You just emailed everyone on your list.
Now, this method is only going to get the emails out. I’m not sure if AOL stores phone numbers, etc. My mother’s account also didn’t get the names associated with the emails. This may have been how she had set it up.