Do you want to know how to export your LinkedIn contacts? 

Read on and find out! 

After all those hours of spending time on your LinkedIn page, you’ve probably built up quite a large amount of connections. However, say you want to build upon them further? 

Here’s a way to get all your connections into one file so that you can import it into your Gmail.

Now, it is a bit of a process to download your LinkedIn data.

LinkedIn takes time and gathers the information you’ve requested from your profile, from connections and their emails to all your posts. 

It then presents it all to you in a handy .csv format! 

How to get your info on LinkedIn

So, now that you know it takes a little while to get the information, here’s how to get said information: 

  1.   On the upper right-hand side of the LinkedIn navigation bar, click the “Me” dropdown menu.
  2.   Click on “Settings & Privacy.”
  3.   Click the “Privacy” tab.
  4. Under “How LinkedIn uses your data,” click on “Download your data.”
  5.   Select the data that you require (in this case, “Connections”), and click “Request archive.”
  6.   Click “download it with this link” in the notification email that you’ll receive.
  7.   Click “Download archive.”
  8.   Open the now downloaded.CSV file with the information you requested!

Importing your Data into GMail

Now that you have your data, what would you like to do with it? We can go ahead and import it into Gmail. This is a great way to take your connections into real-life. Here’s how: 

  1.   Click the “Apps” icon near the corner of your Gmail account.
  2.   Click on the blue “Contacts” icon.
  3.   Select “Import contacts” in the middle of the page.
  4.   Select the .CSV file that you’ve downloaded.
  5.   Voila! The connections will automatically fill in the “Contacts” section of your Gmail account. 

Strengthen your Connections

That’s a great way to further strengthen your connections. There’s loads of other stuff that you can do with the data you’ve requested. It’s all up to you on how you’re going to use it. Here’s a list of all the data in the .CSV file and what they are: 

1.    Causes that you care about and follow

2.    Professional certifications that you’re received and record on your profile.

3.    Your connections, and all their email addresses, provided they’ve shared them with you.

4.    Contacts that you’ve imported.

5.    Courses that you’ve taken and displayed on your profile.

6.    All records of education that you’ve received.

7.    All LinkedIn endorsements you’ve received, which includes any that you may have hidden.

8.    Honors that you’ve received, and their corresponding dates.

9.    All messages that you’ve sent and received.

10. Interests that’s listed on your profile.

11. Languages that you know.

12. Notes/tags about leads and accounts.

13. All organizations that you’re displaying on your profile.

14. Patents that you own, if any.

15. You connections’ phone numbers, provided they’ve shared it with you.

16. Your profile information.

17. Projects that you’ve participated in/organized.

18. Any publication you’ve been listed on, on LinkedIn.

19. Recommendations that you’ve given and received.

20. Your listed skills.

That’s a lot of data! However, the .CSV file includes much more advanced data.

Have you ever stopped to wonder what you can do with it, now that you’ve extracted it?

For one, you can track your recent account activity with the basic archives, while with the advanced archive, you can track the growth of your account.

That’s pretty interesting.

You can also check your endorsement levels, and it’s always pretty fun and helpful to know why and how you’ve been endorsed!

There are also other data that you might find noteworthy: data regarding ad clicks and ad targeting.

It’ll give you an idea of how marketers view your profile on LinkedIn.

You can use said data to look at any security issues you’ve had happen in the past if any.

There may be some of you out there that don’t read emails a whole lot, so this could be your opportunity to do a quick check-up.

Lastly, the most significant thing about being able to import contacts from LinkedIn and downloading your information from LinkedIn is the fact that they’re allowing you to take control of your data.

There are lots of other social media that don’t do that—and it’s highly refreshing to have one that’s both useful and cares for its users.