How to import Address Book from one mac to another

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by data2insight, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Seattle, WA
    #1
    Hi,

    I want to import the address book from my desktop to my laptop, both Mac Pros running snow leopard. I have a time machine backup from the desktop, but cannot figure out how to import the address book into the laptop address book.

    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Veronica
     
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    spinnerlys

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    #2
    Go to your desktop computer (Mac Pro or iMac or Mac mini),
    navigate to Macintosh HD / Users / YOU / Library / Application Support / AddressBook
    and copy that AddressBook folder onto whatever storage device you use to transport files.

    Go to your laptop
    and navigate to Macintosh HD / Users / YOU / Library / Application Support /
    and paste the AddressBook folder inside that Application Support folder.
    You might need to confirm to replace the existing AddressBook folder with the AddressBook folder from the desktop.

    Btw, a Mac Pro is not a laptop, a MacBook or MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air is a laptop.

    www.apple.com/mac
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Go to "export" under file on your old mac, then "address book archive" and save to a usb stick or other file transferring hardware such as a cd rom, then transfer the media to your new mac, then drag and drop the file to your new address book. I transferred my contact info from OS X leopard to Mountain Lion on my new Mac this way, using a usb stick, and it was pretty easy.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Aug 31, 2014
    #4
    Thanks spinnerlys

    Hi,

    I needed to copy the address book data from my old G5 to my new iMac.

    I tried both methods - using the archive did not work, I ended up with a blank address book.

    However many thanks to spinnerlys!
    Copying the AddressBook folder from one machine to the other worked:

     

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