How to import Address Book from one mac to another

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

  1. data2insight macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    Seattle, WA

    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,
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    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.
  3. Thcia macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
    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. kgrant macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2014
    Thanks spinnerlys


    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:

  5. gudrun45 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2005
    --- Post Merged, Jul 20, 2017 ---
    Using the archive gives me a blank address book also. So I tried the other way. Or tried to try but neither of my Macs have a folder named "Library" under "User" (me).
    Now what?

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