phone book > csv

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  1. nosyncho

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    Android 5.1: I went into "Contacts" to export my phone book. There was no format option for csv. ?? I don't want to use Google for this right now. Also, the app did not appear to enable naming the export file. It was assigning the name and location. That is fine (can rename in computer), but I'm curious why.
     
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    I've only seen vcf or Vcard formats when extracting on a phone. CSV is windows format not android. You should be asked where you want to save, then the name.



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    Why would "Export" be limited to a single, native format? CSV is a universal format, not tied to an OS or other vendor.
     
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    CSV is not a universal format for Android, which is based on Linux.

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    CSV: Comma separated values. Loads into all kinds of spreadsheet programs, not only Microsoft Excel. Loads into Matlab, Mathematica, and other processing platforms. My computer is Linux, and works fine with CSV files. I am pretty sure there is no compatibility problem between the Android OS and CSV files. Maybe it's the particular "Contacts" app/version.

    Am I overlooking the function in "Contacts"? Is the function elsewhere in the Android system? I think I saw some apps for purchase with CSV export, but aren't there some widely shared apps for this basic function?
     
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    I connected the phone to computer with USB. Looking through the phone, there is no file of contact data evident. Maybe the data are in some inaccessible binary file. There are probably linux apps to import a csv file from the phone. Pointers anyone? And, it still seems reasonable to find a function in android or an app to export the phone book ahead of copying it to the computer. Suggestions are appreciated.
     
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    I would imagine contacts are stored at the system level. Without root access, I doubt you'd find them.

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    I'd just search the play store ..I'm sure there is an app you can download contacts and export in xml or csv


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    There is a way/app to do just this. I have done it in the past I just don't recall exactly how I did it.

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    In a database that you'll need sqllite to get to.

    Found this.
    Let me plug my phone in and see.
     
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    Marshmallow changed the db name.


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