There are 4 ways to import contacts into skype, which are all more or
less a royal pain.
(1) Skype's built-in "import contacts" utility (Tools-->Import
Contacts...). You will go through a wizard that checks Outlook,
Hotmail, and Yahoo (NOT gmail) address books.
Please not that there is a HUGE catch to this utility. After checking
to see if any of your contacts are already using skype (under the exact
same name), it lists all your contacts and the following lunatic
"Share Skype with your friends! Would you like to invite the rest of
your friends to start using Skype? Select the friends you would like to
invite and click "Finish" to complete invitation."
In other words, you have to spam everyone you know in order to transfer
their details into skype. After such a stunt, you will be lucky if they
haven't put you on their block lists. Forget about business contacts.
Calling an "invitation" feature "Import Contacts" is extremely
misleading to say the least. I almost did not continue with skype after
realizing this tactic.
(2) The second option is the "Restore Contacts" utility
(Skype--Tools-->Advanced-->Restore Contacts from file...). It
opens a little file browser where you can locate a VCF file on your
computer, which you have previously exported from another address book.
You will have to alter the VCF file before using "Restore Contacts." I
was tipped off to this by jhscann's helpful post:
Open Notepad, and open the exported VCF file. You will see a long file
of text with paragraphs beginning "BEGIN VCARD" and ending "END VCARD."
Inside, you will see the names, phone numbers, etc.
Yahoo address book, for instance, uses slightly different tags than
Skype. In order to replace the tags, you can open a Skype VCF file
(first, add a couple of contacts to Skype, then go to
Tools-->Advanced-->Back up contacts to File, then open the VCF
file in Notepad. You can compare the two formats.
In my case, I ended up pasting the Yahoo VCF text into Excel, inserted a
column with a series of numbers 1, 2, 3 until the end (several thousand
rows), then sorted alphabetically, so I could delete everything except
the name and phone number. I replaced "Version 2" with "Version 3.0,"
and the Yahoo Name and number tags with the Skype ones. I substituted
the REV tags. I'm not sure how much I needed to change, but I did find
that Skype would not accept phone numbers unless they were written in
the form (###)#######, without spaces or hyphens. This last alteration I
did by hand, having decided that I would not dignify this whole
mind-game with an macro or basic program, as suggested in this post: http://forum.skype.c...showtopic=73452
Finally I re-sorted by the number column and cut-and-pasted the text
column back into Notepad, saved as my.name.vcf, went to Skype
Tools-->Advanced-->restore from File, and voila, all my contacts
(3) I was surprised to find a utility offered on Skype's own website
which does the whole conversion for you: https://extras.skype.com/1451/view
This purports to bypass the "invitations" and import a list of
contacts, which you have exported from other address books including
Gmail. It says, "free trial" and imports 10 contacts, after which you
are informed that you must pay money. This fact, and the price of the
full version, is not stated on the download page, even under "details."
Needless to say, most people who use Skype have no intention of paying
money for such a simple feature which every other VOIP service includes
by default. Whatever the utility costs, it would probably have been
worth less than the time I spent, had I not already spent an hour
wandering around the internet in bewilderment. By this point, out of
principle, I was not going to fork over a cent.
Another "free" utility, Yahoo Address Book to Skype Importer, by
"getinfo.us," can be found on "freeware" websites, and it too requires
that you pay, after 5 imports.
(4) A fourth option, perhaps the best, is to simply Add Contacts in the
Skype Contacts tab, one by one. If you have hundreds of contacts, this
would be an exercise in masochism.
No matter what method you use, you will have built up a huge grudge
against the Skype corporation.
Ultimately, you might come to this forum to share your trials and
tribulations, attracted by the apparent simplicity and transparency of
the Community--only to find more hidden red tape. You must post 5
replies to different posts (in my case, "meaningless post #1...etc) in
order to open a new topic.