How To Export LinkedIn Contacts To Excel? [2024 Guide]

You took plenty of time to create a LinkedIn network with only quality connections.

Kudos on getting this far.

Now, it’s time to take things further and deepen those connections. For that, you need to export your LinkedIn contacts.

export linkedin contacts 1

This is where I take responsibility for showing you how to export LinkedIn contacts both manually and with LinkedIn scraping tools.

This blog post will explore:

  1. Why You Should Export LinkedIn Contacts?
  2. How To Export LinkedIn Connections To Excel?
  3. How To Export Contacts From LinkedIn Sales Navigator?
  4. How To Export LinkedIn Contact From Search Results?
  5. How To Import LinkedIn Contacts To Gmail?
  6. How To Use Exported LinkedIn Contacts For Business?

Ready?

Let’s dive right in.

Why You Should Export LinkedIn Contacts?

Maintaining an offline copy of your LinkedIn contacts is important for several reasons.

First, it helps prevent losing valuable connections as your network changes.

Additionally, direct access to this data allows more effective integration into sales and marketing strategies, improving customer analytics to fine-tune LinkedIn outreach.

keep only quality linkedin contacts

This way, you protect your LinkedIn contacts in case of potential issues in your LinkedIn account, such as hacking or technical glitches.

By regularly exporting your contacts to a secure platform like Gmail, you can ensure continued access to your professional network.

How To Export Your LinkedIn Connections To Excel?

Okay, now let’s talk business. Here is my step-by-step guide for downloading your LinkedIn contacts:

  1. Click “Me”
  2. Click “Settings & Privacy”
  3. Click “Data privacy”
  4. Click on “Get a copy of your data”
  5. Select “Connections”
  6. Click the download link in the email
  7. Click “Download archive”
  8. Open the CSV file to get your contacts

1. Click “Me”

Go to your LinkedIn account.

Click the “Me” icon with your profile picture in the top of your LinkedIn homepage.

go to your linkedin page and click me

2. Click “Settings & Privacy”

Select “Settings & Privacy” in the dropdown menu.

click settings and privacy

3. Click “Data Privacy”

Select “Data Privacy” in the sidebar menu.

click data privacy

4. Click on “Get a copy of your data”

Click on “Get a copy of your data” below “How LinkedIn uses your data”.

click get a copy of your data

5. Select “Connections”

Click on “Wants something in particular” then “Connections” and “Request Archive”.

export copy linkedin data

6. Click the download link in the email

In a few minutes, you will receive an email from LinkedIn with the subject: “Your LinkedIn data archive is ready!”

email link download linkedin contacts

Click on the link in this email.

7. Click “Download archive”

The link in the email will redirect you to the LinkedIn page where you requested the data.

download archive

You will see that the button changed.

Click “Download archive” to get your list of connections into an Excel file.

8. Open the CSV file to get your contacts

The data is in CSV format.

You will find 7 data points in it:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • URL
  • Email Address
  • Company
  • Position
  • Date of Connection
linkedin contacts export excel

Two things will certainly surprise you:

  1. The data is not cleaned
  2. Most of the emails are missing

LinkedIn only gives you the contact information (email, phone numbers) of the people who chose to share it with their 1st degree connections.

Here is the message that you’ll see in the file:

LinkedIn Message

When exporting your connection data, you may notice that some email addresses are missing. You will only see email addresses for connections who have allowed their connections to see or download their email address using this setting https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/privacy/email.

Evaboot provides a lot of data on this, especially since approximately 30% of LinkedIn users decide to share their emails with their contacts.

1st degree connection emails discovery rate

Plus, most of them will be personal emails, which are not GPDR-compliant for prospecting.

But don’t worry. I have a solution!

Bonus: How to get the emails of your connections

If you want the professional emails of all your LinkedIn connections you can use a tool like Phantombuster or TexAu.

These tools can export data from LinkedIn and then send this data to email finders.

find email of linkedin connections

The only thing is that these tools will only be able to do that for 80 contacts per day (150 contacts per day if you have a Sales Navigator subscription)

Why?

These tools need to visit your contacts’ profiles to get their company websites to find their emails.

LinkedIn imposes a limit on profile visits. So, if you have thousands of contacts, that will take time.

linkedin scraping limitations 1

To do it faster, you can use LinkedIn Sales Navigator with Evaboot.

It allows exporting and finding emails of 2500 LinkedIn contacts per day.

How To Export Contacts From LinkedIn Sales Navigator?

Follow these steps to export contacts from LinkedIn Sales Navigator:

  1. Select 1st Degree Connection Filter
  2. Split your search into several chunks
  3. Export your search with Evaboot
  4. Download your CSV
  5. Find the emails of your contacts

1. Select 1st Degree Connection Filter

Look for “Connections” and “1st-degree connections” in the Sales Navigator search filters.

1st degree filter sales navigator

All your 1st-degree connections will appear on the right.

filter contacts linkedin sales navigator

2. Split your search into several chunks

Sales Navigator only displays 100 pages of 25 results.

So, if you have more than 2500 results, you must split your search into several chunks.

linkedin sales navigator search results limitation

For that, you can use the search filters or create lead lists.

Here is a video tutorial describing the process:

3. Export your search with Evaboot

Once you are happy with your search results, go export them into a CSV file.

For that, you can install the Evaboot Chrome Extension.

Export Sales Navigator leads with Evaboot

It’s a LinkedIn automation tool that makes your lead-generation process easier.

After you download it, the “Export with Evaboot” button will appear at the top right corner of the Sales Navigator page.

export linkedin connections from linkedin sales navigator

Click on it to open Evaboot and export your LinkedIn connections.

4. Download your CSV

Once your export is ready, you will receive an email.

download linkedin contact from sales navigator

Go back to the Evaboot platform to download your file.

In the file, you will find:

  • LinkedIn Profile URL
  • Job title
  • Job description
  • Company Website
  • Company LinkedIn URL
  • First name, Last name
  • Lead Location
  • Company Location
  • Company Industry
  • Company Size
  • The exact number of employees in the company
  • Years in position
  • Number of connection
  • Company Type
  • Company creation date
  • Company description
  • Company Specialities (Keywords describing what the company is doing)
  • If the profile is open or not
  • Profile Picture
  • Company Logo

More information than with the classic LinkedIn export.

5. Find the emails of your contacts

If you want to get emails from your Sales Navigator export, click “Find Emails” next to the name of your export.

find emails linkedin contacts

You can export 2500 leads daily with Evaboot and enrich unlimited leads with emails.

So, if you aim to get pro emails, you will go much faster with LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

and if you don’t have a license yet, you can use the Sales Navigator free trial.

Otherwise, you can export your LinkedIn search results from the basic search engine.

How To Export LinkedIn Contact From Search Results?

To export LinkedIn search results, you need to:

  1. Select 1st Degree Connection filter
  2. Split your search into several chunks
  3. Copy and paste the URL of your search
  4. Paste into a LinkedIn scraping tool
  5. Download your CSV file.

1. Select 1st Degree Connection Filter

Go to the basic LinkedIn search engine and click “1st”.

1st degree connection filter linkedin

It will display all your LinkedIn contacts in the search results.

1st degree connection export linkedin

2. Split your search into several chunks

LinkedIn basic search engine is limited to 1000 search results.

linkedin search results limitations

So, if you have more than 1000 connections, go split your search into several categories using the search filters.

split linkedin searches

3. Copy the URL of your search

Once you are happy with your search results, you can copy the URL.

linkedin search url


4. Paste it into a LinkedIn scraping tool

You can then paste the URL into a LinkedIn scraping tool.

You can use:

  • Phantombuster
  • TexAu
  • Captain Data

They all work the same way.

export linkedin connections through search

Using Phantombuster, you can search their library for the “LinkedIn Search Export” Phantom.

They will ask you to paste the URL and get their Chrome extension for downloading your search results.

5. Download your CSV file

A few minutes after you launch your extraction, your file will be available for download on their platform.

download sales navigator contacts

Here is the data you will get:

  • LinkedIn URL
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Profile picture URL
  • Current Job
  • Connection Degree
  • Location
  • Share Connections

But less data than with Sales Navigator and Evaboot.

If you want the emails, you can only enrich 80 LinkedIn profiles per day.

So, if your goal is to get all the LinkedIn data and professional emails, you’d better use Sales Navigator and Evaboot.

How To Import LinkedIn Contacts To Gmail?

5 steps to import LinkedIn contacts to Gmail:

  1. Click “Apps”
  2. Click “Contacts”
  3. Click “Import”
  4. Import CSV file from LinkedIn
  5. Your connections will be added to “Contacts”

1. Click “Apps”

Click “Apps” on the Gmail header.

click apps

2. Click “Contacts”

Find the “Contacts” app in the menu.

click contacts

For that you will need to scroll down a bit.

3. Click “Import”

Click on “Import” under “Fix & Manage.”

click import

4. Import CSV file from LinkedIn

A pop-up will appear.

Click “Select File” and pick the file you just exported from LinkedIn.

import linkedin contacts into gmail

Make sure only to import contacts with email addresses.

5. Your connections will be added to “Contacts”

Once the file is uploaded, the contacts will appear in your Google list with their contact data.

linkedin contact import to gmail

You can then start sending emails to them.

How To Use Exported LinkedIn Contacts For Business?

Exporting LinkedIn Contacts can have many benefits for your business advancement in different ways:

Here are some of them:

  1. Build lead lists
  2. Update your CRM contacts
  3. Find Candidates

1. Build Lead Lists

If you are a marketer, salesperson, or business owner, you can use LinkedIn to find and connect with potential customers in your niche or industry.

build lead list from linkedin search exports

When you export leads from LinkedIn data results to Excel, you can build lists of qualified prospects for your LinkedIn outreach campaigns.

You can then use this list to contact them on LinkedIn via lead generation campaigns, cold emails, or LinkedIn prospecting messages.

2. Update Your CRM Contacts

When using CRM (customer relationship management) software to manage your B2B leads and customers, you can import your LinkedIn search results to Excel and then upload them to your CRM database.

update crm contact with linkedin search exports

According to HubSpot, 22.5% of B2B data gets deprecated every year.

That is why it’s essential to keep your CRM up to date.

By importing LinkedIn data to your CRM, you can update your contact data, track your interactions, follow up with customers, and nurture them until they become loyal customers.

3. Find Candidates

If you are a recruiter, hiring manager, or employer, you can use LinkedIn to find and connect with potential candidates for your open positions.

build candidates lists with linkedin search export

When you extract data from LinkedIn search results to Excel, you build a list of qualified candidates that match your requirements and preferences.

Conclusion

Now you know 3 ways of exporting your LinkedIn contacts:

  1. The LinkedIn Privacy Settings
  2. LinkedIn Sales Navigator Search
  3. LinkedIn Search Results

The Privacy Settings method is the fastest, but you won’t get all the emails; most will be personal.

If your only goal is to get LinkedIn URLs, use this technique.

But if you aim to create qualified email lists for your outreach or your CRM, then using Sales Navigator + Evaboot is better.

FAQ

Can I export my LinkedIn contacts?

Yes, you can export your LinkedIn connections anytime.

Click the “Me” icon on your LinkedIn homepage, select “Settings & Privacy,” and then click “Privacy” in the left pane. Under “How LinkedIn uses your data,” select “Get a copy of your data.”

The export includes data like:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • URL
  • Email Address
  • Company
  • Position
  • Date of Connection

How do I export LinkedIn contacts to CSV?

To export LinkedIn contacts to a CSV file, log in to your account and go to My Network > Contacts. On the right, click “Export Contacts,” choose “Connections,” and “Request Archive.”

Then you’ll receive an email from LinkedIn: “Your LinkedIn data archive is ready!”.

All you need to do is download the file and you’re all done.

What is the limit of LinkedIn exported contacts?

You can export all your LinkedIn connections at once, but LinkedIn Caps exports 10,000 contacts and 1,000 daily profile views.

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