I would agree with @jpeg1 regarding using Thunderbird. That is what I have used for a while now and I would recommend it. It is open source, free software and you can download it from here https://www.thunderbird.net
Just for completeness, IMAP will download all your emails to Thunderbird but transferring your VM contacts will be a two step process:
1) Export/download your contacts from your VM email account to a file on your device. Do that by signing into your webmail account then
- select "Address Book" (located towards top left) and then the Address Book to export (for example "Contacts" or "Collected addresses")
- select ☰ (located next to Address Book name)
- Then click "Export"
- On the next screen click "Export"
That will allow you to save the contacts as a .CSV file on your device.
2) Then you will need to import that information from the CSV file into Thunderbird. To do that open Thunderbird and:
- Select ☰ (top right of the screen)
- Select 'Tools'
- Select 'Address Books'
- Select 'Tools' (at the top of the screen) and then 'Import'
- Select 'Address Books' and click on 'Next'
- Select 'Text file (LDIF, .tab, .csv, .txt) and click on 'Next'
- Locate the folder where you stored the .csv file from VM and click on "Open" to import that information into Thunderbird's address book
By the way, if you decide against using Thunderbird and decide to use the interface provided by your non VM email provider you may well be able to import your VM contacts to your new email account.
Follow the steps in 1) above, to create the export file from VM and check with the new provider as to how to import that file into your new email account.
Just to say that sadly, I'm not clever and I'm most definitely not a "young thing" but I hope this information still helps. 🙂
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