First decide if you want to import these into a contact group.
You will not be able to share these contacts with others in your agency if they are not in a contact group.

You can import contacts into Bridge from a spreadsheet, from a csv file, or straight from your Google contacts list. One easy way to import contacts is to click on the plus sign above the contact list. This opens the Add Contact window.

Click the Import Contact button in the bottom left corner.

Import contacts from a spreadsheet

**Decide first if you want to import these into a contact group! You will not be able to share these contacts with others in your agency if they are not in a contact group.

  1. Make sure that the spreadsheet you want to import has column headers. In other words, the very first row of the spreadsheet must be the titles for each column. If your spreadsheet doesn’t say “First name, last name, phone number,” etc. across the top, you need to add titles before importing the data. (Also make sure you know the name of the spreadsheet file and where it is saved on your computer.)
  2. From the Add Contact window (Import Contacts screen), click Import Spreadsheet File. Find and select the file and click Open.
  3. You will see a preview of some of the information from your spreadsheet in the Bridge window. Note the empty dropdown fields at the top of each column. Click on each one and select the appropriate title for each column of your data. Select “First Name” for the header of the column containing the first names of your contacts. Then select Last Name, Phone Number, etc.
  4. You must designate at least the following required information: First name, last name, and phone number. Bridge will not import any contacts without these required fields.
  5. Decide if you want to import these contacts straight into your main contact list or if you want to import them into a particular group.
  6. Use the drop-down menu on the right to select the import location. If you do not have any groups created, your only choice will be “Import to Contacts List.”
  7. Click Import Contacts.
  8. You will see a Congratulations message that shows how many contacts were imported. Please be aware that some contacts might not have been imported. Bridge will not import contacts who were previously imported into Bridge or who are missing one or more of the three required contact fields. The required fields are first name, last name, and phone number.

Import contacts from a csv file

**Decide first if you want to import these into a contact group! You will not be able to share these contacts with others in your agency if they are not in a contact group.

  1. Make sure you know the name of the csv file and where it is saved on your computer.
  2. From the Add Contact window (Import Contacts screen), click Import a CSV File. Find and select the file and click Open.
  3. You will see a preview of some of the information from your csv file in the Bridge window.
  4. Look at the first row of data from your csv file. If it shows column headers and not a contact’s information, uncheck the box above it that says “Include First Row?”
  5. Note the empty dropdown fields at the top of each column. Click on each one and select the appropriate title for each column of your data. Select “First Name” for the header of the column containing the first names of your contacts. Then select Last Name, Phone Number, etc.
  6. You must designate at least the following required information: First name, last name, and phone number. Bridge will not import any contacts without these required fields.
  7. Decide if you want to import these contacts straight into your main contact list or if you want to import them into a particular group.
  8. Use the drop-down menu on the right to select the import location. If you do not have any groups created, your only choice will be “Import to Contacts List.”
  9. Click Import Contacts.
  10. You will see a Congratulations message that shows how many contacts were imported. Please be aware that some contacts might not have been imported. Bridge will not import contacts who were previously imported into Bridge or who are missing one or more of the three required contact fields. The required fields are first name, last name, and phone number.
Last updated November 13, 2019