inconsistent results trying to upload Personal Contact List via CSV?

  • 15 February 2023
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Uploading Personal Contacts via CSV is producing wildly inconsistent results (read that as "frustrating failures...") Might there be some undocumented field specifications? I cannot get more than 10-20 records uploaded at a time, and sometimes even those few records will fail to upload. No error messages. We've utilized all the known guidance on this task -- downloading and re-using the specific file format/headers; ensuring CSV is UTF-8; ensuring no forbidden characters in names; using different file names in consecutive uploads; etc. Just trying to get 350 Personal Contacts uploaded. Any known good solutions out there, please?

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Hi @Joseph Heinen. I see that you opened a case regarding this. Our Tech Support Team will help you investigate what's causing the issue.

I found a solution through another tech forum.

SUMMARY: After dozens of trials with file changes, I discovered that RingCentral uses a variant of CSV, and that version is not directly compatible with Excel for Mac. RC expects that every field entry in a CSV file is delimited with double quote marks, even blank fields. The following sample line shows what this looks like in text form for six fields where only the first two fields contain data.

“John Doe”,”123 Main St”,””,””,””,””

Using Excel for Mac, the export to CSV for the same six field values produces this result:

“John Doe”,”123 Main St”,,,,

SOLUTION: There’s an Excel custom format technique to force double quote marks in cells that do contain data. After saving a CSV version of the file, use TextEdit to find/replace all the null fields with delimited fields.

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Thanks @Joseph Heinen! This is a really good information.