To help create a large number of contacts quickly, such as importing an existing phone directory, contacts can be uploaded as a CSV file in Dashboard. This can be done from the Phones > Configure > Directory page.
Before uploading a CSV file, you must verify that the CSV file that you are uploading matches the format that the Meraki Dashboard is expecting. The CSV file should be formatted as follows:
An example CSV file might be:
This will create 4 contacts - Contact 1, Contact 2, Contact 3 and Contact 4. Contacts 1 and 2 will have other numbers assigned to them.
To begin uploading a CSV file, select the Upload CSV option at the top of the Directory page within Dashboard. When prompted, select the CSV file to upload.
Once you have uploaded a CSV file, the Meraki Dashboard will process it. If there are any errors in the file, you will be prompted to resolve them before continuing. If any of the contacts in the file already exist, they will be skipped. If everything looks good, you will be prompted to confirm the contacts to be added. Select Add Contacts to add the shown contacts to the directory.
If any contacts exist in the directory with the same name, but a different phone number from the ones listed in the CSV file, those contacts should be deleted before uploading the CSV file. In this case, a duplicate contact will be created with the new number, leaving the existing contact in place.