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How to Transfer Contacts from Outlook to iPhone

By Emily Watson, Friday, December 15, 2017

"I just received my first iPhone from my husband on my birthday. Now, I would like to transfer all of my Outlook contacts which exist on my computer to the iPhone. Is it possible?"

Yes, it is possible and there are different ways to do that with different tools. This guide explains how to transfer Outlook contacts to iPhone without iTunes. We will introduce an iTunes alternative transfer tool, FonePaw iOS Transfer to help you sync iPhone contacts with Outlook 2016/2013/2010/2007/2003.


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Note: Though we can easily export Outlook contacts to a CSV file and have it on your computer, it not a simple way to import the CSV file and get Outlook contacts to iPhone. And that is the reason why you would recommend you to use the FonePaw iOS Transfer to directly transfer Outlook contacts to iPhone. For more details, you can continue to read.

How to Transfer Outlook Contacts to iPhone

FonePaw iOS Transfer allows you to transfer contacts from Outlook to iPhone directly without exporting contacts from Outlook to a CSV or VCF file. Other than that, it can also help you backup iPhone contacts or transfer other data among iPhone, computer and iTunes. Below I will show you the guide to import Outlook contacts into iPhone. 


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1. Launch the program and connect iPhone to the computer

Launch FonePaw iOS Transfer on your computer. Then, plug in your iPhone to computer through USB data cable. You iPhone will be detected instantly.


Run iOS Transfer Program on Computer

2. Import Outlook contacts to iPhone directly

Go to the "Contacts" from the left navigation panel, and then all contacts on iPhone will be displayed.

Find and click Import/Export button on the top tool bar. Then, select "Import Contacts". You can find four import options: "From Outlook", "From Windows Address Book", "From CSV File" and "From vCard File". Choose "From Outlook", and then the program will connect your Outlook and read contacts from it. After that, you will be prompted with how many contacts found in your Outlook.


Run iOS Transfer Program on Computer

Simply click "Import"button to proceed to import contacts from Outlook to iPhone.


Import Outlook Contacts to iPhone

Note: Currently this software will import all your contacts from Outlook to iPhone in a batch mode. You do not have an option to select any specific contacts group or certain or a part of contacts from Outlook to iPhone.

Other than importing contacts from computer to iPhone, FonePaw iOS Transfer can also help you do the opposite. You can easily transfer contacts from iPhone to computer, export contacts from iPhone to CSV or VCF files, etc.

Tips: How to Use contacts (People) in Outlook.com

If you have questions about managing Outlook contacts in Outlook People page, these tips might be able to help you.

1. Add a sender or recipient to Outlook contacts

Click the name of the sender or recipient on the email messages. Then select "Add". In the Add contact form that opens, add more information about the contact if you like. Finally click "Save" to save the contact on your "Contacts" folder.


2. Create a contact list

Select the folder that you want to create the contact list in. Then select the down arrow next to "New" > "New contact list". On the pop-up, enter the Contact list name and Members.


Outlook New Contact List

Note: After you create a contact list in one folder, it isn't possible to move it to others.


3. Link Contacts

To link certain contacts together, tick the contacts you want to link, and select "Link" on the toolbar.


3. Restore deleted Outlook contacts

Select "Manage" > "Restore deleted contacts" on the toolbar. From the listed contacts, tick the one yoou want to restore, and select "Recover". The contacts will be back to "My Contacts" folder.

Note: You can only recover the contacts that you deleted less than 30 days ago. For contacts that have been deleted more than 30 days ago, try FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery if you have saved the contacts on iPhone.


If you have any problem when following the above guide to import contacts from Outlook to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, just leave us a message on the comment box below!

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