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How to Import Outlook Contacts to iPhone

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Sometimes, you may need to import Outlook contacts to your iPhone or iPad for convenient use or sync Outlook contacts with your iPhone to keep your contacts updated across different devices. Regardless of your motivations, here are several ways to transfer Outlook contacts to iPhone.

Method 1. Copy Contacts from Outlook to iPhone Directly

You can copy contacts from Outlook to your iPhone directly on your device. Here are the steps. 

Step 1. Open the Settings app, scroll down to find and select the "Contacts" > "Accounts" > "Add Contacts." (If your device is running iOS 8 or earlier, replace "Contacts" with "Mail, Contacts, Calendars."

Step 2. Select and sign in to your Outlook account, toggle on the "Contacts" toggle and select "Keep on My iPhone." Then, tap "Save" to save your changes.

Step 3. Then, all Outlook contacts will be synced to your iPhone. 

Sync Outlook contacts on iPhone

Method  2. Save Outlook Contacts to iPhone via the Outlook App

If you're using Outlook for iOS app on your iPhone, you can directly export Outlook contacts to the native iOS Contacts app. All you need is to sign in with your Outlook account. 

If you want to sync your Outlook contacts across all your iOS devices, you can go to the Settings app, tap "Contacts, and then set the Default Account to "iCloud."

Here's how to save Outlook contacts to your iPhone:

Step 1. Open Outlook for iOS on your iPhone. 

Step 2. Tap your profile icon in the top-left corner of your screen. Then, tap Settings (a gear icon). 

Step 3. Select your account and toggle on the "Save Contacts" toggle. 

Step 4. A message will appear to ask if you'd like to save the Outlook contacts to your iPhone, make sure there is sufficient power on your device, and then tap "Save to my iPhone."

Step 5. Once the process completes, you can see your Outlook contacts in the Contacts app on your iPhone. 

Export Outlook contacts to iPhone

Method 3. Transfer Outlook Contacts to iPhone in a Simple Way

Whether to use iTunes or iCloud, you'll have to sync everything to your device. Most people would likely mind this. If you're one of these groups, just try another indirect solution - export contacts from Outlook in CSV format, and then import these contacts to your iPhone with this iOS data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover. As a versatile iPhone data transfer tool, it allows you to import VCF/CSV files to the iPhone.

First of all, you'll need to export contacts from Outlook in CSV format:

  • Sign in to your Outlook account on the computer.
  • Click the people icon in the bottom left corner.
  • Click on "Management" in the top right-hand corner, click "Export Contacts," then click "Export."
  • Then, the selected contacts will be saved on your computer in CSV format.

Then, you can use EaseUS MobiMover to transfer these contacts to your iPhone directly.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable and start EaseUS MobiMover. Unlock your iOS device and click "Trust". Then go to "PC to Phone" > "Select Files".

Select PC to Phone

Step 2. Select the contacts (.vcf, .csv, or .html) you want to transfer and click "Open".

Choose the files you want to transfer

Step 3. Click "Transfer" to start transferring contacts from your PC to your iPhone.

Start transferring files

Method 4. Sync Outlook Contacts with iPhone Using iCloud 

Likewise, this approach will sync everything, including calendar events, email messages, etc., to your iPhone. If you don't mind that, follow these steps to do it.

Step 1. Download and install the iCloud Control Panel on your computer.

Step 2. Run it and log in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 3. Tick the box next to the "Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks."

Step 4. Then, all of the information stored in your mail account, including Outlook, will be synced to your iPhone.

import outlook contacts to iPhone via iCloud application

If you need, you can also import Google contacts to the iPhone similarly.

Method 5. Add Outlook Contacts to iPhone through Exchange

This method can be used only when your iPhone is connected to an internal corporate network.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Tap "Contacts," and then tap "Accounts."

Step 3. Tap "Add Account." From where choose "Outlook.com." If you have had an Outlook account here, tap it and enable "Contacts." 

Step 4. Log in with your Outlook account name and password.

Step 5. Wipe over the Contents to the "On" position. Tap the "Save" icon.

Or you can also go to the Settings app > Account & Password > Add Account > Outlook.com > Sign in > Toggle the "Contacts" to ON > Save.

Import Outlook Contacts to iPhone

The Bottom Line

That's all about our guide on how to import Outlook contacts to iPhone or iPad. As you can see, there are many different ways for you to export Outlook contacts to your iPhone. 

Besides, we also give you a bonus tip to transfer other files between iPhones or iPads, or between an iOS device and a computer. If you're interested in data management, don't miss EaseUS MobiMover.

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