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The Easiest Way to Export Outlook Contacts to iCloud


Updated on Apr 06, 2021 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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Applies to: Latest iOS 13/13.0 and old iOS systems, iPhone 11 Pro/11 and older versions of iPhones.

Many people, especially people who work in the office, use Outlook to deal with emails, contacts, and calendars every day. I've been working with Outlook on my PC. I manage all my work or personal emails and contacts' accounts in Outlook on my PC running Windows 10. Recently, I have been wondering about one problem that I encountered while using Outlook. I have my iPhone synced with iCloud but none of my Outlook contacts are on my iPhone, or in my iCloud account. How do I export Outlook contacts to iCloud so that they can be backed up in a safe place?

I did some research online, to find out that there's no direct way to connect iCloud with Outlook. However, I found a way to import Outlook contacts to iCloud with my iPhone being a vector. Here's how I did it.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Use iCloud Control Panel Launch iCloud Control Panel > Check the option "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" > Click "Apply"...Full steps
Method 2. Use Launch Outlook > Click "Contacts" > Drag the contacts to the desktop...Full steps
Bonus Tip: Export Contacts to PC Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch the software...Full steps

Import Outlook Contacts to iCloud via iCloud Control Panel

What You Need to transfer Outlook contacts to iCloud

1. An Apple ID/iTunes account. Your iCloud account will use the same username and password.

2. A Mac running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, or a PC running Windows Vista or 7 or higher, and an iCloud Control Panel.

3. An iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5 or higher, and the latest iTunes.

Export Outlook Contacts to iCloud via iCloud Control Panel

Step 1. Launch iCloud Control Panel on your computer. (For Mac users, please start iCloud Preference Panel).

Step 2. Check the box of Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks. Uncheck other boxes, and then click Apply.


Please be aware that after clicking Apply, all the data on Outlook, including Contacts, Calendars, Mail, and Tasks will be synced to iCloud.

Transfer Outlook Contacts to iCloud with

The method above enables you to move the whole contacts from Outlook to iCloud, if you want to copy certain Outlook contacts to iCloud, you can use to upload Outlook contacts to iCloud with ease. 

Step 1. Launch Outlook on your computer, then click "Contacts" and drag the contacts on your desktop.

Step 2. Open a web browser and navigate to Sign in with your iCloud username and password. 

Step 3. Choose "Contacts" on the main interface. Click the "Setting" tab in the lower-left corner, choose "Import Vcard." Then, select the specific contacts to backup Outlook contacts to iCloud.

transfer Outlooks contacts to iCloud

iCloud is easy to use for backing up and sharing data, however, there's a limitation. You only have 5 GB of free storage on the iCloud. If you need to sync more than 5 GB of data, you have to purchase more storage. Fortunately, there are some good iCloud alternatives for you to sync iPhone data, like EaseUS MobiMover, the iPhone transfer software that can sync data between iOS devices and PC, such as to sync movies from iPhone to iPhone/iPad. EaseUS MobiMover will backup your contacts to PC with few simple clicks. Let's see how to do it step by step.

How to Export Contacts to PC from iPhone with EaseUS MobiMover

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

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