The Easiest Way to Export Outlook Contacts to iCloud

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Alisa Updated on Jun 04, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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 it 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.

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 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. 

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

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

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 limitation. You only have 5 GB free storage on the iCloud. If you need to sync more than 5 GB data, you have to purchase more storage. Fortunately, there are some good free iCloud alternatives for you to sync iPhone data without limitation, like EaseUS MobiMover Free, the only free iPhone transfer software that can sync data between iOS devices and PC, such as to sync movies from iPhone to iPhone/iPad. MobiMover Free will backup your contacts to PC with few simple clicks. Let's see how to do it step by step.

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How to Export Contacts to PC from iPhone with MobiMover Free

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC running Windows 7 or later. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and select PC to iDevice from the main interface.

 How to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2: Transfer contacts from PC to your iPhone by dragging them to the window directly.

 How to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3: Check the category/categories you want to transfer. As you can see from the image below, you can transfer other supported file types from PC to your iPhone together with contacts all at once.

 How to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone - Step 3

Step 4: Select the wanted contacts after clicking "Edit".

 How to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone - Step 1

Step 5: Click "Transfer" to start transferring contacts from PC to your iPhone. When it has finished, go to the Contacts app on your iPhone to check the items.

How to transfer contacts from PC to iPhone - Step 4