How to Transfer Outlook Contacts to iPhone

Outlook has been more and more important in out daily life and business. It enables you to email your teammate, continue your business and so on. However, when you change a new iOS device, and manage to install Outlook on the new iPhone, you will find there is no data in Outlook.

Sync Outlook Contacts with iPhone

In such a situation, what you need to do is to transfer Outlook contacts from the old device to new iPhone/iPad. If you do not know the detailed steps, you have come to the right place. This passage is going to tell you the best four ways to sync Outlook contacts to your iPhone. This tutorial works with your iPad, iPod touch, too.

Part 1. Import Outlook contacts to iPhone

Solution 1: Copy Outlook contacts to iPhone directly without iTunes

If you are using iOS 10 or later version, you are able to sync your Outlook contacts to iPhone directly. Follow the guide below to do that:

Step 1: Start Settings app

Head to Settings app on your iOS device, scroll down the page and select "Contacts". And tap "Account" option, then "Add Account".

Step 2: Sign in Outlook

From the list, choose Outlook. Follow the instructions to log in with your Outlook account together with your password.

Step 3: Access Outlook account

You are able to access your Outlook account. Just turn on Contacts with one click, you will find all your Outlook contacts have been synced to iPhone successfully!

If your iPhone is running iOS 8/9 and earlier, follow the next steps to add Outlook contacts on your iPhone:

Step 1: Launch Settings app

On your iPhone, go to Settings app, select “Mail, Contacts, Calendar” option, and then click on “Add Account” button.

Step 2: Sign in Outlook

Select Outlook option from the list, and then sign in Outlook with your account and password.

Step 3: Turn on Outlook account

Finally, open Outlook contacts, simply tap on the “Save” button. Now you managed to imported your Outlook contacts to iPhone successfully!

Sync Outlook Contacts to iPhone Directly

Solution 2: Copy Outlook contacts to iPhone without iTunes via iCloud

iCloud is a great cloud storage service developed by Apple. With iCloud, you are able to sync all kinds of data and files, make an up-to-date backup of your iOS device and so on. Before you start using iCloud to export Outlook contacts to iPhone, make sure you have backed up your Outlook .pst file beforehand.

Step 1: Log in iCloud

Download and install iCloud Control Panel on your PC. Then launch it and sign in with your iCloud account.

Step 2: Import backup to iCloud

Upload the Outlook .pst file you backed up just now to your iCloud, and set iCloud .pst as your default.

Step 3: Select contacts in iCloud

Turn back to the main screen of iCloud, ensure you have ticked the option of "Contacts with Outlook", and then tap on "Apply".

Step 4: Sync Outlook contacts to iPhone

Get into your iOS device, launch iCloud app, and open Contacts. You will find that all your contacts with Outlook have been transferred to your iPhone.

If you need, you are also able to add Google contacts to your iPhone with the similar way.

Sync Outlook with iPhone via iCloud

Part 2. Sync Outlook contacts with iPhone

Solution 1. Export Outlook contacts to iPhone with iTunes

iTunes supports you to sync and manage files from many iOS apps to iPhone, such as Outlook contacts. It is easy to use and of great efficiency. If you are a fresh hand, iTunes should be your best choice to add data and files from other apps to iOS device.

Step 1: Plug iPhone to computer

Connect your iOS device with your computer via an USB cable. Then launch iTunes app on the computer.

Step 2: Select Info option

On the upper-left corner of iTunes screen, tap on the "Device" button. Then tap "Info" option from the left panel.

Step 3: Sync contacts to iPhone

Then tick the option of "Sync Contacts with", and select "Outlook". you are able to copy all the Outlook contacts or only import selected ones to iPhone.

Step 4: Complete the setup

Confirm your selection, and then tap on the "Apply" button to finish the setup. Finally, you can check the Outlook contacts on your iPhone.

Sync iPhone Contacts with iTunes

Solution 2. Export Outlook contacts to iPhone via Exchange

If your iOS device is able to connect to your internal corporate network, and there is an Exchange server, maybe you can consider syncing your Outlook contacts to your iPhone with Exchange. Here are the detailed steps to do that:

Step 1: Set up Outlook account

Use Exchange service to set up your Outlook account. Then turn to your iPhone, navigate to Settings app from the home screen, and tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" option.

Step 2: Add Exchange account

Next select "Add Account" option in the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" page, and choose "Exchange".

Step 3: Connect iPhone to Exchange server

Simply follow the instructions to enter your email, user name as well as password, then click "Next" button. Then your iPhone will be connected with the Exchange server.

Step 4: Transfer contacts to iPhone

Then enter the address of the server on your iPhone, and choose your desired Outlook contacts to sync them to your iPhone.

Sync Outlook with iPhone via Exchange


This tutorial is an ultimate guide about how to sync Outlook contacts to iPhone. This post lists 4 different solutions for you to take into consideration. You can choose the one you like and then follow the step-by-step guide to solve your problem. If you manage to make the transferring, please share your experience in the following comment to help your fellow readers.

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