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How to Transfer Contacts from Android to Outlook

How to Transfer Contacts from Android to Outlook

Table of contents:

  1. How to import Android contacts to Outlook using CSV file?
  2. Useful way to Export Android address book to VCF file
  3. How to Sync Android Phone Contacts With Outlook?
  4. Frequently Asked Questions.

Work/personal numbers and addresses are integral for maintaining daily communications. Owing to using different devices, it’s easy for the list to become disjointed. Similarly, it’s common to migrate email usage to a desktop device. And there are no upsides to creating a new list of contacts manually. Luckily, Android users can transfer phone numbers and email addresses to Outlook. The phone numbers and addresses will become available anywhere where the email account works. This can serve as a backup too.

Now, there are many key benefits of bulk-importing contact details from Android devices:

  1. Availability – It becomes easier to organize and update contact info.
  2. Backup – Retain a backup of the files in case the device becomes lost.
  3. Save time – Ditch the hassle of manually importing each contact by typing it down. This can get tedious with hundreds of names and email addresses.

There are two main ways of executing the transfer: manually via CSV files or using special programs that will do it automatically. Regardless, the following instructions presented here make it simple to transfer contacts from an Android device.

Method 1: Import Android Contacts to Outlook Via CSV Filing System

A common question that many people ask is how to get contact information from Android. The solution is to transfer a CSV file. It’s straightforward and relies on the features made available on the Android device.

Outlook - iPhone The first step entails trying to find the export function in the phone app. Some native caller apps may lack this feature, so it may be necessary to go to Google Play and find an app with this function.

Once the app is installed, the function will likely be in the settings menu. Choose to export the information in CSV format. The app will generate the CSV file, and the next step is to transfer it to the computer using various means, from sending it via email, using USB transfer, and more.
Read more about exporting contacts from Android.

The numbers and addresses need to be copied to Microsoft Outlook. So, open the desktop app. From the main menu, click on the File tab. Find Open & Export and click it to view the import wizard.

Open & Export menu

Choose Import from another program or file, and specify the file to import as Comma Separated Values (CSV). After this, browse for the generated list from the Android device and send it to the computer. Note that it’s important to check that the names and addresses have not been previously saved as it can create some overlaps. That’s it. The details are now available for use.

Import / Export menu

Considering the fact that there are several versions of Microsoft Outlook, there may be a concern that the steps will be different. Gladly, it is not the case. For example, to export contacts from Android to Outlook 2013 one will have to take similar steps as with versions 2016 and 2010. Moreover, a user can use any Android device to transfer personal information, not only a phone. For instance, tablets will work as well.

Options and Alternatives

Many programs and tools have been launched with the promise of making the Android contacts transfer process quick and painless. A quick search online will reveal many options. Some tools will need to be installed on both devices, or just one device. The tools can eliminate some steps like having to send the generated CSV file from the contacts app.

Still, it’s not absolutely necessary to use a paid solution. That’s unless there are many devices, and the manual steps could take a lot of time.

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Considering the fact that there are several versions of Microsoft Outlook, there may be a concern that the steps will be different. Gladly, it is not the case. For example, to export contacts from android to Outlook 2013 one will have to take similar steps as for the versions of 2016 and 2010. Moreover, a user can use any Android device to transfer personal information, not only a phone. For instance, the tablet will work as well.

By taking everything into consideration, managing personal contacts list using Microsoft Outlook is very easy and pleasant. In addition to this, one does not have to create a new list of contacts thanks to the guide on how to move contacts from android phone to computer using Outlook.

There are two main ways of doing that: manually via CSV files or using special programs that will do it automatically. Regardless, follow the instructions presented in the article and it will be easy to transfer contacts Android device requires.

Method 2: Export Android address book to VCF file

The following method offers an intuitive process to migrate Android contacts.

    1. Open the Contacts application. Depending on system build this app may be accessible via People > Address Book or Phone Book
    2. Tap the three-line menu icon in the top left corner
      Android menu to export contacts
    3. Tap Settings
      Android Contacts Settings
    4. Tap Export under Manage Contacts
      Android Contacts Export
    5. Select account to export contact
    6. Tap Export to VCF file (virtual contact file), specify the name for contects file and tap Save
    7. Open folder called Downloads thentap and hold on exported VCF file name
    8. Tap Share (the three connected dots icon) and choose appropriate option to transfer contacts file to your PC with Microsoft Outlook. You may want to use Google Drive or email contacts file as attachment, Transfer the CSV file to the PC. Now everything is ready to import the contacts.
    9. Download install and run Outlook Contacts import software
    10. Use this instruction to import VCF file to Outlook.

Method 3: Sync Android Phone Contacts With Outlook

The easiest way to sync details from an Android phone to outlook is to install the Outlook application. Find it by searching for it on Google Play. After installing it, it’s necessary to update its permission and access, allowing the app to access the contacts on the device.

Use the following steps to give the app more permissions and to enable syncing in the Outlook app.

    1. Install the Outlook Android app.
      Outlook for Android setup
    2. Provide permission by going to Settings > Apps > Outlook (find the app from the list) > Permissions > Contacts > Allow access.
    3. Enable syncing in Outlook. Launch the Outlook App > Tap on the menu to access Settings> Choose the Outlook account (where to add contacts to) > Toggle on Sync Contacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions about how to import and export Android phone contacts.

How do I Export Contacts from my phone to Outlook?

There are two approaches. The first way is to generate a VCF file. Launch the contacts app, and view the settings page to find the export option. It’s possible to send the VCF file in many ways: send an email, connect the computer for file transfer, or even send it via Bluetooth. Additionally, sync outlook contacts by installing the Outlook application.

How do I transfer Contacts from Samsung to Outlook?

Samsung phones run on Android. Just follow the known steps to import Android phone contacts. Next, generate a VCF file and send it. Alternatively, install Outlook on the Samsung device, and enable syncing to the account.

Can you transfer Google Contacts to Outlook?

Yes, it’s possible to import google contacts to outlook. Microsoft recommends using Gmail. Launch Gmail, go to Contacts, click on More, and Choose Export. Use a compatible format such as CSV. After saving the file, import the contacts with the Outlook app. This is quite easy. Click on File, and choose Import a File. If the desktop version of the app is not working, it’s still possible to get details to Outlook. Sign in on the Outlook Web app. Select People>Settings>Upload. This should get the information to the account. Additionally, for Android devices, the numbers and addresses may be already synced. The only thing to do is to install the Outlook app and sign in to the Microsoft account. Afterward, enable syncing from the Outlook app. This should export Android numbers and addresses to Outlook.

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How to Transfer Contacts from Android to Outlook

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