How to Export Contacts From Windows Phone

By Nicole Vulcan

Updated February 10, 2017

Storing your contacts in the cloud makes them easier to access from multiple devices.
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When you activated your Windows 8 phone, you had to create and sign in with a Microsoft account, thus allowing Microsoft to store some of your personal data in its cloud storage system -- including the contacts that you access from your phone. If you want to use those contacts on another device, such as your Windows computer -- or if you want to create a list of contacts for use elsewhere -- it's as simple as accessing your Microsoft account.

Set Up Account

Swipe to the right on the Home screen of your phone to display your "App" list.

Tap the gear-shaped "Settings" icon, and then tap "Email + Accounts."

Look for the name of your email account on the list of email accounts. If you see your email address listed there, you've already signed in, so you can skip the rest of this section and move onto the "Access Contacts" section. If no email accounts display, tap "Add an Account," then "Microsoft Account" and then tap "Sign In" from the "Keep your Life in Sync" screen that launches. Follow the prompts to continue setting up the account.

Access Contacts

Open a Web browser on your computer and navigate to

Click "Outlook," and then click "People." Select "All" from the drop-down menu.

Click the "Manage" menu, and then select "Export" from the drop-down menu.

Select the file type you want to use for your contacts file, typically either .csv or .vsf, and click "Export."

Type a name for your new file in the "Save Exported File As" box, and then click "Browse" to select a file location for your new exported file. Click the folder to which you want the file saved. Click "Save," and then "Next."

Select the contact fields you want to save, which may include telephone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses or other options. Click "Finish."


The above instructions apply to Windows Phone 8 and to Windows version 8.1. The instructions may vary slightly for other phone and operating system versions.