The Best Way to Import Outlook Contacts Into an iPhone

by John Ruiz

If you already have your contact list saved in your Outlook account, you can centralize your information by importing your Outlook contacts to your iPhone. Even if you don't install the Outlook app for iPhone, other iPhone apps can use your Outlook contacts list if you allow them to. Importing your Outlook contacts is a simple process performed via the Settings app in iOS 7.


Tap the "Settings" app in your iPhone, then tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars." Tap "Add Account."


Tap the "" logo and enter your Outlook email address and your Outlook account's password in the corresponding fields. Change the "Description" field if you need to distinguish this Outlook account from any other Outlook accounts you may add.


Toggle the "Contacts" switch to its "Green" or "On" state to bring up a pop-up. If you wish to keep your local contacts, tap "Keep on My iPhone." Otherwise, tap "Delete."


Enable the "Mail," "Contacts" and "Reminders" switches if you wish to import them as well. Tap "Save" to import your contacts.


  • close Information in this article applies to iOS 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

About the Author

John Ruiz began his writing career in 2008 as a freelancer writing for eHow and various technology, software and hardware blogs. He has been designing websites since 2002. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology and web design from AMA Computer University.

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