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How to transfer your Microsoft Outlook contacts quickly to your Android device

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How to transfer your Microsoft Outlook contacts quickly to your Android device
If you want to move to Google's universe because you got a shiny new Android phone or tablet, and all your contacts are stored in Microsoft Outlook on your Windows machine, forget about costly syncing apps or half-baked free solutions:

- You can simply use the Export function of your Outlook program on the Windows machine, and export your contacts in a CSV, or comma-separated value format. Now, a lot of Android apps, both free and paid, claim to be able to import from a CSV file, and that may indeed be so, but not with the format that current Outlook versions export them to - the fields often become all scrambled, duplicated or deleted altogether.

- Gmail, however, has an excellent import tool for contacts exported in an Outlook CSV form, so just log into the Gmail account that is associated with your Android device, go to Contacts from the drop-down menu up left, and from the More tab above your contacts list, choose the Import function.

- This will allow you to choose the CSV file you just got out of Outlook on your computer, and upload it to Gmail. Here they are - all your Outlook contacts synced with your new Android device, if you have chosen the option in the Contacts app on your handset to view your Gmail contacts list. Gmail even has a function to first merge your duplicates, and from the Contacts app on the phone you can transfer the pruned list to the SIM card as well, if needed.

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posted on 26 Nov 2012, 13:03 1

1. airisoverrated (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


GO Contact Sync is what I use. Can automatically sync your contact changes between Gmail and Outlook. Great for me when paired with WorldCard Mobile business card scanner, automatically pulling the contact info to outlook.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:40

2. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


I've been using "Sync2" for about a year and it works GREAT! Best $49.99 I've spent in a while...at least on phone stuff!!! I've recommended this to many of my customers and they too have been very happy with the results!!

Visit them here:http://www.sync2.com/

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 19:14

3. joeespo (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Yeah, like I really want Google to have access to my thousand-plus contacts, addresses, numbers and emails, not to mention my ten-year calendar. If a phone doesn't sync hard-wire without the cloud, i ain't buying.Cuts out all except Blackberry, Samsung and Apple.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:24

4. clcto (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


Your picture above clearly shows a DejaOffice Calendar. DejaOffice is by far the easiest and best way to use your Outlook Data on your iPhone or Android. DejaOffice supports Contact, Calendar, Task, Notes and Journal sync, shows the calendar with the correct colors (as in your photo above), and supports all your favorite Outlook featuresl like recurring tasks.

With DejaOffice, you can transfer your data for free. You only need to pay if you want to sync (update the data) after two weeks. And after that, it's just $14.95. That's a lot better use of time than horsing around with CSV files and giving all your customer data to Google to use for marketing.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 12:52

5. TheMan (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I'm disappointed by this post. The writer confuses the need to transfer/export versus the need to sync. Seems we do need those "costly" syncing apps after all. Sigh.

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