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

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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20 Comments

1. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

2. phoneguru173

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 09, 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/

3. joeespo

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

4. clcto

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 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.

5. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

6. IvanOuro

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

1. On your PC, go to the contacts piece of Outlook, export your contact as Comma Separated Values (Windows). Select the Contacts entry from the "Select folder to export from" list. Finally, name and find a location to save the exported file to, and click Finish. 2. Log into your Gmail account on the PC where you exported your contacts. In the Gmail window, choose Contacts. Import Contacts CSV file you save before. 3. Now, all you have to do is run the sync on your mobile device. Each phone will handle this differently, but more than likely, all you need do is wait a moment and the device should auto-sync the new contacts. You may also follow this guide transphone.net/android-transfer/contacts-from-outl​ook-to-android.html

7. SaulD

Posts: 1; Member since: May 15, 2014

Thanks IvanOuro! It works like a charm - been frustrated in getting my contacts on my mobile after my organisation moved to a new server and introduced stringent rules for employees to access exchange server on their mobile devices, which I elected not to do.

8. Kristinnn

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I always use the iPubsoft Android Desktop Manager to transfer contacts from HTC to my PC, by the way you can use it to manage any andriod files if you need, just have a try! Good luck! android-file-manager.com/resources/transfer-contac​ts-from-android-phone-to-computer.html

9. Smmhhyy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I also used iStonsoft Android assistant tool to export all data from my Samsung s5 to computer. In the process you use your Android phone, you will encounter a variety of problems,to solve these problems, you need a Android mobile phone Assistant: Android Transfer&Restore Tool.Thanks to iStonsoft Android Manager, which is an all-in-one Android transfer software and backup tool,with this Android assistant software,you can easy to manager your Android phone on Mac computer.iStonsoft Android Manager not only can help transfer messages&contacts in .xml format from computer to your Android device.

10. tyer205

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

To manage my android more effectively, I use the Vibosoft Android Mobile Manager to help me. It can backup everything to computer and manage apps as well!

11. nightflame

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

An excellent app which imports Outlook CSV files without having to juggle fields is: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.stargw.co​ntactsimport&hl=en This is a cheap app which requires no Internet access and keeps your contacts private.

12. clcto

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

All of these are Contacts Only solutions. What about Calendar? What about next week, when your Calendar changes; is it going to double all your data? If you need the full set, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Memo, and Journal, CompanionLink is the best value synchronization tool by far. It has a number of options including USB and Wi-Fi sync, Cloud and Google options. They are really good at working with every model of phone and tablet, so you can use the same software with your next phone too. BTW - CompanionLink is what is pictured in the article above.

13. hafod

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Can someone help me? I have an ancient nokia, I have managed via OVI to migrate my contacts to outlook BUT it's only copied contact names not numbers!! What am I doing wrong?

14. Crocently

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Hi friends, you can visit mobikin homepage to find a answer. Hope this helps!

15. LaneRogers

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

There are many different methods to transfer contacts from Outlook to Android. I've tried several of the tricks that shown in the previous answers. But I think they are not the simplest. I've tried Android Transfer and find it the simplest way that I've ever tried to transfer Outlook contacts to Android. I forgot the link to the tutorial. But only the domain of this site: transphone.net. If you are interested in it, you can google it.

16. mariekettering

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Here is another tutorial to transfer outlook contact to Android phone, it is easier than this tutorial: How to Transfer Contacts from Outlook to Android. (recovery-android[dot]com/transfer-contacts-outloo​k-android[dot]html)

18. Mandara

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

I've tried exporting to CSV and it works just great. However, you should do this each time you add new contacts to your Outlook. Another bad thing is that there's no syncing from smartphone to Outlook, so when you add some contacts to your phone's contacts app you need to transfer them manually to your Outlook... that's a pain! I started searching for another solution after a month of all this csv mess. Tried syncing with Sony PC Companion, worked great for few month until Sony replaced it with this damn Xperia PC Companion that can't sync with Outlook. Now switching to Akruto and satisfied at the moment. Here's a link if you're looking for a good replacement to Sony PC Companion for syncing with Outlook: akruto.com/best-ways-to-sync-android-with-microsof​t-outlook/

19. ellisfoxx

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

Export to CSV is the common way to move to another phone. It's nice. And this tutorial also tell you how to backup contacts to the Gmail is another method.

21. Bthaaky

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Coolmuster Mobile Transfer is an one-click transfer software that could transfer all the important data you want from your one device to the other one. Here the “data” means all your music, contacts, SMS, photos and nearly all the files or documents that you have saved on your device. And the device means all the phones, tablets, and iOS

22. SamKahleah

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 13, 2017

Great. also with dr.fone - transfer you can easily sync outlook contacts to Android, here is a video about dr.fone Android youtube.com/watch?v=I4o8z_lDLd0

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