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Getting Outlook contacts to iPhone has always been a bit of a puzzle. This article demonstrates how to transfer selected contacts or your entire Outlook contact list without iTunes and without the risk of deleting any contacts already saved on your device. The method also works with iPad and iPod touch.


  1. First you will need to export Outlook contacts to a CSV file. To do so in Outlook 2010 or later, go to File > Options > Advanced and under “Export” click on the Export button. If you are using Outlook 2003, go to File > Import and Export.

    TIP: to transfer Outlook contacts to iPhone directly without having to export to a CSV file, use this tutorial instead

  2. The Import and Export Wizard window will pop up. Choose “Export to a file” and click “Next”. transfer outlook contacts to iphone

  3. Then select “Comma Separated Values (Windows)” and click “Next”. contacts from outlook to iphone

  4. Select the Outlook contacts folder to export. The default folder is called “Contacts”. outlook contacts to iphone

  5. Save the contacts file to the PC. In this case: “Martin iPhone 4 Outlook.csv”. export outlook contacts to iphone

  6. Click “Finish”. import outlook contacts to iphone

  7. The next step is to import the CSV file on the iPhone. You’ll need to use CopyTrans Contacts for this purpose. You can download CopyTrans Contacts from the following page Transfer contacts from Outlook to iPhone

  8. Now run CopyTrans Contacts and connect the iPhone to the PC.

  9. In CopyTrans Contacts click on the “Import contacts” button. import button to transfer outlook contacts to iphone

  10. Select “From a file (all contact formats)”. transfer outlook contacts to iphone from file selection

  11. Then navigate to the location where you saved your Outlook CSV contact file, select the file and click “Open”. iphone contacts transferred from outlook

  12. That’s it! CopyTrans Contacts automatically loads and transfers the contacts to the iPhone. iphone contacts transferred from outlook

Transfer Outlook contacts to iPhone: YouTube tutorial

This is how to transfer Outlook contacts to iPhone in a number of quick steps using CopyTrans Contacts.

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.