Import Outlook Contacts to Office 365 – Sync Outlook Data

Bradley Simpson | February 19th, 2018 | Data Backup, How to

If you are new to Office 365 then surely you may be excited to connect your existing Outlook account contacts or emails to your Office 365 work account. Contacts are the most important thing of any entity if any of your phone contacts gets missing how much panic user create. Same is the case with email accounts. In this section, we have covered a method to import Outlook contacts to Office 365 account. We have covered both the method for connecting Outlook to Exchange Online Account. To sync Outlook contacts to Office 365 user faces the problem so we have created a method that can ease up your workflow.

Do You Know
Whenever user export contacts from Outlook then the copy contacts are saved to a CSV file (sometimes any other file type). The user can use this file to import their contacts to another email accounts.

Manual Steps to Move Outlook Contacts to Office 365

The steps to import Outlook contacts to Office 365 account includes 2 basic steps. First involves the method to import Contacts to csv format and the other step involves to move that .csv files to Office 365 account

Step 1 – Export contacts from your other email account to a .csv file

Instructions for exporting your contacts are:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook and Select File > Options.
  2. Click on Advanced option.
  3. Then in Export section the Import and Export Wizard screen appears.
  4. Select Export to a file and click Next.
  5. Under Create a file of type, select the option to export as a Comma Separated Values (Windows) file and click Next.
  6. Click Browse and go to where to save the file, and then enter a name for the .CSV file.

Step 2 – Import CSV to Office 365 Account

  1. Log in to your Office 365 account and go to Import/ Export Option
  2. Click Import from another program or file, and then click Next.
  3. Under Select the file type to import, click Comma Separated Values, and then click Next.
  4. The most common is Comma Separated Values (Windows), also known as a CSV file. If you are importing contacts that were exported from Outlook to an Outlook Data File (.pst), click Outlook Data File (.pst).
  5. Under File to import, click Browse, select the file that you want to import, and then click OK.
  6. Click Next then a dialog box will appear under Select destination folder, click a folder for the imported contacts, and then click Next.
  7. This usually is the Contacts folder unless you have multiple accounts, or have created multiple contact folders for an account.
  8. Now you have imported Outlook contacts to Office 365 account.

Limitation

To export contacts from Outlook to Office 365 is not at all difficult task. It is just a two-step process that user need to follow carefully. But the process involves certain limitations:

  • This method is slow and mundane
  • User can have contact loss if they try some elicit step

Verdict

Import Outlook contacts to Office 365 is a very crucial task for all the new Office 365 user. The manual method helps the user to import Outlook address book to Office 365 account.
But if still, the user doesn’t makeup to their requirement then they can use an automated tool – Office 365 Importer. One of the fastest and intelligent tools to move Outlook data items to Office 365 account.