Import vCards to Outlook contacts

Note: To bulk import many contacts from iCloud to Outlook, please see Import contacts from iCloud (vCard .vcf file) to Outlook.

When someone sends you vCards (virtual business cards that most email programs recognize), here’s how to save them to your Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016 for Windows contacts list. If you've exported your contacts from iCloud to a vCard file, you can import them into Outlook all at the same time.

Import a vCard from an Outlook email message

To save vCards you receive as attachments as new contacts, add each vCard one-by-one to the list of Outlook contacts.

  1. In the body of the email message, click a vCard, right-click it, and then click Add to Outlook Contacts.

    A new window appears, displaying the contact information.

  2. In the contact window, click Save & Close.

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each vCard in the message.

Import a vCard from another mail program

  1. In the other email program, open the email message, and click the attached vCard.

  2. If you are asked whether to open or save the vCard, choose to open it

    Tip: If Outlook is installed on your computer, the vCard opens in an Outlook window since the .vcf file name extension is associated with Outlook.

  3. Click Save & Close.

Import contacts from a spreadsheet

If someone sends you contacts in a .csv file, you'll need to use the Import and Export Wizard to add them. Many email programs can import and export .csv files. Learn how to import contacts to Outlook from Excel or other sources.

Note: When you get a new computer, you don’t need to export contacts from your old one if your organization uses Microsoft Exchange Server. Contacts show up automatically when you configure Outlook on the new machine.

More about vCards and contacts

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