Import contacts to an Outlook.com account

This article explains how to import contacts to your Outlook.com account. If you want to add other email accounts to Outlook.com, see Add your other email accounts to Outlook.com.

Import contacts from Gmail, Yahoo Mail, iCloud, or another email provider

When you export your contacts from your email provider, they will often be stored in a .csv file. You'll use this file to import your contacts into your Outlook.com account.

Step 1: Export your list of contacts to a .csv file:

Before you can import contacts to your Outlook.com account, you'll need to export them from your current email provider.

Step 2: Import the contacts to your Outlook.com account.

  1. In Outlook.com, select the App Launcher and choose the People tile.

    A screenshot of the People tile in the App Launcher.

  2. Depending on your region, you'll see one of the following:

    • Select Manage > Import contacts.

      If you don't see the Import contacts button, wait a few moments and then select Manage again.

      A screenshot of the Import contacts button.

      Next, select Gmail (even though your .csv file might not have come from Gmail) because Gmail uses the .csv file type.

    • Or, under Add people to your contact list, select Start import.

      Choose Start import to select where you are going to import contacts from.

      Select Other > Browse to upload your .csv file.

Import contacts from Outlook for Windows

Outlook for Windows stores contacts in a .pst file. To import your contacts from Outlook for Windows, you'll need to export the .pst file and then import it in Outlook.com.

Step 1: Export your contacts to a .pst file

To learn how to export your contacts to a .pst file, see Export or backup email, contacts, and calendar to an Outlook .pst file.

Step 2: Add your Outlook.com account to Outlook on your desktop

To learn how to add your Outlook.com to Outlook on your desktop, see Add your Outlook.com account in Outlook for Windows.

Step 3: Copy your contacts to your Outlook.com account

  1. Import the .pst file to Outlook on your desktop. To learn how, see Import email, contacts, and calendar from an Outlook .pst file.

  2. You'll see Outlook added the file to your navigation pane with a generic name: outlook data file. Select the People icon at the bottom of your navigation pane.

    Outlook adds your .pst file with a generic name: outlook data file.

  3. Choose your contacts file. Again, it will have a generic name. You'll see your contacts listed.

    Choose your contacts file. It will have a generic name.

  4. Press Ctrl+A to select all the contacts.

  5. Drag them to your Outlook.com contacts folder.

  6. When you’re done, return to the email view in Outlook by clicking the Mail icon at the bottom of your Outlook navigation pane, then right-click Outlook Data File, and select Close “Outlook Data File”.

Need help?

If you're having trouble importing contacts to your Outlook.com account, see Fix problems importing contacts to Outlook.com.

Related Topics

Export contacts from Outlook.com to a CSV file
Import and export Outlook email, contacts, and calendar
What version of Outlook do I have?

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