Import contacts to an Outlook.com account

You can import contacts from a different email provider or account to your Outlook.com account.

Choose your version for instructions

The instructions are slightly different depending on whether or not you're using the Outlook.com beta.

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A screenshot of the top left corner of the Outlook.com beta mailbox

See Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

A screenshot of the top left corner of the classic Outlook.com mailbox

See Instructions for classic Outlook.com.

Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

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

When you export your contacts, they will often be stored in a .csv file. Use this file to import your contacts into your Outlook.com account.

For instructions about how to export your contacts from a service not mentioned here, contact your email provider. If someone sent you a list of contacts in Excel, open the file in Excel and then save it as a .csv file type.

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

  1. In Outlook.com, select People at the lower left corner of the page to go to the People page.

  2. On the toolbar, select Manage > Import contacts.

  3. Select Browse, choose your .csv file, and then select Open.

  4. Select Import.

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

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

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.

For instructions about how to export your contacts from another service, contact your email provider. If someone sent you a list of contacts in Excel, open the file in Excel and then save it as a .csv file type.

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

  1. In Outlook.com, select People at the bottom of the page.

    A screenshot of the People button

  2. Select Manage > Import contacts.

    A screenshot of the Import contacts button.

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

  3. Select Gmail (even though your .csv file might not have come from Gmail) because Gmail uses the .csv file type.

  4. Select Browse, choose your .csv file, and select Open.

  5. At the top of pane, select Upload.

Need help?

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

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