Note You cannot use a USB cable to sync contacts from Outlook on your computer to your Windows Phone.
To sync contacts, you transfer them to a Microsoft account (such as Hotmail or Outlook.com), and then you sync your contacts from the Microsoft account to your phone.
Once you've done this, Windows Phone uses your cellular data or Wi-Fi connection to keep your contacts synced between your Microsoft account and your phone. This means your information is always current and backed up.
Sync your Outlook contacts
This article provides two procedures for syncing contacts: one for those who use Outlook with Microsoft Exchange, and one for those who use Outlook without Microsoft Exchange. If you already know which you use, you can go ahead and select the appropriate procedure. If you don't already know, click your version of Outlook here, and then follow the steps to find out.
Note If you use Outlook 2003 and need to determine whether you use Outlook with Exchange or not, select Outlook 2007 below.
Now that you have determined whether you use Outlook with Exchange or Outlook without Exchange, select the appropriate procedure below.
- For more information about how to import Outlook calendars to Windows Phone, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2459660 Sync your Outlook calendar to Windows Phone.
- For more information about how to add your contacts to Windows Phone, visit the following articles on the Windows Phone help and how-to website:
- For more information about how to use Microsoft Office Outlook Hotmail connector, go to the following links on the Microsoft Office website:
Article ID: 2844991 - Last Review: May 11, 2017 - Revision: 3