How to Import Contacts to Email

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Outlook-LogoAre you planning to or have already created an account for yourself? Are you worried about the fact that you will have to move or add your contacts to the fresh account all over again? Well, if you migrated from Hotmail/Live Mail then the old and existing contacts should be intact. If not, you will still be able to create the list in few minutes.

Outlook provides integrated features to import contacts from services like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. If you need the support for something else you can use the Import from file option.

We will take a look at both the direct way and the file import method. Let us import contacts from Google (the process for other social websites should be similar) and let us also see how to bring file import into picture when it comes to importing contacts from non-linked services like Yahoo Mail.

Steps to Import Contacts from Google offers a really easy way to collect contacts from almost all the existing services. The steps for all other services should be almost same as those elaborated below.

Step 1: Log in to Outlook Mail and hover mouse pointer over Outlook icon (top left of the interface). Click on the drop down option (down pointing arrow).


Step 2: From the list of four widgets choose the one reading People. Click on this icon.


Step 3: You will be taken to the People page wherein you will be presented with a list of options to choose to import contacts from. In our case, we tried with Google.


Step 4: A window will pop up stating the details of what will happen on connecting these accounts. Click on the button reading Connect.


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Step 5: The next step will ask you to sign in to your account. If you already have a session open (for that account) this step will be skipped automatically.


Step 6: Microsoft would require permission to be able to access, view and manage your Google contacts. Click on Allow access.


Step 7: Depending on the number of contacts to be imported and copied, the activity will take some time. You would see a notification when it is done.


If you wish you can change the connection settings right there or postpone it to later stages. Shown below are the default connection settings that come for Google and Facebook respectively.



Usage of File Import

If you feel that the contacts list that you need will not be sufficed by the one in your social networks then you may use the Import from file option. I used it to import my contacts from Yahoo Mail. Follow Steps 1 – 4 on this article and come back to Outlook to continue the process.



The process of bringing contacts from different places to one destination has never been as easy as this. It hardly took me 10 minutes to organize my new profile and bundle all the contacts together. I am sure it is going to be easy for you too.

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  1. Deepak Sharma says:

    Thanks !!!

  2. Lenrox says:

    Total Bull****! is the most noobish email system ever created! Forget trying to compare it with GApps! doesn’t even stand a chance. No true control over users in my own custom domain. No shared contacts across the domain. No Password reset option. And Woefully, No way to contact support than this forum! C’mon atleast make a lazy attempt to act like competing with Google!

  3. Jose Balboa says:

    Here’s my Comparison:

    YAHOO Pros: Nice looking and easy to use.
    YAHOO Cons: Can’t filter SPAM . . . not even 5 percent.

    GOOGLE Pros: Can add POP accounts, Excellent SPAM filter, almost 100% efficient, even with added POP accounts.
    GOOGLE Cons: Looks very primitive, the messages are so confusing to read. I can never figure out the threads. There’s no way to customize the reading pane to make it easier to read.

    OUTLOOK Pros: Able to add POP accounts (as well as other webmail accounts) to centralize all your emails in one webmail; Looks great; easy to use. I love it.

    OUTLOOK Cons: I can’t figure-out how to import my Yahoo contacts CSV. About 35% SPAM gets through (it’ll get better as more people report spam mails).

    If you combined Google’s SPAM filtering intelligence and Yahoo’s look and feel, you’d have a better-than-Outlook program. Otherwise, WINS.