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Use my Microsoft account to sync contacts to the cloud

When you save the contacts on your Windows Phone to a Microsoft account in the cloud, you'll be able to keep your contacts synced between all the places you sign in with that account: phone, computer, tablet, Outlook.com. And if you make a change in one place, it'll show up everywhere else—no more updating the same phone number in multiple places. Plus, you'll be able to access your contacts from any Internet-connected computer, even if you don't have your phone with you.

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To sync contacts with your Microsoft account

To get syncing, just sign in to your phone with your Microsoft account—which you likely already did when you first set up the phone. When you sign in, any contacts you've already saved on the phone will automatically sync to the cloud, and the contacts in your Microsoft account will show up on your phone. When you add contacts to your Microsoft account (or delete or edit them), your changes will sync to anywhere you use that account.

To sync contacts from another online account

If you keep contacts in other online accounts, the simplest way to get them onto your phone is to set up the account on your phone. If the account isn't able to sync contacts to Windows Phone, you might be able to import the contacts into your Microsoft account on the web. Here's how:

  1. On your computer, go to www.outlook.com and sign in with the same Microsoft account you use on your phone.

  2. In the upper-left corner, point to Outlook, click the arrow next to it, and then click People.

  3. If you've never imported contacts before, follow the instructions to add contacts to your account.

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