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Sync contacts and calendars from Outlook on my PC to my phone

There are two ways to sync your Microsoft Office Outlook contacts and calendar information to your Windows Phone. The right method for you depends on whether or not you use Outlook with Microsoft Exchange. (Exchange is what many organizations use to provide email, calendar, to-dos, and contacts.)

If you use Outlook with Exchange (this is typically the case if you use Outlook at work), setting up contact and calendar syncing is straightforward. To learn how, see Set up or delete an email account.

If you use Outlook without Exchange (this is typically the case if you use Outlook at home), setting up contact and calendar syncing takes a few more steps. First, you'll need to save your contacts with a Microsoft account. Then, when you sign in on your phone with your Microsoft account, your contacts will automatically sync with the address book on your phone (and you'll also be able to get to them from any computer with an Internet connection).

If you're using Outlook 2013:

  1. If you don't already have one, create a Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID). To do this, go to Create an account.

  2. Add your Microsoft account to Outlook on your PC, and then copy your Outlook contacts and calendar appointments into it:

    • To copy contacts, go to People, then click and drag or copy and paste contacts or groups of contacts between accounts.
    • To copy calendar appointments, go to Calendar, and then click and drag appointments between calendars. (Note: you can't copy the entire calendar—only individual appointments, including recurring appointments.)
  3. If you haven't already added the Microsoft account to your phone, follow the instructions in Set up or delete an email account. After you've added the account, your contacts and calendar should appear on your phone.

If you're using Outlook 2010 or 2007:

  1. If you don't already have one, create a Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID). To do this, go to Create an account.

  2. On your PC, install a free tool called Microsoft Office Outlook Hotmail Connector.

  3. In Outlook on your PC, use Outlook Hotmail Connector to add your Microsoft account to Outlook, then copy your contacts and calendar from Outlook into Outlook.com. For details, see the Sync Outlook to Windows Phone wizard.

  4. If you haven't already added your Microsoft account to your phone, follow the instructions in Set up or delete an email account. Your contacts and calendar should now appear on your phone.

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