This article will show you how to sync iCloud contacts with Outlook for Mac as well as Windows.
iCloud is a cloud storage service from Apple. iCloud Contacts offers basic features for you to manage contacts. Outlook can refer to Microsoft Outlook, an email client app. It can also refer to Outlook.com, an email service provider.
There are two possible reasons to sync contacts from iCloud to Outlook. You want to use your iCloud contacts in Outlook. In such a case, you can manually export and import, which is easy to do. Or, you want the two to share the same contact list. The methods described below will cover both situations.
Applies to: macOS, Windows
The Outlook app is available for Windows, Mac and mobile. The fact is that Outlook for Mac doesn’t officially support contact synchronization with iCloud. But you can do it manually, which is, fortunately, easy to do. We will use Outlook for Mac as an example of how to use this method to sync iCloud contacts with Outlook for Mac and Windows.
Part 1: Import iCloud contacts to Outlook
This is how to import iCloud contacts to Outlook for Mac. Now you can see and use them in the Outlook address book.
Note: When it comes to Windows, the first four steps are the same. In Outlook for Microsoft 365, Outlook 2019 or Outlook 2016 etc., choose File and go to Open & Export > Import/Export. The wizard will guide you through the process.
Part 2: Import Outlook contacts to iCloud
Applies to: macOS
If you have set up Outlook with your Outlook.com account and contacts can sync between the two, then you can use Cisdem ContactsMate, the best contact management app for Mac, to make things easier.
Wait for the sync to finish. Now you should be able to find your iCloud contacts in Outlook for Mac. Similarly, you can drag Exchange contacts into iCloud.
Tip: Remove or merge duplicate contacts after syncing
There’s a possibility that lots of duplicate contacts appear after you finish sync. Is annoyed to locate a particular contacts from cluttered address book. Don’t worry. Cisdem Duplicate allows you to find and remove/merge duplicates efficiently. Go to the main window and select iCloud/Exchange in the sidebar. Click Scan in the toolbar. It’ll found duplicate contacts in seconds and list them clearly. Select a duplicate contact and choose a solution. Click Fix or Fix all.
Applies to: macOS, Windows
If you are looking for a quick way to sync your iCloud contacts with Outlook, some third-party synchronization services that can help you with your need. SyncGene is one of them.
If you use SyncGene, you will need to let it access your info. Use caution with this method.
If you don’t trust such a third-party service, then you can skip this method.
Now you can verify that if it syncs iCloud contacts with Outlook.
Note that there could be sync errors. In our test, it did a good job of syncing newly added contacts, but it failed to successfully sync the previously existing iCloud contacts. In such a case, you can first export existing contacts from iCloud to Outlook.
Applies to: Windows
For Windows users, the synchronization is easy thanks to the iCloud for Windows app. In addition to syncing iCloud contacts with Outlook, this method will sync Outlook Mail, Calendars and Tasks.
Now you will see your iCloud contacts in People in Outlook. This is how you can sync contacts from iCloud to Outlook on Windows 11, Windows 10 or an older version.
With this method, if you experience the iCloud contacts not showing in Outlook issue or if you receive the Repair iCloud for Windows to use iCloud with Outlook message, you can try to uninstall and reinstall iCloud.
The possibility and practice to sync iCloud contacts with Outlook for Mac or other sources help improve our productivity. We hope that the methods described above will help you out. If you are a Mac user and want to sync, organize and manage your contacts with little effort and high efficiency, ContactsMate is recommended. It excels at importing/exporting contacts, syncing, backing up contact information to various formats, editing, and removing duplicate contacts, among other things.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.