3 Easy Ways to Sync iCloud Contacts with Outlook for Mac and PC

2019-09-30 05:44:46 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

This article shows you how to sync iCloud contacts with Outlook for Mac and PC different ways.

Outlook is one of the most popular email clients. Very flexible and highly professional, it is easy to use with a simple, neat interface. Our contacts are the center of our Outlook experience. This email service will be of little use if we few contacts. It’s a common practice to sync iCloud contacts to Outlook for more instant and convenient communication. The methods recommended work for macOS and Windows regardless of the Outlook version used, be it Outlook 2010, 2013 or 2016, etc.

Sync iCloud contacts with Outlook using ContactsMate

Applied to: macOS 10.11 or later

Mac users can use professional software like Cisdem ContactsMate to easily sync contacts from iCloud to Outlook.

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How to sync iCloud contacts with Outlook for Mac

Step 1. Download and install ContactsMate. Launch it. Click the Add Account button from the toolbar, which will bring up the Internet Accounts window.

ContactsMate main interface

Step 2. In the said window, click iCloud. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Make sure you select the checkbox before Contacts.

Step 3. Quit ContactsMate and launch it again. Now your iCloud contacts will appear, under the group named iCloud. Control-click the group and select Export.


Step 4. In the export dialog box, click the Option button in the lower left corner. Make sure that you choose CSV as the export format. Click Save to save the exported CSV file to your hard drive.

choose CSV as export format

Step 5. Open Outlook and go to File. Go to Open & Export > Import/Export > Import from another program or file > Comma Separated Values. Upload the CSV file.

outlook import and export

Note: If you don’t have the Outlook app installed on your computer, you can go to https://outlook.live.com/people/. In the upper part of the window, click Manage > Import contacts. Upload your CSV files.

Pro tip

Here’s how to sync iCloud contacts with Outlook for Mac without duplicates or other conflicts. In ContactsMate, select the group iCloud and click the Scan button in the toolbar. In the Conflict Resolution window, view the conflicts and choose from the available solutions like Edit, Merge and Ignore.

Method 2. Sync iCloud Contacts with Outlook with iCloud Control Panel

Applies to: Windows

In addition to syncing iCloud contacts with Outlook, this method will also sync Outlook Mail, Calendars and Tasks. Please also note that this method only works for Windows.

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iCloud on your PC. Sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2. Select the Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks With Outlook option. Click Apply.

sync icloud contacts with outlook select

Step 3. There are two options provided: All calendars, contacts, and tasks and Some calendars, contacts, and tasks. Choose the one that suits you best. This is how you can sync contacts from iCloud to Outlook on Windows 10 or older versions.

sync icloud contacts with outlook two options

Tip: 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.

Method 3. Sync iCloud Contacts with Outlook without Apps

Applies to: Windows, macOS

By using method, you can sync iCloud contacts with Outlook without using any apps, and it works for both Mac and Windows.

Step 1. Go to www.icloud.com and sign in with your account. Open Contacts.

Step 2. If you’d like to sync all contacts, just click the gear icon on the in the bottom left corner and click Select All. You can also select certain contacts by clicking their names. Click the gear icon again and select Export vCard.

icloud.com select all contacts

Step 3. Go to www.unc.edu/vtoc, and convert vCard to CSV. This is a tedious process because you have to convert them one by one.

convert vcard to csv

Step 4. Go to outlook.live.com/people. Click Manage on the top of the screen to open a drop-down menu. Click Import contacts, and a window will appear.

outlook.com import contacts

Step 5. Click Browse, upload the .csv files and click Import.


The possibility and practice to sync iCloud contacts with Outlook along with other email services and smart devices, etc. make things easier and help improve our productivity. Hopefully the methods recommended above will help you out. If you are a Mac user and want to sync, edit and manage your contacts with little effort and high efficiency, the aforementioned Cisdem ContactsMate is recommended. In our test, it does a good job of importing/exporting contacts, syncing, backing up contact information to various formats, editing, and removing duplicate contacts, among other things.

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