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Move Hotmail contacts to iCloud / iPhone / iPad / iMac

This is how to move/import/export your Hotmail contacts to iCloud, iPhone, iPad or iMac:

  1. Export contacts to csv (contacts > manage > export)
  2. Import csv into Gmail (contacts > more > import)
  3. Open adress book on mac and go to Preferences > Accounts > On my Mac (local)
  4. Select Sync with Google > Configure
  5. Fil in your Gmail data and click ok
  6. Close the preferences, go back to you Adress Book and wait till ‘On my Mac’ shows up as group
  7. Click on ‘On my Mac’, select a random contact and select all contact (cmd + a)
  8. Copy the contacts (cmd + c), click on ‘All iCloud’ and paste the contacts (cmd + v)

Your Contacts are now on iCloud, ready to by synced with your iPhone, iPad or iMac!

MERGE CONTACTS FROM OLD PHONE WITH HOTMAIL CONTACTS

The next step could be te import your phone number / contacts from your old phone and merge them with your Hotmail iCloud contacts. To reach that, follow the next steps:

  1. Save al your phone number / contacts on the (micro) sim of your old phone
  2. If it’s not a micro sim you should buy a converter or use software to read out the data
  3. If it’s a micro sim, place it in the iPhone
  4. If you’ve already connected to iCloud, be sure to disable this (via Settings > iCloud > Contacts) and, when asked, remove all contact from your iPhone
  5. Then go to Settings > E-mail / Contacts /Agenda’s >  Import sim contacts
  6. Go to Settings > iCloud > Contacts and enable Contact sharing again. When asked, combine your sim imported contacts with the iCloud contacts

And your done! The phone numbers and extra info is added to your iCloud contacts. Any questions? Let me know and i’ll try to answer the asap.

12 Comments

  1. Goddess of groovy · November 18, 2012 Reply

    You rock. Good concise writing. Thanks

  2. Marie Larsson · January 7, 2013 Reply

    I lost my e-mail with the icloud. Now I can’t open it. My new e-mail is marie_larsson@hotmail.de Please help me to open my old e-mail: marie_bernabe@hotmail.com
    Thank you
    Marie Larsson

  3. JCP · February 20, 2013 Reply

    What is csv?
    I just migrated from Blackberry to iPhone.
    I currently see a few contacts in the iCloud group in my iPhone, and most of my contacts in the Hotmail group. I can´t transfer the contacts in Hotmail to iCloud, and I can´t transfer the contacts in my iphone to the address book in my MacBook.
    What should I do to move all of my contacts to iCloud so I can see them in other devices?

    Thanks

    • Martijn · February 21, 2013 Reply

      A CSV is a comma seperated values text file. You can open a CSV in Excel or any other spreadsheet program. When you want to transfer your contact from hotmail to iCloud you can do that via Gmail. Just follow step 1 to 8. Good Luck!

  4. hans · April 1, 2013 Reply

    yess! thanks man!! helped a lot!

  5. Chi2xT · July 26, 2013 Reply

    Thanks!

  6. kevin · July 29, 2013 Reply

    Yes! Thanks, saved me a lot of trouble.

  7. khaled hussein · March 11, 2014 Reply

    thank you. i tried all possibilities described in google, the good one is yours.
    really thank you for you wonderful help.
    it will be nice to do a demonstration in youtube, it will be very helpful.
    Khaled Hussein.

  8. Larraine · May 24, 2014 Reply

    Hi Martijn

    I have set up icloud/hotmail sync but only some contacts showing up in my hotmail contacts. Also, calendars were synced and then suddenly they were no longer in sync. Can you help? Thanks

    • Martijn · May 24, 2014 Reply

      Hi Larraine,

      Can you be more specific: at which step do you think te problem is? For example: is the csv file incomplete (step 1)? Or does the import to Gmail fail (step 2)? Etc.

  9. vetal · September 16, 2014 Reply

    nice, thanks a lot!

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