Import Google, Yahoo!, AOL, and Outlook Contacts to an iPhone - dummies

Import Google, Yahoo!, AOL, and Outlook Contacts to an iPhone

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

Apple has made importing your contacts from the most frequently used e-mail service providers simple. By configuring your iPhone to recognize your account from one or more of these providers, you can access the contact information you store with them. And, you can have more than one account. For example, if you use Google for your personal contacts but Outlook for work, you can have both on your iPhone.

To set up an account for one of these providers on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings on the Home screen, and then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

  2. Tap Add Account.

  3. Tap the name of the service provider you use — Google, Yahoo!, AOL, or — on the Add Account screen.

    If your service provider is not one of those listed, for example Comcast or Verizon, tap Other, and then tap Add Mail Account. A New Account screen appears where you can type in your e-mail address and password, and then tap Next. Your iPhone will search the Internet for that service provider and set up an account for you. It’s almost like magic!

  4. The Add Account screen opens.

    Filling in the Name field is optional. Type in your e-mail address in the Address field and your password in the Password field. An identifier is automatically entered in the Description field; however, you can tap and hold on the text to replace it with something that helps you remember the account, such as “work” or “golf team.”

  5. Tap the Next button in the upper right corner.

    The next screen shows a list of available services.

  6. Tap the Contacts switch On.

Some services, such as Yahoo!, store your address book on a remote server, so you have to have an Internet connection to access it.

If you use iCloud, changes are synced automatically and a backup is created when your iPhone is connected to a power source, to the Internet via Wi-Fi, and in sleep mode.