How to Sync Yahoo With Outlook

By Nick Peers

Discover how you can export contacts from Yahoo in a CSV file and then import the data into Outlook Contacts without creating duplicates.

Sync your Yahoo and Outlook contacts with Microsoft Outlook to save both in one location and to access your Yahoo contacts from all Outlook email accounts. Sync the contacts by exporting them from Yahoo as a CSV file, and then importing them into Outlook by using the Import/Export wizard. You have the option to update existing contacts when importing to Outlook or to ignore duplicate contacts.

Tip

  • Contacts are saved locally on your computer when you import them into Outlook, so that you can access them from any email account.
  • Emails are not exported in the CSV file. There is no option to save emails from Yahoo to your computer, but you can use one of two workarounds.

Exporting the Contacts From Yahoo

Step 1

Log in to Yahoo Mail and then click the Contacts button to view all your contacts. Select the contacts you wish to export by checking their boxes; all contacts are exported by default if you don't check any boxes.

Tip

  • To select all contacts, you can also check the box above the first contact in the list.
  • If you can't remember your Yahoo password and can't log in, use the Password Recovery wizard to reset it.
  • If you know the password but still can't log in to your Yahoo account, follow Yahoo's troubleshooting steps.

Step 2

Selecting the Export option from the Actions menu.

Click the Actions button and select Export from the menu to display the Export Contacts dialog.

Tip

You can also import contacts into Yahoo by selecting Import instead of Export.

Step 3

Exporting all contacts from Yahoo in a CSV file.

The Microsoft Outlook options is selected by default; click Microsoft Outlook if it is not. Click the Export Now button to export the selected contacts in a CSV file.

Save the CSV file on your hard drive. Storing it on the desktop is helpful for easy access to the file.

Tip

The download usually starts in a few seconds; if it doesn't, click the Here link in the green message that appears at the top of the Export Contacts dialog to force the download to start.

Importing the CSV File into Outlook

Step 1

Selecting the Import/Export option in the File menu.

Open Microsoft Outlook, click File and select Open and Export. Click the Import/Export button in the right pane to open the Import and Export Wizard dialog.

Step 2

Selecting to import from another program or file.

Select Import From Another Program or File and click Next.

Step 3

Selecting to import a CSV file.

Select the Comma Separated Values option and click Next.

Tip

CSV files are often used to exchange data between different applications.

Step 4

Selecting the CSV file and changing the import options.

Click the Browse button and then select the CSV file you downloaded from Yahoo.

Select the Replace Duplicates With Items Imported if you want to replace Outlook contacts with Yahoo contacts for any contacts that exist in both accounts. To avoid overwriting contacts, select the Do Not Import Duplicate Items option. Click Next.

Warning

Selecting the Allow Duplicates To Be Created option — the default option — results in duplicate contacts, which may be difficult to remove later.

Step 5

Selecting the Contacts option and clicking Next.

Select the Contacts (This Computer Only) option to store the contacts locally and then click Next.

Step 6

Clicking Finish.

Click Finish to start importing the contacts from the Yahoo CSV into Outlook's Contacts folder. The process usually takes less than a minute, depending on the number of contacts in the CSV file.

Tip

  • If you want to change the destination, click the Change Destination button before clicking Finish.
  • You don't need to use the Map Custom Fields option because Yahoo exported the contact details for Outlook. All columns in the CSV file already match the correct Outlook contact fields.
  • Click the People tab in Microsoft Outlook to view the contacts.