You can keep your contacts synchronized between Microsoft Outlook 2013 and your Samsung Galaxy S device using a few different methods. Samsung's Kies app is included with new Galaxy S devices to help you sync your data with a computer through USB. You can also perform a one-way manual transfer from your mobile device to Outlook on your computer using a VCARD file. CompanionLink offers a third-party app for your computer that facilitates advanced synchronization between Outlook and Android. Use the Outlook.com app to sync your contacts if you're an Office 365 subscriber.
Syncing Contacts with Samsung Kies
Samsung Kies synchronizes information on your Galaxy S with Outlook. Connect your device to your computer through its USB cable. Click the "Sync" tab in Kies 3 and then check the "Sync Contacts with Outlook" box. Select "All Contacts" if you want to sync all of your contacts -- or select "Selected Contacts Folder" to select a specific contacts folder. Select the Outlook folder you want to sync new contacts to from the drop-down next to "Add contacts created in the device to the following folder of Outlook." Click the "Sync" button to synchronize your contacts.
Importing Contacts Manually into Outlook
You can export your Android contacts through the "People" app. Select "Menu" and then select "Import/Export." Select "Export to Storage" and then "OK." Your contacts are exported as a VCF file -- known as a VCARD -- to your device's storage. Connect your Galaxy S to your computer through its USB cable. Click "File," "Open & Export" and then "Import/Export" in Outlook. Select "Import a VCARD file (.vcf)," click "Next" and then open the VCF file from the home directory of your device's storage. Your current contacts from your Galaxy S are imported into your Outlook profile.
Syncing Contacts with CompanionLink
CompanionLink's Android Sync with Outlook helps you synchronize contacts between Outlook and your Galaxy S device. The application supports many advanced features, including the ability to include custom contact fields during synchronization. You can download and Install CompanionLink on your desktop with a free 14-day trial (link in Resources section.) When you're configuring CompanionLink, select "Outlook" as the database when prompted. Use the "Applications" tab of the Settings window to select "Sync Both Ways" for contacts to achieve two-way synchronization between Outlook and your Galaxy S. CompanionLink supports synchronization through USB, WiFi, Google and its cloud service -- DejaOffice.
Syncing Contacts with the Outlook.com App
If you're an Outlook 365 subscriber or Outlook.com user, you can synchronize your Galaxy S contacts with the Outlook.com app (link in Resources section). Open Outlook.com. on your phone. If you haven't configured the app before, enter your email address, password and then select "Next." Select "Next," check the box next to "Contacts" and then select "Next" again to finish configuring the app. To adjust your sync settings, select "Menu," "Settings" and then "Contacts and Calendar." Select "Contacts" to sync your contacts. The Outlook.com app automatically synchronizes your data when Android's "Sync" setting is enabled.
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