How to Export Windows Live Mail Contacts to Outlook 2016?

Megha Sharma
Megha Sharma linkedin | Updated On - March 09, 2022 |

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Many users have asked queries related to migration from Windows Live Mail to Microsoft Outlook application. Since Windows Live Mail has been discontinued, the process of exporting files has become a little complicated. While exporting data from Windows Live Mail to Outlook, you may require migration of not only emails but also contacts. The older contacts also need to be exported along with emails for maintaining the continuity in emailing experience. There is an efficient and reliable converter tool like Kernel EML to PST Converter for converting EML files to Outlook PST files and more destinations like Office 365, but for contacts migration from Windows Live Mail to Outlook, there is no such reliable utility available yet. So, for your help, we would describe a manual solution utilizing both the email clients for the export of contacts.

Export Contacts from Windows Live Mail to MS Outlook 2016

Windows Live Mail email client includes an Export option to export its Contacts to either Comma Separated Values (.CSV) or to Business Card (.VCF) file format. In the manual solution, you would require a CSV file with exported Windows Live Mail contacts only as the Microsoft Outlook application supports Comma Separated Values (.CSV). Find out the detailed procedure to export Windows Live Mail contacts to Outlook 2016.

The whole process of Windows Live Mail contacts export to Outlook is divided into two stages. But before that ensure that both the programs are located in the same computer system.

  1. Export Windows Live Mail Contacts to CSV File
  2. Import CSV File to Microsoft Outlook 2016 Contacts

Export Windows Live Mail Contacts

  1. Start Windows Live Mail, select Contacts, Expand Export, and click Comma separate values (CSV).Start Windows Live Mail
  2. Click Browse, provide a Saving Path and File Name and click Next.Provide a saving path and file name
  3. Choose the required contacts and click Finish.Choose the required contacts

Import CSV to Outlook 2016 Contacts

  1. Launch Outlook 2016 and click File> Open > Import/Export.Launch MS Outlook 2016
  2. In the new wizard, select Import from another program or file and click Next.Select Import from another program or file
  3. Select Comma Separated Values and click Next.Select Comma Separated Values
  4. Click Browse and add CSV file created earlier, choose the required option, and click Next.
  5. Choose Contacts from Outlook mailbox folders and click Next.Choose contacts from Outlook mailbox folders
  6. Perform operations like Map Custom Fields and Change Destination if needed and click Finish.Change Destination if needed
  7. View the exported contacts in the Outlook Contacts folder finally.View the exported contacts

Hence the Windows Live Mail Contacts to Outlook 2016 exported successfully.

This conventional method can be tested and tried easily, but remember this export requires the installation of both the Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live Mail application on the system.

The manual methods always work only under one condition- the user must have immense technical knowledge about the applications. For a beginner, it turns into a nightmare. However, we do have a professional software which does the needful for you.

Export Contacts Using the EML File Converter Software-

The third party EML converter utility has been designed solely with the purpose to convert all EML/EMLX files accurately and safely into PST format.

What makes it an ideal choice among users?

  1. It allows you to convert everything as well as specific items like contacts, calendar, mails, notes etc.
  2. Single or multiple files can be converted within a span of few minutes.
  3. It extends its supports to various platforms which use EML format including Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, Eudora etc.
  4. By being a professional tool, the integrity of data is well maintained.
  5. The software has been designed to be used by all kinds of users due to its simple and user-friendly interface and working process.
  6. All the Windows operating systems work in sync with the software.

Summing Up

The manual process to migrate Windows Live Mail’s contacts to Outlook is a lengthy one, and many steps should be followed minutely. A single mistake can corrupt the whole data. To save your data during the migration, you should use EML file Converter to protect the source content from the EML file. It will convert the selective data to PST format, and it has adaptive filters where you can select only the contacts and convert them.

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