How To Import Multiple vCard Files To Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010

Know How To Import Multiple vCard Files To Outlook

Every now and then you will find a reason to import multiple vCard files to Outlook 2016 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2003 / 2000. The problem arises when there are multiple vCards attached in a single vCard. When you try to import multiple vCards saved in a single vCard file, it only imports the first file. But do not worry, we will discuss the solutio to save vCard to Outlook from multiple contacts.

Reasons to Import Multiple vCard files to Outlook 2013 / 2010

The main and foremost reason to import multiple VCF files into Outlook are discussed below:

  1. Microsoft Outlook is a desktop based email client which saves all its data on to local disk.
  2. There is no need of internet connection to access information. The data can be approached offline also.

Let’s move forword to the methods to import multiple VCF files into Outlook 2013 / 2016.

Method to Import Multiple vCard Files to Outlook

There are two approaches to transfer contacts from VCF to Outlook

  1. Manual Solution
  2. Automated Technique

Manual Approach to Backup Multiple VCF contacts into Outlook

To import multiple vCards to Outlook, first of all you have to convert that vCard file into CSV format. Then that CSV file is imported into Outlook to access those files.

Importing CSV into Outlook

  • Open the Outlook and click on File tab
  • On the account information section, select Open and Export from the option wizard.
  • Now, click on the Import/Export option
  • On the Import and Export Wizard, select Import from another program or file from the Choose an action to perform list. Click Next.
  • On the next screen, click Browse.
  • On the Browse dialog box, navigate to the folder containing the .csv file you want to import. Select the file and click OK.
  • Select an option to indicate what to do when duplicate entries are encountered and click Next.
  • Select Contacts from the Select destination folder tree to specify where to put the imported contacts. Click Next.
  • A summary screen displays telling you what actions will be performed. Use the Change Destination button to change the location in Outlook to which the contacts will be saved.

NOTE: The Map Custom Fields button opens a dialog box that allows you to specify which fields in the .csv file correspond to which fields in Outlook. The default mapping is usually sufficient to import the information.

  • 10.Once you’ve imported the contacts, click the People icon on the navigation bar at the bottom of the Outlook window.
  • If you’re using Outlook 2010, you can import contacts directly from the Windows Contacts folder without exporting them to a .csv file first.

Limitations of the Manual Approach

There are many limitations of the manual technique. Some of them are mentioned below:

  1. Outlook only provides the functionality to import single VCF contact file at a time. Suppose, if you have around 250 contact files, then you have to import each vCard file separetely.
  2. If you import multiple vCard files at once, only the first file will get imported.

Alternative Method

As there are many drawbacks of the manual technique, users should go for an alternative solution. To import multiple vCard files to Outlook 2013 / 2010 / 2007, you can use SysTools vCard Importer  Tool. The tool will transfer all the VCF files in no time. The software has some incredible features.

Features of SysTools vCard Importer Software

  1. The tool has an outstanding functionality to create single PST file for multiple VCF files which can be easily exported into Outlook
  2. The vCard Importer Utility provides 3 export options: Save in Existing PST, Create New PST and Save in  Default Outlook Profile.
  3. The utility will export all the contacts along with its associated attributes. 


In this article, we have discussed about the marvellous solution to import multiple vCard files to Outlook 2016 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2003 / 2000. There are manual as well as automated solution to import VCF contacts files to Outlook. User can go for the any of the above technique. But it is highly recommended to use automated solution to carry out the process as it reduces the risk of data loss and information mismatch.

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