Do you want to sync your Outlook account with your Android smartphone? Have you tried several apps from the Google Play store but still couldn’t sync your Outlook account on your Android device? Do you want to sync your Outlook contacts, calendar, mail and tasks directly on your Android device?
If you answered yes to any one of these questions, then continue reading to find out how to sync Outlook with Android.
Syncing email and social media accounts has never been a problem on Android and you don’t even need to install a third-party app to add your accounts. That being said, some Android users have had problems with adding their Outlook account and keeping it in sync with their Android devices.
Using this guide, you can learn different tips on how to sync Outlook with Android. We will mention different methods so that you can use alternatives if a method doesn’t properly sync your Outlook account on your phone.
Method 1: Exchange ActiveSync
This is the easiest and fastest method for syncing your Outlook mail, contacts, calendar and tasks on your Android device. You don’t need to use any third-party apps on your PC nor on your Android device, since this method uses Android’s default Accounts and Sync feature. This should work on most Android devices, regardless of your firmware version.
Go to the Settings app on your Android device.
Tap on Accounts and sync under the Personal tab. If you’re using a newer Android device, then you’ll find a separate section for this under the Accounts tab.
Tap on Add Account.
Select Exchange ActiveSync from the list of accounts. If you don’t see this, then select the Corporate option.
Enter your Outlook email ID and password. Tap on the Next button.
Select the data that you want to sync by tapping on the check-boxes next to each option. You can select Mail, Contacts, Calender and Tasks. Tap on the Next button once you are done configuring the settings.
Type in your account name in the text box and tap on Finish Setup. That’s it! Once your phone connects with your Outlook account, the data you selected earlier will start synchronizing on your Android device.
Method 2: Android-Sync
Android-Sync is an excellent PC software that lets you sync your Outlook account with your Android device. Android-Sync is probably one of the safest and most reliable ways of syncing your Outlook account as none of your information is stored online on cloud. The software basically lets you sync via a micro USB connection with your PC, without requiring an internet connection.
Download and install the Android-Sync software on your PC. After downloading the installer, install the software like any other PC app. If you already have Android ADB drivers installed on your PC for your Android device, then proceed to Step 3.
While installing the Android-Sync software, make sure that you select Install Android USB drivers.
Go to the Settings app on your Android device, tap on Developer options and make sure that USB Debugging is checked.
Open the Android-Sync app on your PC and connect your Android device to your PC using a micro USB cable. If your USB drivers are old or are not installed properly, you will get a popup saying Android USB drivers not installed properly. Click on the Install button to download and install the correct drivers. Once the drivers are installed, you will get a message saying Connecting to Android.
This might take a while and once the connection is successful, your Android device will show a message in the notification bar saying Android-Sync Connected.
Under the General tab in the Android-Sync software, select your Outlook profile using the drop down menu. You can also choose the Auto sync mode or the Silent mode for syncing whenever your Android device is connected to your PC.
Go to the Contacts tab and select your sync method from the dropdown menu. The preferred method is Synchronise, which is a 2 way sync between Outlook and your Android device. You can also select Desktop Overwrites Handheld for replacing the data on your Android device with Outlook’s data after the syncing process or you can select Handheld overwrites desktop, which is the other way around.
Go to the Calendar tab and select your Sync mode. You can also customize other options, such as syncing event deletions or setting a time period for syncing. You can do the same thing for configuring Notes and Tasks.
Once you are done configuring the settings, simply press the Sync button to start the Sync process. This might take a while and once the syncing process is complete, you will get a Sync Result popup with the entries synced between Outlook and your Android device.
Method 3: Outlook.com App
You can find the official Outlook.com app from Microsoft on the Google Play store and the app lets you sync your Outlook account emails, calendar and contacts on your Android device. The app also supports push notifications and lets you sync multiple Outlook accounts on your Android device.
Download and install the Outlook.com app on your Android device. You can download it through the Google Play button below.
Tap on Add Account and sign in with your Outlook email ID and password. Once you are logged in, the app should automatically sync your Outlook account and you will start receiving your emails.
Tap on the Settings icon next to your Account ID.
Tap on Contacts and Calender for managing your Outlook contacts and calendar. For configuring how often your device syncs with your Outlook account, tap on Sync. That’s it! You should now have a fully working Outlook account on your Android device.
Setting up social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter has always been easy on Android and you can now use your device’s Accounts and Sync feature to sync your Outlook account directly on your Android device. If, however, this doesn’t work on your Android device or your account is not completely synced, then you can use Method 2 or Method 3. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions correctly and you’ll have your Outlook account synced with your Android device. You might even try looking at different email apps if none of the above methods work for you. Feel free to shoot any questions below on how to sync Outlook with Android.