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Outlook Contact Transfer (OCT) gives you better control than most other sync software. It lets you decide which side (phone or PC) has more reliable data and start the sync from there. This software package consists of 2 components: one component running on your Android downloaded from Google Play and one component running on your PC downloaded from here. There are 2 versionsMisplaced Phone of this software: the trial version with limited capabilities and the paid version with full functionalities. The user interface, running on Windows, is simple and requires no configuration.

 

If you have already installed the drivers for your Android device on your PC, installing this software package is a breeze. Here are the features:

 

The User Interface (UI) of this package runs on a Windows PC, named OCT_Console.

What can you do with it?

pc2an Transfer contacts from Outlook to Android. In this option, contacts are updated or added in Android and Outlook is unchanged. For each contact in Outlook, if it exists in Android, it will be updated. It it does not exist, it will be added.
an2pc Transfer contacts from Android to Outlook. In this option, contacts are updated or added in Outlook and Android is unchanged. For each contact in Android, it if exists in Outlook, it will be updated. It it does nto exist, it will be added.
delan Delete unwanted contacts in Android that do not exist in Outlook. Use this option when you know Outlook contains all the contacts you want.
delpc Deleted unwanted contacts in Outlook that do not exist in Android. Use this option when you know Andorid contains all the contacts you want.

 

Further details

Software Versions supported

Windows versions supported: Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
Outlook versions supported: Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, and Outlook 2013
Android versions supported: Version 2.2 to Version 4.2 inclusive.

Requirement: Android Debug Bridge (ADB) driver for your device installed on your PC. See below for details.

Installation

  1. Download OL_Contacts_Transfer or OL_Contacts_Transfer_Trial from Google Play. After installation, run the app and click [Check license] to make sure your software license is delivered to your phone.
  2. Download OCT_Console (for both paid & trial) software from here and install on your PC.
  3. Connect your Android to your PC and run the Console software. The following is a screenshot:

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Common Issues

  1. Android Debug Bridge (ADB) driver not properly installed in PC. You may check if the ADB driver is installed in your PC with the procedure at this link: http://junefabrics.com/android/driver.php or this link: http://www.mobisynapse.com/forum/topic/how-to-know-if-the-adb-driver-is-installed-properly-on-android-phone.
    Samsung phone may be under "Samsung Android Phone" in Device Manager instead of "Android Phone".
  2. PC not set up to run HTA. The console software is an HTA (html application) which should be run with "mshta.exe". File type .hta should be associated with mshta.exe. If not, then you can download the fix from here: http://www.techsupportall.com/file-association-fixes/
    Look for the row for .hta and download the fix. Unzip it and double-click on the .reg file.

About USB Android Debug Bridge (ADB) Driver

Your Android device requires several drivers to communicate to your PC. One of the drivers is called the ADB driver which allows your PC to communicate to the databases in your Android device.

The USB ADB driver should be installed automatically on Windows 7/8. In order to trigger automatic driver installation, USB Debugging should be enabled on your Android device before connecting to your PC. Please see below on how to enable USB Debugging. On Windows XP, the driver has to be downloaded and installed manually. See below for where to get ADB drivers.

Please also note that Windows 7/8 may install the wrong driver for newer devices. If this software does not work as expected, try to install a new driver from the links below.

Where to get ADB Drivers

The links for most of the drivers are available here: http://developer.android.com/tools/extras/oem-usb.html#Drivers

For Nexus devices, use this driver: http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html#download

For Samsung devices, use this driver: http://developer.samsung.com/android/tools-sdks/Samsung-Andorid-USB-Driver-for-Windows

How to Enable USB Debugging (watch demo)

USB Debugging must be enabled on your Android phone for this sotware to work. The procedure to enable it depend on your Android version:

- On devices running Android 3.2 or older, you can find the option under Settings > Applications > Development.
- On Android 4.0 and newer, it's in Settings > Developer options.

Note: On Android 4.2 and newer, Developer options is hidden by default. To make it available, go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number seven times. Return to the previous screen to find Developer options.

Notes on Windows 8

While installing the console software, you may get the following warning:

"Windows SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk."

To continue with the installing, click "More info" and then click "Run anyway"

Some devices may not have drivers for Windows 8 yet. During driver installation, you may have to use "compatibility" settings to complete the installation when prompted.

Classfications of Contacts

The contacts created from your phone are classified as phone contacts. If you elect to sync them with Google, these contacts will become Google contacts after syncing. Contacts transferred from Outlook are treated the same as phone contacts. An internet connection (wifi or cellular) is required for your phone contacts to become Google contacts. This software does not touch other contacts with their own syncing partners, like Skype. SIM contacts have to be converted to phone contacts before syncing with Outlook.

Deletion of Contacts

When unwanted contacts are deleted from your Android by this software, phone contacts are deleted immediately. Deletion of Google contacts is delayed until the next syncing with Google to give Google a chance to delete those items. Contacts pending deletion are not visible from your Android.

Preservation of Outlook Data

The mapping of Android and Outlook data fields are shown below:

Android Outlook
Given Name FirstName
Middle Name MiddleName
Family Name LastName
Phonetic Given Name
Phonetic Middle Name
 Phonetic Family Name
Mobile Phone MobileTelephoneNumber
Home Phone HomeTelephoneNumber
Work Phone BusinessTelephoneNumber
Work Fax BusinessFaxNumber
Home Fax HomeFaxNumber
Pager PagerNumber
Other Phone
Custom
Callback
Internet Call
Work Email Email2Address
Home Email Email1Address
Mobile Email  
Other Email Email3Address
Google Talk IM
AIM IM
Window Live IM
Yahoo IM
Skype IM
QQ IM
ICQ IM
Jabber IM
Custom IM IMAddress
Group
Ringtone
Home Street HomeAddressStreet
Home City HomeAddressCity
Home State HomeAddressState
Home Country BusinessAddressCountry
Home Postal Code HomeAddressPostalCode
Work Street BusinessAddressStreet
Work City BusinessAddressCity
Work State BusinessAddressState
Work Country BusinessAddressCountry
Work Postal Code BusinessAddressPostalCode
Other Street
Other City
Other State
Other Postal Code
Company CompanyName
Job Title JobTitle
Notes Body
Nickname NickName
Website PersonalHomePage
Website BusinessHomePage
Birthday
Anniversary

 

Procedure to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android

  1. Transfer contacts from iPhone to Outlook by using iTune which can be downloaded from here.
  2. Transfer contacts from Outlook to Android by using OCT.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: When I click the icon to run Outlook Transfer Console, I got an error that <something>.hta is not a valid win32 application. How do you fix this problem?
    A: The companion Windows application is an HTA (HTML Application). HTA files (<something>.hta) should be associated with "mshta.exe", just like html files are associated with your browser. To create the association, download the fix from this link: http://www.techsupportall.com/file-association-fixes/
  2. Q: Outlook Transfer Console told me I had 100 contacts in my Android. When I transfered my contacts to Outlook, it said 106 contacts were transferred. Why?
    A: if some of your contacts do not have first names, middle names, or last names, then they are not reported as valid contacts. This may occur when a contact has only an email address. When you transfer contacts from Android to Outlook, these contacts are also transferred with generated first names such as Unknown1, Unknown2, etc. This is the reason why the number of transferred contacts is greater than reported contacts.
  3. Q: Outlook Transfer Console reported that I had 106 contacts in Android. When I transferred my contacts from Android to Outlook, only 100 contacts got transferred. Why?
    A: This occurs when you have duplicated contacts in your Android. The same is true when you have duplicated contacts in Outlook.
  4. Q: What is UMS and how do you turn it off?
    A: UMS stands for USB Mass Storage. To turn it off, connect your Android to the PC. Hold your Android in portrait position. Put your finger at the top of the screen and slide it all the way to the bottom. Click "USB Connected"; then click "Turn off USB Storage". UMS is not available for newer devices.