You can export Hotmail contacts from outlook.com to your computer for backup, or transfer Hotmail contacts to iPhone iPad or other mobile and tablet devices. You can also choose to add Hotmail account to your mobile device instead, this saves the trouble of exporting and importing Hotmail contacts and you do not need to use a computer in the middle. For example, you can refer to this easy-to-follow guide to add your Hotmail account to Samsung mobile phone. Using an iOS device other than Android? No problem, just check out this guide to set up Hotmail account on iPhone iPad. In this guide, we will show you how to backup Hotmail contacts to computer.
How to Export Hotmail Contacts?
Log on your Hotmail account from https://login.live.com/, http://hotmail.com/ or http://outlook.com/, whatever you prefer. Microsoft has several email service brands.
It is a bit tricky to access and manage Hotmail email contacts. From the Hotmail inbox interface, you can see outlook.com at the top left corner,
there is a down icon which you can click to pull down a large menu and access the Hotmail contacts page from there, see below screenshot. (thanks to @Rocco for the feedback through comments below, we have updated the article accordingly). You can find a table icon before outlook.com, click on it you will open the main menu for Outlook web interface. Many related Microsoft products and services are listed, like Outlook.com, People, Calendar, OneDrive, Word Online, Excel Online, etc.
Alternatively you can directly open a new browser tab or window and access this URL: https://people.live.com/.
Once you are in the People page where you can manage, edit, delete Hotmail contacts, click on the Manage link from the top menu. You will get a drop down menu list, see below figure.
Select Export from outlook.com and other services item from the above list, you will see a pop-up dialogue where you can save Hotmail contacts to computer. The exported Hotmail contacts will be saved as a CSV file which you can open and edit with Excel. To set up your Hotmail account on an email account on Windows PC and Mac computers is easy. Most email clients will automatically guide you through, so you do not need to manually input email server configuration and info. You can refer to this Hotmail POP, SMTP and IMAP settings if you like to troubleshoot Hotmail configuration errors. If you like to transfer Hotmail contacts to mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, Android phones, you can scroll up to the first paragraph above, we have linked to the tutorials you can follow.