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Quickly Copy Outlook Exchange Global Address List to Personal Contact List / Phone

Published 13/05/2017 - 3 Comments

I spend a good amount of time traveling/working from my phone, an iPhone. By default the iPhone will sync your Exchange personal contact list but not your global address list (GAL).

Here is a quick way to copy the GAL to your persona contact list and therefore have everyone in your contact list.

Go to new email in Outlook


Click To


In the contact list, filter by users and select all



Right click and “Add to contacts”


Update or update all to reflect changes


Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.


Remco - 15/05/2017 Reply

Hi Tom, this is usefull. Thanks! Do you have a tip to quickly add members of a distribution group to the contact list as well?

    Tom Arbuthnot - 06/06/2017 Reply

    Good question. I’m now aware of a method to do that.

Cliff - 04/05/2018 Reply

Great tip. Very useful. Thanks

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