Microsoft Outlook, though not an Apple product, provides an easy-to-use interface when it comes to managing emails, calendars, contacts and more. However, when using products from different companies, it can be cumbersome when you’re unable to consolidate all if your information in one place.
One of the many perks of using Outlook, a web-based suite of webmail, tasks and calendar services, is that regardless of the mobile device you’re using, integrating Outlook into your OS is fairly simple. Outlook’s calendar is one of Microsoft’s highly used service that if integrated with the iPhone, makes life much easier. However, if you prefer not to sync your Outlook calendar, you can always use the Outlook application to access all of Outlooks services.
The application will also allow you to access your Gmail, Exchange, and other accounts. Whichever method you choose, you surely won’t be disappointed. Follow one of the methods below to access your Outlook calendar on your iPhone.
Sync Outlook Calendar on Your iPhone Using Mail Application
A benefit of syncing Outlook services to your iPhone is that third-party calendar applications will be able to tap into the accounts on your phone, thereby allowing Apple’s standard applications to operate using the information from your Outlook account. To set up Outlook on your iPhone, follow the instructions below,
1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.
2. Tap Passwords & Accounts.
3. Tap Add Account. If you already have an Outlook account associated with your iPhone, click on the account, and skip to step #6.
3. Tap on the Outlook logo.
4. Sign in to your Microsoft account accordingly.
5. You will be given the option to sync calendars, contacts, emails and more. Choose to sync calendars and anything else you deem necessary using the toggle buttons as seen below. The button should turn green when enabled.
You have now synced your Outlook calendar natively on to your iPhone. Apple’s native stock applications can now use the information from your Microsoft account and operate accordingly. Please note that you can also sync your Notes, Reminders, Contacts and more as you see fit.
Use iTunes to Add Outlook Calendar to iPhone
iTunes tends to be the go-to option when it comes to managing your iPhone and that’s no different here. Follow the instructions below to add your Outlook calendar to your iPhone using iTunes,
1. Open the Settings application on your device. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.
2. Click on [Your Name].
3. Click iCloud.
4. Ensure that Calendars is disabled for iCloud.
5. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
6. iTunes should open automatically. If it doesn’t, launch iTunes.
7. Click on the Info tab for your device.
8. Check Sync Calendars with and manually select Outlook from the drop-down menu that appears.
9. Click Apply to confirm your settings.
Your Outlook calendar has now synced with iTunes. Please note that past events from your calendar won’t be synced and only recent and forthcoming events will sync.
Download the Outlook Application
Microsoft recently acquired an iOS application known as Accompli. This application formed the base of the current Outlook application. Microsoft incorporated the services from Accompli in order to make the Outlook application easy to use. If you prefer to instead download Microsoft’s Outlook application rather than syncing your calendar into your device, follow the instructions below,
1. Open the App Store on your iPhone. It has a blue background.
2. Type in Microsoft Outlook into the search bar.
3. The application has an O in the icon, with a blue and white background.
After signing in on the application, you’ll have your email and calendars all in one place. Whether you choose to sync Outlook calendar to your device, or instead use the application, you’ll be provided with an easy-to-use interface, and the capability to quickly get all your work done. The great part about using the Outlook application is that you can use your Gmail, Exchange, and practically any other email account on the application.