Can you sync Outlook for Mac calendar with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod?

No. The calendar in Outlook for Mac doesn’t sync with any of your iOS devices.

However, with OS X Snow Leopard or an earlier version of the operating system, you can turn on Sync Services, and then try syncing your Outlook calendar. After you turn on Sync Services, you can use iTunes to sync iCal with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

ShowStep 1: Sync your Outlook calendar with Calendar

  1. On the Tools tab, click Sync Services.

Tools tab, group 3

  1. In the left pane, select the Calendar check box.

Sync Services dialog

 Note   Tasks are automatically selected as well.

ShowIf you do not see anything in the left pane

You can try to delete the preference files. After you do this, you will need to reactivate Sync Services in the Outlook Preferences pane.

  1. Quit all applications.
  2. On the Go menu, click Home.
  3. Click Library folder, click Preferences folder, and then drag the following files to the Trash:com.microsoft.Outlook.SyncServicesPreferences.plist com.microsoft.Outlook.SyncServices.plist (if it exists) OfficeSync Prefs (if it exists)
  4. Click Microsoft folder, click Office 2011 folder, and then drag OfficeSync Prefs to the Trash.
  5. On the Apple menu, click Restart .
  6. Open Outlook for Mac.
  7. On the Outlook menu, click Preferences, and then Sync Services.
  8. In the left pane, check the boxes next to the items that you want to sync, and then close the dialog box.
  1. Under Select the accounts to sync, choose the account or accounts that you want to sync for the selected item type.

 Note   The On My Computer account includes all Outlook items (items: Units of information in Outlook, such as e-mail messages, calendar events, contacts, tasks, and notes.) that are not synchronized with a Microsoft Exchange account (Microsoft Exchange account: An account managed by Microsoft Exchange Server. Microsoft Exchange accounts are used by organizations with many users. They make it possible to synchronize e-mail, calendars, and contacts between multiple computers.).

  1. On the Outlook folder to add new items to pop-up menu, choose the location in Outlook where you want new items to be saved. "New" items are those that are added first in a different application or device, and then synced to Outlook.
  2. Close the Sync Services dialog box, and then on the confirmation message, click OK.

Depending on the size of your calendar, the sync might take some time to complete. You can close Outlook and the sync will still complete. For example, it will take time if you have a calendar that spans more than a year.

  1. Open iCal and see that you Outlook Calendar information has synced.

You might have to close both Outlook and iCal and then reopen to see that the calendars are synced .

 Note   If you want to learn how to sync the iCal calendar with Outlook, see Sync Outlook with iCal and Apple Mail on your Mac

ShowStep 2: Use iTunes to synchronize your Outlook calendar with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

 Important   The following procedure is written for iTunes 10. If you are using a different version of iTunes, see iTunes Help.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer, and then open iTunes.
  2. In iTunes, in the left pane under Devices, click the icon for your device.
  3. In the main iTunes window, click the Info tab.
  4. Select the Sync iCal Calendars check box, and then select the calendars that you want to sync.

 Note   If your Outlook items are assigned to categories, the categories appear as groups in iTunes.

  1. Click Apply, and then click Sync.


 Notes 

  • Some iPod models cannot display notes synced from Outlook. For more information, see the documentation for your specific model.
  • To sync your e-mail between Outlook and your device, you can add the account in both Outlook and the device. You do not need to turn on Sync Services in Outlook.
  • It might take a few moments for your Outlook data to appear on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
  • When connected to your computer, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod continues to sync using the options that you selected until you change your sync options.
 
 
Applies to:
Outlook for Mac 2011