Sync Facebook and Outlook

Daniel Pataki
Feb 8, 2008
Updated • Nov 30, 2012
Facebook, Microsoft Outlook

If you have been a heavy contact book user you know the dread of mass entering people. You need to copy paste their numbers, email addresses, and worst of all, pictures! Personally I love to have pics of everyone, it makes my contacts look nice and shiny, just the way I like it.

If you're a Facebook user you may have accumulated a lot of contacts who may even have in your Outlook contact list, but don't have pics for. OutSync is a free application that enables you to mass add all your Facebook friends, and their pics, to your Outlook contact list, with virtually a click of the button.

Sadly, phone numbers and emails are out of the questions, since this activity may leave you banned, therefore the app doesn't allow it. The reason is pretty straightforward, this way some bad intentioned people could just grab all emails from Facebook, flooding everyone with spam.

You can download OutSync from the developer website at Codeplex. The program's latest updated dates back more than a year ago, and some users have reported that it won't work under Windows 7.


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  1. Dave said on May 12, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Bombs during first run: Win 7/64, Outlook 2010. “invalid parameter”. Checked and .NET framework instaleld and active under Outlook in MS Office

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Dave, I just checked the program homepage and there was a comment from another user who could not get it to work under Windows 7. Seems as if the program is dead, considering that the last update was more than a year ago.

  2. Spectre said on December 2, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    It is a shame that no software allows the possibility to export the contact information. I know you might be banned, but one of the reasons to wanna sync the information is that you actually want to leave, and then the possibility to be banned isn’t really that frightening… :)

  3. Terry Pearson said on January 29, 2009 at 6:09 am

    @Carlo: The reason that Outsync/Fonebook/others exclude the emails and phone numbers is that Facebook does not allow the information to be collected.

    Still, it is cool that you are able to import pictures into Outlook with Outsync. Unfortunately, it did not work on my computer (it just froze).

    Thanks for the tip!

  4. Carlo said on August 24, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I’m using a similar program called Fonebook, but unfortunately, it also excludes emails and phone numbers.

  5. Evan said on May 22, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    If it crashes, it’s probably because you have the wrong Office settings. Check your Microsoft Office setup (from Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs). Under the “Microsoft Office Outlook” branch, you should have “.NET Programmability Support” installed.

  6. Graham said on March 1, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Yeah it crashes when i try to open it aswell, with .net framework and ive reinstalled in multiple times and nothing :(

  7. kazounet said on February 9, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Unfortunately Outsync crashes on my computer when I launch it, even after reinstalling the 3.0 dotnet framework.
    That’s a shame because I have a many contacts on Facebook I’d like to add to my Outlook.
    Well well, maybe another time.
    Thanks for the information anyway :D

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