How to Sync Outlook Calendar with iPhone - 2024 Guide

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If you’re an iPhone user and also manage your schedule through Outlook, syncing the Outlook Calendar with the iPhone can save you time and make you productive.

This article explains how to connect your Outlook Calendar with your iPhone so that your appointments and events are always in sync, no matter where you access them from.

We'll provide an easy guide on setting this up, discuss some common issues you might experience, and suggest using a dedicated app like OneCal for a smoother experience. 

How to Sync Outlook Calendar with iPhone Through the Built-in Calendar App

This process relies on the iPhone’s ability to import calendars but does not synchronize Outlook Calendar with Apple Calendar. To sync an Outlook Calendar with Apple Calendar, a Calendar sync tool is required to directly connect the calendars.

To sync an Outlook Calendar with your iPhone, please follow the steps below:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone: We’ll utilize the ability that the iPhone has to import other calendars like Outlook Calendar.

    Settings app iPhone
  2. Scroll down and tap “Mail.” This page is where your imported accounts in your iPhone are located. On this page, you can also add or remove your accounts.

    Settings app iphone - Mail
  3. Click “Accounts”: The Accounts screen allows you to manage all your connected accounts and add new ones.

    Settings app iphone - Accounts
  4. Tap “Add Account.” This allows you to add an account of the following: iCloud, Outlook, Yahoo, and other providers.

    Settings app iphone - Add account
  5. Click “”: Apple will redirect you to the official Outlook login screen, where you have to enter your account credentials.

  6. Enter your Outlook email and password, and sign in.

    Settings app iphone - outlook email
  7. Enable Calendar Sync: After signing in, you'll see options to sync Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes. To sync Outlook Calendar with your iPhone, you have to select “Calendars” so your Outlook stays in sync with your iPhone.

    Settings app iphone - enable calendar
  8. Ensure the “Calendars” option is turned on to sync your Outlook calendar with your iPhone’s Calendar app.

  9. Check Calendar App: Open the iPhone’s Calendar app to see if your Outlook events are appearing. If not immediately visible, you may need to refresh the calendar or restart your iPhone.

How to Sync Outlook Calendar with iPhone Through the Outlook Calendar App

If you’re used to the Outlook app interface, you can download the Outlook app on your iPhone and leverage it to add your Outlook account on your iPhone. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Download the Outlook App on the App Store Search for "Microsoft Outlook" and download the app.

    Outlook calendar app
  2. Open the Microsoft Outlook app once installed.

  3. Sign in using your Outlook email credentials.

    Outlook calendar app - sign in
  4. Access Your Calendar: Within the app, navigate to the calendar icon to view and manage your Outlook calendar directly from the app.

    Outlook calendar app

What are the Common Challenges of Syncing Outlook with iPhone?

When syncing Outlook with an iPhone, users often face two primary challenges: sync delays, errors, and compatibility issues.

Sync delays and errors. You might not see updates quickly, or event details between your phone and other devices might not match, causing confusion. 

Compatibility issues. It can happen when the iOS version on the iPhone or the Outlook version on other devices is different. These mismatches can block the syncing process or cause errors, making it difficult to keep your calendar consistent across all your devices.

How to Sync Outlook Calendar with iPhone Using a Calendar Sync Tool

Calendar Sync Tools like OneCal, allow you to directly sync multiple calendars in real time. You can sync your Outlook and Google Calendars to your Apple Calendar without connecting multiple calendars to your iPhone.

Furthermore, your Outlook and Google Calendar events remain on all your devices as long as you connect the synced Apple Calendar.

Using a tool like OneCal to sync your Outlook Calendar with your iPhone has several key advantages that can enhance how you manage your time across devices.

Real-time updates. OneCal ensures that any changes made in one calendar, like adding or canceling an appointment, are instantly reflected on all other devices. A real-time synchronization that keeps your schedule consistent and reliable, regardless of which device you're using to check your calendar.

Advanced Calendar Features. With OneCal, you can make use of the advanced features that are not typically available with standard syncing methods. For example, you can overlay multiple calendars to see all your events and appointments in one calendar view or set customized notifications to alert you about specific events. Overall, it helps you better manage your time and respond more quickly to changes.

Improved user experience. OneCal is designed to be user-friendly, making it easier for you to manage your calendars efficiently. The interface simplifies the process of scheduling and editing events, reducing the hassle often associated with managing multiple calendars across different platforms.

Apple Calendar Sync is Almost Ready at OneCal! 

We're putting the final touches on the integration and have started a waitlist for early access. If you want to be one of the first to try out automatic syncing with Apple Calendar, please Join the Waitlist.

Easily Sync and Manage Your Outlook Calendars with OneCal

With OneCal Calendar Sync, you can automatically keep your Outlook and Google Calendars in sync, preventing double bookings and saving time. 

Try OneCal for free with our 14-day trial (no credit card required) and see how it can help you.