How to Extract Contacts from OST File ?

How to, Recover Your Data, February 10, 2020


Are you aware of the fact that .ost (Offline Outlook Data File) stores a synchronized copy of all mailboxes on your local computer? However, there may be instances where the users want to extract contacts from OST file. Reasons could vary for this – Maybe you want to create a backup of contacts and want to get contacts from OST file. Another reason could be that you want to change this OST file into a portable file format like PST so that users can access these contacts in Outlook. Recently, our technical team received a query from the USA about how to get contacts from Old OST File.

I have multiple old contacts that are present in OST file format. Now, I want to extract contacts from Outlook 2016 OST file. I want to know how to extract all OST file contacts without facing any data loss issues. These contacts are very crucial for me consisting of all my clients’ details. Please help me with a reliable solution to extract contact address book from OST file. Your help will be appreciated!

-Robert, USA

Just like the above query, there are so many users who ask for a trustworthy solution to pull contacts from OST file. It is always a good idea to keep a backup of your contacts in vCard format. Whether you have bought a anew Android phone and want to open your long list of contacts from OST files. BitRecover OST Converter is an outstanding solution for extracting contacts from Outlook OST file. This all-in-one piece of software is capable enough to extract contacts from OST file into vCard (Virtual Contact Format) and CSV (Comma-separated Values). The user can extract multiple contacts from OST files with some simple and easy steps.
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How to Extract Contacts From Outlook OST File ?

How to Extract Contacts From OST File ?

Follow these steps to pull contacts from OST file:

  • Step1: Run the software and Choose required OST files from your database.
  • Step2: Check the complete preview of all contacts.
  • Step3: Choose vCard as a Saving option and enable the Ignore System Folder Hierarchy.
  • Step4: Enter a Saving location for storing the resultant extracted OST contacts.
  • Step5: Now, Hit on the Convert button to extract address book from OST.

Extract Contacts From OST File Of Outlook 2010 Easily

There are two approaches using which users can get contacts from Outlook OST file. These two methods are :-

(A) Import/ Export feature of Outlook – Manual Methods
(B) Converting OST to vCard file format – Automated Solution

Although both techniques can be used for extracting contacts from Outlook OST File. However, the manual solutions are difficult to use, can cause data loss, spoil your data. Moreover, the users need to have technical knowledge as well as hands-on experience in this. Thus, a powerful automated solution is what the users require. Simply go through this step-by-step procedure to extract address book from Outlook OST file.

Stepwise Procedure To Get Contacts From Outlook OST File :-

Firstly, download, install and run the software on any Windows-compatible machine.


Once you have downloaded the tool, now you can select File(s) in two ways:

1. Convert configured Outlook mailbox data

2. Select *.ost files or folder – Select Files or Select Folder

If you pick from the latter option, you can choose single or multiple OST files for contact extraction purposes. Choose desired OST items from the database and click on the Open button.


Note: Enable checkbox of Use Recovery Mode option to extract corrupted OST contacts or in case you are getting some missing folders. Click on the Next button.

Now, a preview panel will be displayed on the screen. Check or Uncheck the boxes accordingly to extract contacts from OST file. Press on the Next tab.


Now, in the Filter Options section, select vCard as a saving option. Click on the Ignore System Folders Hierarchy if required.


Then, Browse a location where you want to save the resultant data. By default, the software saves the final data at the desktop location. Press on the Convert tab to start the process to extract contacts from Outlook OST file.


Once the conversion is done, the software will automatically open the folder consisting of your contacts from OST file.


Prime Features Of Software – Extract OST File Contacts

  1. The software allows extracting multiple contacts from Outlook OST file for a fast process.
  2. Provides a separate Recovery Mode option to export corrupted OST items to healthy formats.
  3. The tool automatically loads Outlook *.ost files into the panel for the extraction of OST contacts.
  4. The software preserves all address book components throughout the entire OST conversion.
  5. The utility has a user-friendly GUI to be easily operated by both technical or novice users.
  6. Offers a Bulk mode option to extract contacts from Outlook OST file in single processing.
  7. Separate preview option to scan entire data before starting to extract contacts from OST file.
  8. Supports all MS Outlook versions like Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, etc.
  9. There is no requirement to install Outlook on the computer to perform this process.
  10. Users can accomplish a 100 % error-free and secured conversion with this wizard.

Closing Thought

In the above write-up, we have explained an accurate and efficient solution about how to extract contacts from OST file. You can try the free demo version of this software for evaluation purposes. With this, you will be able to convert first 25 OST items from each folder. In order to perform the unlimited conversion, purchase the licensed version of the software. Although this utility has an easy conversion process, if still, you have queries regarding this, just contact to our technical support team.

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