How to sync Outlook Color Categories to iPhone 6

Current iPhone Outlook sync options simply don’t work for business professionals using a PC. Apple ships iTunes and iCloud as two ways to sync Microsoft Outlook with iPhone and iPad. The problem is neither product supports sync of Outlook Categories.

Why are categories important on phones?

Business users who have hundreds of contact records, notes, and appointment details need a way to organize info for quick lookup. Organization is inherent in their PC Outlook database courtesy of the Color Categories feature. Each category has a name and color in Outlook. This offers quick sort and view options on the PC.

But what about the iPhone and iPad?

CompanionLink solves this problem by mapping Outlook Color Categories to iOS devices. This means business users can rely on color recognition to view data on their iPhone or iPad. They can sort and view the device’s contact list the same way they did on the PC. They can assign categories as they create new Notes or Tasks on the device. These new items will sync back to the correct Outlook Category on their PC.

CompanionLink supports Outlook Categories for Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, and Journal. Outlook calendar alarms, task alerts, and contact photos also sync to iPhone and iPad. Basically, you get everything iTunes and iCloud offers with support for additional Outlook data like Categories and Alarms. This is a perfect paid utility for business users who need to organize hundreds of Outlook records on their phone.

How Outlook categories on iPhone look

How Outlook Categories look on iPhone

You have two options to view Outlook categories on your iPhone: use our DejaOffice mobile app or use the phone’s Contacts app. There are pros/cons to each approach.

CompanionLink relies on our DejaOffice iPhone app to store Outlook data on the device. Our app is designed for a one-to-one map with Outlook fields, which is why we can handle more Outlook data than iPhone’s Contacts app.

If, however, you prefer to use iPhone’s Contact app, you have that option. Go to Settings > Sync > Sync to native iPhone Contacts. This will create and transfer DejaOffice Outlook Categories to the iPhone’s Contacts app as Groups. You can then use the Contacts app to view your rolodex by Group (which is Apple’s name for Category).

Click here for more information about Outlook iPhone sync.

How to sync Outlook Color Categories to iPhone 6 was last updated September 19th, 2014 by Rushang

6 thoughts on “How to sync Outlook Color Categories to iPhone 6

  1. Does anyone know if the Outlook colour categories are viewable in Outlook on the iPhone. In our office we have 1 email box & we assign each email with a colour, when it arrives. Each colour represents a person! The colour assigned does not show on the iphones. We use office 365 so everything is stored in the cloud – surely this is possible??

  2. Karen, thanks for the question.

    CompanionLink products synchronize Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, and Journal. We do not sync email because email is not something that is synchronized. Email is downloaded from the mail server, and the phone does that without needing add-on products.

  3. Hi, any update on this? In particular, am I correct in understanding that this app does not sync the colour categories assigned to emails in Outllook to the ipad/iphone? Has anyone found a way of doing that yet?

  4. Hi Michelle, I’m wondering if CompanionLink worked for your boss? I have the same issue with my boss, I categorise his e-mails so that he knows which ones are urgent, etc, however, he can’t see the categories on his iPhone.

  5. I support an Executive and really hope this tool works. We heavily utilize color coding in Outlook to indicate whether she’s taking a call “from the car” or if a meeting personal or business related. She currently can’t see any of this detail on her iPhone. I’ll let you know how it goes. Signed, Executive Assistant Because Miracle Worker Isn’t an Official Job Title