Get contact

Retrieve the properties and relationships of a contact object.


One of the following scopes is required to execute this API: Contacts.Read; Contacts.ReadWrite

HTTP request

A contact from a user's default contactFolder.

GET /me/contacts/{id}
GET /users/{id | userPrincipalName}/contacts/{id}

A contact from a user's top level contactFolder.

GET /me/contactfolders/{Id}/contacts/{id}
GET /users/{id | userPrincipalName}/contactfolders/{id}/contacts/{id}

A contact contained in a child folder of a contactFolder. The example below shows one level of nesting, but a contact can be located in a child of a child and so on.

GET /me/contactFolder/{id}/childFolders/{id}/.../contacts/{id}
GET /users/{id | userPrincipalName}/contactFolders/{id}/childFolders/{id}/contacts/{id}

Optional query parameters

Name Value Description
$expand string Comma-separated list of relationships to expand and include in the response. See the relationships table of the contact object for supported names.
$select string Comma-separated list of properties to include in the response.

Request headers

Header Value
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.

Request body

Do not supply a request body for this method.


If successful, this method returns a 200 OK response code and contact object in the response body.



Here is an example of the request.


Here is an example of the response. Note: The response object shown here may be truncated for brevity. All of the properties will be returned from an actual call.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 1977

  "id": "AAMkAGI2THk0AAA=",
  "createdDateTime": "2014-10-19T23:08:24Z",
  "lastModifiedDateTime": "2014-10-19T23:08:24Z",
  "changeKey": "EQAAABYAAACd9nJ/tVysQos2hTfspaWRAAADTIa4",
  "categories": [],
  "parentFolderId": "AAMkAGI2AAEOAAA=",
  "birthday": "1974-07-22",
  "fileAs": "Fort, Garth",
  "displayName": "Garth Fort",
  "givenName": "Garth",
  "initials": "G.F.",
  "middleName": null,
  "nickName": "Garth",
  "surname": "Fort",
  "title": null,
  "yomiGivenName": null,
  "yomiSurname": null,
  "yomiCompanyName": null,
  "generation": null,
  "emailAddresses": [
      "name": "Garth",
      "address": ""
  "imAddresses": [
  "jobTitle": "Web Marketing Manager",
  "companyName": "Contoso, Inc.",
  "department": "Sales & Marketing",
  "officeLocation": "20/1101",
  "profession": null,
  "businessHomePage": "",
  "assistantName": null,
  "manager": null,
  "homePhones": [],
  "mobilePhone": null,
  "businessPhones": [
    "+1 918 555 0101"
  "homeAddress": {},
  "businessAddress": {
      "street": "10 Contoso Way",
      "city": "Redmond",
      "state": "WA",
      "countryOrRegion": "USA",
      "postalCode": "98075"  
  "otherAddress": {},
  "spouseName": null,
  "personalNotes": null,
  "children": []