Importing Contacts to a Windows 7 Phone from your Nokia phone

I recently bought a Windows 7.5 phone which is pretty cool – but this being a Samsung Omnia W and my previous phone being a Nokia E72, I had a tough time importing contacts from one phone to another.

If both phones were Nokia (like the Lumia), Nokia has a very easy app which does this over bluetooth (I think) – but no luck here.

So this is what I ended up doing finally, which worked.
Putting it up so that it could save you some time mucking around with stuff.

You will need:

  1. Your old phone Nokia (Series 60)
  2. A Gmail account
  3. Internet access on your new Windows 7 phone
  4. A Windows computer

Step 1: Export all your Nokia contacts to .vcf files.
Your mileage may vary – but what I did was as follows.

  1. Go to your Contacts screen.
  2. Click on Options > Mark All
  3. Click on Options > Create Backup > Phone to memory card

Wait for a few seconds depending on how many contacts you have.
This will copy all your contacts to your memory card on your Nokia device.

For me, the contacts ended up being in:
Memory Card > Others > Contacts

Plug in your SD card to your computer (or plug in your phone) and copy this contacts folder to a location on your computer. (say C:\Contacts)

Then, concatenate all the .vcf files into one file using the following method:

  1. On your windows machine, click on Start > Run > cmd
  2. Browse to the Contacts folder
  3. Type: copy *.vcf all.vcf

This will put all your vcf files into one.

Step 2: Import your contacts to GMail

  1. Login to your GMail account (or create a new one if you don’t want to mess up your existing one)
  2. Go to the Contacts screen by clicking on the big MAIL text on the left hand side of the screen and selecting Contacts.
  3. On the screen that opens up, click on the More button > Import
  4. Select the all.vcf file and import.
    All your files should now be imported into GMail.
  5. Once this is done, click on the More button > Find & Merge Duplicates
    to let GMail quickly merge any duplicate accounts that you may have.

Step 3: Add this GMail account to your People App to sync all your contacts on your phone

  1. On your phone, click on the People tile.
  2. Pull up the settings from the bottom.
  3. Click on “add an account”
  4. Select Google
  5. Type in your credential
  6. Tap on “Sign in”
  7. Magically watch your contacts migrating into the Windows phone

Make sure that from the Settings section in the People tile (step 3.2 above), you have the Google account selected when you click on  the “Filter my contact list” button, otherwise you will have to use the Number Finder service to find contacts.

Thats all there is to it! Hope this is helpful to you!

16 Comments

  1. Dude!! thanks a lot!! i alwaz knew there had to be an easy way out!!! thanks a lot really!!
    one more question….is there a way to cloud messages too? ;) im getting greedy i guess! ;)

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  2. Thanks, that was a big help. Actually you can also save all the contacts as a CSV file using Nokia pc suite (open contacts, go to edit, select all , go to file, export as csv file) and then import it in gmailin the CSV format. I did it and it works as well.

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  3. the other option …… Windows 8, IE 10… upload contacts to your live account and sync it with phone. works well…

    but the first few hours of breaking one’s head is to be expected !

    :)

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  4. Hi Saurabh,
    I’ve just got a Omnia W & tried to import contacts from my Nokia E5 following your advice, but wasn’t able to concatenate the vcf files into 1 file from the contacts folder. Where do you type ” copy *.vcf all. vcf?
    I tried typing it in the ” file name” window but nothing happened.
    Could you please help out?
    Thanks!!

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    • Hi Christopher,

      Assuming you are running a Windows computer, you will need to type the commands in a command window.

      To do this, go to Start > Run (or simply hit the WINDOWS key + R) and in the box that pops up, type “cmd” (without the quotes).
      Hit ENTER.

      You should now see a black command line box open in which you will need to type in the commands.

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  5. awesome dude!!!! awesome awesome awesome!!!! I was ready to throw this windows rubbish out the window LOL ……… I’m used to droid phones, they make life so simple!!! Mom has just bought this phone so I was trying to help her move her contacts! thanks ……. you saved the day!!!

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