Self-Help Guide to Move Contacts from a Windows Phone to Android Smartphone

With advanced features in the operating system, availability of more apps and devices based on it, Android has created a huge base of smartphone users. So, if you are non-Android user, chances are likely that you will shift to this OS in the near future. For those, who have migrated or are willing to move to Google’s OS from Microsoft’s Windows, transferring contacts is a huge mess, since both support different formats for contact files, vCard and CSV respectively.
However, if you are also looking for a solution to get your contacts moved to your new Android device from a Windows phone, the guide detailed below will help you.

Backup & Export Contacts from Windows Mobile
Similar to Google, Microsoft also hosts its own email clients, including Hotmail, Outlook and Live. So, if you are willing to create a backup for your phone contacts online, you can sign in to any of these Microsoft accounts on your device and sync contacts.
Now, to export contacts from the email client, you should follow these steps:

  • Select the ‘People’ option, from the drop down menu next to ‘Outlook’ on the top-left corner. All your contacts, synced from a Windows device, will appear here.
  • On the ‘People’ page, click on ‘Manage’ option and select ‘Export’ from the drop down list.
  • You will see a pop-up box, asking you to save or open the file. Choose ‘Save’ to store the contact file (.CSV format) on your system.

Transfer Contacts to the Android Device
Now, when you have downloaded the contact file from Microsoft account, you can migrate it to your Android device through Gmail or by creating a vCard file.

For the Gmail route, follow these steps:

  • Log in to Gmail on your system’s browser, where the CSV file is saved.
  • In Gmail, select ‘Contacts’ option from the drop down menu, opened by clicking the arrow icon next to ‘Gmail’ option.
  • On the ‘Contacts’ page, click on ‘More’ and choose the ‘Import’ option from the drop down list.
  • Select the CSV file from your system and click ‘Import’ to upload the file on Gmail.
  • Now, on your Android device, navigate to Settings–> Accounts & Sync–> Manage Accounts.
  • Select ‘Add Account’, if you haven’t yet signed in to the device using your Google ID.
  • Enable ‘Sync Contacts’ and all your contacts will appear after the synchronization completes online.

If you are not going to use internet on your device, you can proceed with the following steps, to convert CSV file into vCard format and import contacts:

  • On your PC, navigate to Contacts folder through C–> Users–> [user name]–> Contacts.
  • Choose the ‘Import’ option and select the CSV file from your system.
  • After the import process is finished, choose the ‘Export’ option and select vCard format for the output file.
  • Copy this vCard file from your system to the memory card or internal storage of your Android device.
  • On your phone, open contacts, tap ‘Menu’ key and select ‘Import/Export’ followed by the storage where the contacts file is stored.
  • This will detect the file and ask for confirmation before importing contact.
  • Authorize the transfer by clicking OK and you will get all your contacts on your phone.

Thus, you can transfer your contacts easily from a Windows phone to a newly purchased Android phone and enjoy using different apps.