How to transfer Android contacts to Windows phone

Last updated on March 7th, 2017

If you recently bought a new Windows phone to replace your old Android phone, then you will probably want to transfer all your contacts from the Android mobile to your Windows mobile. This tutorial is written for all users that want to migrate all (or specific) contacts from their Android Phone to their new Windows phone. The method described here is very simple and can be followed by everyone. 

Before you continue to follow these steps, make sure that you already have a Google (Gmail) account and you have setup (Added) that account on your Android phone. If you don't have a Google Account you can easily create one here (it's free): Create Google Account.

The next thing that is required to transfer your contacts from your Android mobile device to your Windows mobile (by using this method) is to have a Microsoft Account (Windows Live, Hotmail, Outlook) and to have setup (Added) that account in your Windows Phone. If you don't have a Microsoft account, then you can create a new one here: Sign-Up Microsoft Account.

How to move contacts from an Android to a Windows Mobile.

From your Android Phone, after you have added your Google account, synchronize your Android phone contacts with your Google account contacts. To do that:

  1. On the Android phone, go to "Settings" > "Accounts and Sync".
  2. Under "Manage Accounts",  select (or "Add") the Google account you used to import WLM contacts.
  3. Finally press "Sync Contacts".

Info: When you are syncing your Android mobile with your Google account, then you also sync all your contacts, calendar & Google mail from your phone to that account and vice versa. So if you open your Google account from any computer or mobile device and navigate to e.g. Google contacts page, you can find that all your Android Phone contacts are also stored online.

The next step is to export your Google contacts:

Step 1: Export Google contacts.

From a desktop computer:

1. Sign-in to your Gmail account.



2.  In the main Gmail window, press the drop-down arrow next to "Gmail" and choose "Contacts".



3. In "Contacts" page, press the "More" menu and select "Export". *

* Note: By doing this you 're going to export (and transfer) all your Android contacts to your Windows Phone. In the case that you want to transfer specific contacts or (or Group(s)) then you must select these contacts (or Groups) before you select the "Export" option.


4. At "Export contacts" page, select the "Google CSV format (for importing into a Google account)" option and press "Export".*

Note: At "Which contact do you want to export section" you have to select "Selected contacts" if you want to transfer only the selected contacts contacts to your Windows phone, or "The group (Group Name)" if you want to transfer a specific group or groups.


4. Finally press "Save" and store the exported contacts file "google.csv" on your computer (e.g. on your "Downloads" folder).


5. Close Google Mail.


Step 2. Import Google contacts into Windows live (Hotmail, Outlook live).


1. Sign-In to your Windows Live (Hotmail) account using a desktop computer: Windows Live (Hotmail) Login Page


2. While on the main window, press the drop-down arrow next to "Outlook" and choose "People".



3. In "People" page, click at "Start import" icon.


4. At "Import contacts" page, select import from "Google" (icon).


5. At "Import contacts from Google" page, select "Browse".


6. Navigate to the location where you saved the "google.csv" file, in the previous step, select the "google.csv" file and click "Open".


7. Press "Upload".


8. Finally verify that all the imported contacts look correct and then press the "Import" button.


Close Windows live and sync your Windows phone with your Windows live Account.

How to Sync Windows live Contacts to your Windows phone.

Before continuing, first add your Microsoft account (if you haven't already done that) to your Windows phone. {"Add an account" > "Microsoft account" (or "Windows Live") > type your MS account username and password and press "Sign in"}.

1. From Windows phone "App list" go to "Settings" > "Email + accounts".*

2. Tap and hold your finger at your Microsoft account until you see the "sync" option.

3. Tap "sync" to synchronize your Windows live contacts with your Windows phone .


You 're done!

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