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By msullivan, Senior Member on 24th July 2010, 06:28 AM
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This tip can be found in various parts of this forum, but I'm putting it here so that it can be more easily located.

The easiest way to move your contacts from Windows Mobile to Android (or just to Google in general):

While Booted into Windows Mobile:
  1. Download "Dotfred's PimBackup" (see below), it's a ZIP file, extract the one file in the ZIP to your storage card. If you can't unzip from your phone, do this step on a PC.
    http://www.dotfred.net/PIM/PPCPimBackupV2.8_wm2005.zip
  2. Launch the application. Select the action "Backup" (should be default). Uncheck everything but "Contacts" then hit "Next > >"
  3. Uncheck everything but "Create temp files in memory", hit "Next > >" (very important, don't screw this part up!)
  4. Once the backup has completed, hit "Exit" on the bottom-left

Now connect the phone to your PC (or remove the SD card and put it in an adapter) in order to access the file PimBackup created:
  1. Look for a new file called "PIMBackup_xxxxxxxx.pib" (the 'x's will be numbers representing the date of the backup)
  2. Rename that file, changing the extension from ".pib" to ".zip", and open the ZIP file
  3. Extract the file "contacts_xxxxxxxx.csc" to somewhere on your computer, and change the extension from ".csc" to ".csv"

From here you can import the contacts into Google, but I *highly* suggest taking the time to perform a few extra steps to clean up the data a little bit.

Importing into Google
http://www.tothepc.com/archives/impo...sv-vcard-file/

More Cleaning of the Data
You should open your CSV file in either Microsoft Excel, or OpenOffice.org Calc. The CSV is semicolon delimited, meaning you can't just straight up open these files and work with them, instead you have to perform a couple extra steps in either one:

Microsoft Excel
http://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool...iles-in-excel/

OpenOffice.org Calc
On open of the CSV, check the "semicolon" box, uncheck all the rest.
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/...ning_CSV_files
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24th July 2010, 06:32 AM |#2  
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will give it a try
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If ur using a rhod with a Sim, just go under menu in the contact tab in winmo and save to sim. Then import from xdandroid. I've seen a lot of tuts saying remove you sim before booting xdandroid, but I never have and it get connectivity. Maybe its becuz I'm on tmobile. I dunno. But I hope this help

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trying this right now, I havent, done the "Clean up " steps, but it seems that only the contacts that have Photo Contacts or specialized ringtones from WinMo are the ones that have a lot of this:

0x3c,0x00,0x48,0x00,0x54,0x00,0x43,0x00,0x44,0x00, 0x61,0x00,0x74,0x00

showing up in the notes. but other than that, I could live without doing the clean up... I tried doing the cleanup with Excel, but it wasnt working.

Thanks a lot though, this helped a great amount
27th July 2010, 03:23 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by throwback1718

trying this right now, I havent, done the "Clean up " steps, but it seems that only the contacts that have Photo Contacts or specialized ringtones from WinMo are the ones that have a lot of this:

0x3c,0x00,0x48,0x00,0x54,0x00,0x43,0x00,0x44,0x00, 0x61,0x00,0x74,0x00

showing up in the notes. but other than that, I could live without doing the clean up... I tried doing the cleanup with Excel, but it wasnt working.

Thanks a lot though, this helped a great amount

Yeah I had contact pictures showing up in the notes too, but there were only 2 so they were easily deleted.
28th July 2010, 01:28 PM |#7  
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turn off binary back up in PIM otherwise this won't work.
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Originally Posted by revaaron

turn off binary back up in PIM otherwise this won't work.

This gets done on this step:
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Uncheck everything but "Create temp files in memory", hit "Next > >" (very important, don't screw this part up!)

28th July 2010, 11:35 PM |#9  
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the easiest way to do it is using google via active sync just upade in what ever os you are in and sync next time you boot into the other os.
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is there any way to import contacts with pictures from wm ?
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hey
i think sprite migrate is the easiest way to copy your windows mobile contacts to android...
just check tbhis link:
http://www.spritesoftware.com/Produc...ow-To-Transfer
then u will be able to download an app to your ppc to backup...then open a programm on your pc. the output file just copy to sd card and install a android app to import the contacts...
and ure done...
its very simple i used it several times on 3 different devices!

nick
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