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msullivan

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Aug 13, 2008
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Iowa
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:
  • Look for a new file called "PIMBackup_xxxxxxxx.pib" (the 'x's will be numbers representing the date of the backup)
  • Rename that file, changing the extension from ".pib" to ".zip", and open the ZIP file
  • 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/import-contacts-to-gmail-from-csv-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-websites/importing-delimited-files-in-excel/

OpenOffice.org Calc
On open of the CSV, check the "semicolon" box, uncheck all the rest.
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org...ide/Starting_opening_saving#Opening_CSV_files
 
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Lord Craigus

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Jul 22, 2010
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Triad, NC
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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throwback1718

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Jul 23, 2006
306
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Brooklyn
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
 

msullivan

Senior Member
Aug 13, 2008
252
61
Iowa
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.
 

lordstrife

Senior Member
Jun 8, 2008
78
3
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.
 

the-nj

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Aug 16, 2008
183
4
Stade
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/Products/Migrate/Migrate-Your-Data-Now/How-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
 

KitsunePaws

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Jun 29, 2007
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/home/kp
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/Products/Migrate/Migrate-Your-Data-Now/How-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

I don't know, Honestly I followed http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=138636. Activesync did it's thing and when I reset into Android I had all my contacts.
 

voxman99

Member
Mar 11, 2010
18
1
export as vcards

'vcard expert' is a windows mobile app that can backup your contacts and their pics as vcards. This format is recognised by different vendors so can easily transfer your contacts to other platforms such as android.
 

sLumPia

Member
Sep 21, 2009
49
1
is it possible to import contact to Android without sync to google server (gmail)?
I don't really want google to save my family and friends contact information
 

dik23

Senior Member
Aug 1, 2007
307
1
There is also Funambol

Not tried it myself but it claims to sync PIM data across multiple platforms inc WM and Android. I believe it's free for something like 90 days
 
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zaks007

Senior Member
Jul 16, 2009
137
4
Can sms's (messages) be exported the same way 2...i mean using pimbackup...or there is some other method...i moved from Touch pro 2 to Htc desire loving it:)
 

Wolde

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Dec 16, 2009
62
1
Jönköping
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:
  • Look for a new file called "PIMBackup_xxxxxxxx.pib" (the 'x's will be numbers representing the date of the backup)
  • Rename that file, changing the extension from ".pib" to ".zip", and open the ZIP file
  • 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/import-contacts-to-gmail-from-csv-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:


OpenOffice.org Calc
On open of the CSV, check the "semicolon" box, uncheck all the rest.
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org...ide/Starting_opening_saving#Opening_CSV_files

WARNING! DOESNT WORK! using this method gives me all number - the first and u cant add it, since its either 0 or +46.
 

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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:
    • Look for a new file called "PIMBackup_xxxxxxxx.pib" (the 'x's will be numbers representing the date of the backup)
    • Rename that file, changing the extension from ".pib" to ".zip", and open the ZIP file
    • 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/import-contacts-to-gmail-from-csv-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-websites/importing-delimited-files-in-excel/

    OpenOffice.org Calc
    On open of the CSV, check the "semicolon" box, uncheck all the rest.
    http://wiki.services.openoffice.org...ide/Starting_opening_saving#Opening_CSV_files
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    Bluetooth worked for me. From wm device contacts (select all) to sd card of android, via bt. Later done ``import contacts from sd card``.