Windows phones are moving their way up in the smartphone market. Android and Windows, both of these smartphone platforms has their own reasons to attract people. Honestly though, Windows operating system is actually getting better. The app store might still lack many apps but for lower spec smartphones, they all run really smooth. Android smartphones on the other hand, are highly popular, useful and productive but if someone gets tired of all these freedom then Windows could be a good resort to change the taste.
Despite whatever being the case, we have focused on how to switch contacts between devices from these two platforms. So that the new users don’t lose interest in the endeavor they have taken.
Move Contacts From Android To Windows Phones
A popular myth with the Windows phones is – they can’t sync with any other email accounts but Microsoft accounts. Wrong! To make the operating system more popular with the users, Microsoft has made it even easier to integrate with Google so that Android users can easily move in. The option is built into the settings and one won’t even have to install a third party app.
To move contacts from an Android phone to a Windows phone, the process is as following –
- The Android contacts are mostly synced with the Google account by default. So, while moving to a Windows phone the user has to add the Google Account in Email + Accounts. This option is found in Settings.
- From the Email + Account window, tap on Add an account > Google on Windows 8. And if your phone is running Windows 8.1 then Google> Account after the adding account step.
- Enter your Google account and password. Hit the log in button, on the next screen hit Accept.
- You are done! The contacts, mail and calendar will automatically sync.
- Phones that use same type of SIM card slots can transfer contact using the SIM card as well. Or, there’s a Sync Contacts wizard by Microsoft which can also help through the procedures.
Move Contacts From Windows Phone To Android Phone
The vice versa process is tad bit manual. The Windows phone contacts are saved and synced on a Microsoft account basically. To move the contacts to Android, this is how it should be done –
- Log into your Microsoft account. From the drop down menu right beside the Outlook logo, open the ‘People’ section. There would be another drop down icon, ‘Manage’, click on it and select Export.
- The contacts will be downloaded to your computer in a CSV file format.
- Later on, log into your Google account. Head over to the Contacts section, click on the drop down button ‘More’ and select import.
- Browse to the recently saved CSV file and import it into your Google account.
- Later on, set up your new device with this Google ID. The phone will soon sync the contacts and the calendars as well, if there’s any.
These two are the easiest ways to carry out a syncing process switching between Windows and Android phones. However, there are third party apps in the app stores as well.
To keep yourself free from hassle, save the contacts in a CSV file. Every time you switch between these two platforms, use this file to sync your contacts. Saves a lot of time!