The first couple of times I bought a mobile phone I remember having to manually input each and every single entry in the contacts list or address book. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since those early days.
However, even now, importing all your contacts will be one of the first things you’ll want to do when you get a new phone.
Many people will have their contacts stored in the ‘cloud ‘as part of your email account or social networks. To add these contacts to your Lumia, you just need to sign in and set them up for the first time.
It’s a real doddle to do and here are some instructions to help you further.
That’s all well and good for contacts in the cloud but what if you’ve recently switched to a Nokia Lumia and want to get the contacts off your old phone?
Here’s an app that you’ll be very grateful for: Transfer My Data.
Transfer My Data is for Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 owners and allows them to copy over contacts that they have on an old phone via Bluetooth.
Using Transfer My Data
Transfer My Data can be downloaded from the Nokia Collection in the Windows Phone Store on your Lumia device.
Make sure that Bluetooth is switched on your Nokia Lumia and the old phone that you wish to transfer the contacts from.
Once the app has been installed, tap on the icon to launch the app and begin the process of ‘pairing’ the two devices.
On your old phone, you may see a pop-up message asking you if you want to pair and allow access to the contacts information. Make sure you grant this permission!
Your new Nokia Lumia will find how many contacts you have on your old phone and ask you to confirm that you the transfer to go ahead. Select ‘start’ to begin the transfer!
While the transfer is taking place there will be a progress bar on display and you’ll be informed approximately how long there is left before the process is complete.
It is important that you don’t navigate away from this page before the transfer has finished. When transferring 205 contacts the whole process took less than a minute so it is pretty fast.
Hey presto! Just like that you’re done!
Transfer My Data isn’t an app that you’ll be using very often; perhaps you’ll just use it the once. But it will save you a lot of time and means that you can get with discovering all the other wonderful things that are waiting for you in your Nokia Lumia smartphone.
Updated October 1, 2015 6:08 am