Migrating contacts, photos, and conversations from Windows Phone to Android

If you’ve ventured into the Microsoft platform and bought a Windows Phone smartphone some time ago and now want to go back to the green little robot, you may have realized that phone to phone transfer isn’t easy. Google doesn’t offer a specific app for Windows users to switch back to Android, and phone makers don’t give a damn about that either.

So if you want to bring all of your data from your old Windows Phone device to your new Android, you will need to use manual methods or buy software that automates the process. Wondershare MobileTrans can be considered one of the best paid options, costing around $ 150.

MobileTrans can take just about everything you have on your old phone and take it to the new phone, being compatible with iOS as well. But if you don’t want to pay anything for it, check out the steps below.

Contacts

To transfer your contacts from one phone to another, the simplest and fastest way is to do it from your computer, exporting your Microsoft Account contacts to a file and importing that file into your Google Account. Note that for this to work, you need to have your phone contacts synced in the cloud. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1
Access your Microsoft account through this link. Enter your email (Outlook, Hotmail, Live etc ..) and password.

Step 2
Now, check out the page title bar and click “Manage.” Choose the “Export for use with Outlook.com and other services.” Once done, you will download a file called “OutlookContacts.csv”.

Step 3
Once you’ve saved the file to an easily accessible location, go back to your browser and access your Google Account contacts. Enter your Gmail and enter your password. If you don’t have a Google Account, you will need to create one.

Step 4
Once you are on your contacts home page, go to “More” at the top of the page, choose “Import” and click “Choose File.” By clicking this button, you will have to navigate to where you saved the “OutlookContacts.csv” file and select it. Finally, click on “Import.” After that you may be required to confirm a window, but the contacts should be loaded soon. In a few minutes, syncing your Google account on your new Android should bring the new contacts to your smartphone without any action required. Keep in mind, however, that you need to sign in to your Android with the same Google Account to which you imported contacts.

Photos and videos

To bring your photos and videos to Android, the simplest way to do this is by using OneDrive, which is the default backup mechanism in Windows. After that, you must install OneDrive on your Android and download your images to the device, or save them there. Check out how to do this:

Step 1
Access the “Settings” of your Windows smartphone.

Step 2
In the “System” section, click “Photos + Camera.”

Step 3
Look for the “Auto Upload” section and tap “OneDrive” to enable if it is not enabled. Now you can choose the quality of images sent to the cloud as well as videos. Do not turn off or format your phone until you are sure that all images have been uploaded to OneDrive.

Step 4
Install OneDrive on your Android smartphone or tablet via this link. Sign in with the same Microsoft account, tap one of your paws, and look for the option to go offline if you want to keep your files locally.

There is one other feature provided by MobileTrans; WhatsApp backup and transfer.

You cannot automatically restore WhatsApp data directly from Windows Phone to Android. This is because the backup system on both platforms is different. This is different from phone to phone transfer. You then need to back it up to your Windows device’s memory card and then take it to your Android smartphone. If either device does not have a memory card slot, your only option is to save the conversation files to your email, but there is no way to restore them to your new phone.

Step 1
Open WhatsApp on your Windows device, tap More “…” and choose “Settings”. Then select “Conversation Settings.”

Step 2
Click on “backup” and wait for the upload. This will save all your conversations to the memory card.

Step 3
Check through a file browser (on PC or smartphone) that the WhatsApp backup folder on the memory card is saved as “whatsapp” or “sdcard / whatsapp”. If so, you can already take the card to your Android device.

Step 4
On your Android device, insert the memory card, turn on the device, install WhatsApp, and after checking your phone number, tap “Restore”. The app should automatically check your memory card and restore conversations.

Errors in this process may occur if you are not using the same phone number as your old device with the new one, among other complications.

Conclusion

MobileTrans is very helpful in all matters of data transfer between mobile phones. With all its advantages, this is an attractive investment to support all activities related to data.

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