I have been trying to figure how too switch my contacts over to my Galaxy S III. I had a Nokia Lumia 520 and I really don't want to manually put my contacts in, but I don't see where they were saved.

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  1. Sync your Microsoft account with your Windows Phone.
  2. Sign in to your Microsoft account on your PC (you can do this at people.live.com), then press the dropdown next to Outlook, and select People.
  3. Select Manage and choose "Export for Outlook.com and other services".
  4. Now press "Save" to store the exported contacts file "OutlookContacts.csv" on your computer (e.g. on your Desktop).

Now you have to transfer your Windows Live (Hotmail) contacts to your Google Account. To do that:

  1. Sign-in to your Gmail account using a desktop computer.
  2. In the main Gmail window, click the "Mail" or "GMail" drop-down arrow on the top left of the screen, and choose "Contacts".
  3. In Contacts page, press "More" menu and select "Import".
  4. Now press the "Choose File" button.
  5. Navigate to the location where you saved the Windows Live Contacts file (OutlookContacts.csv) in the previous step and "Open" it.
  6. Finally, press the "Import" button and wait until the import process is completed.

And finally to your phone.

  1. On the Android phone, go to "Settings" > "Accounts and Sync" or "Settings" > "Accounts".
  2. Under "Manage Accounts", select (or "Add") the Google account you used to import WLM contacts.
  3. Finally press "Sync Contacts".

You're done!

  • To do that without the Google-Account-Stuff: Outlook can export contacts as vcards. The resulting .vcf file can simply be imported by the "people" app on Android (the other direction works as well). Not sure if you even could direclty export your contacts from your Windows phone in .vcf (VCard) format, so you could skip the other "sync stuff" as well...
    – Izzy
    Oct 30, 2014 at 12:54
  • And what if my old Windows Phone is unusable? :-/ Touch screen doesn't work, which is why I got an Android. I have over 700 contacts to transfer. Aug 11, 2016 at 0:44
  • @JerryDodge That sounds like something to ask about on a Windows Phone forum. I don't think anybody here knows about how to recover data from broken Windows phones.
    – Dan Hulme
    Sep 5, 2016 at 12:39
  • I cannot export contacts to CSV from people.live.com any more. Microsoft seems to have made some "useful" update. Google Chrome just shows blank screen and "503 Service Unavailable" in console.
    – Cubius
    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:23
  • As of 2018, this approach still works. You can see Outlook contacts at outlook.live.com/owa/?path=/people and import them to Google at google.com/contacts/u/1/?cplus=0#contacts
    – Steven
    Apr 25, 2018 at 15:53

An alternative seems to be offered directly from the device:

Using Bluetooth

The Windows Phone 7.5 operating system makes it easy to transfer contacts. Tap the arrow to go to the second page menu. On here you’ll find a simple Contacts Transfer app, tap it and make sure Bluetooth is switched on in your Nokia Lumia

This should (hopefully) be valid for your Lumia as well, even if the Windows version does not match.

Once it’s switched on you’ll find any devices in your area that are using Bluetooth and visible. Select your old Nokia phone and accept the pairing. One linked you’ll find that contacts are sent over automatically.

This should work with all Bluetooth-capable phones on the "other end". You might have to approve adding the contacts on the "receiving end", though – but you need not to involve any third-party cloud services for that.

Using VCards

Certainly, your Lumia will be able to export its contacts as "VCards" in one or the other way (if not directly, for this step the first part of Solver's answer can be used). Once you've got the *.vcf file on your computer, transfer it to your Android device. There, start the "contacts" (or "people") app, tap the "menu button" (or, if there is none, the "overflow menu" which looks like 3 dots stapled: "|"), chose "Export/Import", then "Import from SD card", and select the .vcf file – your contacts should be there.

  • For Lumia 800 it does not work, can import but no export. Perhaps older Windows 7. Apr 23, 2015 at 13:45
  • @VojtěchDohnal if you cannot export at all from your Windows device, that's nothing we can help you with, unfortunately. Sorry for that.
    – Izzy
    Apr 23, 2015 at 14:35
  • Sure, I have added this comment for other users. Apr 23, 2015 at 14:40

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