Copying contacts from old phone to your Android phone such as Motorola Milestone

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Before reading this make sure you imported your contacts from your old phone to microsoft outlook. To see how to do it please refer to your phone manual/website.

Export Outlook Contacts and Upload to your Gmail Account

You can export your Outlook Contacts as a Comma Separated Values (.csv) file and then import your contacts into your Gmail account.

Step 1: Create .csv file:

  1. In Outlook, on the File menu, click Import and Export
  2. Click Export to a file, and then click Next
  3. Click Comma Separated Values (Windows), and then click Next
  4. In the folder list, click the Contacts folder, and then click Next
  5. Browse to the folder where you want to save the contacts as a .csv file
  6. Type a name for the exported file, and then click OK
  7. Click Next
  8. Click Finish

Step 2: Import Contacts into Google Gmail:

  1. Log on to Gmail, and then click Contacts at the top of the page
  2. The Contacts list opens in a new window
  3. Click Import Contacts
  4. Click Browse, and then navigate to the .csv file that you created in the "Export Outlook Contacts" section of this article
  5. Select the file, and then click Import Contacts
  6. After your contacts are imported, a dialog box appears and displays the total number of contacts imported

Step 3: Import to your phone:

  1. On your phone, from the Home screen, press the Menu key
  2. Touch Settings
  3. Touch Accounts & sync
  4. Check Auto-Sync
  5. Your phone will now sync and transfer your contacts from Gmail to your phone


  • Outlook Contacts without an e-mail address are not imported.
  • Outlook distribution lists are not imported. Gmail does not support distribution lists.
  • If an Outlook Contact that matches an existing Gmail contact is imported, your Outlook Contact information replaces the Gmail contact.

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