My Wife got an Android phone, I advised her it was best to get all her contacts from her old Nokia into Gmail as Google contacts. She would then be able to edit and merge them on a bigger screen on the desktop computer and they’d sync automatically to the phone, so I set out to figure out how.
Nokia Ovi Suite has the function to sync contacts with Outlook, Windows Mail or Thunderbird, but my Thunderbird contains my own contacts which I do not want to mess up. So I went back to Nokia PC Suite 6.86, it’s integrated with Windows Explorer and I could see the full contact list as a folder. I just simply browsed in the contact folder and copied them all as .vcf files into a new folder. Now I had got all the contacts information in 500+ files in vCard or .vcf format.
Google Contacts import function supports .vcf format, but you can only upload them one at a time. As there’s 500+ I needed a way to join them, to do this I did the following.
- copy all these .vcf files to a folder called “wifecontacts”
- move this folder to the root of my C:\ drive so the path becomes C:\wifecontacts
- Start → Run → type “cmd”
- in Command Prompt type “cd C:\wifecontacts”
- then, type “copy /B *.vcf all_in_one.vcf”
This command will merge all *.vcf files into one single file called all_in_one.vcf that contains all contacts information, it can be imported into to Google Contacts very easily. In Gmail Contacts, select more actions and then select import. Where it says “Please select a CSV or vCard file to upload”, browse to the single file called “all_in_one” among the .vcf files in C:\wifecontacts. They will then appear in the list and can be edited one by one and any double ups merged in comfort on the desktop and they will sync automatically to the Android phone once signed in to Google.
Since you’re leaving Nokia, you won’t need the software, make sure to uninstall the Nokia PC Suite in Control Panel → Programs & Features, it sets itself to launch everytime you boot.