Import and Export Contacts Between Cellphone and Windows 8 Using Bluetooth

Using Bluetooth to transfer contacts between cellphone and computer is both convenient and reliable. It saves you the trouble of finding the appropriate cable and proprietary software, and allows you to exchange phone book between different phone systems. This method, however, requires you to have Bluetooth modules on both cellphone and computer. The Windows 8 native program for device management is used for this article.

The key is to save or transfer phone book records in the vCard (.vcf) file format, which is commonly supported among various applications. Typically, in your email client or address book program, you can click the ‘File’ menu and select ‘Import’ or ‘Export’ function using business card or vCard format.

Step 1: Pair Devices Using Bluetooth

Make either your computer or cellphone visible for stranger devices, and use the other device to connect. On Windows 8, the adding device function is in PC settings app à Devices à Add a device. On your phone, the adding device procedure depends on the cellphone system. You may be prompt to enter or check a random code to confirm the connection. If the devices fail to connect, try again or reboot the device.

Step 2: Open the Bluetooth Operation Window

If you have done pairing or the phone is already connected, the phone will appear in the Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers window. Right click on your phone, and select to open the Bluetooth operation window. You will notice that Bluetooth can perform lots of tasks for you, including hands free speaker, transferring files, and making phone calls with the dialer on computer. The following operations vary by whether you choose to copy contacts from phone or write contacts to phone.

To upload the phone book from phone or from sim, open an advanced phone operation window, and then choose to save as pbo format which is essentially vCard record for multiple people being written in a single file. After the file is being saved, you can modify the extention from pbo to vcf and then use it wherever vcf is accepted.

To download contact to a new phone, click to send files into remote device. From there choose the vcf file to send it to the phone. You may also need to confirm on the phone to receive the file. Then the sent contact file will be processed by the phone depending on its operating system.

For Android phones, you have two choices to import the contact info into the contact app. You can either click on the downloaded file and the android system will import the file based on the extension of the file. Or within the contact app, choose ‘Import from Storage’ command in the settings menu.



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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Thank you for valuable instruction.

    Could you please suggest what program should we use for
    editing phone book file? I would like to copy phone book to PC, edit contacts
    and then move it back to phone.

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    I think vcf is basically a text file, so notepad should do the work. Just drag and drop it into the notepad. Also, Windows seems to have a native address book program.

    If you need batch processing, then I have no idea.