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How-To: Switch from iPhone to Windows Phone 8

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It’s easy to make the move from iPhone to Windows Phone 8. With a little pre-planning and a little time, you can move all your contacts, your email, your calendars, music, photos and videos from your iPhone to your shiny new Windows Phone 8 device.





It’s pretty simple to get all your email from your iPhone to your Windows Phone 8 device.


Here’s How


On your Windows Phone device:


  1. In the App List, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Add account.
  3. Select the account type from the available options: Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, etc.
  4. Enter your email address and password and tap Sign in.


Your email will appear on your phone. If your account is an IMAP account, all mail will appear. If it’s been setup as a POP account, only new messages will show up.


Tip: You can access just about any email account on your Windows Phone. However, you should sign up for a free Outlook account as well. It’ll make things a lot easier.





For certain accounts, your contacts will be automatically brought over when you enter your email address. If not, though, you’ll have to take a few manual steps to move contacts from iPhone to Windows Phone 8.


On your iPhone:


  1. Open the App Store and search for “Contacts CSV.”
  2. Find Contacts Sync & Backup Pro (free) and tap to install.
  3. Launch the app and allow access to your Contacts by clicking OK.
  4. Tap Backup then Select All then Next.
  5. Select CSV (Excel) then tap Next and Do Backup!.
  6. Tap Send Email and send the automatically generated message to your @ Outlook email address.


Tip: While we’re using Contacts Sync & Backup Pro in this example, there are many apps that will also do the job. The important thing is that they allow you to export contacts in the .CSV file format.



On your computer:


  1. Access your Outlook email account.
  2. Open the email sent by Contacts Sync & Backup and download the .CSV file to your desktop.
  3. Back in your Outlook account on your computer, click the down arrow beside Outlook and choose People.
  4. Click Import from file, click Choose File under Step 3 and navigate to the .CSV file.
  5. Click Import contacts.


Your Outlook contacts will show up automatically on your Windows Phone.





If you use Outlook on your computer, getting your calendars onto your Windows Phone device is easy.

If you don’t use Outlook on your computer, all hope is not lost. You can still get access to your calendars; the way you do so just varies from service to service.  Visit the Widows Phone Sync Wizard, which will guide you through the process for the most popular services.

But if you use Outlook, here’s what to do:


On your computer:


  1. Download the Microsoft Office Outlook Hotmail Connector software.
  2. Follow the process to link your Hotmail and your Outlook calendar.


On your Windows Phone device:


  1. In the App List, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Add account.
  3. Enter your Hotmail email address and password and tap Sign in.










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