Import Google Contacts to Nokia PC Suite

You would be forgiven to think that importing contacts from your Google address book into Nokia PC Suite would be an easy and straight forward task. Google Contacts has 3 export options: a proprietary Google CSV, a standard Outlook CSV and the vCard format. Likewise Nokia PC Suite allows importing Outlook CSV and vCard formats. Having recently tried both methods though, neither worked.

The Outlook CSV format failed with some error message and informed me that no contacts were imported. The error message gave no clue as to why. The vCard format on the other hand would import only a single contact.

After a little bit of digging around I found that the vCard .vcf file exported by Google Contacts is a composition of all your contacts, but Nokia PC Suite expects only one contact per .vcf file. A quick Google search reveled just the tool for this, vCardSplit. Using it is pretty simple: just dump your contacts.vcf file into a folder, say C:\temp, dump the vCardSplit.exe into the same folder, open a command prompt and type vCardSplit.exe contacts.vcf.

Back in Nokia PC Suite, go to Contacts and select import, then hold the shift-key and multiple-select all the .vcf contact files (Ctrl+A doesn't work because Nokia decided to snazzy up their interface and code their own file-select dialog). Click import and you should get all your contacts.

However, in my case I noticed none of the phone numbers showed up! Names and emails were there, but no numbers. The solution to this is to open up the contacts.vcf file you exported from Google and replace all instances of "VERSION=3.0" with "VERSION=2.1" and also replace all instances of "TYPE=" with "" (i.e. nothing). Then run the split tool again and import the contacts into Nokia PC Suite again. This time all info should come through (haven't done extensive checking, but all numbers and emails appear to be there, not sure about groups, titles and other details).

Comments

  1. Oh... nice finally I got import my contacts to my office phone

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  2. At last - Google contacts to Nokia phone , but
    I think you mean VERSION:3.0 and VERSION:2.1

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  3. I don't understand how/where to replace? Can anyone point this out to me?

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  4. Thank you very much for this.

    For me works replace just "TYPE=CELL" to "CELL". ("TYPE=INTERNET" works fine without modification)

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  5. Can you be more specific on how to fix the "no number" showing?

    where do i type that??

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  6. I haven't done this in a long, long time so I don't remember precisely.

    But from what I wrote above, open up the contacts.vcf file which you exported from Google, and replace all instances of "VERSION=3.0" with "VERSION=2.1". Also delete all lines that say "TYPE=".

    Then split the file using vCardSplit and import into your phone.

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  7. Thank you very much. It works like a charm!

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  8. I have been toiling with managing the contacts between my iphone,nokia and google accounts for ages.This is THE most easiest way to do that.Thanks to the author of this blog :)

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  9. Thankyou ThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyou

    Finaly something that actualy works...

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  10. Hi,

    I'm a brazilian developer and I made a program to convert CSV Files from Google to Nokia PC Suite and vice-versa. I tested him only in PC Suite Portuguese version and works very well. The program is available for download in https://sites.google.com/site/felipeglino/softwares/contactsync
    In that page you can found english instructions to.

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    1. Não está funcionando no meu windows 64bits

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  11. Hi,

    I did update my nokia by
    1.first exporting Outlook.csv from google
    2.importing the above csv into outlook
    3.syncing contacts between outlook and ovi nokia

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  12. You are the greatest!!! :)

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  13. Sincerest thanks ...
    Great work .. thanks for sharing

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  14. Super, I just got a Nokia C1-01 for work related calls, and damn Nokia Suite only support importing one contact per vCard.

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  15. Thank you so much for this!! One note: only Latin letters split correctly, my few Cyrillic contact names went abracadabra. Anyway, this was the only way, Nokia really sucks at sync (

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  16. I solved the problem with non-latin accents by openinig the google exported file with notepad and saving it with another encoding. I think I used ANSI, but not sure about it.

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  17. Thanks a lot...worked in first attempt!!

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  18. thanks and i use drag and drop from my contact vcard folder to nokia suite

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  19. or use this: http://windows.dailydownloads.net/de/chat_and_e-mail/misc_e-mail/vcard_splitter-download/

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  20. Thanks for suggesting this simple tool !! It works great..Though someone could make it easier by automating the command line process

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  21. Thanks, it's really work...

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  22. Thank you very much!
    I didn't need to change any Version# or anything. Ran vCardSplit.exe and then selected all with (Ctrl + A) and imported. worked like a charm!

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  23. Thanks a lot bro!!!

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  24. Thanks a ton for this guide!!

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  25. Awesome. Thanks. done in no time

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  26. thankyou so much.... but the v card splitter that u have specefied is not worlking and i think this one is better.
    link below....
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/E-mail/Mail-Utilities/VCard-Splitter.shtml

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  27. it works bcoz of this i got my contacts back. thanks

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  28. thnx a lot ur awesome :)

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  29. Thanks for this, but please make a small update in your blog post i.e. with the URL for vCardSplit as its has been changed from http://www.philipstorry.net/vcardsplit.html to http://www.philipstorry.net/software/vcardsplit

    Cheers!

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  30. Also the download links are not working from the mentioned links, hence please provide this as the direct download link

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  31. For working .exe please try this direct link for vCardSplitter

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  32. Great you are! And Philip. Nokia and Google should hire you.

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  33. Thank you very much, this program is a lifeline for me.

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  34. Thank you very much! Awesome share! Worked like a charm!

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  35. It works, Thanks a lot Richard.

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  36. Thanks Richard. Nice Work !!!!!

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  37. wow..
    working fine, thank you :)

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  38. ohhhhhhhhhh nice dear u have solved my Big trouble thanks dear May God Bless u.

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  39. Dear in Same way i want my Nokia Messages backup to transfer to android phone plz guide me.

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  40. Thanks a lot buddy .... It worked!!

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