December 12, 2013

Importing contacts from Nokia Suite to Jolla smartphone

I received my Jolla smartphone yesterday. I will not write a review right now, perhaps never. Others can do that better. But if you happen have an older Nokia phone, you may be wondering about moving contacts to Jolla phone. I managed to do it without putting my precious info into any kind of a NSA sponsored cloud service and it was really quite easy.

If you plan to do the same, here is one way to proceed. I will assume that you already have your contacts synced into Nokia Suite in Windows.
  • Create a new temporary folder for exported contacts.
  • Switch to contacts view in Nokia Suite and select all contacts you have.
  • Choose Export Contacts from the File menu and in the dialog select the folder you just created. Nokia Suite will write a .vcf file for each contact.
  • For easy import to Jolla, you will want to have the data in one .vcf file. Open Command Prompt in the export folder and give command: copy *.vcf contacts.vcf
  • Connect Jolla phone to your computer with USB and select the PC Connection mode in the phone.
  • Copy the contacts.vcf into the Downloads folder of the phone.
  • And finally do what Jolla Guide tells you to do: "Now in Settings| Apps | People: tap on "Import contacts from" and your Jolla will let you pick the vcf file you just copied over." 
For me, this was one of the first things I wanted to with Jolla and fortunately it went smoothly. Me and my Jolla are still getting to know each other. What I can currently say is that the UI is the prettiest design I've seen in my phones. More about my experiences a bit later.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the guide. What's also worth noting is that if you have Settings app opened and meanwhile you upload the vcf file, it won't appear in "import from" options. In such situation just close Settings and open it again.

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  2. You're welcome. I suppose I didn't have Setting open at the time. Thanks for bringing that up.

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  3. Doesn't work for me.Jolla says it's imported, but when I go to People app, no contacts are shown.

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  4. Sorry to hear that. I hope you're able to solve it. I've done this only once before the installing any software updates to the phone.

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  5. I had error with some label/tag in .vcf files (X-CHILDREN). After removing this I made a loop which imported file-by-file, and this went OK.

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    1. Loop I used was:
      find . -name "*.vcf" -exec sh -c 'invoker --type=generic vcardconverter {}' \;

      (in case anybody needs to see which .vcf is causing problems)

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  6. Thank You very much for this guide! It works very well. :-)

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    1. You're welcome! Just glad to provide a little bit of help to other Jolla users.

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