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    Question Transferring Windows Phone texts/SMS to Android

    Hi
    Does anyone know if it is possible to transfer my texts from my Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 to my Samsung Galaxy S5? Contacts have been done and hoping to just drag and drop pictures but stumped on texts.

    If anyone can help that would be greatly appreciated

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    Whosaninja
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    Default Re: Transferring Windows Phone texts/SMS to Android

    It would seem transferring pictures was not easy either. Having to use bluetooth to transfer onto the phone and then move them to the card

    I thought Android was a lot more open than it clearly is.
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    Default Re: Transferring Windows Phone texts/SMS to Android

    Quote Originally Posted by Whosaninja View Post
    It would seem transferring pictures was not easy either. Having to use bluetooth to transfer onto the phone and then move them to the card

    I thought Android was a lot more open than it clearly is.
    You could also have chosen file transfer via USB cable, via Micro SD card reader, via RDM, via Airdroid, via SonicShare, etc. etc.
    Open enough?
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    Default Re: Transferring Windows Phone texts/SMS to Android

    I was using a USB cable but the phone was not letting me "drag and drop" on the computer. Am I missing something?
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    Default Re: Transferring Windows Phone texts/SMS to Android

    Connect the Nokia to the computer. Drag all the pictures to the computer. Unplug the Nokia. Plug the Android into the computer. Drag the pictures to the phone, to a folder you created with the computer.

    If you tried to put the pictures in a folder created by an app on the phone, you can't do that too easily starting with Android 4.4.2.

    As far as texts, you'll have to find a text backup program for the Nokia that saves in the same format as one you find for the S5. (Many of them use xml files, which are text, so even if the format is a little different, you can manually "massage" the file to import it into the S5.)
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    Default Re: Transferring Windows Phone texts/SMS to Android

    Don't suppose there's any progress on this please?

    Just switched to Android from WP and after hours of searching, I'm unable to find any way to export my 1020 messages so they can be imported to my Z3.
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    Is there an "export" or "save" or "backup" choice or app for texts for the Nokia? If there is, you can probably manipulate the resultant file to be importable to an Android phone. (It's not a difficult app to write, I just don't think anyone's done it. It's like an orphan disease - there's not a huge market.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rukbat View Post
    Is there an "export" or "save" or "backup" choice or app for texts for the Nokia? If there is, you can probably manipulate the resultant file to be importable to an Android phone. (It's not a difficult app to write, I just don't think anyone's done it. It's like an orphan disease - there's not a huge market.)
    AFAIK, there's no such app. SMS data does get backed up, but to OneDrive and the files are not even readable, let alone able to be manipulated.

    It's a hell of a shame if nothing can be done.
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    Are you sure they're not xml files? That's kind of a standard. (Not that anyone follows standards.) What's the file extension? (I spent years converting data from one format to another, so I might be able to figure something out if I know the file type, or can get a copy of a file.)
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    Default Re: Transferring Windows Phone texts/SMS to Android

    Quote Originally Posted by Rukbat View Post
    Are you sure they're not xml files? That's kind of a standard. (Not that anyone follows standards.) What's the file extension? (I spent years converting data from one format to another, so I might be able to figure something out if I know the file type, or can get a copy of a file.)
    No idea what kind of files they are as it's not possible to access them...perhaps I should've been a little clearer as saying that they couldn't be read suggests that I can at least see them.

    I've contacted Lumia and Xperia support and neither could help. I tried the Xperia Transfer data app but unfortunately for WP devices, SMS data is not supported. Can be done on other platforms and it's also possible to transfer this data into WP, it's just that MS haven't made it possible to do it the other way. Nokia made it possible to do it on Symbian...MS have really missed a trick here.

    Anyway...thanks for the help

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