- Get started with Windows Phone
- What's new in Windows Phone 8.1
- Windows Phone tips and tricks
- What's changed in Windows Phone 8.1
- Sync my Windows Phone
- Where's the App list?
- Copy and paste
- Gestures: swipe, pan, and stretch
- Places to try tapping and holding
- Set up Windows Phone for kids
- Tips to help keep my phone secure
- What is the cloud?
- How do I get Windows Phone 8.1?
- How do I update my phone software?
- Make room on my phone to update it
- Solutions to update issues
- Windows Phone 8 update history
- Which version of Windows Phone do I have?
- Switch between apps
- Use Driving Mode
- Moving from Android or iPhone to Windows Phone
- Moving from Android to Windows Phone
- Moving from iPhone to Windows Phone
- How-to videos
- Feature and service availability
- Privacy resources
Moving from Android to Windows Phone
Welcome to your Windows Phone! We put together this info to help make the switch from your Android to your Windows Phone as quick and easy as possible. Read on to learn how to get your stuff moved over and your accounts set up.
If your new phone is a Nokia, there are a couple of apps that can help you make the switch: Transfer my Data uses Bluetooth to copy your contacts, and Welcome Home to Windows Phone can transfer contacts, photos, and more.
Wondering where your people went? Google's contact fields are a little different from the ones you'll find on your Windows Phone, so if you've entered someone's phone number into a custom field, that contact won't show up in the People Hub contact list by default. To unhide these contacts, go to People in the App list, tap Showing contacts with phone numbers, and turn off Hide contacts without phone numbers. Learn more about using the People Hub.
It's usually pretty simple to get your email set up on your Windows Phone, whether you're using Google, Outlook.com, Exchange, or something else: just add the account to your phone, and off you go.
There are a few ways to move your contacts and calendars over to your new phone.
If your info is Do this
In an online account
Set up the account on your Windows Phone and your info should automatically sync. This works for Google, Outlook.com, Facebook, and other common account types.
On a SIM
If both your old phone and your new phone use a SIM card, you can often move the SIM card to your new phone to import your contacts. Learn how
On your computer
If you use Outlook, you can sync contacts and calendars between your computer and your new phone.
If your contacts and calendars are somewhere else (or you run into issues), our Sync wizard can walk you through your options.
If you already store your docs on OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), great—they'll show up in the Office Hub when you sign in to your phone with your Microsoft account. If you've been using Google Drive, you can download the docs you want to your computer as Office files, and then copy them to your phone (or upload them to OneDrive to get to them from anywhere).
How you move your music to your Windows Phone depends on where it is now.
You can also buy, stream, and download songs from the cloud-based Xbox Music service. (Note: Protected media files in your music collection, such as Protected MPEG-4 files, can't be copied to your phone unless you bought them through the Xbox Music service.)
If your music is Do this
In Google Play
In Amazon Cloud Player
In another app
Need more info? Get a guided tour of your syncing options with our Sync wizard (English only).
Transfer the photos and videos you want from your Android onto your computer, then sync them to your phone. (Any photos you've shared on Facebook will show up as online albums in the Photos Hub as soon as you set up your Facebook account on your phone.)
If you want to put your pics in the cloud so you can get to them from anywhere, check out the OneDrive app—it's available to use for uploading photos from pretty much anywhere you might be keeping them.
Flickr fiend? Good news: it's available on Windows Phone. Get it