How To import contacts to Nokia 215 / 220 / 225 / 230

If you are using a latest Nokia-branded feature phone like Nokia 215, 220, 225 and 230 or planing to buy one you may have a need to import contacts to the phone from other phones / Outlook / Google contacts using a method like a vcf / CSV file,  or by using Bluetooth. This tutorial is based on the solutions proposed and proved working in Nokia / Microsoft user discussion forums. You can also click on source link to read more and ask your questions.

Import contacts using Bluetooth from another Phone:

This method has proved as working when importing contacts from Android Phones. You may try it for other Bluetooth-supported phones too.

Go to Contacts –> Options –> Copy contacts –> Another Device, click Choose.

Above process will ask for “Copy to” select “Phone“.

This will start-up Bluetooth with message Switching on Bluetooth.

After switching on Bluetooth in the device automatically it will show following message: “To transfer files using Slam via Bluetooth, move the devices close to each other“.

At this stage start your Android phone and make the phone visible.

Then your Nokia device will show the phone which you connected and pair it. Accept the pairing request on other device.

After accepting the pairing request, the Nokia device will ask you “Start importing contacts to your phone?” Select “Yes“. This will transfer entire contact from your Android device to Nokia device.

Import contacts via .vcf File:

This method work for importing contacts from all types of phones and you can also import the contacts in a proper format using this method.

We need four things to do it:

1st-  Nokia 215/220/225/230 with SD card mounted.

2nd VCF file (Contacts file which we want to import).

3rd  USB Cable.

4th-  Computer (Windows,Mac or Linux) to work with.


1- Backup your contacts from whatever device you have (iPhone, Android or Nokia) even you can export them from (Gmail, Yahoo or iCloud.. etc), but in the end we need it as one VCF file.

for example the file name you have is (Contacts.vcf).

2- Change the file name and the extension (Contacts.vcf) to (backup.dat). Use this tool. This tool formats the .vcf file to a compatible format for Nokia series S30+ phones.

Transfer contacts to a Nokia 222 (and possibly other Nokia series S30+ phones). It takes a directory containing .vcf files, and generates a backup.dat file compatible with the Nokia 222.

As a Nokia contact can only contain one phone number, vcf222 will create one contact entry per phone number in the .vcf file, adding a letter to the contact name so that you can identify the numbers (work, home or cell).

3- Connect your Nokia to a computer with a USB, you will get two choices on the Nokia screen (Charging only and Mass storage), choose Mass storage, then you will get a note on the screen with done button, don’t press done yet.

4- You will get a new Removable Disk, open it like you open a Flash or thump drive, Search for a folder name Backup, if you don’t find it then just create a new one with capital B.

5- Copy backup.dat to the Backup folder on your Nokia phone.

6- Go back to your Nokia and press Done and disconnect the USB.

7- On the Nokia go to Menu–>Settings–>Backup–>Restore backup–>Choose–>Contacts–>Done you will get a note Restoring data contacts and the phone will restart, wait a little until the phone power on and loading all your contacts.

Import contacts from Outlook / Google contacts (CSV format):

1) Export contacts from Google contacts into CSV format (I used the CSV for Outlook and other programs format)

2) Open the CSV file in Excel and run an Excel macro against it which outputs a file called BACKUP.DAT.

Macro Code:

Option Explicit

Sub OutputContacts()
Dim ws As Worksheet
Dim colCount As Integer
Dim rowCount As Integer
Dim s As String
Dim r As Integer
Dim c As Integer

Dim fn As Integer
Dim mn As Integer
Dim ln As Integer
Dim h As Integer
Dim h2 As Integer
Dim m As Integer
Dim b As Integer
Dim b2 As Integer
Dim o As Integer

Dim name As String

‘ set up
Set ws = ActiveSheet
colCount = ws.UsedRange.Columns.Count
rowCount = ws.UsedRange.Rows.Count
Open ws.Parent.Path & “\backup.dat” For Output As #1

‘ read the headings
r = 1
For c = 1 To colCount
s = ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, c).Value
If s = “First Name” Then fn = c
If s = “Middle Name” Then mn = c
If s = “Last Name” Then ln = c
If s = “Home Phone” Then h = c
If s = “Home Phone 2” Then h2 = c
If s = “Mobile Phone” Then m = c
If s = “Business Phone” Then b = c
If s = “Business Phone 2” Then b2 = c
If s = “Other Phone” Then o = c

‘ read the rows
For r = 2 To rowCount
name = ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, fn)
If ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, mn) <> “” Then name = name & ” ” & ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, mn)
If ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, ln) <> “” Then name = name & ” ” & ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, ln)
name = Trim(name)
If name <> “” Then
s = ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, h).Value: If s <> “” Then vcard name, “h”, s
s = ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, h2).Value: If s <> “” Then vcard name, “h2”, s
s = ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, m).Value: If s <> “” Then vcard name, “m”, s
s = ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, b).Value: If s <> “” Then vcard name, “b”, s
s = ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, b2).Value: If s <> “” Then vcard name, “b2”, s
s = ws.UsedRange.Cells(r, o).Value: If s <> “” Then vcard name, “o”, s
End If

Close #1

MsgBox “Done”

End Sub

Sub vcard(name, t, number)
Print #1, “BEGIN:VCARD”
Print #1, “VERSION:2.1”
Print #1, Replace(name, ” “, “=20”) & “(” & t & “);;;”
Print #1, “TEL;VOICE;CELL:” & Replace(Replace(number, ” “, “”), “-“, “”)
Print #1, “END:VCARD”
Print #1,

End Sub

3) Now copy the resulting file, BACKUP.DAT to your Nokia 220.  It will need to have a memory card inserted.  Copy the file to the Backup folder on the memory card.

If you are not sure where to put the file, first run a backup on your phone:

 Settings–>Backup–>Create Backup–>Contacts–> Done

Then connect your phone with the USB cable and select Mass storage.

Browse the files on the phone and you will find a file called BACKUP.DAT in the Backup folder.  For safety you can rename this file to, for example, BACKUPSAVED.DAT

Replace the BACKUP.DAT on the phone with the new file you have created with your macro.

4) Now you simply restore the backup file.  WARNING this will completely erase all contacts in your phone and replace them with the ones you exported in your CSV file.  It will not do any sort of merge.  That’s fine if you are setting up a new phone but be careful if you already have contacts in your phone.

To do the restore:

 – Settings–>Backup–>Restore backup–>Contacts–>Done



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  • zhikata

    I’m totally disappointed from this phone. The main thing in this type of phones should be good Contacts organization. In fact this phone have the poorest Contact details. You can add only one number and one picture per contact.