Nokia Lumia 521 - What type of data can I transfer from my old phone to my new Lumia Windows Phone 8?

You can transfer your contacts, calendar entries, to-dos, pictures, videos, text messages, DRM-free music, and office documents to your new phone. Some content, such as multimedia messages or DRM-protected music, you can back up on your computer. Some data you cannot transfer to your new phone.

These instructions may not apply to all phone models and manufacturers.

There may be third-party computer apps available, such as Welcome Home to Windows Phone, that transfer data from your old phone to your new phone.

Contacts:

  • You can transfer your contacts from your old phone easily over Bluetooth or with a SD card using the Transfer my Data app on your new phone. If you don't have this app, you can download it from Store.
  • If you have previously had a micro-SIM or micro-RUIM card, you can also copy your contacts from your card to your new phone.

Calendar:

  • If your contacts and calendar are stored online as part of an online service, such as Google Account or Microsoft Exchange, set up that account on your phone, and your contacts and calendar entries are imported automatically.
  • For more info, see the FAQ on how to transfer your contacts, calendar entries, and to-dos to your new phone.

Media files:

  • To transfer your media files, connect your phone to your computer with a compatible USB cable, and drag and drop the items you want to transfer. Depending on your old phone, you can also transfer pictures and DRM-free music over Bluetooth with the Transfer my Data app.
  • You can also use the Windows Phone app, which is a free app for PC and Apple Mac. To download and install the latest version on your PC, go to www.windowsphone.com. If you're using an Apple Mac, download the Windows Phone app from Mac App Store.
  • For more info, see FAQs on how to transfer your music, pictures, and videos to your new phone.

Office documents:

  • To transfer your office documents, connect your phone to your computer with a compatible USB cable, and drag and drop the items you want to transfer, or use SkyDrive cloud storage.
  • To use SkyDrive, you need a Microsoft (Windows Live) account. If you don’t have a Microsoft (Windows Live) account, you can create one at www.live.com or using your phone. For more info, see the user guide of your phone.

Other content on your old phone:

  • You can transfer text messages over Bluetooth using the Transfer my Data app on your new phone. You can use the appropriate software to store your multimedia messages, notes, browser bookmarks, and DRM-protected music and videos and their licenses on your computer.