As there is no documentation on Microsoft servers for Nokia 130 any more and Nokia (PC) Suite is not supported, it can be quite hard to at least transfer contacts – but there is a way.
All you need is a Micro SD card for the copying process.
- Get your contacts in VCF format. They should be all in one VCF file. You can e.g. extract them from Outlook and merge them.
- Copy your .vcf file to the Micro SD card and rename it to “backup.dat”. Notice the .dat extension, it is important.
- Insert SD card in your mobile and start it.
- Enter: Contacts -> Settings -> Restore contacts (this option is not visible if the phone does not find backup.dat!)
- Confirm, wait some seconds. Afterwards you should have your phonebook set up.
Thanks a lot. You saved my time
And how do I export it from Nokia 130 to the PC? Just reverse the same method?
Export all contacts, then copy the file backup.dat to the microSD card and rename it to e.g. contacts.vcf at the PC
It’s rare that you break your phone beyond repair and you buy a feature phone in the meantime before you go ahead, do your research and then buy the next smartphone. It’s when articles like this helps person to get their contacts on their phone easily! Who would have known that you need to keep the vcf file as “backup.dat” file or else Nokia don’t even SHOW the option!
I have Renamed the .vcf file name as backup.dat and had restarted my phone. But still restore contacts option is not visible to me.. DXSData, Could you please help me on this..
I had the same problem. It was because its extension was not changed to “.dat”. It simply renamed the file as “backup.dat”. So instead of that I
copied ‘contacts file’ to my smartphone and renamed to “backup.dat” using ‘ES file explorer’. Then i copied to sd card. And it worked.
firstly transfer contact.vcf file to your pc. Then, rename as backup.dat the file. then connect nokia 130 to pc through usb cable. transfer file backup.dat to nokia 130’s memory card. Just restart the phone and then go to contacts then settings then restore contacts. thats it. enjoy!
do it in android then transfer
the backup.dat needs to be in the root, not a subfolder. I transferred my .vcf file via Bluetooth to the N130, then connected it via USB to my WinXP PC, at which point the N130 asked if I wanted to connection to be for Charging or Data Storage, I selected data…then Windows tried to install the Nokia but failed but still I could see it in a subfolder F:/ and there was a subfolder for Files Received, I renamed the .vcf to backup.dat but this didn’t work, so I copied the backup.dat and put it into the root F folder…and then I could see the option to Restore Contacts.
Worked a treat used gparted in Linux Mint 18.3 to reformat micro sd card to FAT32 and copied “backup.dat” to /dev/sdc1 and recognised in contacts settings restore contacts . Very quick . Thank you ,
i did every process accordingly. I the restore file…but when i try to restore it shows backup.dat file is corrupted
please how to resolve contacts name issue that after following the above said process, the names of contacts are showing reverse for example john bush is showing as bush john. please fix this issue thanxs
Thanks a lot !!!
Working good ..Thanks man
Phone: Nokia 150 (2020)
Copying the file in “Backup” folder on memory card did not work. As someone suggested earlier, the file needs to be in the root folder of the memory card. After that restart phone and follow the same instructions as suggested in this article.
To combine multiple VCF files into 1, follow this article
Thanks a lot …..