Guide : Transfer all SMS from a Nokia Symbian Smartphone to Android Smartphone

So you got a  new Android smartphone and you want to transfer all important data from your old Symbian phone to it. We know how much important is that old data in your old Symbian phone. So generally there are many sites and online services which help you to transfer all the data like Contacts, Calendar entries, Notes, Images, Songs and even SMS to your new Android smartphone but at a very premium price. Sad smile Some charge more than $30

Well we can easily transfer Contacts, Notes, Calendar entries, Photos and Songs from Symbian to Android but real problem comes for SMS ! There is really nothing any easy application that will directly transfer all your valuable SMS from Symbian phones to Android phones for free! So what to do? Many of us including me faced this big issue for transferring all SMS to Android phones. Most of us either simply sacrificed all those SMS or some still use that old phone for accessing those important SMS !

I searched a lot on the Internet for the easy solution where Rooting is not required of Android Phone but didn’t get easy solution which can be used by any end user and for free! But finally found a solution from some archived threads of XDA Forums.

Steps for Nokia Symbian Phone:

1. Copy all your contacts from your old Nokia Symbian phone to Android Phone as it is by various methods like, Syncing to Outlook etc. If its already done please skip this step.

2. Now download and install Latest Ovi Suite for your Nokia phone from here.

3. After installing Nokia Ovi Suite and detecting your Nokia Phone, Please Sync all SMS in Ovi Suite. Remember Sync it and no need of OVI Suite backup of your Nokia Symbian Phone!

4. Disconnect your Nokia Phone and close the Nokia OVI Suite application. WATCH OUT! Nokia OVI Suite likes to minimize to system tray please be sure that its also closed from the System Tray of Windows.

5. Download Nokia2AndroidSMS from the given link and extract all files to Folder called Nokia2AndroidSMS.

6. Run Nokia2AndroidSMS.exe extracted from Nokia2AndroidSMS.7z; you will need 7zip for extraction.

7. The application should automatically find all Data-stores created by Nokia OVI Suite and automatically select the first one.

8. If it should fail to detect Data-stores then you’ll have to find it by yourself, you can either drag and drop Data-store file from Windows Explorer onto the Nokia2AndroidSMS window or use the Open button to find it.

9. You can change the Data-store in the 1st selection list if there is more than one.

10. If you have more than one phone in the Data-store than you can select for which you’d like to export the messages, they are listed by their IMEI number.

11. Press Convert button and now you should get an xml file in the same folder you extracted Nokia2AndroidSMS application.

Steps for Android Phone:

1. Install ‘SMS Backup & Restore’ from Android Market. Or check the link Author of the App: Ritesh Sahu.

2. Connect your Android phone to the PC by using supplied Micro-USB Cable. (You MUST select Disk drive as connection type).

3. Now copy the xml file (which was created after Step 11) into the ‘SMSBackupRestore’ Folder on the phone, (Please create it if it’s not already made by the App in your Android phone’s Mass Storage or Memory Card).

4. Now simply Run SMS Backup & Restore and click on ‘Restore’ button to import messages.

5. After importing all SMS it will create threads as per contacts in your Android phone’s default SMS application.

6. Enjoy! Smile

I was able to transfer whopping 2141 messages (SMS) from my Nokia N8 to my new Samsung Galaxy SII within 10 minutes. What I liked with this Android app called SMS Backup & Restore that it also created accurate threads of my SMS conversations from my Nokia N8.

Enjoy and if you are stuck don’t hesitate to ping @gauravh1 on twitter

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Author: Gaurav Hasabnis

Gaurav Hasabnis is a Product Specialist for Smart Devices based on Android, WindowsPhone, LiMo & Symbian; Marketer; Audiophile; Photographer; Technology Analyst & Editor @ FoneArena. You can follow him on Twitter @gauravh1 and on Google

  • Whatfor

    That doesnt help us poor Samsung users… I got an 8910i 🙁

  • sony

    nokia-to-android could not find the backup and when i drag the file over the app. it just did not work.what could be the solution?

  • Smnfl

     There is a software called MOBILedit!, which is capable working with phones through computer, including copying contents (such as SMS, contacts and so on) from one phone to another. It can easily drag the messages from Symbian based phone to an Android. Just as 1-2-3. It is not free, but it is totally worth it.

    • I recommend VeryAndroid SMS Backup. It is a smart andriod sms backup software that can copy and backup sms on Android phone to computer, restore sms backup file to any android phone, and also send messages or chat with a friend on computer directly, exactly the same as that you do on your android phone.

      It can help you:
       – Copy and backup SMS from Anroid phone to computer.
       – Restore SMS to android phone any time.
       – Send SMS & SMS Chat on computer directly.
       – Transfer SMS to android phone from other phones (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Nokia, Blackberry etc).
       – View SMS messages in threading mode on computer.

  • Alienanks

    tips for samsung to android?

  • Vgs21

    what if i have sms within my folders, will they get transferred too or ill have to ring them in the inbox first??????

  • Nicholas Sze

    Search for the Program Files sub-directory for Nokia or Nokia (Ovi) Suite folder e.g. C:Program FilesNokia or C:Program FilesNokiaNokia Suite.

    If the new Nokia2AndroidSMS folder is created under same sub-directory of the  Ovi Suite folder, the Nokia2AndroidSMS.exe software will have no problem finding the data-store by IMEI.

    • ti

      I completed stage 1 and closed Ovi suite. Upon starting Nokia 2 Android app. a message comes saying ” you did not sych the data with Ovi suite” although I did. I tried several ways but failed.

  • Sagar


  • Sagar

    this is a sick article that is wasting everyone’s time

  • Sagar

    Convert sms to csv using nokia pc suite and then use sms importer app.