You waited patiently for your bold, new Windows Phone 8X or 8S by HTC. Now that the wait is over, it’s time to migrate information from that other phone. Fortunately, with the Windows Phone app, Bluetooth, and a couple of online services, importing the data you need is simple.
First, let’s import contacts to your new HTC. Ideally, you’ve saved your contacts to an online service like Outlook.com, Hotmail, Facebook, or Google. If this is the case, add the appropriate online account to sync contacts with the People hub on your Windows Phone.
To add an online account:
1. Swipe left from the home screen.
2. Scroll down and tap “Settings.”
3. Select “email+accounts” > “add an account.”
4. Choose the account type then follow steps.
If your contacts are stored in the memory of your old phone, you can copy them using Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both phones. Your HTC will search for nearby devices when you are viewing the Bluetooth settings screen. Once it finds your old phone, tap it to pair the devices, confirm the PIN on both phones, and select the contacts you want to transfer.
You can also save your contacts to your SIM card then import them to your new phone.
COPYING MUSIC, MOVIES & PHOTOS
Importing your music, movies and photos is also quite simple. Connect your Windows Phone to your computer with the USB cable and you will be prompted to download the Windows Phone app (if your computer runs Windows 7 or higher).
Double-click on the download icon to install the Windows Phone app and follow the prompts to set up your HTC. Then, follow these steps to sync music from your library:
1. Select “pc” in the upper right corner of the app.
2. Select “music” in the upper left (under the name of your phone).
3. Click the checkbox for “Sync music.”
4. Click the checkbox next to the genres, albums, or playlists you want to sync.
5. Click the “Sync” button in the lower right.
In addition to music, the Windows Phone app lets you import photos, videos, podcasts and ringtones, and shows your phone’s available storage.
**Windows Phone app requires Windows 7 or higher. If you are using an earlier version of Windows you can copy your music and photos using Windows Explorer.
**Mac users can download the Windows Phone app from the Mac App Store.
SYNCING WITH ONLINE STORAGE
When you sign-in with your Microsoft account on your phone, you can also access your SkyDrive storage online. As long as you have a data connection (WiFi or mobile account) you’ll have fast access to save and share content using your HTC.
These are just a few ways to quickly import contacts, music, and more to your new Windows Phone. Now that you’re set-up, get out and enjoy the phone Vlad Savov of The Verge calls “the only one I care to pick up and play with today.”