How to Import a CSV to Windows Mobile

By Gregory Gambone

Windows Mobile devices offer users the ability to create, edit, store and transport various file types. Microsoft's mobile-based version of the Excel spreadsheet program, called Pocket Excel, can access CSV files and other spreadsheet formats. Importing CSV files into your Windows Mobile device follows the same format and process as transferring any other type of file to the phone.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Mobile device
  • USB data cable
  • Mobile Device Center

Via USB Connection

Step 1

Connect your Windows Mobile phone to your computer. Plug one end of the USB data cable into your phone and the other end into one of your PC's available USB ports.

Step 2

Start Mobile Device Center. Click your computer's "Start" button, scroll to "All Programs," then click the "Windows Mobile Device Center" icon at the bottom of the list of currently installed programs. Mobile Device Center will load and immediately detect the presence of your connected device.

Step 3

Browse to your saved CSV file. Within the Mobile Device Center program window, click "File Management," then "Browse the contents of your device." In the new window that opens, browse to the folder in your desktop PC containing the CSV file.

Step 4

Copy and paste the file into your device. Right-click the CSV file, then choose "Copy" from the list of options that appears. Navigate back to your Windows Mobile device, right-click within the folder where you want the CSV file stored, then choose "Paste" from the options list. An exact copy of the CSV file will be imported onto your device in the specified folder.

Via Email Attachment

Step 1

Email the CSV file to yourself. Begin a new email from Microsoft Outlook, your web-based email provider or whichever email program you use. Type your own email address in the "To:" line. Then attach the CSV file to that email, and click "Send."

Step 2

Open your Windows Mobile device's email program. Tap the "Start" button on your Windows Mobile phone, or press the appropriate soft key to view currently installed programs. Select "Email" or "Messaging" from the list and choose the email account to which you sent the CSV file.

Step 3

Download the full attachment. View your email inbox, and locate the correct message. Open the message, scroll to the bottom of the page, then select "Get entire message and any attachments." Your phone's email program will initiate a new Send/Receive and download the CSV file attachment.

Step 4

Save the file to your device. If your Windows Mobile phone is a touch-screen Pocket PC, hold your finger or stylus on the attachment file name and choose "Save As" from the menu that appears. If your device is not a touch-screen smartphone, highlight the attachment, press the "Menu" soft key, and select "Download Attachment." In the new window that appears, navigate to the folder on your phone where you want the CSV file, then highlight or tap "OK" to import the file to your device's internal memory.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many Windows Mobile devices will recognize the CSV file format and automatically open the file with Pocket Excel when you select the email attachment. This allows you to immediately view or edit the file without the need to manually open Pocket Excel with extra steps.
  • If you import a CSV file via USB data cable, do not unplug the cable until the file is completely imported to your Windows Mobile device.