How to Transfer Contacts From Blackberry and Android to iPhone

If you are one of those who switched from Blackberry or Android to iPhone, I bet the first question you will ask is how can you transfer the contacts over? While it requires some meddling around with different software, it is definitely not a difficult task. In this article, we will show you how you can transfer your contacts over the easy way.

How to Transfer Contacts from Blackberry

If you have a Blackberry and you want to transfer all your contacts to your new iPhone, the first thing you should do is to export all your contacts to Outlook, Windows Mail or Exchange in your computer.


For Outlook users, you can then go to iTunes and select “Import contacts from Outlook”.

For Exchange user, Google Sync is the best way to get things done. This is how you do it;

Step 1: Launch “Settings” app in your iPhone and select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars“.


Step 2: You”ve got to set up an account to proceed, just follow this easy tutorial written by our Chief Editor on Setting Up Push Notification For Gmail in iPhone. This tutorial will walk you through on how to set up your Gmail username as well as Gmail servers.

Step 3: If you have successfully set up and verified your account, you can simply choose the data you want to sync as shown in the image below.


How to Transfer Contacts from Android Phone

Now let’s try to export contacts from your Android device to iPhone. Assuming that you are not using Google to sync your contacts (but really, you should):

Step 1: Mount your device to your computer and go to “Contacts” in your Android phone, and in the settings look for “Export to SD Card“.


Step 2: All of the existing contacts contained in “My Contacts List” will be exported to “00001.vcf” file in your SD card.

Step 3: Now, on your computer, try to open your Gmail account and go to “Settings” then “Import“. Browse and locate ‘00001.vcf’ from your SD card. When it’s done you are ready to proceed to the next step.


Step 4: If you have previously setup Gmail in your iPhone it would be a lot easier. Go to “Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and toggle Contacts switch to ON.

Now if you are already using Google to manage your contact, you can skip to Step 4 directly.

Transferring Data from Another iPhone

Some of you may be asking how to transfer data from an old iPhone to a newer one, just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Dock your old iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. Usually, iTunes will automatically sync a few seconds after you launch it given that your iPhone is properly connected to your computer. If iTunes fails to sync automatically, click on the “Sync” button located on the lower-right corner of iTunes. Or, you can right-click on your iPhone under Devices and click “Back Up“.


It may take a little while for iTunes to complete the sync. Basically, this process will backup everything from your old iPhone.

Step 2: Unplug your old iPhone and dock the new one. If you have not registered your new iPhone yet, you will be asked to do so.

Step 3: After which, iTunes will ask you to either set up a new iPhone or restore from backup; select “Restore from the backup of” and choose the one you just made, click “Continue” button to proceed with the restoration.


Step 4: Your iPhone will reboot automatically if restoration is done. Once it comes back on, iTunes will automatically detect it and start syncing the data from your old iPhone.

Step 5: This time, it may take several minutes to complete depending on how many apps you have been using in your old iPhone. Let iTunes finish everything for you. When it is complete, your new iPhone will have the same settings and contain the same data and apps.


This process usually transfers almost all data from your old iPhone to the new one including cameral roll photos, contacts, settings and apps as backup to iTunes which you can get access to anytime you like.

If ever you follow this tutorial and encounter any problem, please don’t hesitate to post them below, and if you have found a solution to the problems you’ve encountered and want to share them to others, contact us at your most convenient time.


Harold is a techno geek who writes Technology News. While technology is his passion, he also writes about travel tips, iPhone how-to's and other fresh news on the web. He is even very active in a News Community which seeks to bring the latest news for online readers around the world.

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