Transfer Contacts from Blackberry to Droid

31 12 2009

The easiest way to transfer contacts from a blackberry to a Motorola Droid phone is via the GMail contact import feature using a CSV file exported from the Blackberry Desktop Manager. There is one gotcha though; Google does not give you a preview of how the contact data will map, which can have undesirable results!!

Here is the procedure.

  1. Backup your Blackberry data using the BB Desktop Manager.
  2. Export BB contacts to an Excel compatible CSV File. Follow the procedure found here.
  3. Open CSV file in Excel.
  4. Examine data. You want to make sure that the primary phone number is under the heading ‘Mobile Phone’. By default the Blackberry puts phone numbers in ‘Work Phone’. The Google import tool doesn’t know what to do with this. (See image below). Be sure to manipulate the phone data in excel to put contacts primary phone number under the ‘Mobile Phone’ heading.

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  5. Save the CSV file, be sure to preserve format as CSV. Close the file.
  6. Go to Gmail and open your contacts.
  7. Create a new group to put the imported contacts in.
  8. Choose Import.
  9. Browse the computer to find the CSV file and also check the option to import contacts into the new group. (That way if they come in all goofed up, you can mass delete the group and retry).
  10. Click Import and see how it worked!!

Presumably the procedure is the same for other Android phones.

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10 06 2011
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[…] Transfer Contacts from Blackberry to Droid В« JPWhite's Tech Blog Dec 31, 2009 … The easiest way to transfer contacts from a blackberry to a Motorola Droid phone is via the GMail … […]

12 06 2011
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[…] Transfer Contacts from Blackberry to Droid В« JPWhite's Tech Blog Dec 31, 2009 … The easiest way to transfer contacts from a blackberry to a Motorola Droid phone is via the GMail … […]

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