If you are owing both Blackberry and iOS device or discarding Blackberry and getting the new iPhone and want to transfer contacts then here is how to do it. Before you start remember that there are various ways to export your contacts on IOS smartphone from a new BlackBerry 10 device to a new iPhone 6 or newer, or from an older BlackBerry phone to any iPhone.
1. Transfer contacts from BlackBerry to iPhone via Google Apps and Google Sync
As contacts on your Android are in your Google account you can access them from just about any device. With BlackBerry, unfortunately, you can no longer use the following method unless you pay for Google Apps for Business. Clearly, you are unlikely to do that for this reason alone, but if your business uses Google Apps the following should work:
- On your BlackBerry go to m.google.com/sync. Download the google sync app when prompted.
- Launch the app and enter your Google account username and password – if you have a Gmail account it’s this login. If you don’t have a Google account setting one up is free. Just open a Gmail account – you don’t have to use it for email.
- Now select ‘Sync Now’. Your contacts will copy over to your Gmail account.
- Now go to your iPhone then choose settings; mail, contacts, calendars. Now hit Add Account and choose Microsoft Exchange – you need to enter this email account as an Exchange account in order to fully sync contacts. Enter your Gmail address where it asks for email and again where it asks for username. Enter your Gmail password. Hit Next.
- Now scroll to the ‘Server’ field, and type m.google.com. Set ‘Sync’ to Yes under both ‘Contacts’ and ‘Calendars’.
- Your contacts data is now in your iPhone as well as your Gmail account, should you wish to access it from your PC
2. Transfer contacts from BlackBerry to iPhone using Mac or PC
You can also transfer contacts from older BlackBerry to iOS if you sync your iPhone with your Mac. To do this you can use the BlackBerry Desktop software app. Then just connect your BlackBerry to your Mac and start the BlackBerry Desktop software. There is a PC version of the BlackBerry desktop software, too. The process works in exactly the same way.
In BlackBerry desktop, go to Device, Backup, and then back up your BlackBerry. This will save your Contacts to your Mac or PC.
Now connect your iPhone to your Mac and launch iTunes. Scroll down and select ‘Info’, and then tick the box next to ‘Sync Contacts’. The next time you sync your iPhone on your Mac your contacts will sync with your iPhone.
3. Transfer contacts from BlackBerry 10 phone to new iPhone
Not being a Google Apps for Business subscriber you cannot get the above method to work on BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Passport. Also BlackBerry 10 phones don’t come with BlackBerry Desktop software. Instead they bundle BlackBerry Link, which doesn’t offer the same function.
So to move contacts from the BlackBerry Z10 you can do is by using InTouch – a free app that you can get from BlackBerry World, upload your contacts, and then install on to other devices. InTouch supports iOS and Android So you will:
- Download and install the app and accept the conditions.
- Set up an account. Hit Register, then give your name, email, mobile number, as well as a username and password. Then hit Register again.
- The app will now download your contacts from the BlackBerry. Install InTouch on any other device, or access your account from a desktop browser, and you can use all of your contact data. Indeed, update your account from anywhere and it will sync to all of your devices.
So you see there are various methods to transfer contacts and you choose the one according to your device and need.