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My parents have recently each purchased an iPhone 5 and asked me to set them up. One of the most important things when changing mobile phones is transferring your contacts. But Apple don’t make it very easy.
I’m an Android man, I have never owned an Apple device nor do I know much about how they work or behave. Which is probably similar to quite a few people out there. So I turn to good old Google for a bit of advice.
Hours of searching on Google turned up a lot of rubbish about how you can back up your contacts through iTunes (which doesn’t seem to be supported any more), or backing up to and managing them through Gmail or Yahoo Mail, which would be good if I wanted to do that, but I wanted to get them onto the iCloud so they can synchronise and constantly update from that source. So I had to get a little bit creative and I thought that I’d share it with you who may be wanting the same end result – transferring your contacts quickly and easily (for free) from your Blackberry device in bulk onto the iCloud, here’s how…..
You will need:
Step 1 – Perform a sync between your Blackberry device and your Outlook program. Once this is complete you should see all your contacts in your outlook program. This is an ideal time to make whatever changes you need to as Outlook is a very easy program to use for this.
Step 2 – Once you have finished making any changes to your contacts you need to export them from Outlook. To do this firstly make sure you are in the contacts section in outlook, then:
Outlook will now Export your contacts to a CSV file on your computer.
Step 3 – Now that you have exported your contacts from Outlook you’ll probably be thinking, just like I did, can’t I just upload this onto iCloud? Well unfortunately you can’t as CSV files are not something iCloud will recognise, sorry to disappoint! But luckily there isn’t a lot more work to do.
This step involves using a Yahoo! account as a tool. If you haven’t got one you can sign up for free, use it for what you need it for and then delete it afterwards.
If you want to you can delete your Yahoo account now as we have used it for everything we need.
Step 4 – Your contacts are now in the correct format (vCard) to upload onto the iCloud, however, they are not in the correct version of vCard. Yahoo exports to version 2.1 whereas iCloud will only recognise version 3.0 or higher, luckily it’s dead easy to rectify this issue.
I found this information through Google on a website called electronmedia.in. I have used the parts I needed which worked perfectly, but credit for the original idea goes to this webpage: http://www.electronmedia.in/wp/fix-vcfvcards-importing-errors-icloud/ Thanks guys!
Step 5 – You’re now ready to upload your contacts to the iCloud.
This is the best (free) way I could work out how to get all of my parents’ contacts transferred. Now I’m no computer genius by any means, so I may have missed something out there where you can do all the above in a couple of clicks, but I failed to find it! If there is feel free to leave comments below and let others know because it’s damn hard to find.
Thanks for reading this post, as I said, if you have any comments please share them below.