Daily Tip: How to transfer data from your old Blackberry or Droid/Android to your new iPhone

Daily Tip: How to transfer data from your old Blackberry or Droid/Android to your new Verizon iPhone

Switching to the Verizon iPhone, or any iPhone, from BlackBerry or Droid (or another Android phone) and curious how to transfer your data over? We've already told you how to switch from AT&T iPhone to Verizon iPhone, but crossing platforms can seem like a bigger headache. It isn't. There's lots of services available to help you transfer data from one device to another. Keep reading for some simple suggestions that can make the process of going from BlackBerry or Droid/Android to the iPhone just a little easier for you.

There are two main ways to move all your data over to iPhone: desktop sync via iTunes and cloud sync via Google, Yahoo!, Exchange, etc.


If you want to move your music, TV shows, movies, photos, and other media over to your new iPhone and you already use iTunes on Mac or Windows PC then it's pretty easy.

  1. Just plug the dock cable into your iPhone and into your PC and your iPhone will show up in iTunes.
  2. Go through the tabs and choose what information, media, and photos you want to sync.
  3. Press sync

You can sync multiple iOS devices (if you already have an iPad or iPod touch) with one iTunes library or set up multiple iTunes libraries to keep things extra neat and tidy.

Google Sync

Here is a way to use Gmail or Google Sync to transfer your data. If you're already using a Gmail or Google Account to sync your mail, contacts, and calendars, this process is dead simple. Just make sure you've done a sync on your current BlackBerry or Android device.

  1. On your new iPhone tap Settings and go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  2. You'll need to add your new account to your iPhone. Simply tap the new account and then Gmail option.
  3. If you want full push, you can also set Gmail up as Exchange as well. Visit Google's Exchange page for instructions on setting up this way.
  4. After your account is verified, you can simply choose to sync what items you would like to sync by turning those options On.
  5. If a message pops up asking what you'd like to do with the data, choose to replace your iPhone data.

Yahoo! Sync

To perform a sync with Yahoo!, you are essentially going to repeat the same steps you would for Google sync (see above), except you'll choose Yahoo when you choose your new account type. All the options should be identical when it comes to syncing contacts, calendars, and email accounts.

Exchange and Hotmail

If you're using Exchange at work, and/or Windows Live Hotmail at home, again the instructions are the same as above just choose Exchange ActiveSync as your account type. (If you have problems with a work account, check with your IT department for the proper settings)

Transferring contacts and calendars from your computer with iTunes

If you don't use any Google, Yahoo!, Exchange or any online service and you're just looking to transfer your contacts to your iPhone, you can do that too. Whether you have Windows or Mac, you can transfer contacts from your current smartphone to your iPhone pretty easily.

  1. Plug your old device into the computer and sync them with either Outlook, Exchange, or Mac Address book. This process is pretty easy but varies from device to device, so you may need to refer to your specific device instructions in order to do this. If you still have an issue doing this, head on over to the Verizon iPhone Forum for some expert switcher advice and help.
  2. Once your contacts are already on your computer, you can plug your new iPhone into your computer.
  3. Open iTunes and click the Info tab under your iPhone sync settings.
  4. You will see a Contacts option. Select that and choose what contacts you would like to be synced to your phone.
  5. Click sync and wait for iTunes to do its thing. When complete, your contacts should now be on your new iPhone.

Note: You may have noticed iTunes has native options to configure Yahoo! or Gmail sync. You are more than welcome to use these options as well. They are just as easy. You can also choose to sync calendars via iTunes as well. Use whatever process is going to be more convenient for you on an ongoing basis.

Transferring photos from your old device to your new iPhone [PC users]

  1. Simply sync or transfer the photos from your old device into your photos on your Windows PC. Whether you choose to do this with your actual device, or from removable storage like an SD card is your choice.
  2. Plug your new iPhone into the computer and open iTunes and navigate to the Photos tab.
  3. Navigate your way to where you save your photos to your PC when choosing what photos to sync and make sure to choose the pictures you'd like on your phone.
  4. Click sync and wait for iTunes to finish. Your photos should now show up in the Photos app on your iPhone.

Transferring photos from your old device to your new iPhone [Mac users]

  1. Plug your old device into your Mac and open iPhoto. (If iPhoto doesn't recognize your Android or Blackberry, simply transfer the pictures from the removable storage in your device, if you have that option.)
  2. Your device should show up in the left navigation pane of iPhoto.
  3. Name your album and import the photos. Alternately, you could select just the photos you'd like on your new device if you want.
  4. Open iTunes and go to the Photos tab. Select the albums or events you'd like to sync to your new iPhone.
  5. Click sync and wait for iTunes. After the sync is complete, you should see your new Photos in your Photo app on your iPhone.

Next steps

The iPhone is a pretty easy device to transfer data to. Once you've gotten all your data from your other device into a cloud service or on your computer, it should be easy as pie. If you guys have any issues doing any of this, feel free to check out the TiPb Verizon iPhone Forums for answers to many questions.

For more on using your new Verizon iPhone, check out our iPhone Starters Guide.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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kalafalas says:

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Matthew says:

You can also install the VZ Contact Transfer App by Verizon found in the App Store. If you've had backup assistant on your Blackberry or Feature phone, you can just use that. A lot simpler than these other methods.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

I didn't include it because it's only for existing Verizon customers and it only transfers contacts. Nothing else.

Matthew says:

Very true. Would have been helpful for those with Verizon that aren't too tech savy. Great article though, sent it to a few friends who just switched over.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

I'll add it at the bottom too with an iTunes link

Kb says:

Keep in mind, gmail does not sync contacts. You have to use google sync to get contacts. You can do both at the same time. I just set sync to do contacts only and use the gmail connector for mail and calendar.
Also, I found getting the blackberry contacts off of the phone a chore. You'll need the Blacknerry desktop software if you don't use your BB with an exchange server. From there you can use the synchronize section to export your contacts in .csv for,at for upload via gmail or via iTunes.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

BBs are a pain but you should be able to export them. I had no issues on my old bold with a mac. My address book on the iMac imported them.

Dan lockwood says:

I can't get my contacts to transfer over from google. I'm not sure how to fix this. When I go to sync it does not even ask me to sync contacts but if I go to my gmail they are in there. Please help!!!!

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Rachel says:

I recently switched from Blackberry Bold to iPhone 4s on verizon. I was unable to sync via google, but was able to sync calendar from blackberry desk top manager on my macbook to the iCal, then synced iphone and it went on automatically. Contacts have not completely switched, can't get groups made in BB contacts to transfer over. Have tried machine at verizon store, BB desktop managr, VZ contact transfer. All transfer most of contacts, but groups don't have all the names. Guess I'll have to re-create.

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CodyGlrd says:

I tried using the Gmail sync method via Exchange but this did not work. I used this instead to transfer contacts from BlackBerry to my new iPhone:


For calendars, I used Google Calendar but via CalDAV.

Feketsp says:

Nie article. To transfer sms messages from android to iPhone, there is a program called Android SMS to iPhone Transfer lets you do it on computer.

Hope this can help.