Getting Contacts List from Backup File?
Is there a way to get contact lists from a backup file I have saved on my computer? I switched to the Droid today and want my contacts from my Storm but it doesn't work. I did a backup and then restore about a month ago so I have all the backup files saved on my computer. I couldn't find the contacts to get a list of them but I figure there is a way to get it or at least display them on my screen. Thanks in advance for any help.
- 12-21-09, 05:31 PM #2
I don't think there is. If you have used gmail or microsoft outlook you would be able to transfer them easily, but I don't believe you can load only the contacts from your storm backup to your droid.
- 12-21-09, 07:47 PM #4
Oh, I don't know of a way to view them outside of your phone. You might be able to find a way to open the file in excel or something. Maybe trying googling converting the .ipd (or w/e file) to something else that you can open. Plus, if you backed them up using gmail, you could've easily used the sync app to get them on your droid.
Okay, so I haven't figured out how to do it yet. My buddy has a Blackberry Curve though so I might try to backup his phone, then do an advanced restore of only my contacts onto his phone. Get them from his phone and then restore his contacts. Will this work even though my contacts were from a Storm and I'm loading them on a different BB? I think it should since its just contacts and nothing Storm specific will be loaded on his.
- 12-22-09, 01:25 PM #6
I would download Google Sync on his phone. Sync it to your account, then you will have all your contacts on the Droid. Then delete Google Sync off his phone and do a restore.
- 12-22-09, 04:22 PM #9
So what I was saying is. Install Google Sync on your friends BB (with your contacts on it) and sync with your Gmail account. You now have a Gmail account with all your contacts in it. Then delete Google Sync from the BB, and restore his contacts. Now registar your new Gmail account on your Droid, and Boom all your contacts are on your new Droid.
- 12-22-09, 05:08 PM #11
Or you might be able to try this if you can access the file.
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12-23-09, 08:39 AM #13
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How to get a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file with all your contact data - by me.
Using Desktop Manager:
Connect your BB
On the Main Menu of DM - Select Synchronize.
On the Synchronize screen - on the left hand side under Configure - Select Synchronization - This will change the Right Hand portion of the DM screen.
On the right hand side - click the Synchronization Button on the upper right - this will start the Intellisync setup dialog.
In the dialog screen - put a check in the box for Address Book and clear the others if needed.
Click the actual Address Book icon on the screen - the entire "line item" should be highlighted in blue and the Settings button should now be enabled.
Click the Settings button - a screen will appear prompting you to Select a desktop application - Pick the ASCII Importer/Exporter and click the Next button.
Select the Direction you want the Sync to be (In this case the One Way sync from device will be what you want) and click Next.
On this screen:
- Click the Options button and specify Comma as the field separator (left column) and Double quotation marks as the field value markers (right column)
- Specify a path and file name to save the file - make sure the file name ends with .csv and pick a path easy for you to find / remember. ** See new info on solving Excel PIN problem at end of post **
Click Next & then click Finish - you will now be back at the Intellisync setup main screen. Click O.K. to exit back to the DM Synchronize screen
Now click on Synchronize on the left hand pane of the DM screen - this will again change the right hand portion.
On the right hand portion check Synchronize organizer data and clear all others. Then press the Synchronize button
This will start the Synchronizer - you will see several progress dialogs flash up then a message box with the header Confirm Address Book Edits - it will have several button options - click the Accept button. You will again see a couple of progress dialogs then back to the DM Synchronize screen.
Presto - you now have a comma separated values (csv) file of all your contact data that Notepad or Excel (or many other programs) can open.
I have my DM set to do this every time I plug in my BB so I will always have a separate contacts back-up from the regular DM back-up.
You can also use this same process to make several / bulk changes to your contact info & by reversing the direction in the setup above - can then load them back to your BB.
One word of caution however - Excel (and I assume other spread sheet applications) does NOT play nice with BB PIN numbers. It can truncate leading zeros and some PIN's with a E in them get treated as scientific notation numbers instead of text. I'm sure there's a setting in Excel that will ignore / fix this but I haven't bothered to try and find it just yet.
*Edit* - I have found a "Work Around" for the PIN issues in Excel.
You can do 1 of two things to begin with:
1) Rename the file from .csv to .txt and then open it with Excel (If you prefer this method then you can change the file extension in the file naming step outlined above from .csv to .txt to make this automatic)
2) Open a blank Workbook, select Data - Import External Data - Import Data, and then select the .csv file
Either of these actions will result in the same behavior from this point on.
You will then see the "Text Import Wizard" open - this is a 3 step import process.
Step 1 - Make sure that the Radio Button for Delimited is selected
Step 2 - In the Delimiters section make sure that Comma is the only option selected. The Text Qualifier should be a Double Quote
Step 3 - In the Data Preview - Scroll across to the Right until you see the PIN column, select it to Highlight it, then change the Column data format from General to Text
Click Finish and you're all set.
Last edited by N2DFire; 02-22-10 at 08:06 AM. Reason: Updated / Additional Information