How to Transfer Contacts Between BlackBerries

By Shawn McClain

Your BlackBerry address book can contain thousands of personal and business contacts, making it one of the most important applications in your smartphone. If you change your device and start using a new BlackBerry, getting all your contacts over to your new device will be a top priority. RIM makes this process easy by standardizing the BlackBerry address book, which means you can use a backup file from one BlackBerry and restore it to a different device.

Things You'll Need

  • BlackBerry Desktop Software
  • Data cable

Step 1

Plug your old BlackBerry device into the data cable that came with it. Plug the cable into an available USB port on your computer. If an "AutoPlay" box appears on the screen, close it.

Step 2

Double-click the BlackBerry Desktop Software icon to launch the program. Wait for the "Connecting" message at the bottom-right corner of the window to change to "Sync" or "Sync All," before you continue.

Step 3

Select "Back up now" in the middle of the window. In the new "Back Up Options" window, place a dot next to "Custom" at the top. Place a check next to "Address Book - All." Type in a name you will remember next to the "File Name" field. Click "Back up" at the bottom of the window to start the process. Click "Close," once you see the message saying the back up is complete.

Step 4

Disconnect the old BlackBerry device and connect your new one. Close any "AutoPlay" windows that pop up and wait for the message to say "Sync" or "Sync All" at the bottom-right of the screen.

Step 5

Select "Device" at the top of the window to open up a drop-down menu. Choose "Restore" from that menu. Select the name of the file that you just created. It should be at the top of the list. Click "Restore" to start the transfer process. Select "Yes" if a box pops up explaining that your data will be replaced. Select "Close" once the window says "Restore Complete."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you didn't install the BlackBerry Desktop Software that came with your device, you can download the program from BlackBerry's Website.