How to import contacts from windows mobile to an iphone with outlook [solved]

There seem to be a variety of ways to import your contacts from your windows mobile phone to your iphone. This is how I did it. You will need: Activesync and Outlook on Windows, and Address Book and iTunes 7.7 on OS X.

1) Sync your windows mobile phone with outlook with activesync.

2) Launch Outlook (I have v. 2006) and click on contacts. Your contacts should be listed.

3) To avoid syncing all 1000+ contacts I had, I scrolled right, and clicked on the ‘Mobile Phone’ column to sort by contacts with a mobile phone number. I then selected only contacts with a mobile phone number and right clicked and chose ‘Send as Business Card’. This step might take a while because it’s creating potentially hundreds of attachments as vCards to a new email.

4) I tried emailing this to my email account on my mac. My server basically said ‘Are you crazy?’ and blocked the entire message – one for having hundreds of attachments and two because .vcf is normally a hostile file format for email attachments (lots of exploit potential in ’em).

5) However, I still had a copy of my message in my Outlook outbox, and was able to right click on the attachments and choose ‘Save all’. Then I transferred the folder I saved them in to my mac.

6) Simply double clicking on one attachment opened address book and asked me ‘do you want to import 1 contact?’ I clicked yes. Then I selected the rest and dragged them to address book, and it asked me if I wanted to import the rest and I clicked yes.

7) Plug your iphone in, click sync in iTunes and you’re done!

Other options I can think of:

• Take your sim card and put it in the iphone with the sim card ejection tool and go to Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calendars > Import SIM Contacts. I’m not sure if it will let you get this far if the card is from another network.

This link says you can click on the ‘MessageSave’ outlook toolbar button and select ‘Save all messages in folder Contacts’ and choose vCard in the format field, but this didn’t work for me (I don’t have that icon).

2 Responses to “How to import contacts from windows mobile to an iphone with outlook [solved]”

  1. on 23 Jun 2009 at 12:19 am Tomsweet

    Very helpful tips. This will save us lots of time on contacts backup.
    I’ve already owned an iPhone, and I use this iPhone contacts backup program to help me backup both iPhone contacts and contacts photos to my computer.

    Check it out at:
    http://www.gutensoft.com/Utilities/backup-iphone-contacts-to-computer.html

    With it, we can choose whether to backup iPhone contacts into a TXT file or an ANTC file. In ANTC file condition, we can protect the file with a password to keep our privacy.

  2. on 23 Jun 2009 at 2:32 pm jordan314

    Thanks for the comment Tom.
    One think I forgot to mention is that my method generates a ton of miscellaneous XML data in the notes section of the contacts. Haven’t figured out how to bulk edit those out yet.

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