Transferring contacts from BlackBerry 10 to your new iPhone (5, 5c, 5s) should be simpler but unfortunately, with Google Sync and BlackBerry Desktop not being a part of the solution now, it’s a little complex. Not to worry though: you can still transfer all the contacts from your BlackBerry 10 device to the iPhone 5 (or 5c/5s) in a few steps.

There are plenty of ways of doing this. The easiest of course is to get a third-party software like Phone Transfer and have your BlackBerry 10 device backed up through it. There is also CardDAV through Google account which will sync your contacts to the Google account. You can then have it transferred to your iPhone easily.

How to Transfer Contacts from Blackberry to iPhone

Transfer Contacts from Blackberry to iPhone using Third-party Software

Since the demand for being able to transfer contacts from BB to iOS is huge, a lot of software programs have evolved to meet this need. Now, obviously, testing out every piece of software would run out of the scope but here’s a couple of them.

Phone Transfer is probably the best option if you’re looking for a quick way to export contacts from the BB 10 device. With Phone Transfer, you connect your BB 10 device and backup. After this, you restore the backup, selectively, to a connected iPhone 5s/5. While restoring, you just check the Contacts part (and uncheck the SMS and other sections). Phone Transfer also lets you import/export SMSes from your BB 10 device to your iPhone as-is.

Another popular software that can help is CopyTrans. With CopyTrans, the process is almost similar to Phone Transfer.

  • Backup the BlackBerry device to your computer
  • When backing up, click on Configure Settings and select only Address Book.
  • Next, select Windows 7 (Contacts) or just Outlook.
  • Pick One-Way-Sync in the next window.
  • Proceed to finish the configuration and then hit Sync.
  • Once the contacts get added to your Address book, you can use CopyTrans Contacts to just drag-drop the contacts into the software, sync to your iPhone and all the contacts are now imported to your iPhone.

Note that we’ve only outlined the steps. Depending on what software you use, you’ll find elaborate tutorials on the company’s website that will help you transfer the contacts from your BB 10 device to your iOS device.

Transfer Contacts from Blackberry to iPhone Through App:

IntouchApp is a popular alternative to the stock Contacts app on your smartphone, be it BlackBerry 10, be it iOS 7.1. The IntouchApp is available through BB’s App World and can be downloaded directly on your BB device.

Once you install IntouchApp and grant it access to the Contacts on your BlackBerry, the app will sync these contacts to the cloud. That’s it. The process is extremely simple after this.

Grab the IntouchApp from the app store on your iPhone and install it. Login to your account and all the contacts on cloud will be synced to your iPhone and added to your contacts. IntouchApp also brings an extra functionality: it auto-updates contact details (of users who are using IntouchApp and are on your list).

Since it’s free and doesn’t involve the hassles of using a computer, this is most recommended.

CardDAV Sync:

Although this method is a long-winding one, you can use CardDAV and Google contacts to export contacts from BlackBerry 10 to iPhone. To do this, you’ll need a Google/Gmail account.

  • On your BlackBerry, go to Settings → Accounts
  • Tap on Add Account → Advanced
  • Select CardDAV

Transfer Contacts from Blackberry to iPhone CardDAV

  • Enter your Google username and password
  • In the server address, enter www.google.com
  • Set a Sync interval.
  • Tap on Done to finish the setup.

Wait for a while and your contacts will be synced. If you check Google contacts on the web browser, you should see all the contacts from your BB device up on the Google account.

Now, on your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings → Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  • If you have already added the Google account, tap on the Gmail account and enable the switch for Contacts.

Transfer Contacts from Blackberry to iPhone

  • If you haven’t added, tap on Add Account → Gmail
  • Enter the email, password details and login. When prompted to enable the toggles for Mail, Notes, Calendar and Contacts, make sure the Contacts switch is enabled.
  • Wait for a few minutes and your contacts should be populated with the contacts from your BlackBerry device.

There! That should do it.

Another method is to do it with IntouchApp Contacts

  • Derec R

    Hi, what I did in order to transfer my old BB contact to my iphone 5 is transferred my BB contacts via the Desktop software to my PC – so far so good.

    Then, however, I used another tool celled copytran contacts:

    http://www.copytrans.net/copytranscontacts.php

    To import my BB contacts from my computer to the iphone. Figured this could be a good alternative method too without having to use itunes. Hope it helps someone.

  • Anurag Aggarwal, Public Speaking Trainer

    I am using Blackberry Bold and wanting to switch to i-phone. I am sure this post will help me to retain my contacts. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/SarangLakare Sarang Lakare

    Take a look at IntouchApp – the next gen solution for the messy contact transfer problem. You only need to install it on your BB and iPhone – done! Contacts sync automatically and stay updated. Get the app from http://intouchapp.com or search for “intouchapp” on any app store.

  • DannisR

    One thing to note, Google sync is not available for BB now ! For iTunes sync, most people are afraid to get the phone messed. Contacts storage has been a industry standard for a while, so it can be transferred easily with certain software. Look at this one, which is capable of transferring contacts across various mobile platforms, such as BB, iOS and Android. Check it out:
    http://www.androidphonesoft.com/resources/transfer-contacts-from-blackberry-to-iphone.html

    Already tested on my iPhone 5S.