I’ve just switched mobile phones from an iPhone 3G to a Motorola Defy. Of course, I wanted to move my contacts and future calendar entries. Apple doesn’t provide any sort of general export facility for iPhone data, so this required some research. In the end, it was quite straightforward.
To transfer contacts:
- Create a Google mail account if you don’t already have one.
- Plug your iPhone into your PC so that it brings up iTunes. In iTunes, select your phone under Devices, then select the Info tab. Tell it to sync your contacts with Google contacts (after making the selection, you need to click Apply to actually make it synchronize).
- Tell your Android phone to sync with your Google contacts.
Moving the calendar is trickier, because iTunes doesn’t provide a facility to sync with Google calendar. However, if you have Microsoft Office Outlook installed, you can do the following:
- In the same iTunes screen, tell it to sync the calendar with Outlook, and click Apply.
- Download and install Google calendar sync, to sync Outlook with the Google calendar.
- When that’s done and you can see your calendar entries in Google calendar, tell your Android phone to sync with your Google calendar.
I’ve discovered that there are programs you can buy that will move your SMS messages, but I wasn’t bothered about keeping them, so I haven’t tried those programs.