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You can easily transfer BlackBerry contacts to iPhone using CopyTrans Contacts. It works with all phones running BlackBerry OS and all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X. In this guide we’ll use a BlackBerry Bold 9700 and an iPhone 6s.

Watch our YouTube tutorial:

Or follow the steps below:

  1. The first step is to get the contacts from the BlackBerry. For the purpose, you need to download and install the BlackBerry Desktop Manager for PC, which is a free software developed by BlackBerry. You can download it from here:

    Download BlackBerry Desktop Software

  2. Run the BlackBerry Desktop Manager and connect your BlackBerry through USB: run BlackBerry Desktop Manager

  3. It’s always a good idea to make a backup of your BlackBerry first. Click “Back up now”: BlackBerry backup

  4. In the settings window under “Backup type” select “Full” and start the backup by clicking “Back up”: BlackBerry backup settings

  5. Wait for the BlackBerry backup to complete… BlackBerry backup progress

  6. Once the backup is complete, go to “Organizer” and click “Configure settings…” configure sync settings in blackberry desktop software

    NOTE: If the Contacts option is greyed-out and shows “(syncing wirelessly)”, this means that you are currently syncing the BlackBerry contacts to an online service. Just turn off wireless synchronization from within your BlackBerry. If the wireless sync option is not available on the BlackBerry, check this troubleshooting article.

  7. In the popup window, check the box against “Address Book” and make sure all the other boxes are unchecked. See the screenshot below: select blackberry application to sync from intellisync window

  8. Select “Windows Contacts” and click “Next”: select a desktop application in blackberry address book setup window
    NOTE: if the Windows Contacts does not appear as an option, please select “Microsoft Outlook” instead. This will allow you to transfer the Outlook contacts directly to iPhone.

  9. Under “Direction of synchronization” choose “One way sync from Device” and tap on “Next”: blackberry contacts synchronization options during address book setup

  10. Click “Finish”: complete blackberry address book setup wizard by clicking finish

  11. Next, click “OK”: ok button in blackberry desktop intellisync window

  12. To start transferring your BlackBerry contacts, choose “Sync”: sync contacts button in blackberry desktop software

  13. Review the changes that will take place and click “Accept”: prompt to accept the address book changes made

    NOTE: If you experience sync errors, please refer to the following article: How to fix BlackBerry Desktop Software sync issues

  14. Your BlackBerry contacts are now backed up in the form of Windows Contacts on your PC: BlackBerry contacts saved as Windows Contacts on PC

  • under Windows 7 and Vista, the contacts are located in:

  • on Windows XP, the default contact location is found here:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Address Book.

Restore Blackberry contacts to iPhone

Now it’s time to transfer the contacts to the iPhone. This is where CopyTrans Contacts comes in handy as the program is designed to transfer contacts from PC to the iPhone.

  1. Download CopyTrans Contacts from the following page
    Download CopyTrans Contacts

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Contacts, please refer to this article

  3. Run CopyTrans Contacts. When the main program window shows up connect your iPhone: copytrans main window ready to transfer bb contacts to iphone

  4. Open the PC folder where you saved the BlackBerry contacts. Select all contacts you wish to transfer. To select all contacts in the folder, press CTRL + A: blackberry contacts to iphone

    NOTE: under Windows 7 and Vista, the contacts are located in:

    On Windows XP, the default contact location is found here:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Address Book.

  5. Now, drag and drop the selected contacts to the open CopyTrans Contacts window. This will import the contacts directly to your iPhone: transfer blackberry contacts to iphone from a file selection

  6. That’s it! All BlackBerry contacts are now on the iPhone: BlackBerry contacts imported in iPhone

Once you transferred the BlackBerry contacts to your iPhone, you can continue using CopyTrans Contacts to manage iPhone contacts, notes and calendars using PC keyboard or back them up to your computer. blackberry bold contacts on iphone

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.