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How to transfer your stuff from your old BlackBerry, android, iPhone or feature phone to a Z10

The new BlackBerry Z10 is the rage these days and if you have gotten one or plan to get one, you may be wondering how to transfer your contacts, media files and other files from your old device to a Z10. Thankfully BlackBerry has put up a couple of guides to help you make the transition to the Z10 smoothly as possible without losing most of your data.

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1. Download BlackBerry Link onto your computer.

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2. Connect your old device to your computer using a USB cable.

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3. Follow the steps provided on the BlackBerry® Link screen.

What will be transferred?

With BlackBerry Link, you can transfer information that was saved to the memory on your old device, including:

  • Contacts
  • Files (pictures, music, documents)
  • Calendar items
  • Tasks and Memos
  • BBM™ contacts
  • Browser bookmarks and folders
  • Alarm/clock settings
  • Text/SMS/MMS/PIN messages
  • Phone Call Logs
  • WLAN Profiles (for non-enterprise networks)
  • Password Keeper entries

If you have anything saved on your SIM card, such as address book contacts, make sure to save these things to your device memory or your media card first. That will ensue they get transferred during the device switch.

Switching devices using a media card

For BlackBerry smartphone users with BlackBerry 7 OS and later, you can switch devices using your media card.

  1. On your old device, tap Search and type Device Switch in the field.
  2. If you are running BlackBerry 7.0 or later, Setup will appear in the search results.
  3. Click Setup > Device Switch > Using a Media Card > Save Data
  4. Clear the “Save emails” checkbox because you will bring email over later (you get your emails and contacts back when you set your email up), and select Continue.
  5. When all of your content is saved to a backup file, remove the media card and insert it in your new BlackBerry 10 device.
  6. When the screen shown on the left appears on your BlackBerry 10 device, type in your backup file password and items will begin to transfer to your new device.

Android:

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Transferring information from your Android device to your new BlackBerry® Z10 is simple and straightforward. Just follow the instructions below.

Transferring Files

There are two options for transferring the files on your Android device to your new BlackBerry® 10 smartphone.

Option 1: Drag and Drop

For Windows® Users

You can drag and drop files from your Android device to your BlackBerry Z10:

  1. Connect both your Android device and your BlackBerry Z10 to your PC.
  2. Open Windows® Explorer by clicking Start > Accessories > Windows Explorer
  3. Drag and drop files between the two devices.

 

For Mac Users

You can drag and drop from your Android device to your BlackBerry Z10:

  1. Connect your BlackBerry Z10 to your Mac.
  2. Download BlackBerry Link when prompted. If you’re not prompted, download it from here.
  3. When BlackBerry Link is installed, you should see two new icons on your desktop: Media and Removable_SDCARD.
  4. Click on your Android device and drag and drop files into the Media and Removable_SDCARD folders on your desktop.

 

** If you don’t see these folders, open Finder. Your BlackBerry 10 device will appear as IP address 169.254.X.X. Drag files from your Android device to the folders in IP address 169.254.X.X (which is what your BlackBerry Z10 is called in Finder).

Option 2: Use a Sync App

  1. Transfer your Android music to iTunes® or Windows Media® Player on your computer.
  2. From your Android device, drag and drop Pictures, Videos, and Documents using Windows Explorer, or Finder on a Mac, onto your Desktop or Mac.
  3. Download BlackBerry Link and connect your BlackBerry Z10 to your computer with a USB cable. Install BlackBerry Link and during setup, specify if your music content should be sourced from iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Open BlackBerry Link and click on the Desktop tab: For Windows users, navigate to your Pictures, Videos, and Documents content views and add the folders that store your imported content.

For Mac users, BlackBerry Link sources the library content from your iTunes and iPhoto applications. Ensure your imported content is included in your iPhoto and iTunes libraries. For Documents, you can specify the folders that store your content from the desktop settings page.

Drag and drop the imported content from the Desktop tab to the BlackBerry tab while your BlackBerry Z10 is connected.

Transferring Media Card Files (Music, Pictures, and Videos)

You may be able to transfer files stored on a microSD card (media card) in your Android device to your new BlackBerry Z10. Simply take it out of your phone and insert it into your BlackBerry Z10.

If you’re prompted to reformat your media card, first make sure to save the files on your media card to your computer. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Insert your media card into your Android device.
  2. Save the items from your media card onto your computer by using iTunes, Windows Media Player, Windows Explorer, or Finder on Mac.
  3. Insert your media card into your BlackBerry Z10 and if prompted, reformat the media card.
  4. If the media card had to be reformatted, download BlackBerry Link and connect your BlackBerry Z10 to your computer using a USB cable.
  5. Open BlackBerry Link, add the media and documents that you had copied over to your computer from your Android device, and then drag and drop content from the Desktop tab to the BlackBerry tab while your BlackBerry Z10 is connected.

iPhone:

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Transferring your information from your iPhone to your new BlackBerry® 10 device is simple and straightforward. Just follow the instructions below.

Transferring Music

Get your music on your new BlackBerry Z10:

  1. Sync your iPhone with iTunes on your computer.
  2. Download BlackBerry Link and connect your BlackBerry Z10 to your computer with a USB cable. Ensure you select iTunes as your BlackBerry Link music source.
  3. Open BlackBerry Link, navigate to the Music content view, and then drag and drop music from the Desktop tab to the BlackBerry tab while your BlackBerry Z10 is connected.

Transferring Pictures and Videos

Get your photos and videos on your new BlackBerry Z10:

  1. Transfer photos and videos from iOS devices to your computer.
  2. Download BlackBerry Link and connect your BlackBerry Z10 to your computer with a USB cable. Ensure you select iTunes as your BlackBerry Link content source.

Open BlackBerry Link and click on the Desktop tab: For Windows, navigate to your Pictures and Videos content views and add the folders that store your imported content.

For Mac users, BlackBerry Link sources the library content from your iTunes and iPhoto applications. Ensure your imported content is included in your iPhoto and iTunes libraries.

From your Desktop tab, navigate to your Pictures and Videos content view. Drag and drop the imported content to your BlackBerry tab while your BlackBerry Z10 is connected.

Setting Up Email, Calendar, and Contacts

  1. On your new BlackBerry 10 device, go to Settings, and click on Accounts.
  2. Click Add Account, and enter your email address and password.
  3. Your email, calendar, and contact from this account will now start to transfer to your BlackBerry Z10.

 

** For calendar items and contacts that are stored in your iPhone memory, search for how to synchronize them with an email account, such as Windows Live™ Hotmail®, Gmail®, or Yahoo!®. When they’ve synchronized with your email account, add that email account to your BlackBerry Z10 and everything will be transferred.

Feature Phone (e.g Nokia Flip, Motorola Razr e.t.c)

Transferring information from your feature phone to your new BlackBerry® Z10 is simple and straightforward. Just follow the instructions below.

Transferring Files

For Windows® Users

If your feature phone can connect to a PC, you can drag and drop files from your phone to your BlackBerry Z10:

  1. Connect your phone to your computer.
  2. Open Windows® Explorer by clicking Start > Accessories > Windows Explorer
  3. Create a folder on your desktop and drag and drop the files on your phone into this folder.
  4. Download BlackBerry Link and connect your BlackBerry Z10 to your computer with a USB cable.
  5. Open BlackBerry Link, then drag and drop files from the Desktop tab to the BlackBerry tab while your BlackBerry Z10 is connected.

 

For Mac Users

If your feature phone can connect to a Mac, you can drag and drop files from your phone to your new BlackBerry 10 device:

  1. Connect your BlackBerry Z10 to your Mac.
  2. Download BlackBerry Link when prompted. If you’re not prompted, download it from www.blackberry.com/blackberrylink.
  3. When BlackBerry Link is installed, you should see two new folders on your desktop: Media and Removable_SDCARD.
  4. Click on your phone and drag and drop files into the Media and Removable_SDCARD folders on your desktop.

 

** If you don’t see these folders, open Finder. Your BlackBerry Z10 will appear as IP address 169.254.X.X. Drag files from your phone to the folders in IP address 169.254.X.X (which is what your BlackBerry Z10 is called in Finder).

 

Feature Phone (Nokia Flip, Motorola Razor, etc.)

Transferring Media Card Files (Music, Pictures, and Videos)

You may be able to transfer files stored on a microSD card (media card) in your phone to your new BlackBerry Z10. Simply take the media card out of your phone and insert it into your BlackBerry Z10.

If you’re prompted to reformat your media card, first make sure to save the files on your media card to your computer. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Insert your media card back into your feature phone device.
  2. Save the items from your media card onto your computer by using iTunes, Windows Media® Player, Windows Explorer, or Finder on Mac.
  3. When finished, insert your media card into your BlackBerry Z10 and if prompted, reformat the media card.
  4. If the media card had to be reformatted, download BlackBerry Link and connect your BlackBerry BlackBerry Z10 to your computer using a USB cable.
  5. Open BlackBerry Link, add the media and documents that you had copied over to your computer from your feature phone, and then drag and drop content from the Desktop tab to the BlackBerry tab while your BlackBerry Z10 is connected.

 

Transferring Contacts from a Feature Phone

If your phone uses a micro SIM card, make sure to save any contacts that are stored on your phone to your micro SIM card. If you don’t have a micro SIM card, you can manually copy your contacts to your BlackBerry Z10.

Setting Up Email, Calendar, and Contacts

  1. On your new BlackBerry 10 device, go to Settings, and click Accounts.
  2. Click Add Account, and enter your email address and password.
  3. Your email, calendar, and contact from this account will now start to transfer to your BlackBerry Z10.

 

** For calendar items and contacts that are stored in your phone’s memory, search for how to synchronize them with an email account, such as Windows Live™ Hotmail®, Gmail®, or Yahoo!®. When they’ve synchronized with your email account, add that email account to your BlackBerry Z10 and everything will be transferred.

Source: BlackBerry

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