Monday, February 11, 2013

How to transfer files, contacts, email and appointments on your Android device to the Blackberry 10 OS Z10 & Q10

BlackBerry 10 Data Transfer

The BlackBerry smartphones with the new BlackBerry 10 OS have already arrived, with plenty of weapons to fight for the smartphone crown. Are you ready to make the switch? Whether you have already decided to jump or just thinking about it, this post explains what you should do first after charging the battery.

Moving data from your current Android device to a new BlackBerry 10 OS device is quite simple. Just follow the instructions below, courtesy of BlackBerry Inc.

Transferring Files from your device memory

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

Option 1: Drag and Drop

For Windows Users:
  1. Connect both your Android device and your BlackBerry 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:
  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. The BlackBerry will appear as IP address 169.254.X.X. Drag files from your Android device to the folders in that IP address.

Option 2: Synchronize
  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 the BlackBerry to your computer with a USB cable.
  4. Install BlackBerry Link and during setup, specify if your music content should be sourced from iTunes or Windows Media Player.
  5. Open BlackBerry Link and click on the Desktop tab:
    • Windows users: Navigate to your Pictures, Videos, and Documents content views and add the folders that store your imported content.
    • 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.
  6. While the BlackBerry is connected, drag and drop the imported content from the Desktop tab to the BlackBerry tab.

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. 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,
  3. Windows Explorer, or Finder on Mac.
  4. Insert your media card into the BlackBerry 10 and if prompted, reformat the media card.
  5. If the media card had to be reformatted, download BlackBerry Link and connect the BlackBerry to your computer using a USB cable.
  6. 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 the BlackBerry is connected.

Setting Up Email, Calendar, and Contacts

For calendar items and contacts that are stored in your Android memory, search for how to synchronize them with your Gmail account first. When they’ve synchronized with your email account, add that email account to the BlackBerry 10 and everything will be transferred.

Once you have all the information in your Gmail account, proceed as follows:
  • On the BlackBerry 10 device, go to Settings, and click on Accounts.
  • Click Add Account, and enter your email address and password.
  • Your email, calendar, and contact from this account will be transferred to the BlackBerry.