Import contacts to iPhone

How to import your contacts to iPhone

How to import contacts to iPhone from your old phone

So, you just bought your new iPhone. Now you want to transfer your contacts (names, phone numbers etc) from your old phone (whatever brand it is: Samsung, LG, Blackberry, Nokia, does not matter) to your new iPhone. The old phone can be very old, the only thing that there should be desktop software for that phone (usually there is).
Here is how you can do it.
STAGE 1: prepare CSV file
1. Download and install (if you don’t have it already) phone desktop software for your old phone. It can be named “Samsung PC Studio” (see how to create CSV file from Samsung), “LG PC Suite”,  “Blackberry Desktop Software”, “Nokia PC Suite” and so on.
2. Synchronize your old phone with your “PC Suite” to make sure that all your recent contacts are loaded to “PC Suite”. Make sure that you synchronise contacts from both SIM-card and phone memory otherwise some contacts may not be transferred.
3. Export contacts from “PC Suite” to CSV file.
Now you have CSV file ready for import to your iPhone.

STAGE 2: importing CSV file into iPhone
1. Install app from AppStore on your iPhone. Name of the app is: Contacts In : Import CSV Contacts  
2. Load CSV file with contacts to the app. You can to it in two ways:
a) with iTunes.
b) send file to yourself as e-mail attachment. Your iPhone should be configured to receive your e-mails. Just open e-mail, download attachment (just tap on it and wait while download completes). After that tap and hold attachment and menu will pop-up. Select “Open In”.
3. Open app (if you opened e-mail attachment the app should start automatically).
4. Follow these instructions how to import contacts with the app. It is very easy.



7 responses to “How to import contacts to iPhone from your old phone

  1. csvcontacts November 28, 2012 at 6:43 am

    to be able to open file from email attachment the two conditions should be met:
    1. You should open email is standard “Mail” app on the iPhone. Other email clients will not support this feature. If you use other email client you can send file via iTunes.
    2. File extension must be “csv”. For example, file name can be “my_contacts.csv”.
    Regarding the format of the content of the file it should have the following structure:
    1. First line should contain names of the columns, and therefore should not contain empty fields.
    2. It must be of plain table structure, that is: one line equals to one contact. And each line should have the same number of “cells” in it as in header line.
    Those requirements are standard for text file table and all exporting programs most likely support it.
    The number of columns, their names, their sequence do not matter. When you work with app you will tell which column is “First Name”, which one is “Last Name” and so on.

  2. Marc December 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

    The update works! I’ve successfully imported contacts on iOS 6.0.2. Thanks for the great service, and happy holidays.

  3. Rachel January 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

    With the update, the App now works very well. I imported all contacts from the cvs file I made of my Yahoo contacts with no problems. The app comes with detailed instructions on how to do this. Dimitry also provides responses to posts and emails, which is great service. So unlike Yahoo which never responded and which still has incorrect information on its website stating that you can import contacts from Yahoo to an iPhone – you can’t!

  4. Todd January 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I am mapping the phone numbers using the standard “fixed iphone type” ie “mobile”, “main”, “work fax” etc. I am then checking in “Simulated Contacts” and they look good… But…. when I finish the upload and the finished upload has the first number correct “label” and then all other phone number say “other”

    • csvcontacts January 11, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Hi Todd,

      This problem is known and I fixed it few days ago. New version (5.2) which fixes that is on Apple approval process and should be released in few days.
      Please check app update in few days, download update and try again – it should work correctly.
      You can delete all contacts (to import them again) in “Groups and contacts” – All contacts – Tap “Select” button and tap empty check box in the bottom tool bar (left bottom corner) to select all contacts. Then tap action icon on bottom toolbar and secect “Delete contacts”. Then confirm deletion.

      Thank you for choosing the app and sorry for inconvenience.

      Best regards,

  5. Chris Haenen June 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Used the app, little fidgetting with the columns, got all my contacts in correctly. Good app!

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