Dear Berry: How do I save contacts from the local address book to my synced account?

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By Dear Berry on 9 May 2014 12:01 pm EDT

Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. Today's question comes from Naj who asks:

I am using a BlackBerry Q10 phone and a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone. My entire phone book is saved in my blackberry phone. Some contacts are saved under local contacts and some are linked with Google contacts. The numbers that are linked with Google are synchronized with my Samsung phone however the numbers named as local contacts on my blackberry do not synchronize with my Samsung phone. How do I change all the local saved contacts to Google synchronized contacts so that I can see these contacts on my Samsung phone as well?

If you are running OS 10.2.1 there is a new feature that was added regarding contacts. When creating new contacts it now prompts if you wish to save to local contacts, your synced account or the SIM card.

For existing contacts that are local there is a way to to save them to your synced Gmail account so that it should appear on your Samsung phone.

  • Go into the contacts application
  • Navigate to a contact that is saved locally and tap on it
  • At the bottom, tap on the three dots (more) icon and select the Copy to option from the side action menu
  • From the next screen place a check mark next to each location you wish to save the contact to (i.e. Local, Gmail, or SIM)
  • Tap on Done to complete the action

As an alternative you can download ContactsImEx and use the free application to export your address book as a CSV file. Using this file you could either import the CSV to Gmail on their website or on your device itself. I offer this as an alternative because if you have hundreds of contacts you may not have the time to perform the above steps repeatedly.

Depending on your Samsung phone these instructions may differ slightly. If you were to send this CSV file to your Android device and download the file you can import directly.

  • Go into the contacts application
  • Tap on the menu button and select Import/Export
  • The next box will ask you where you want to import from. Choose the storage where you have downloaded the file (i.e. USB storage or SD Card)
  • The next screen will ask where you wish to save the contacts too (Device/local, Gmail, Samsung, etc.). Choose the location which in this case would be Gmail.
  • When it has searched and found the CSV/vCard file it will ask how you want to import (vCard file, import multiple files, import all vCard files). Choose the appropriate one and tap ok to import.

Please note that if you sync your Google account with your BlackBerry you might see duplicates on your list as well using this method. The easiest method would be to use the Copy To method described above.

Now there are other methods with which to accomplish this. Feel free to share your methods in the comments below!

See you next time!

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Reader comments

Dear Berry: How do I save contacts from the local address book to my synced account?


In the main contact page you can select multiple contacts with a long press to select more. Select all that you want and then press copy and it should ask you where you want to save them.

Posted via CB10

You can copy all contacts at once under the condition that none of them are linked to other accounts. I found that contacts which are linked to other accounts/apps can't be copied to another service. What you have to do first is find which of your contacts have links in them and delete all links.

There is no need to unlink the contact accounts, on the lower left side select the specific account e.g. Google contacts instead of all which shows the linked contact and then "copy to"

Posted via CB10

Nope, doesn't work with contacts that are linked to other contacts, even when you filter them down to a specific account

-via CB10 w/ Q10

Yeah sorry guys. I tried a few that must not have been linked. Hoping 10.3 helps with the contacts.

Posted via CB10

I actually found this feature yesterday, my dad was having the same issue!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Posted via CB10

That's very swell now hopefully BlackBerry has a solution to the screwy contacts app in 10.3

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

Thank you for this thread..i was looking for this solution. Haha but that time was happened at my 9900 hix

Posted via CB10

Great info! Thank you!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL!

I'm glad you offered your help. I have big problems.

I moved rapidly from Bold Touch to Z10 to Z30. In the wreak age I was slow to realize that the move scattered the data in the file. In most cases the mug shots and the notes field were either ignored or mangled.

Can you also define the exact size off the notes field. I thought it was a round number like 4096, but found that if the note runs over this, there is apparently no truncation but instead it looks like a new record of fields is opened and the excess note data is fed to several or all of them creating essentially junk records.

My backup medium is either a 64GB or 128GB micro SD card or Outlook. My hard drive space, due to other voracious apps, is robust and essentially unlimited compared to the BlackBerry.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, three berries is a pocketfull.


Posted via CB10

Glad to see the free app Contacts ImEx mentioned in this how-to. I recently installed it and have found it very useful and easy to use.

Posted with my Q10, SQN100-2, Radio

Read the whole can move contacts to SIM same way you move them to Google or anywhere else

Posted via CB10

When adding new contacts, the way BB10.2 currently is set, contacts by default are set to go to all accounts unless you uncheck account(s) you don't want contact going to. This needs to change! User should be able to set a default of which account(s).

Come on 10.3!

What is Local Contacts? Is it 'Contacts on your phone' or the 'Contacts program on your windows desktop' ?

Posted from my Awesome Z10!

Contacts on your phone is Local Contacts

Your Windows computer's hostname (like my-toshiba, HP-desktop, Acer-1610 etc.) should be listed in Contacts app, if you decided to manage your 'Berry with BB Link and use Contacts sync to Windows.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

What about if I have contacts saved only to a "Link-computer" account and no longer have that computer? Pretty much stuck in the same boat? I can't get the account to "ink" to any other computers, it appears Link sets up a new "account" for every computer you hook up to

-via CB10 w/ Q10

If you have allowed it to "Manage this device" on that computer.

However, you could get a contacts management app, and export to file / backup (xls or vcf format), check integrity, then delete all contacts and then re-import to Local Contacts.

Also copy all contacts to Local Contacts from the nonexistent computer section.

Important to remove / "unmanage" a computer before giving it away / disposing of it, just like you de-authorize a computer from iTunes before reformatting.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

It was a work computer. I no longer work there. I deleted all my personal info from Outlook on that computer. Eventually tried to sync things up at home on personal laptop and realized BB Link seems to look at at each computer differently. Not to mention apparently I had only been saving all contact & calendar info to only that "account."Calendar info was easy enough to switch over to Gmail account one by one, tedious but done. But I have way more contacts than I want to mess with.
Looks like a 3rd party app will be easiest.

-via CB10 w/ Q10

Whether you dispose of an old computer or leave a work computer, it amounts to the same. You need to "unmanage" the phone in Link, before you disconnect for the very last time.

Yes, go with an app. Hope you get it done properly.

I have used Max Contact Manager, Contact Manager, Contact X (great selective merging!), Contacts Exchange (also exports to MS Excel xls, which can be imported into Outlook, etc.).

Contacts Inspector lets you check and view even more technical details on how the contacts are organized on the phone (item ID, etc).

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

It's easier to import the CSV file into Google rather than the phone, because Google can eliminate duplicates.

Posted via CB10 on Z10

Before I was useing android mobile, but now I am using BlackBerry z10. So how I save my all contact in my new phone ?
Please tell me process to save contact from Gmail (which Id I used for android) to blackberry phone.

Posted via CB10

Just add your Gmail account to your BB10 device and it will ask you which accounts you want to bring in - email, calendar, contacts

-via CB10 w/ Q10

I just upgrade to z10 from bold 9900. I have to say the z10 is an awesome phone but I figure the battery life kinda sucks. Please advise a way that I can conserve more battery life. My z10 last about 4 hours and died unlike the bold last about 6 to 8 hours

Posted via CB10

The real question is How do I view only my Local contacts? There is no view for Local Contacts which is stupid. The only way to see them is to go the All Contacts view at which point you have no idea what is local and what is a sync'd account.

I have 1560 contacts
To move contact from local to Gmail I have to select one by one

Is there any way to select all.....?
At once


Posted via CB10

OK what if I have a contact in outlook and on my PC but not in my Gmail account, how can I get the contact to Gmail from the phone if possible?

Posted via CB10

The real question is How do I view only my Local contacts? There is no view for Local Contacts which is stupid. The only way to see them is to go the All Contacts view at which point you have no idea what is local and what is a sync'd account.