So I’ve been thinking for a while, perhaps it’s time to backup my address book on my computer. Yeah, yeah, I should have done it long ago. I’ve paid the price for it, too, as I’ve lost all the information on my BlackBerry at least once in the past few months. Thankfully, the process is rather simple. For the purposes of this post, we’ll take it a bit further, discussing how to edit contacts in Excel and then re-import them into your BlackBerry.
Syncing with a Mac
We’ll start with Mac BlackBerry users, since that’s what I am. Yes, personal bias. Oh well. Anyway, you’ll need PocketMac. I have my gripes with this, mainly because it’s not an eighth of what BlackBerry Desktop Software is, but it’s what we’ve got. I don’t have Missing Sync, so I can’t speak to those issues (though I would encourage anyone familiar to do so in the comments). You’ll also need Address Book to CSV Exporter, a small program that helps a ton. So boot up PocketMac with your BlackBerry connected. Click on the BlackBerry icon on top, and then click on the contacts tab. Then click Advanced Preferences next to AddressBookContacts.
Syncing with a PC
This one I can’t really vouch for, since I only use a PC on occasion. From what I understand, the best way to backup your contacts list is to export it to Outlook. If you run Vista and have Windows Contacts instead, you can follow this dude’s advice. It involves a workaround using Yahoo! Mail and contacts. With this method and BlackBerry Desktop Manager, you should be good to back up your contacts (really, you can do a straight backup from Desktop Manager, if that’s all you need). If you want to do the mass editing thing with Excel, then I advise you follow this behemoth how-to guide. It runs you step by step through a process to export your BlackBerry address book to Excel and then load it back. It involves Desktop Manager, Excel, and little more. Again, I can’t go through the process since I’m sitting in front of a Mac. If anyone wants to post a simplified version of this in the comments, feel free.