How to Transfer Data From a Palm Pilot to an iPhone


If you are one of the people are making the switch from Palm OS devices to the iPhone, you will want to transfer your data from the old device to the iPhone. Your contacts and calendars can be synchronized to your computer (if you aren’t doing so already), and from there you can copy your data into your iPhone. If you want to continue using both devices, regular syncing with your computer will keep your information current in both devices.

Things You'll Need

  • Palm Desktop software on your computer
  • USB cables for your Palm and iPhone
  • iTunes software
  • Connect your Palm device to your computer with your USB cable. You can also use Bluetooth if you have this on both devices, but USB will provide a faster and more reliable transfer.

  • Launch the Palm Desktop software. If you have been regularly syncing your Palm with your computer, simply start a new synchronization to make sure that your computer has the latest up-to-date data. If not, create a new synchronization profile; the software will walk you through the steps necessary to do this. Be sure to select "replace computer data with handheld," or "synchronize handheld and computer." If you select "replace handheld data with computer," your data on your Palm will be overwritten with blank files.

  • Choose File > Export in Palm Desktop; this will export your contacts and calendar data into separate files.

  • On Windows, launch your Outlook software to import your contacts and calendars. On Macintosh, use the Address Book and iCal applications. Both applications have Import commands under the File menu; use this command to import the files you created in step 3.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer with the USB cable.

  • Launch the iTunes software, if it did not launch automatically when you plugged in your iPhone. Click on the icon for your iPhone. You will see a series of tabs across the top of the screen. Click on the Contacts tab, and check the synchronization boxes for contacts and calendars if they are not already checked.

  • Click the sync button in the lower right of the iTunes window to sync your data to your iPhone.

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