Monday, October 20, 2008

Backup P1i contacts from phone to M2 memory card

There is a built-in function to backup the Sony Ericsson P1i handphone contacts information from the phone internal memory to the attached M2 memory card.

To do so, in the Contacts application, tap on the More button to pop up the menu. The menu is so long that you have to scroll down to see the Contact Manager option (and this is the reason I have been spending quite some time before I finally located it). Tap on Contact Manager, and you are presented with 3 options:

  • Synchronize - this will call up the Remote Sync application and allows you to sync your contacts / calendar / tasks / emails /bookmarks / notes information in your P1i handphone with a SyncML server in the network.
  • Backup - this is the option to backup your contacts information from the phone internal memory to your M2 memory card. It will backup into \Other\Backup\Contacts folder in the memory card. 2 files will be produced: Contacts.vcf and Groups.dat.
  • Restore - this is the option to restore your contacts from the M2 memory card to your phone internal memory. You can also tap on the \Other\Backup\Contacts\Contacts.vcf file in your M2 memory card to perform the restore.



If you have done a backup before, you will be prompted with a last backup information, and your new backup will overwrite and replace the previous backup files.

8 comments:

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Nice Tip - I hadn't noticed this option -thanks !

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Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks for your crisp tip, it really worked.

Hugh said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks you so much for this information - very helpful. However, I followed the instructions and it only backed up one contact. How can you back up all of them? I hope you have the answer.

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Hugh,

Shouldn't be.

Please make sure you view all the contacts by selecting More > View Folder > All phone contacts before performing the backup.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

pls how do i transfer my backup from p1i to c902

Backup - this is the option to backup your contacts information from the phone internal memory to your M2 memory card. It will backup into \Other\Backup\Contacts folder in the memory card. 2 files will be produced: Contacts.vcf and Groups.dat.

thank you

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

Hi,

I don't have a C902 phone with me.

In the "common sense", I think you can plug in the memory card with the VCF file into your C902, and import the contacts from the VCF file into your phone's contact list.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

i followed your instructions but i can just copy the 1st name in my list. i followed your steps and even the folder i viewed is all contacts. is there anything extra i need to do in settings?

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