Thursday, 18 June 2009

How to import your exisiting contacts from your old Nokia phone to your new iPhone?

You may want to import your existing contacts from your old Nokia (or in general VCard format) to your new iPhone.
You need to do some simple steps:
First you need to have Outlook and iTunes installed on your computer, then copy your .vcf files to a location in your hard disk, e.g. C:\VCARDS. Now when you open .vcf files, Outlook brigs a window, then you can save and close the window, the contact file is imported to your Outlook's Contacts. You need to repeat this action for all of your .vcf files. (I'll explain a way for bulk importing contacts later in this article)
After that you import all of your contacts to Outlook, you can simply synchronize iTunes contacts with Outlook and your iPhone. Done!

But there is still one issue remaining, importing all of your .vcf files manually is a very time consuming and boring job, let's write a code to do this automatically for you!
I've taken this code from here. Nice piece of code!

Here is the steps you need to do:
This can also be done using a VBA macro. First create a folder on the root of the C: drive and name it VCARDS. Next copy all your individual vCard files (.vcf) to this newly created folder. Next open Outlook and click ALT + F11 to open the VBA editor.

Click TOOLS --> REFERENCES and then select Microsoft Scripting Runtime and Windows Script Host Object Model from the list and place checks in the box next to each and click OK.

Next click INSERT --> MODULE and copy and paste the code below into the blank module. Save and run the macro to automatically import and save all the individual files into Outlook.

Sub OpenSaveVCard()

Dim objWSHShell As IWshRuntimeLibrary.IWshShell
Dim objOL As Outlook.Application
Dim colInsp As Outlook.Inspectors
Dim strVCName As String
Dim fso As Scripting.FileSystemObject
Dim fsDir As Scripting.Folder
Dim fsFile As Scripting.File
Dim vCounter As Integer

Set fso = New Scripting.FileSystemObject
Set fsDir = fso.GetFolder("C:\VCARDS")

For Each fsFile In fsDir.Files

strVCName = "C:\VCARDS\" & fsFile.Name
Set objOL = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set colInsp = objOL.Inspectors
If colInsp.Count = 0 Then
Set objWSHShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objWSHShell.Run strVCName
Set colInsp = objOL.Inspectors
If Err = 0 Then
Do Until colInsp.Count = 1
colInsp.Item(1).Close olDiscard
Set colInsp = Nothing
Set objOL = Nothing
Set objWSHShell = Nothing
End If
End If


End Sub

Thanks Rollin for the code.