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Export all your contacts 57

by Adam Marks Wed, 01 Dec 2010 3:47 pm EST

Ensuring that you always have backups of your contact list is extremely important, in case you ever lose your phone or something goes wrong with a Profile restore after a webOS Doctor or device swap. Keeping your contacts in a cloud-based solution like Google or Yahoo is one solution to ensure you maintain a backup somewhere, but even then it would be a good idea to have a local backup. Unlike Palm OS, webOS does not have any local sync solution to pull your contacts from your phone, and you can only send the details of one contact at a time with the built-in functionality (without patching your phone, that is). Luckily, there is some hidden functionality in webOS that the carriers utilize to transfer your contacts off your phone and on to another (even a non-webOS phone). Keep reading after the break to learn how to take advantage of this functionality.

To create a .vcf (VCard or "Virtual Business Card") file of all your contacts that can then be imported into an Address Books/Contact Lists across a wide range of applications and devices (including any webOS device) just follow the following steps:

  1. Export Contacts Open the Phone App Phone App
  2. For CDMA phones, dial ##66623#. For GSM phones, dial #*66623# and press the green Call Button ( Phone Call )
  3. Tap the green "CelleBrite Export" button
  4. After "Step 1: Export File..." is complete, follow directions for "Step 2: Connect USB cable" and connect your phone to a computer via a USB cable
  5. Access the USB drive by tapping on USB drive notification
  6. Make sure that you set the option on the computer's File Manager to "Show hidden files and folders" and then open up the ".temp" folder on your phone
  7. A file called "PmMigration.vcf" will be inside the ".temp" folder. Just copy this file off your phone and on to your computer.
  8. Properly eject your phone from USB Mode
  9. You can either just backup this file for later, or use it to import your contact list into a program or site that accepts .vcf files (e.g. Gmail)

Note that this will save ALL your contacts, not just those in your Palm Profile

Thanks to sketch42 and ssethv for suggesting this tip!
 

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This is one of the best tips EVER. Wish I had this a couple of weeks ago when I had to swap out Pre's.

Excellent Tip!

This would have been handy 2 weekends ago...

What a GREAT solution to back-up the contact list! Thanks for everything PreCentral does!

When I imported the .vcf file into Outlook 2007 I only see my first contact. What did I do wrong???

Yeah, does anyone know how to import this file into outlook?

maybe try to open in Excel & maybe save as a .csv instead? maybe that will work to import into Outlook??

Finally. A tip that can't be found just by watching the tutorial that came with the phone!

For those who don't know, you can export directly from the sqlite database as well (from a ssh or novaterm shell). Here's an example to dump just email and phone numbers (all I care about for my use):


/usr/bin/sqlite3 /var/luna/data/dbdata/PalmDatabase.db3 'select com_palm_pim_contact.firstname, com_palm_pim_contact.lastname, com_palm_pim_contactpoint.value, com_palm_pim_contactpoint.type from com_palm_pim_contact, com_palm_pim_contactpoint where com_palm_pim_contact.id = com_palm_pim_contactpoint.com_palm_pim_contact_contactpts_id' > /media/internal/phonenumbers

There is also a patch for this which is super handy because it allows you to email the .vcf

how did you get the "just type" bar to say "boom, action time!"?

It's a 2.0 patch

nice tip. I used internalz after step 1 to find the file and just email it to myself

nice tip. I used internalz after step 1 to find the file and just email it to myself

nice tip. I used internalz after step 1 to find the file and just email it to myself

I have a pre with a dead touchscreen. Any ideas on how I can get my contacts off of that. I would like to get them on my "temporary" blackberry.

nice tip. I used internalz after step 1 to find the file and just email it to myself

Where is the file located in internalz?

/media/internal/.temp

Make sure you set "Show Hidden" to true in the Internalz preferences.

Then copy the file to /media/internal, which will allow you to attach it from a new email.

Never knew how to send from internalz. Thanks ClearWater. So simple!!

Thanks so much for the tip...worked like a charm!

but this doesn't work on the AT&T Palm Pre Plus i just received... :

It should. I have an ATT Pixi Plus, and I have done it. When I saw your post, I entered it just as it shows (#*66623#) and it went right to the CelleBrite Export screen. Make sure you hit the star for the second character, not the pound, as with the Sprint phone. Good luck. It's really a great way of keeping a backup.

thanks TimmyB i tried again with the code for GSM (which i didn't think i had).. and bang it worked...

now if only we cuold make it work in opposite direction... so we could all upload the .vcf file from our trusty old Palm Desktops...

not yet ready to give up hope

;>)

This is the reason PreCentral ROCKS! Absolutely nothing to look forward to and then BOOM! Something I really can use.

nice tip. I used internalz after step 1 to find the file and just email it to myself

Once again, great job P/C! @azariel; good thunking on using Internalz just to email it to yourself w/o having to usb it. Worked like a charm.

Isn't there an app for syncing your google contacts with outlook?

Anybody get it to work in Outlook?

Just great! I love this tip with or without internalz.

AGAIN SEE HERE:
There is also a patch for this which is super handy because it allows you to email the .vcf
Preware -> Patches -> Contacts -> send all .vcf by mail

It's interesting to me how so many people have no issue with uploading their life info to the cloud. I have been a Palm user since the original PalmPilot and the key to the system for me has been synching directly with my PC (Palm desktop 6.2). I almost had to jump ship when cloud based WebOS came out. There is no way I will store and access all my personal and work info through some company's server. Most folks probably don't know about Chapura and Echo, as Palm does not promote it. I Love it. I do wifi synching direct with my PC several times a day and it ain't nobody else's business...

+1

-1

It's too bad some people don't understand computer security. They talk about how horribly unsafe it is to keep information like contacts in the cloud but then sync information to their personal computers that are presumably connected to the internet (presumed because they're posting on a website).

If you don't want anyone to be able to access your information, don't put it on a computer period. If you store information on a computer and someone wants it badly enough, they will obtain it.

I really don't think that has anything to do with it. I think his point was mixed. I would trust my information on my systems more than I would on someone else's. If you don't, you have real issues with your security. The second point was convenience. If you have contacts in multiple places,like outlook, how do you suggest we sync them?

AGREE wholeheartedly... i'm never gonna upload my personal contacts to Google or Yahoo or anywhere else...

they will remain on my computer and on my phone...

Chapura didn't work for me... PM me if you feel like sharing how you got it to work...

Echo is awesome and syncs contacts, calender, todos and memos direct with your PC like the original Palm OS - via wifi. Palm had this all set up with the original PalmOS sync process and included syncing photos and other files seamlessly to your PC with the push of a button. No idea why they abandoned this and went to the limited, security questionable cloud sync with webOS. Well, I actually have some ideas on why this happened, but that's another subject.

Echo is awesome and syncs contacts, calender, todos and memos direct with your PC like the original Palm OS - via wifi. Palm had this all set up with the original PalmOS sync process and included syncing photos and other files seamlessly to your PC with the push of a button. No idea why they abandoned this and went to the limited, security questionable cloud sync with webOS. Well, I actually have some ideas on why this happened, but that's another subject.

Thanks for the tip!

Wow - we've been talking about this for a year or more in the forums http://forums.precentral.net/webos-synergy-synchronization/224874-send-c... .

I find it especially useful for occasionally syncing, backing up and then un-syncing my facebook account.

where do you find ".temp"file ?

I'm surprised more people didn't know this. We use this method at Sprint all the time to push ALL contacts through our CelleBrite machine, instead of just those stored in the Palm Profile.

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Nice tip! Here is a bonus. If you are a Palm PDA user, you probably have the Palm Desktop software already installed on your computer. I setup a new user account for my Palm Pre in the Palm Desktop using the menu Tools...Users. I copied the PmMigration.vcf to my hard drive. Open the folder you copied the .vcf file into. Try double clicking the .vcf file and the Palm Desktop should open and ask for permission to import your contact information. If you have the .vcf files associated to another application, right-click the .vcf file, select Open With, and you should see the Palm Desktop Application in the list.

This saved my life; thank you!!!! I had spent hours on the 800# of Palm Support... who was NO support whatsoever. I was about at the end of my rope (and mind), but my wife found this thread and SAVED the day (well, and the person that posted this saved the day!!!)

So good to know! Thanks!

Oh my, this is GREAT! It's EXACTLY what I needed because my only contact list in my life was actually mi SIM card, and I had to do things counterwise to the rest of this socialized internet world: Upload mi contents to the cloud instead of downloading them to the phone.

You guys seriously rock!

I see on the vcard only the first contact of my list. What is wrong?

Have you tried importing it into gmail or anything else rather than just opening it? Although when I just double clicked it, osx asked if I wanted to import all contacts into AddressBook.

This is awesome. Thank you. Thank you. Unfortunately looking at getting a new phone soon and have been concerned about the contacts issue.

Great tip, wish I knew about this a couple of years ago.

Worked perfectly with my Pre 3

Same here, if only I would have known sooner about all the "querks" with this phone. This would have saved me from having to go through 3 palm pixis - would have just upgraded to an android or something with syncing capabilities that I have more direct control over.

sent a single contact vcf via email and attachment not there ...what's with that?

Patch for fixing and enhancing export in 2.2.4 here:
forums.webosnation.com/webos-patches/319213-patch-fixing-enhancing-vcard-vcf-export.html

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I tried pairing a non-webOS phone and adding a Skype account, neither worked.  Since it sent the code to my non-webOS phone, I have the sneaking feeling that if I were to have paired with a webOS phone it would have done the same.  Any other thoughts/methods?

Ok I'm really behind on this and how to use my Mac. I can't figure out step 6 for an iMac. " Make sure that you set the option on the computer's File Manager to "Show hidden files and folders" and then open up the ".temp" folder on your phone"

I've searched their help but am not finding how to see the .temp folder on my pre3. Thanks for any help. I could switch over to the windows side via VMware and do this, but I should know how to do this from my Mac Finder!

Ok I found out how to do it via the terminal application on the Mac.