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Easiest way to transfer contacts and calendar entries from Nokia to iPhone

December 24th, 2011 by


While there have been many tutorials out there that show you how to transfer contacts and calendar entries from Nokia phone to an iPhone, most of them need a lot of time and effort. I was on a lookout for the easiest way to do so and landed up using Mail to exchange feature.

One method commonly employed by people is using the sim card as the mediator of transfer, but there are many downsides of using this method. As you know, iPhone needs a micro sim, so it won’t be easy to keep on changing the sim from Nokia to iPhone. Also, Separate entries will be created for each detail of a contact. You also can’t transfer the calendar entries.

What if you had no such limitations and the entire process was a whole lot easier? Well there is a easy way out, thanks to Microsoft and Google.

Sync Data from Nokia to Google Server

If you have a E series Nokia phone, all you have to do is set up a New Mail for exchange account in the Email. If you have any other nokia phone, then you first need to download the Mail for exchange app from the Nokia website.


Menu >> Email >> New >> Mail for exchange

Enter the following details

Email Address:- You Google Email ID

Password:- Your Google Account Password

Username:- Make sure you enter the full username ie. [email protected]

Domain:- Leave it blank

Then you will be asked for Mail for Exchange Server,


Now you can choose what all needs to be synced. You can choose between contacts, calendar entries and To do notes. You can choose to keep these things on the phone or have it deleted.

Wait while the data is uploaded to Google servers. You are now done with Nokia phone.

Sync Data from Google server to iPhone

Now setup the Mail for exchange on your iPhone. Which involves the same settings as mentioned above.


Settings >> Mail, Contacts, Calendars >> Add Account >> Microsoft Exchange

Enter the settings, same as mentioned above:-

Email Address:- You Google Email ID

Domain:- Leave it blank

Username:- Make sure you enter the full username ie. [email protected]

Password:- Your Google Account Password


Again Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes.

If you want to sync only the My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts during the Google Sync install when prompted. If you choose to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the All Contacts group instead. If there are no contacts on your phone, the latter will happen — the contents of your All Contacts group will be synced.

So if you thought it would be a very cumbersome procedure migrating from your old Nokia phone to iPhone, give it a second thought.

Now you can sit back and grab a cup of coffee. You will be done with the entire transfer even before you finish your coffee 🙂

(3) Comments

  1. al_lea

    try iNoki in AppStore: to convert all Nokia data contacts, sms, calendars to iPhone with a tap.

  2. Eymerich

    you could try also this easy and cheap app : DataImport - Nokia to iPhone version

  3. MSalmu

    After doing this sync, should I be able to see all my calendar entries when I log in to my gmail account on the computer? Because I tried doing that, and didn't see any of my calendar entries when I checked my Gmail calendar...

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