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How To Import Android Phone Contacts to Gmail Contacts

Sometimes users of Migration+ pick “My Device” by mistake when importing and really want their contacts to sync with their Gmail account. If this happens, there is an easy fix that doesn’t require buying more Migration+ credits. The general idea is to backup your contacts from “My Device” then import them to your Gmail account on the Android phone – all of this can be done locally once you’ve imported the contacts to any account on your Android device using Migration+.

Here are the steps to do a local backup and restore:
1) Open the “Contacts” app
2) Hit the settings button and select “Import/Export”
3) Select “Export to SD card” (alternatively called “Export to USB storage” on some phones) then hit the OK button to confirm

NOTE – you need to do this so that you don’t have duplicate entries in your address book.
1) Open the “Contacts” app
2) Hit the settings button then select “Delete”
3) Tick the “Select All” checkbox at the top of the contacts list
4) Hit the “Delete” button at the top of the screen

1) Open the “Contacts” app
2) Hit the settings button and select “Import/Export”
3) Select “Import from SD card” (alternatively called “Import from USB storage” on some phones) then hit the OK button to confirm.
4) Select the Gmail account you want to import the contacts to
5) Wait for the search process to finish. If you have multiple exports, it may ask you to confirm which file you want to use – select the file you just exported.

After this process completes, it will take a few minutes to sync all those contacts with your Gmail Contacts in the cloud. If you want to check on the progress of this, you can do this:
1) Click the Settings button
2) Under the Accounts section, choose Gmail
3) Look for the account you imported contacts to and see if it’s listed as “Synching” if not, the process should be complete. If you check your Gmail Contacts in a browser and they are still not listed there, but Synching is not occuring, click on the Gmail account in that list then un-tick the checkbox for Sync Contacts, then recheck it. This should restart the process.

NOTE – We’ve found that sometimes Google Synching doesn’t work if a lot of changes are made to contacts in a short period of time. If this happens, we’ve found just leaving the contacts alone for 24 hours, then retrying the above 3 steps typically works to resolve the issue.

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How To Export Blackberry Contacts to CSV

Even under normal working conditions Blackberry doesn’t provide a default way to export your contacts in a simple process. We of course recommend that you use Migration+ to easily transfer your contacts in only a few clicks from Blackberry to iPhone, Android, or other OSes we support. What if you damaged your Blackberry thought?! Fortunately there still are a few options:

1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager
2. Select Organizer
3. Select Address Book
4. Click Setup
5. Select ASCII Importer/Exporter
6. Click Next
7. Select One way sync from device
8. Click Options
9. Select Comma
10. Click Browse
11. Browse to where you want to save the file
12. Enter a name for the file in the file name box
13. Click Open
14. Click Yes on the dialog box that says “This file does not exist. Create this file?”
15. Click Next
16. Click Finish
17. Click OK
18. In the default view of Desktop Manager, make sure the Address Book is checked and then click Sync to create the .csv file
19. (OPTIONAL) Email the CSV to I’ll load it into Migration+ cloud servers so you can one click import them to Android, iPhone, or Blackberry

1. Identify where your Blackberry backups are on your computer (should be in “\My Documents\Blackberry\Backup” or “\Program Files\Research In Motion\”). You will see one or more files called something like “BB_Model_Number(Date).ipd” where the date and model number will reflect when you backed up your Blackberry and the model number of your Blackberry.
2. Download and Install MagicBerry for Blackberry (note if the download link is not working, just google “magicberry”)
3. Open MagicBerry
4. Open the IPD file you want to use to extract your contacts (probably the most recent one if there are multiple)
5. Expand the section called “Address Book – All” and select a contact, doesn’t matter which.
6. Select Manipulate from the menu, then choose Export
7. Change the radio button to select “Export All Adresses”
8. Click the Export to CSV button
9. Click OK on the prompt notifying you it saved
10. (OPTIONAL) Email the CSV to I’ll load it into Migration+ cloud servers so you can one click import them to Android, iPhone, or Blackberry

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Migration+ on Amazon App Store

Download Migration+ via Amazon Android App Store

After a bit of frustration with the Android based Google Play, we’ve decided to port our app to Amazon! You can enjoy all the same great features in this version!

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Confirmed Working Phone Models

For any potential customers out there wondering which models of phones/tablets other customers have used Migration+ on…here you go!

Apple iPhone 3
Apple iPhone 3gs
Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4s
Apple iPad
Apple iPad 2 (Wifi and GSM)
Apple iPad 3
Apple iPod Touch 4G
Samsung Droid Charge (Android)
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Android)
Samsung Galaxy S (Android)
Samsung Epic 4G (Android)
Samsung Galaxy S Plus (Android)
Samsung Galaxy S2 (Android)
Samsung Galaxy Note (Android)
Samsung Galaxy Tab (Android)
Samsung Galaxy Fit (Android)
Samsung Galaxy Ace (Android)
Samsung Fascinate (Android)
Samsung Admire (Android)
Samsung Vibrant (Android)
Samsung Intercept (Android)
HTC Evo (Android)
HTC Evo 3D(Android)
HTC Evo 4G (Android)
HTC Desire HD (Android)
HTC Desire (Android)
HTC Desire S (Android)
HTC Ledgend (Android)
HTC Wildfire (Android)
HTC One S (Android)
HTC One X (Android)
HTC Rezound (Android)
HTC Droid Incredible (Android)
HTC Droid Incredible S (Android)
HTC Nexus One (Android)
HTC My Touch 4G (Android)
HTC Thunderbolt (Android)
LG Optimus V (Android)
LG Optimus 3D (Android)
LG Optimus 2X (Android)
LG Phoenix (Android)
LG G2X (Android)
Motorola Droid Raxor Maxx (Android)
Motorola Droid (Android)
Motorola Droid Pro (Android)
Motorola Droid X (Android)
Motorola Droid X2 (Android)
Motorola Droid 3 (Android)
Motorola Droid 4 (Android)
Motorola Droid Bionic (Android)
Atrix 4G (Android)
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650
BlackBerry Bold 9700
BlackBerry Bold 9930
BlackBerry Bold 9900
BlackBerry Torch 9800
BlackBerry Torch 9850
BlackBerry Torch 9810
BlackBerry Torch 9860
BlackBerry Curve 9370
BlackBerry Curve 9360
BlackBerry Curve 9350
BlackBerry Curve 8520
BlackBerry Storm 2

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Consumer SmartPhone Contacts Analysis (June 2012)

Migration+ has been out since mid-March 2012 and now that we have a pretty nice set of data to look at, we’ve found some interesting trends that we’d like to share.

    • At the time of this post we’ve had 3,100 users of Migration+. We’ve had a pretty significant ramp up. We’ve had more users week over week, which is encouraging for us.
    • We’ve seen average of ~445 contacts per user. This is many more than I would have expected. I myself only have around 125 contacts in my phone and I consider that a bit excessive. However, it does fall nicely into something called Dunbar’s Number which says that the average human can only have social relationships with 100-230 people (with 150 as a commonly used reference number). So why does our average customer have so many!? We have a few theories on this, but that’s another post.  Even crazier than the average, we had a user migrate 8,269 contacts and at the current count we have 58 users that migrated over 1000 contacts in ONE migration!
    • OS Distribution:
      1. ~13.1% of users are migrating contacts FROM Android.  Our average user moving FROM Android has 499 contacts.
      2. ~86.6% of users are migrating contacts FROM iOS.  Our average user moving FROM iOS has 434 contacts.
      3. ~.3% of users are migrating contacts FROM Blackberry (worth noting that we have only recently released a version of Blackberry and it’s limited functionality).  Our average user moving FROM Blackberry has 456 contacts.
      4. Generally speaking the majority of contact transfers are going TO Android.
    • We’ve worked on over 60 unique smart phone models.  The great news for users is that Migration+ typically works best on the newest models.
    • What countries are using our app to migrate contacts? We have a nice map representing country based use posted here. At a high level, the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe are our big users.

We hope to continue sharing interesting information like this with those of you who are interested.

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Migration+ for Blackberry…nearly ready!

Migration+ for BlackBerry is nearly here!  We’re finishing up some menu items and interface polishing.  If anyone’s interested in a pre-release copy, please email me.



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Why Google Play Search Results Suck

Yes that’s right, search results for Google Play suck!  The apps displayed in results are consistently irrelevant to the topic searched and the search results are  most certainly not appropriately ordered to give users relevant results for their search terms.  On top of the fact that the search results suck, SEO for Google Play is a black box which makes it even more frustrating.

Since we launched Migration+ in early March on both the Apple App Store and Google Play (formerly Android Market) we’ve spent a bit of time trying to optimize how our app gets found by users.  After recently reading a TNW article about Instragram being buried in Google Play results, I decided it may be valuable to detail our efforts in this area to illustrate how challenging it really is for a startup in this space.

In the first version we published on both the App Store and Google Play, we naively published a simple paragraph about our app.  For the Apple App Store we put in keywords describing what we wanted the app to be (i.e. move docs, sms, etc.) not what it was at the moment (contacts migration) – newbie mistake.  It’s relevant to note that Google Play does not have a specific field for keywords.  After publishing we expected that it would take a little while for indexes and search results to show our app, so we stayed patient – roughly a week.  After a week and after reading a good existing theory about Google Play’s search algorithm as well as several for the Apple App Store, we adjusted our description to reflect the search queries we thought would be relevant to for users to find Migration.  We also adjusted our title slightly and for Apple we adjusted our keywords.  Here are a few sample search terms we were targeting:

  1. move contacts
  2. migrate contacts
  3. contact migration

Less than 24 hours after changing the description, keywords, and title we saw Migration+ show up in the top 25 results for many of our search terms in the Apple App Store.  However, in Google Play we were only showing up in the top 25 for one search term, “contact migration”.  Since then we’ve been tracking search term rankings for Migration+ thinking that more downloads/installs/time in the respective app repositories would increasingly benefit the ranking.  That assumption seems to be true on Apple, but not currently true on Google Play.  Although we’ve had ~250 downloads over the first few weeks of launch on each OS, our Google Play ranking has not improved in any significant way.  Because of the lackluster ranking on Google and the fairly good ranking on Apple we’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on.  We’ve noticed two big problems…

Problem 1 – Irrelevant Search Results on Google Play.  Take the search term  ”move contacts” for example, where we are ranked #4 of the Apple App Store and #316 on Google Play.  In the search results on Google Play we’re ranked behind apps like:

  1. Green wold [Go Contact The
  2. ES File Explorer
  3. Luma Live Wallpaper
  4. Antivirus Free
  5. DrunkBlocker
  6. Locavore
  7. Menards®
  8. PicFolio for Picasa HD
  9. Gift Shopper Pro
  10. Shead Spreet Pro
  11. RadiantWalls HD – PlanetScapes
  12. ToDo List Task Manager -Lite
  13. MoneyWise Pro

…and about 200 other apps that are fairly irrelevant to the search term used.  Essentially this seems like a case of “downloads are most important, not content”.  If an app that has been downloaded many times and has either of the search terms in it’s title or description, it comes before less downloaded apps with more relevant or exact match search terms in the title or description.  Here are a couple detailed examples of how irrelevant the results can be:

  1. If you go to Google Play from your web browser and search for “migrate contacts” on the first page of the results, you’ll find Pocket Agent® by State Farm Insurance.  If you look at the description for the app it has nothing to do with contacts, it’s for insurance claims!  The app description has no mention of the word “migrate” and there is only one sentence that says “contacts” and it states “Read contacts data – Used by On The Move™ as an optional privacy measure to determine if an incoming text message is from someone in your contact book.”  However, this app has been downloaded between 100,000-500,000 times in the last 30 days.
  2. Currently, our best search term for Google Play is “contact migration” where we rank 12th.  If you search Google Play for that search term, the 8th result on the page is Mighty Grocery Shopping List.   It’s a nice looking app that has absolutely nothing to do with the Google Play search terms.  The description does have the word “migration” in the description but it’s used to describe upgrading from the lite version of their app to the full version.  The description also has the word “contact” used in a sentence where they leave their email address so you can contact them.  This app has been downloaded between 10,000-50,000 in the past 30 days.  Almost all other results on the first page do not even have the word “migration” anywhere in the title or description!  However, almost all of them do have a significant amount of downloads in the last 30 days.

Problem 2 – Number of Results on Google Play.  This second problem is intertwined with the first problem.  If you search the App Store for any of our noted search terms, most of them are low to medium competition (less than 50 results).  In fact, only 3 of them are over 50.  All of our search terms and essentially every search on Google Play results in what would be considered a “highly competitive” search term (hundreds of results).  To get specific, all of our search terms yield at least 250 results on Google Play and most yield 500!

I emailed a few people at Google with polite messages about my concerns in hopes of getting information about their direction on search for Google Play or perhaps a brief explanation of how best developers can work with their search results.  Unfortunately, I haven’t got any responses.  Before anyone flames, let me freely admit that I am not a professional when it comes to SEO.  I should also state plainly that I am typically a happy Google product and service user.  I hope this post draws some attention from the right people at Google about how challenging this has become – especially for small developers.

NOTE – there was one other problem we were going to list, lack of exact name match.  However, for Migration+ at least, this has seemingly been fixed recently.


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Migration+ Coming to BlackBerry VERY SOON!

We’re in the midst of finalizing a first build of Migration+ on BlackBerry, which Leo and I are very excited about.  This means you’ll be able to migrate:

  • Contacts from Blackberry to iPhone
  • Contacts from Blackberry to Android
  • Contacts from iPhone to Blackberry
  • Contacts from Android to Blackberry
  • Contacts from Android to iPhone
  • Contacts from iPhone to Android

All with a single app, Migration+!  As with our iPhone and Android versions of Migration+, you’ll be able to do these contact migrations over wifi if your service is already turned off on one or both phones.    If anyone is interested in getting an early release of the app to test it out, let me know!


Migration+ iOS Version 1.1 Now Available!

We’re happy to announce that a new version of Migration+ on iOS has finally been reviewed and is available in the Apple App Store. The new version addresses an issue with contacts export that some phones experienced. It should now be easier than ever to migrate, move, transfer or share your contacts from iPhone to Android or Android to iPhone!

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What to do if you factory reset your Android phone and no longer have Google Play

Wow sometimes I create my own problems, then mumble and grumble while I fix them. In this case the solution can be a blog post! :)

I have been relentlessly testing a bunch of scenarios with Migration+ on Android. Doing imports/exports/remove all contacts/change gmail accounts/change gmail sync options. Somehow I ended up with my primary account not being able to sync added contacts from my primary Android phone (Droid Charge) to Gmail.

This is a big problem because when I test Migration+ by importing contacts to my gmail account, my phone would start to sync then REMOVE all the contacts I just added! I read several forum posts about how to address this like these:
Post 1
Post 2

…Most posts I read agree that Factory Data Reset is the solution. So I took the dive. The problem after my reset was that the Android Market was what the “factory” had installed and Google Play is what is currently out there. I had backed up important APKs, but there was some I did not and I couldn’t get into Google Play to get them since Google Play is not part of the factory reset data!

To resolve this, the nice folks at Redmond Pie have provided the APK for Google Play. This helps resolve the issue. I had some issues with forced closing upon initial install, but rebooting seem to fix that.

FYI – Factory data reset does remove root, so if you have a Droid Charge like me, here’s the latest/greatest/easiest root.