How to Transfer Contacts and SMS from BlackBerry to Android

Despite the ever-increasing range of smartphones on the market, many of choose to stay loyal to our original brand of choice. In the case of a transfer from BlackBerry to Android, it often comes down to the fact that sticking with what you know is easier than venturing into unknown territory. Having tried to migrate from BlackBerry to Android the frustrations and pitfalls of moving from one phone to another are all too familiar. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve got some fantastic tips on how to easily and virtually seamlessly export from BlackBerry to Android.

Whether you’re deliberating a switch or you’ve already taken the plunge and struggling with getting everything you had on your BlackBerry onto your new Android, we can help. We don’t want to baffle you with jargon or complicated instructions, so here you’ll find everything you need to know for a simple switch from BlackBerry to Android. From the best way to transfer contacts from BlackBerry to Android, through to BlackBerry apps for Android and the pros and cons of both brands, by the end you’ll wonder what you were every worrying about!

Part 1: Transfer Data from BlackBerry to Android with Mobiletrans

When it comes to transferring data over, it’s time to let you in on a little secret tool that can help you transfer contacts from BlackBerry to Android with just one click! This tool is MobileTrans, which is basically a piece of software that works with BlackBerry Desktop Software V7.0 and V7.1 to swiftly transfer data from BlackBerry to Android. With just one click, you can retrieve call logs, SMS, contacts and other data and have it uploaded to an Android in no time. Here’s how.

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How to Transfer data from Blackberry to Android within One Click

Step 1: Backup with Blackberry Desktop Software

First up, if you haven’t already done so, you need to install BlackBerry Desktop Software onto your computer and connect your BlackBerry phone to the software. All you need to do then is click ‘Back Up Now’, which creates a non-encrypted backup version of your data that is stored onto your computer.

Note: BlackBerry 10 smartphones are supported now.

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Step 2: Install MobileTrans Wondershare

With your backup downloaded, it’s now time to transfer it to your Android. This is where you need to install the MobileTrans Wondershare software onto your computer. Once installed, simply run the application and connect your Android phone up to the computer and click “Restore from backups”.

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Step 3: Rransfer from BlackBerry to Android

This then opens a new window showing the BlackBerry device, backup data stored on your computer and the Android device. Just select the data you want to export from BlackBerry to Android and press the ‘Start Transfer’ button.

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You can then see the transfer status of the export from BlackBerry to Android, and once complete everything you need will now be on your Android phone for you. Simple!

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Part 2. Transfer Contacts from BlackBerry to Android via Bluetooth

Of course, if you don’t have access to a computer to use MobileTrans Wondershare, you may be contemplating manually transferring contacts over, but wait, there is another way. Using Bluetooth on your phones, it is possible to bulk transfer contacts from BlackBerry to Android. However, this really should be a last resort over MobileTrans as it’s more time-consuming, long-winded and fiddly, but will still be quicker than manually inputting contacts. If this is the only way for you, here’s how to get the job done.

Step 1: Activate Bluetooth on the Android Phone

Right, to start with you need activate Bluetooth on your Android phone and make the device visible. Head to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Bluetooth Settings and tick the ‘Visible’ box so your BlackBerry will detect it.

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Step 2: Pair the devices

Next, it’s time to pair the devices to exchange data, which should be done from the BlackBerry. First, make sure Bluetooth is on by clicking into Options > Network and Connections > Bluetooth Connection. From here click on Paired Devices >Add a New Device >Search, which will pick up the Android device. You need to select the device and ‘Submit’ to allow data sharing.

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Step 3: Start to transfer from Blackberry to Android

Now you can transfer contacts from BlackBerry to Android by selecting the Android phone from the Paired Devices, then press the BlackBerry button and select ‘Transfer Contacts’.

Don’t forget to complete the transfer you need to authorise Bluetooth access on your Android.

Part 3: Apps for Android and BlackBerry

With your important data and contacts transferred over, it’s time to think about apps, which are a big deal for smartphone users today, They help us communicate and keep track of our lives on a daily basis, and having to lose favourite apps or get to know new ones can be a major concern if you’re changing phone brands. But the good new is that some of BlackBerry’s top apps are now available in Android versions, which should make the switch less traumatic.

BlackBerry Messenger

One of the best apps BlackBerry has on offer is BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), which for anyone who has used BlackBerry is a real plus and a big loss when you switch brands. But thankfully, there is now an Android BBM version, so you can continue connecting with people in the same way on your Android with instant messages, voice calls, voice notes and more.

Apps for Android and BlackBerry

Downloading the BBM app to your Android is nice and simple too. Simply head to an app store for Android phones like Google Play, search for BBM and install. You’ll be back to chatting on BBM in no time.

Alternative BBM apps on Android

That being said, Android does offer a much wider choice of instant message apps than BlackBerry. If you’re feeling brave and fancy trying something new, apps like Whatsapp Messenger, as well as Facebook Messenger, LINE, WeChat, and Skype are all fantastic apps for keeping in touch.

bbm alternative apps on android

Android Apps for BlackBerry z10/Q10

More good news, it works the other way round too, with a number of Android apps now being made available to use with BlackBerry Z10/Q10 devices. However, you’ll need to venture beyond the BlackBerry app centre and head to a third party provider like Amazon Appstore, Snap APK Downloader and 1mobile Market to install them.

This isn’t a difficult task though, simply install the app store onto your Z10/Q10, then you can browse an extensive selection of Android apps and quickly install them on your phone, just like you would from the BlackBerry store.

Android apps for BlackBerry Playbooks

Similarly if you have a BlackBerry Playbook, there are also a variety of Android Player apps that can now be utilised on these devices too.

Part 4: Android Vs. BlackBerry

If you’re still not sure if making the switch from BlackBerry to Android is or has been the right choice, then here’s a few comparisons that might help convince you either way.


When it comes to comparing hardware, the BlackBerry can be limiting. With all hardware produced by RIM, all phones look and function pretty much the same with a QWERTY keypad that does make for easier typing if communication is a key asset. However, Android phones are produced by lots of different manufacturers that give users greater choice to find features they actually want and will use.


Pretty much all BlackBerry devices are reliant on the keyboard, despite some touchscreen functionality, which does give BlackBerry extra points for easy communication. However, the full touchscreen Android phones do make for easy app and data management in one handset, using a single USB cable.


Upgrades and access to them is an important factor. And the good news is with BlackBerry they will always keep you up to speed on the latest versions, making upgrades much easier and quicker. Androids on the other hand can take longer, as the continuous release of newer phones and different manufacturers can put a delay on new Android versions being approved for use on certain models.


For networking, the BlackBerry is a winner. It uses BBM and BlackBerry email that makes communication simple and fast. However, Android also offer a number of similar apps with the same capabilities and some new ones that can make communication across multiple social media and IM apps seamless and straightforward.


Following on from networking you have to consider apps available on both devices. BlackBerry has it’s own app centre, which offers a great deal of apps for BlackBerry and there are now Android versions that are compatible from third party stores, but Android has the upper hand. They not only have more apps on offer, but also a vast selection of app stores to buy them from.

Battery Life

A vital consideration for any serious phone user has to be battery life. Androids are notorious for not holding battery charge for long, which can mean more frequent charging. On the other hand, BlackBerry are well-known for producing phones with long battery life, so if lasting battery power is priority, you might just be better sticking with a BlackBerry.

Hopefully, with all things considered, you’ll be pretty happy with your new Android device, especially once you’ve fully explored all that android devices have to offer and transferred all your important data from BlackBerry to Android using the tips above. We’d love to hear from you if you’ve made the switch, so get in touch and tell us what you love – and what you’re not so sure of – about your new device.

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