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Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email

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Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
With the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 many will have to face the good and bad of iOS for the first time. And while we think iOS is a pretty robust platform, it still has a slight learning curve. The first and main hub for your iPhone needs is iTunes. The application will be your intermediary for syncing everything to your iPhone and you'd better like it because you will have to use it unless you go with a jailbreak of course.


Managing contacts

The first thing you might want to do when getting the Verizon iPhone 4 is to transfer all of your contacts. Importing contacts on the iPhone is all about getting them to the cloud first. If you were using Android, you most probably use Google services such as Gmail and in this case your best option would be to import all of your contacts from the popular mail service. To do this, you would have to set up your Gmail as an Exchange account. You can do this from Settings → Mail, Contacts, Calendars → Microsoft Exchange. Below you can find a step-by-step walkthrough.
Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email

In case you have a BlackBerry the process is very similar as the easiest option would be to export your existing contacts to Google first. Google's mobile sync application would be your app of choice as it syncs both your calendars and contacts for a seamless export to the cloud. To import them on the iPhone, you just have to follow the steps described above.

Exporting your contacts from the iPhone is also an easy process – just launch iTunes, connect your iPhone and select it in iTunes. In the Info tab you will find the option to sync your address book contacts to Google Contacts among others.

Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email


Setting up your email, Exchange account

With the iPhone's launch back in 2007, email security was one of the main reasons to hold back on using Apple's handset for business. Fast forward to 2011 and mail support is now much better with a unified inbox for all your email accounts and strengthened security.

If you switch from Android you might find an equally rich Gmail client missing on iOS. The one on Android mimics the desktop version almost to a full extent with threaded conversations and starred emails among many other options. The iPhone doesn't have an app that rich, but nevertheless its mail client is also pretty functional with threads as of iOS 4.0 and there is always the Gmail web interface, which you can use from Safari.

Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
Setting up your email is probably the second most important thing you will do after you sync up your contacts. To do that you have to navigate to Settings → Mail, Contacts, Calendar → Add Account... From there you can select an email provider and if you are using a popular mail service like Gmail or Yahoo the only thing left is entering your credentials. If you want to set up your corporate email, you have to navigate to Other From t→ Add Mail Account where  you have to type in your credentials along with incoming and outgoing mail settings.

As we mentioned, the iPhone now supports unified inbox for all of your email accounts, including multiple Exchange accounts. Switching between inboxes has been given a facelift and is much quicker in the latest versions of iOS. Apple's handset has secure messaging covered as well with support for SSL. 


Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
Switching to the iPhone 4? Here's how to set up contacts and email
Synchronizing calendars


Finally, the iPhone 4 also supports different standard-based services such as the IMAP mail protocol, LDAP directory and CalDAV calendars. When you set up your email as an Exchange account as we showed earlier, you can choose to sync not only your contacts and email, but calendar as well. If you use more than one calendar, you might want to take a look at Google's mobile sync page. From there you can sync your additional calendars, so they show up in the iPhone's native calendar app.

Verizon's iPhone 4 is an opportunity for many people to peek into the iOS world on their favorite carrier. It is not only a great media device, but with with all the ease of importing your Android or BlackBerry experience, it is an equally capable business tool.


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posted on 31 Jan 2011, 10:00 3

1. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


dont uou guys thing that people already know how to do this!!! if they dont..then they dont need a smart phone but a .....DUMB PHONE LOL

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 18:24

10. rka83 (unregistered)


you're in need of a smart phone at the moment

posted on 01 Feb 2011, 06:56

11. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Not everyone instinctively knows how to use every mobile OS, this article could be useful to someone who has never used iOS.

posted on 10 May 2011, 14:37

13. abcdf (unregistered)


First of all please proper English. Then you can give your wasteful suggestions to people.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 10:37 2

2. Kjayhawk (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I thought thats what the iphone is?

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 11:12 1

3. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Proof of iPhone slurping....you dont see "switching to droid, here's how" Articles. Sad sad sad iPhone bias.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 11:33 3

4. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


There are 8 million articles on this site about android phones. Don't be a whiny little !@#$%^. Very sad indeed

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 12:11 1

6. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


LOL, right....(rolls eyes) Hey there is a Moto Atrix coming out, let's see if we get a new "here's how to set up a Gmail and your contacts for Android" Article. Why do iPhone fans need to be babied and have their hands held for them? The phone is just screens of shortcuts, they aren't even live tiles or live widgets, its a phone a 5 year old could use since it's so overly basic and out dated.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 11:46 3

5. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


if your on phonearena usually means your a phone geek and SHOULD know how to do something as simple this Lol.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 18:22 1

9. rka83 (unregistered)


What if someone typed it into google and this is the page they clicked on?

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 12:22 2

7. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Ok, I agree with you guys on that. It's pretty simple. It just seems that whenever there is a article about the iphone you have people complaining about it. I never see anyone complaining that there are too many android articles. But I do agree this time, this may be an unnecessary one. I apologize for the above rant.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 12:35 1

8. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


No prob. The issue isnt iPhone NEWS, it's the pointless filler like this just to keep the iPhone in the "top news" and plastered all over the site. I dont mind real info on the phone but this is obvious iPhone promotion.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 19:58

12. hutch (unregistered)


I'm a pretty savvy lady, however it is always good to use a guide from someone who has done it b4. Anyway, steps were helpfull. Just got my new i4 via verizon and i'm reluctanly switching from my droid (my best friend for the last 3 yrs), but my husband insist i got an i4. We already have ipads... they r cool, but i just can't get over not having Flash! EVERTHING in teacherland uses Flash...lol i'll just use the super slow PC ap!

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