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
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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Related phones

iPhone 4 Verizon
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h talk time)



1. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 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

10. rka83 unregistered

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

11. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

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

13. abcdf unregistered

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

2. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I thought thats what the iphone is?

3. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

4. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

6. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

5. Tristann

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

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

9. rka83 unregistered

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

7. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 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.

8. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

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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