How I Ported Data from My Old Treo to My New iPhone 3GS

Yes, I have finally made the leap to an iPhone.  I picked up my new iPhone 3GS on Friday and have been lost in its brillance ever since.

In so doing, I left my Palm Treo 755p behind. And I’m now off the Palm platform for the first time in a decade.  As you might imagine, I had years of contacts and data building up on my Treo.  Critical data which I couldn’t afford to lose and that I had to move over to my new iPhone.  I was worried that this process was going to be full of gaseous pain, but it wasn’t so bad.  Here’s how I moved my data to my iPhone.

  1. Sync the Treo with Palm Desktop.  This captures your contacts and calendar data off of the Treo.  In addition, it backups the memos, tasks, and photos.  Contacts and calendar are the most important elements so that’s what I’m going to focus on. 
  2. I’m already a Gmail user.  I want to manage all my data with Google contacts and Google calendar.  So…download and install a trial version of CompanionLink for Google.  This will help you get your data from Palm Desktop into Google.  It’s available at
  3. Make some backups before you try the Palm Desktop sync.  Backup your Google contacts and also create .csv backup file of your Palm Desktop data
  4. Configure Companion Link for Google for your GMail account, then synchronize.
  5. Now that everything is in Google, configure your iPhone to use this data and then use Google Mobile Sync to sync over the air going forward.  Instructions on that are at at

That’s pretty much it!

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  1. Amit C
    Posted June 29, 2009 at 6:50 am | Permalink


    Thanks for the tip about companion link….


  2. Cochise
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    To each his own… but the idea of sending so much "personal" information to Google ("Now that everything is in Google"), or any other "cloud" that is under the control of a 3rd party is a bit reckless in my opinion.

    Some of you are far too trusting that these organizations give a hoot about your privacy. Some of you may not know this, but Google SAVES every Google query you ever do. Why??

    Food for thought.

  3. Chicago Paul
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    The issue for me is easy data entry on the Palm Desktop, ability to keep my categorizations (I have over 3600 contacts all in various categories). I have long ago started loosing valuable Palm Apps to them being discontinued, so the impetus is strong for iPhone. The only other issue is the network. My friends with AT&T cant even get calls in my house… I have Verizon, I can get calls in the basement.

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