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  1. pini

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    Hi, I always used to backup my Nokias to their PC suite on my home computer. That backuped everything on the phone if I wanted and also was excellent when I changed phones, as, as long as they were Nokia I could just restore everything to my new phone.

    Is there any similar system for my HTC Desire? I need the assurance that if my phone gets stolen or needs to be replaced, as I'll backup often, I'll be able to restore everything to my new phone directly from the computer.

    Preferably a free program.

    Thanx.
     

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    HTC Sync, download the latest version from the HTC site, install on your PC and then connect your Desire using usb sync mode. You can then sync your People contacts and Calendar.

    Ian
     
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    Or you can save your contacts as gmail contacts and they're then backed up on the gmail server.
     
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    Or you can hit the menu option to export your contacts to the SD card. This will create a VCF file, a format that's recognized by many types of phone. Once on the SD card you've got your contacts nicely backed up. You can then use a usb cable to save it on your pc.
     
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    just done the export thing thats a good one. very easy and hassle free
     
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    I used the method of exporting my contacts to the SD card. However, when you import them to the phone the numbers are displayed in a new format.

    Eg. 071-234-56-789

    That's the basic jist of it. The number imports correctly, it's just broken up by a few well placed hyphens/dashes.
     
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    Hi all,
    I was looking for a same kind of solution.
    sync my calendar and contacts between phone and PC.
    It seems however that it only syncs my PC contacts to my phone, but not vice versa..
    Any ideas ?
    thanks
     
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    When I tried to export my contacts to the SD card, a message box was displayed indicating "No SD card detected".

    Just for anyone else who might experience this problem, the issue was caused because my phone was connected to my PC and mounted as disk drive.

    Disconnecting my phone allowed me to backup my contacts to the SD card.
     
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    Hi guys and gals. Thanx for your ideas, but I am now very very desperate for this and none of the suggestions are ideal. My phone dropped today and the screen cracked and I'm getting a new phone delivered tomorrow. Problem is that I use my phone for everything, especially the contacts and the calendar which I use as my diary. I need to backup it all up quickly and easily like I used to be able to do with my Nokias. The apps I can re-download, I'm not worried about that.
     
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    Just "synced" my phone with my computer but not sure what it did. Dunno how to access what was synced on the PC so I can view it.
     
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    The short answer to your question is unfortunately "There isn't such a program/tool for HTC phones". That only tool that HTC has is HTC Sync and that only syncs your phone with MS Outlook - and it really sucks.
     
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    I use gsynit; it's not perfect, but I like it. I went from a BB to an android phone and wanted something to sync my non-exchange Outlook contacts and calendar to my phone. You can do a trial, but it syncs everything to Google/gmail, which in turn populates the phone. It has some quirks, but for the most part it was pretty straight forward and seamless.

    I have mine set to sync every time I exit Outlook to keep things pretty current.

    http://www.daveswebsite.com/software/gsync/
     
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    try AVG antivirus for Android..its checks all files and does a full backup of setting and contacts to sd card
     
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    Please how can I export the contacts to SD card?? Thanks!!
     
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    Click on your phone dialler, click menu, click people then menu again then click import/export and choose export to SD card.
     
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    thanks but if i click on people, it just takes me to the list of contacts I have. and when i go to the menu, there is no option to import/export instead i only see the option to import data which suggests importing contacts from other phones!! Please advise! i am in need of this coz i want to reset my phone to original setting since i am experiencing problems with network and setting seems to be a problem. I can call my contacts but most of them cant reach me. Especially from one provider.
     
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    Sorry but I'm at a lose at why you can't do it this way, other option would be to connect your phone to your computer and copy all data to a separate file, reset your phone reconnect to your comp copy your files that you saved and paste back to your phone.
     
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    Your not doing it in order click people and while in your contact list click menu and that will bring up the export/import option!
     
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    how do i backup my contacts from my Desire HD to my MacBook Pro
     
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    can u help me in backing up my contacts on my Desire HD to my MacBook?
     
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    Will this export all the contacts ( google, phone, SIM), as these are three different types of contacts saving mode available on HTC desire ?

    In case if it only exports Google contacts, how can you make export of contacts saved in Phone memory ?
     
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    It doubt it will back up SIM contacts. But if you only have one export option it will export all that are on the phone, whether Google or Phone Only.

    You can easily check by looking at the contents of the vcf file.

    I say "if you only have one option" because I cannot remember what HTC software on the Desire does (not used a Sense ROM since 2010). I recently did this with a Desire C and it had options to export different types of contact separately, but that's much newer software than the Desire.
     
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    It's been a while since I last used my Desire. However I distinctly remember that there is a way, if you explore the contacts app settings, to copy your phone sim contacts to the phone and the phone contacts to your Google account.

    I can't remember exactly how but it's along the lines of (from the contacts app) menu>manage contacts>copy contacts
     
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    Gmail will be a good solution to backup your tc contacts, and generally backup tools can only export the files to computer as unreadable format. If you want to preview and share your android data like sms, contact and more files, you can try to use professional android transfer tool. Some can also support WIFI connection, I think it is more effective to backup your HTC phone with it.
     
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