I’ve been rid of my iPhone for 5 days. I recently restored my backup onto my friend’s iPhone to retrieve my contact list, and then synced that contact list back into Address Book under a group titled “iPhone Imports.”

Fast-forward two days—I receive my Sony Ericsson z520a I bought off eBay. My contact list is empty. My brain stutters at first trying to remember how to get my contacts to the phone. It’s been so long since I had an ordinary phone, but a couple of Google searches helped me remember the obvious solution: iSync.

I immediately connected to the new-to-me phone via Bluetooth by using the Bluetooth Preference Pane in System Preferences and opened iSync. Immediately, iSync recognized the z520a and I selected it. It asked if I wanted to sync addresses, calendars, or both. I selected only addresses, as my calendar data is far more than this phone could probably hold.

iSync will give some useful options, such as syncing only contacts with phone numbers. Next, I selected only the “iPhone Imports” group. Then I clicked “Sync” and in about two minutes all my contacts (pictures included), were on my new phone!

iSync is another fantastic and perhaps underused tool Apple provides free of charge with each and every Mac. It is basic and straightforward, and compatible with most portable devices—not just phones.

Give it a shot and sync your Bluetooth or USB cell phone contacts to your computer to back them up! This way, next time your phone falls out of your shirt pocket into the toilet in a rest-stop bathroom, your entire contact list won’t be out of your hands forever.

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