CSV, or Comma-Separated values, are simple text files that uses commas to delimit data. CSV files are common in computerised address books. CSVs, generally, are hugely compatible across multiple platforms and multiple applications. The Interactive Pager Backup (IPD) is the user storage backup file type for BlackBerry Smartphones. IPD files can contain messages or configurations but are also used to store the phone's address book. Entering CSV details manually into BlackBerry's address book would be a lengthy process. To convert a CSV for use as an IPD for BlackBerry, you have to first import the CSV into software that BlackBerry recognises, and then sync the two together.
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Install the BlackBerry Desktop software that came bundled with your BlackBerry.
Open Microsoft Outlook and import all of your CSV files by clicking "File" and then "Import."
Connect your BlackBerry via a USB cable to your computer and open the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
Click "Synchronize > Configuration > Configure sync."
Tick the "Address Book - Microsoft Outlook" option and click "OK."
Click the "Synchronize" tab and then click "Synchronize Now" to sync your CSV contacts to your BlackBerry.
Download, install and open BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac (see Resources).
Click "Applications" in Finder and open Apple Address Book. Click "File > Import." Locate your CSV addresses.
Connect your BlackBerry via a USB cable to your Mac.
Switch to BlackBerry Desktop Software and then click "Contacts." Click the button next to "Sync Contacts." Click the "Two-Way" icon and then click the "Sync" button in the menu toolbar. Your CSV files from Address Book will now be synced with your BlackBerry as IPD files.
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