How to Get Palm Desktop Information Onto Your iPhone
By Bennett Gavrish
If you previously used a Palm handheld device but want to switch to an Apple iPhone, you can migrate contact and calendar data. The process involves exporting information from the Palm Desktop program, importing it into the appropriate desktop utility tools and then syncing it with your device through iTunes. Once your contacts and calendars are on your iPhone, you can also link them to your iCloud account.
Exporting from Palm Desktop
Launch the Palm Desktop program on your PC or Mac.
Choose your user account from the menu in the upper-right corner of the window and then click on the "Date Book" button.
Go to the File menu and click "Export." Choose the desktop as the save destination, set the file type as "CSV" and click the "Export" button.
Click on the "Address" button and repeat Step 3.
Launch the iCal program.
Open the File menu, expand the Import submenu and click on "Import."
Highlight the file that you exported from the Palm Date Book and click the "Import" button.
Launch the Address Book application on your Mac.
Open the File menu and click "Import."
Highlight the file that you exported from the Palm Address tool and click the "Open" button.
Launch Microsoft Outlook on your PC.
Open the File menu, click "Open" and then click the "Import" button.
Highlight "Comma Separated Values (Windows)" from the list of file types and then click "Next."
Click on the "Browse" button, double-click on the file you exported from the Palm Date Book and then click "Next" again.
Select the folder where you want to place the imported data and then click "Finish."
Repeat the steps for the file you exported from the Palm Address tool.
Syncing with iTunes
Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
Plug your iPhone into your computer using the iPhone USB cable.
Click on the name of your iPhone from the Devices list on the left side of the window.
Go to the Info tab at the top of the window.
Check the boxes next to "Sync contacts" and "Sync calendars."
Click the "Apply" button to save the settings and sync your Palm Desktop data with your iPhone.
Bennett Gavrish is an I.T. professional who has been writing about computers, electronics and the Web since 2004. His work has appeared in the "Nashua Telegraph" and the "Daily Free Press" and on numerous websites. Gavrish received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.