What do I do first?

The first step is to tell BitPim what phone model you're using. Bitpim will try to detect your phone when you run it for the first time. If this fails, or you change the phone you are using you can tell BitPim to detect your phone again by clicking on the detect phone button on the toolbar or selecting "Edit" -> "Detect Phone" from the menu.

Note: Not all phone support AutoDetection. See here for a list of phones BitPim can AutoDetect. BitPim may not be able to AutoDetect phones connected via Bluetooth.

If AutoDetect fails, BitPim will give you the option to open the Settings dialog so that you can configure your phone manually. Press the Phone Wizard button in the Settings dialog to have BitPim help you choose your phone and it's connection to your computer.

The next step is to get your data from your phone into BitPim.
Press the Get Data button on the toolbar or select "Data" -> "Get Phone Data" from the menu.

You will then be given a choice of what to get. Initially it is worth getting everything so you can see what is on your phone. If an option is disabled and you cannot select it, this means that BitPim does not support this feature on your phone.

BitPim will automatically detect your phone and transfer all data selected from the phone. If you look in the status bar you will see that BitPim is busy, and the progress it is making.

Note: In some cases, BitPim may fail to detect your phone. You should troubleshoot this.

You can now move on to where you can view and edit your data.

BitPim Online Help built 17 January 2010