How to import or export contacts stored in SIM card

Last modified : Nov 21. 2018

If you need to quickly transfer phone numbers from one device to another - exporting them to the storage on your SIM card is an effective way - however, only phone numbers and names will be transferred to a SIM card. Any addresses, email addresses or other information will stay on the device.

 

You won't be able to add any details to contacts that are stored on a SIM card, so importing them to your device or Google/Samsung accounts will allow you to add photos, email addresses and other information to each contact.

 

The step-by-step guides in the dropdowns below are organised by operating system. If you're not sure what OS your device is running check the page at How to find out what version of Android OS my device is running, or you can click through each of the dropdowns until you see a screenshot that looks like your device!

Jelly Bean (Android Version 4.1 to 4.3.1)Click to Expand
1 From the Home screen, tap Contacts . Alternatively, if Contacts icon is not available on your Home screen, tap Apps . Then tap Contacts on the Apps page.
Open the Contacts App
2 Press the Menu key, then tap Import/Export.
Select the Menu key and then Import/Export
3 Select Import from SIM card
Select Import from SIM card
4 Tap Device to copy all your contacts from SIM to your device. You may opt to save contacts to other options available as well. You will then see a progress at the top left side of the notification bar that your contacts are being copied.
Select where to save contacts to
Kit Kat to Marshmallow (Android Version 4.4 to 6.01)Click to Expand
1 From Home screen, tap Contacts . Alternatively, if Contacts icon is not available on your Home screen, tap Apps, then tap Contacts on the Apps page.
Open the Contacts app
2 Tap on the 3 dot menu (or MORE) button
Tap the 3 dot - or MORE - button
3 Tap Settings
Tap Settings
4 Select Contacts
Select Contacts
5 Tap Import/Export contacts
Tap Import/Export contacts
6 Select an action, either to Import from device storage or Export to device storage.
Select to import from the SIM card or Export to the SIM card
7 A prompt will then appear, choose new location of contacts being copied.
Select where to save the contacts to (device or a linked account)
Nougat and Oreo (Android Version 7.0 and 8.0+)Click to Expand
1 Open the Contacts app
Open the contacts app
2 Select the 3 dot menu button and then select Settings
Tap the 3 dot menu button and then select Settings
3 Select Import/Export to see the options to move contacts
Select import/export
4 To save contacts to the SIM card, select Export
Select Export to save contacts to SIM card
5 Select where to save the contacts (in this example SIM card)
Select where to save the contacts
6 Select the contacts to copy over
And then select DONE to finish
Select contacts to copy and then Done to finish

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