How to Copy Contacts to a SIM Card


Contacts can be copied to a SIM card as an option for "backing up" important names and phone numbers. This method is also used to copy and move contacts to a new mobile phone if necessary. SIM stands for Subscriber Identity Module; it is a portable memory chip used in some models of cellular telephones.

  • Make sure the mobile phone has a SIM card installed. The card should be placed into the SIM card holder on the back of the phone under the battery. The card will slide in face up with the gold plate showing. Mobile phones will provide a SIM card along with the purchase. If it is not available, the card may be purchased online or from a store that deals with prepaid mobile phones.

  • Go to the menu option on the phone. With the cell phone powered on and the battery charged up, press "phone book or "contacts" and wait for the next screen to appear.

  • Locate the subsection used to copy contacts. The exact wording for these sections may differ per each phone model. Unless all contacts are being moved to the memory card, select to "only copy."

  • Choose the option to "Copy Phone to SIM." A dialog box will open to select all contacts to copy. It may take a few moments for the phone to load and copy the contacts to the SIM card. Some phones will only allow copying contacts one by one. In this instance, go to the contact then find the menu "options" and select "copy." There will be the option to copy to SIM.

  • Delete or keep the duplicate contacts. Once the contacts have been copied to the SIM card, the original contacts will be left on the phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some cell phone companies now give the option to automatically backup contacts in a mobile phone. Each time a contact is entered, it is backed up into the online account.
  • A mobile phone will not be able to make or recieve calls without a SIM card installed.

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