How to Import SIM contacts into Your iPhone

A common question among new iPhone users is “How do I import my old SIM contacts into my iPhone.?”

While this seems like a simple task to just re-enter all your contacts one at a time manually, if you’ve got a lot of contacts then you are going to waste a lot of time.

The initial iPhone running under IOS version 2 didn’t have an import feature, but all new iPhones have the import SIM contacts feature.

So here’s how to do it.

Go to “Settings” >> “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” >> scroll down until you see “Import SIM Contacts” then click that button.

This will import all your SIM contacts to your contacts list in the iPhone. The contacts on the iPhone are stored in internal memory and not on the SIM card.





If you wish to move your contacts from your iPhone to another device then the process is a bit more involved.

You have 2 options.

  1. Use an App such as Synkontact which import / exports contacts between iPhone and Android
  2. Use iTunes to sync your contacts using Google or Yahoo contacts, then both iPhone and Android have access to those contacts
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