People ditch their old phones for an iPhone, and perhaps you are among the same category of people. The bunch needs to import contacts from the older phone’s SIM card to iPhone. Apart from the basic migration, another case could be for importing SIM card contacts if there were old SIM cards lying around that had some contacts and you’d like to see them on your iPhone. Follow our guide below to quickly import contacts from SIM to iPhone.

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Whatever the reason, you just have to place the other SIM card into iPhone and then utilize the iOS feature to import contacts from SIM to iPhone.

6 Steps To Transfer & Import Contacts from SIM to iPhone

First things first, the SIM card with the contacts must fit inside the iPhone. This means you may have to resize it with the cutter, or another option is to have the contents of the SIM card copied to a SIM card that is given by your cellular carrier and is compatible with your iPhone model. Follow the steps below to import contacts from SIM to iPhone quickly:

Step 1: Put the old SIM that has the contact information inside your iPhone. Remember, a new SIM card may be needed from your carrier, or you might have to go the electronics store to get it resized.

Step 2: On your iPhone, open the Settings application.

Step 3: Then, head over to “Contacts” option. If you’re using an older version of iOS on your iDevice, this can be labeled as “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”.

Step 4: Scroll down until you see “Import SIM Contacts” – select it.

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Import Sim Contacts to iPhone

Step 5: Wait some time for the contact info to be taken from old SIM card and transferred to the iPhone.

Step 6: Reinsert the usual SIM card into your iPhone (if eligible).

If your SIM card contains a lot of information, it might take a while for all the contacts to appear on your iPhone. Also, if any contacts name matches with the existing contact names on your iPhone, they may or may not be overwritten.

Other Ways to Import Contacts to iPhone from your old Device

If you are moving from Android to iPhone, you can easily sync your contacts using your Google account. This feature will help you to import contacts from SIM to iPhone easily and quickly.

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Transfer Sim contacts to iPhone from Gmail account

First, you need to enable this option on your Android device by going to Settings -> Accounts & Sync -> tap on your Google account and tap Sync Contacts. After that, you will need to sign in with the same account on your iPhone and enable the contacts option. The contacts will be synchronized in just a few minutes.

How to Copy Contacts From iPhone to SIM Card

If you want to copy your contacts from your iPhone to your SIM card, you can do that only on your jailbroken device. You can easily copy your contacts to the sim card using a jailbreak app called SIManager.

You can easily install this app from Cydia on your jailbroken device from the iSpazio repo source. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to jailbreak your device running iOS 10.2 using Yalu.

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Use Simanager to transfer contacts from iPhone to SIM card

To export your contacts from your iPhone to your SIM, just start the SIManager app, tap on the Settings icon then tap “Copy iPhone to SIM”. Now you r contacts will be transferred to your sim card.

Note: The SIManager app can be used only on certain devices, because it’s not updated for the latest iOS version.

As an alternative way, you can sync your contacts from your iPhone to an Android device using Gmail or by importing your backup, then just put your sim in the device and copy your contacts to the SIM card.

If you own a non-jailbroken device or you are running iOS 11 or iOS 10 – then you can use the iCloud export feature to export your contacts to your Computer.

Read Also: How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.