How to Copy Contacts from iPhone to SIM?

“ I have recently changed my network provider and have got a new SIM card. But all my contacts are saved in the iPhone’s internal memory. Is there any way I can save the contacts to my new SIM?”

If you are one of the users who is confronting the same challenges with your iPhone, it is quite common. We are getting this question a lot asking how to Copy Contacts from iPhone to SIM?

Usually, the iPhone does not provide any direct means to copy and save the contacts to SIM. But there are few indirect ways which can be applied.

In today’s article, we will detail you on such tricks.

The methods will not make use of any third party tools, but if you wish to use any freeware utility. There is no harm in it. In fact, using a third party application makes it easier to copy the contacts.

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#1: Copy Few Contacts using Email

If you need to transfer only 1 or 2 contacts immediately to your SIM, then this method comes quite handy.

But if you wish to transfer contacts in bulk, then you better try the next method.

One more thing to note is that we will make use of an Android phone also in this approach.

For the time being, let’s assume, if you have got only 1 or 2 contacts to copy to SIM, then follow the steps detailed below:

Step 1. Firstly in your iPhone, select the contact numbers you want to copy to SIM.

Step 2. Choose the “Share Contact” option and then go for “Via email”. This way you send your contact detail to your email address.

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Step 3. Now insert the SIM card to an Android phone. Using the same android phone download the vcard from the email to the phone.

Step 4. Next, go to the “Contacts” application and tap on “Import from USB storage”. The contacts will instantly be imported to your Android phone.

Step 5. Now move to “Import/Export” option and tap “Export to SIM card” and it’s all done.

Once the contacts are copied to SIM, you can later insert the SIM back to your iPhone.

#2: Copy All Contacts from iPhone to SIM using iCloud

The above method is easy to pull off, but you have to repeat the same step many a times to copy all your contacts to SIM. Undoubtedly it is very time consuming.

Now in this particular approach, we would sync the iPhone to iCloud allowing the contacts to be stored to iCloud. Then we will download the contacts to computer and transfer them to Android phone to export the data to SIM like we discussed in the last method.

So let’s begin with the steps detailed below:

Step 1. From your iPhone’s “Settings” select “iCloud” option and then “Contacts”. Simply toggle the “Contacts” option on. Now all your contacts will automatically be synced to your iCloud server.

Step 2. Now using your computer, visit and log in to your account.

Step 3. Open “Contacts” and choose one by one the contacts that you wish to copy to your SIM holding the “Command” and “CTRL” key.

Step 4. Click on the “Settings” icon at the bottom left corner and choose “Export vcard” and the contacts will be downloaded to your computer.

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Step 5. Connect Android phone containing the target SIM card in it to your Computer via USB cable.

Step 6. Now open the “Contacts” app off your Android and tap “Import the contacts from USB storage”. The contacts will be stored to your Android memory now.

Step 7. Eventually, go to “Import/ Export contacts” and export them to the SIM card.

And you are done.


Though the second method is a bit lengthy and involves too many steps to follow, it is easier and secured to follow.

In case you need to get the work done in a few steps on a quicker note, then use any reliable applications like MobiMover, which comes free of cost. It will reduce your time and effort greatly.

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