How to Retrieve Contacts from SIM Card

Changed a new phone but don’t know how to retrieve contacts from SIM card? Well, this guide can help you out with two practical ways to recover contacts from SIM card.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Oct. 27, 2021

There is a time for your phone to be born and a time to die. Changing a new phone is easy but how to keep all the contacts go with you? Beyond that, there are multiple scenarios where you need to retrieve contacts, like deleting a contact by mistake, suffering from system damage or screen broken, and so on.

So, if you’re searching for ways to recover SIM card numbers, with names, email, and addresses, this article is right for you. Follow the tutorial and learn how to retrieve contacts from SIM, import contacts from SIM to iPhone and Android, or get the contacts back by Google Account.

Also Read: How to Recover Deleted Contacts from Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ >

Are Contacts Stored on SIM Card?

It is common knowledge that SIM card is a small card with an integrated chip on the phone. It serves to store data for subscribers and enables you to access the local mobile network so that you can place calls and send texts. But SIM card is much more powerful than you think.

It’s able to store up to 250 contacts and save the contacts for you on the SIM when you change to another device.

So if you have accidentally deleted a list of contacts on your phone, or just change a new SIM card or a new device, whatever it is, recovering contacts from a SIM card is one of the most efficient ways that you can count on. Next, you will learn two aspects to recover contacts from SIM card and move to new phones, and recover deleted phone numbers from SIM card on Android/iPhone.

How to Retrieve Contacts from SIM Card?

How to retrieve deleted contacts from my SIM card on Android? Here we first recommend you a wonderful tool to do SIM card data recovery for android. It is DroidKit – a complete Android solution, which allows you to restore contacts from SIM or extract contacts from Google, including phone numbers, names, email, and addresses.

Besides, you can also recover contacts whether your Android Samsung is a black screen, frozen, etc. What’s more, you can also choose Recover Lost Data tool from DroidKit to get contacts and other 12 types of data off your phone.

Now, you can check the steps to get contacts off SIM card and copy them to your new phone. Get DroidKit downloaded first.

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Get Contacts Off SIM Card

Step 1. Launch DroidKit and go to Extract Needed Data > Choose Extract From SIM Card.

Extract Data from SIM Card

Extract Data from SIM Card

Step 2. Connect your phone with SIM card and continue.

Connect Your Phone and Start

Connect Your Phone and Start

Step 3. Select any contacts and restore them to your phone or computer.

Preview and Choose Data to Recover

Preview and Choose Data to Recover

How to Recover Contacts from SIM Card to New Phone

For iPhone and Android users, if your old SIM card fits your new phone, you can import contacts stored on a SIM card to your new device quickly and efficiently. Follow the steps listed below to get SIM contacts to your new iPhone, and for Android users, please keep reading and learn how.

Import Contacts from Old SIM Card to New iPhone:

Step 1. Take out the SIM card from your old device and insert it into the new phone with an ejector tool. To make sure that the SIM card is supportive, please visit Apple’s official website.

Step 2. In Settings find Contacts, and then choose Import SIM Contacts.

Step 3. Before the import process, the system may show you a pop-out message to ask you where to import the SIM contacts. Confirm the location and wait for the process to complete.

Step 4. Open Contacts on your new iPhone to check if the imported contacts are all safe and sound.

Tap on Import SIM Contacts

Tap on Import SIM Contacts

Retrieve Contacts from SIM card Samsung to Another Android:

Adopt the detailed steps below to get a quick transfer of phone numbers and names from your old Android device to another. Please note that only phone numbers and names will be transferred. Any addresses, email addresses, or other information will stay on the old device.

Step 1: Put your SIM card that has your contacts into the new phone.

Step 2: On the Menu head into the Contact App and tap on it > Hit the three-bar icon on the left corner.

Step 3: Select Manage contacts > Tap on Import/export contacts to transfer SIM card number to your phone.

Go to Contacts and Tap on Import/Export Contacts

Go to Contacts and Tap on Import/Export Contacts

Step 4: Select SIM card > Touch on the contact numbers you would like to import > Tap on Done once complete.

Select Contact Numbers to Import

Select Contact Numbers to Import

Bonus Tip: How to Recover Contacts from Google Account

As the saying goes, never put all your eggs in one basket. Retrieving contacts from SIM card is definitely an effective way, but what if your old SIM card gets lost or damaged? It’s a good thing that you still have other alternatives. Here we recommend you to recover contacts from your Google Account if you have backed up the contacts to your Google Account before. Actually, with your Google backup, you can not only restore SIM card numbers but various kinds of data including images, audios, videos, WhatsApp, calendar wallpapers, and beyond.

Keep reading and take a look at how to restore contacts from Google account on iPhone and Android devices.

To restore contacts from Google to iPhone:

  1. In Settings hit the Accounts & Passwords option> Click Add Account and choose Google.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account and Tap Allow > Open the Google account then enter your Gmail information and click Sign in.
  3. Tap Allow proceeding further > Move the Contact button to the right side to enable it.
  4. Choose the Keep on My iPhone option to retain the existing contacts on your iPhone > Tap Save on the top right corner to import the data.
  5. Check the Contacts on iPhone to see if all the connections are synced from Google to your device.
Add Contacts from Google to iPhone

Add Contacts from Google to iPhone

To restore contacts from Google to Android device:

From Android phone settings:

  1. Launch Settings App on your Android device > Tap Accounts and choose Google.
  2. Click on Restore contacts from Set up & Restore, or Services > Choose the device you want to restore to.
  3. Click Restore to transfer the contacts from Google to your Android phone.

Connect new phone and restore with DroidKit:

Step 1. Launch DroidKit and move to Extract Needed Data panel > Select From Google Account above From SIM Card.

Retrieve Data from Google Account

Retrieve Data from Google Account

Step 2. Here you can preview what data can be restored from Google account. Check Contacts and Next.

Select Contacts

Select Contacts

Step 3. Sign in with your Google account and continue. Then all the contacts will be listed, including number, email, and address. Choose To Device or To PC options according to your needs.

Select Contacts to Device or Computer

Select Contacts to Device or Computer

Step 4. Restore Google contacts successfully.

Extract Data from Google Account Successfully

Extract Data from Google Account Successfully

How to Backup Contacts to Google Drive?

Actually, when you got a new phone and first set up your Google account, you will be asked whether back up phone data to Google account to avoid data loss. And usually, a Google account can back up contacts, photos, messages, etc. If you are not sure how to back up contacts or other data using your Google account, you can check the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Find the System option and choose Backup.
  3. Enable Backup to Google Drive option. Then contacts will be backed up to your Google account.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, retrieving contacts from a SIM card is much easier than you think. Follow the exact instructions above and recover your SIM card number in a painless way. And DroidKit gives you the options to get contacts off SIM card and restore Google contacts with simple steps. Why not download DroidKit and try it? You can explore more functions of this complete Android solution. If you will have other problems, feel free to leave them in the comment section and we will reply to you soon.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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