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.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 28, 2021

There is a time for your phone to be born and a time to die. Change 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, and so on. So if you have no idea about recovering SIM card numbers, this article is right for you. Follow the tutorial and learn how to retrieve contacts from SIM card or get the contacts back by Google Account.

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

Why Do We Need to Recover Contacts from 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.

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 to Android Phone:

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:

  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.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, retrieve contacts from SIM card is much easier than you think. Follow the exact instructions above and recover your SIM card number in a painless way. If you will have other problems, feel free to leave them in the comment section and we will reply to you soon.

Joy Taylor

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