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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Copy Contact from Phone to SIM Card

In Samsung Galaxy SIII you can add new contacts and its details then save it to the SIM card or to the phone. For some reason you may want to copy all your contacts from SIM to phone, for example, when you want to change your SIM card and want to keep all your contacts on your phone.

See also: How to Copy Contact from SIM card to Phone on Samsung Galaxy S3

In addition to import contacts from the SIM to the phone, you can also do the opposite or export all your contacts from phone to SIM card. One of the reasons you need to do this for instance when you want to send your phone to your carrier for repair and you want to keep your contacts by exporting them into your SIM card.

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How to export contacts from phone to SIM?
As written on, you can do it by following the steps below:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Scroll to Contacts, then tap on it.
  3. Tap on the Contact tab.
  4. Tap on Menu key.
  5. On the pop up menu select Import/Export.
  6. Tap on Export to SIM card.
  7. Tap on Select all.
  8. Tap on Done.
  9. Tap on OK button to confirm.
  10. Finish. Now the contact in your phone has been successfully copied to your SIM card.

The steps above is easy and simple to do. Now by knowing on how to copy contacts from phone to SIM or vice versa, you can keep all your contacts in your desired storage. So, try this useful tips then share your experience here through the comment below :)


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Abdul Malike,
      Thanks for coming.
      Glad to know that you can find something useful here :)

  2. watt? mine doesnt show "export to sim card"

    1. Hi Damond Salvatore,
      Thanks for coming.
      Can you please tell me what carrier and Android version of your S3? Also, what option appears on your phone once you hit the Import/Export menu? The Export to SIM card option usually reside at the bottom of the list, please make sure you have seen all the options in the list. And also, this option only available if the SIM card is attached in the phone.
      Hope this helps :)

    2. Mine has a menu option SIM management, which in turn has a choice of Copy contacts to SIM.

  3. it takes about 5 seconds per contact. i have 6000 contacts, going to take awhile

    1. Hi GottaLoveWhiteRock,
      Thanks for coming.
      AFAIK, the SIM card won't be able to save up to 6000 contacts due to the limit. If you wish to transfer lot of contacts, better if you use another methods such as by exporting them to the SD card or internal storage as .vcf file.

  4. Replies
    1. Hi Vishnu Prem,
      Thanks for coming.
      Glad to know that this post was help you :)

  5. Replies
    1. Hi Jailani Salleh,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so happy to know that this post has provided something useful for you :)

  6. i have 2500 contacts in my phn..out of which i moved 200 contacts in another cell using ur prescribed it is not showing the option of 'export to sim'...unable to do by sd card...plz help..

    1. Hi Ambryn,
      Thanks for coming.
      From what I know a SIM card can hold up to 200 contacts (some SIM cards may have more memory). I'm not sure about it but your SIM card may have reached the contact limit that make the option to export contacts to SIM is no longer available.
      However, what kind of phone do you want to send your contacts to? Since there are various ways to transfer contacts, if you tell me what your other phone is, maybe I can help you to transfer your Galaxy S3 contacts.

  7. Hi, mine doesnt show "export to sim card" why?
    I have a samsung galaxy S3 SCH-I535 verizon

    1. Hi Sidhom Ayoub,
      Thanks for coming.
      From what I know, SCH-I535 only allows you to import/export contacts from/to USB storage and SD card(if available). CMIIW, Verizon user can use the Backup assistant app which is available in most Verizon phones to backup/restore contacts.
      However, if you don't mind, you can install a third-party app from the Play Store that has the ability to export contact to SIM card, e.g: SIM card app, SIM card manager app, etc.

    2. Thank you very much, can i ask please :
      can i flash my SCH-I535 with a SGH-I747M Canada because it has French language i think they have the same hardware (i'm worry ti brick it)

  8. My phone is s3 my phone number is not save to sim card

    1. Hi Zubair Patni,
      Thanks for coming.
      Did you want to say that you had copied your contacts from phone to SIM but it didn't copy all your contacts to your SIM card, or you didn't know how to save a new contact to SIM card.


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