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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Import or Export Contacts in Contacts App

Add all of your contacts in the Contacts app is the best way to facilitate you to organize them and make you more easier when you want to use them later, such as make a call or send a message. No more worries about forgetting phone number of the certain person you wish to call/text with. Moreover, if you add the new contacts to the phone memory, you'll be provided with more options to customize them, such as add photo to contact, assign different ringtone for each contact, add multiple phone numbers, etc.

See also: How to Add New Contact in the Contacts App in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from add the new contacts, the Contacts app also lets you easily copy contacts by utilizing the import/export option available in this app. Here, you're allowed to import contact file you saved in the internal storage or SD card as well as to import the SIM card contact to the phonebook. And, you're also allowed to export your contact list to the internal storage or SD card as contact file as well as to export the contact list to the SIM card.



How to import or export contacts?
Below are the steps to do so:
  1. Open Contacts app.
  2. Tap the Menu key and then select Import/Export.
  3. Here you can see some import/export options available. They are:
    • Import from USB storage: Select this option to import contact file (.vcf) you saved in the internal storage to the phonebook. To see the detail steps, go to the step #4.
    • Export to USB storage: Select this option to export contact list as .vcf file and then save it to the internal storage. To see the detail steps, go to the step #5.
    • Import from SD card: This option will available if you attach a SD card on your phone. Select this option to import contact file (.vcf) you saved in the SD card to the phonebook. To see the detail steps, go to the step #6.
    • Export to SD card: This option will available if you attach a SD card on your phone. Select this option to export contact list as .vcf file and then save it to the SD card. To see the detail steps, go to the step #7.
    • Import from SIM card: This option will available if you attach a SIM card on your phone. Select this option to import SIM card contacts to the phonebook. To see the detail steps, go to the step #8.
    • Export to SIM card: This option will available if you attach a SIM card on your phone. Select this option to export contacts to the SIM card. To see the detail steps, go to the step #9.
  4. Import contact from internal storage:
    • Select Import from USB storage.
    • Tap Device.
    • Here you'll see three option available which you can choose the best one suit your needs: Import one vCard file to import a single .vcf file, Import multiple vCard files to import some .vcf files and Import all vCard files to import all .vcf files available in the internal storage.
    • Tap OK button.
    • Select vCard file you wish to import.
    • Tap OK button.
    • The selected .vcf file will be imported shortly.
  5. Export contact to internal storage:
    • Select Export to USB storage.
    • Tap OK button.
    • Your contact list will be exported as .vcf file and will be saved into the "/storage/emulated/0/Contacts_xxx.vcf".
  6. Import contact from SD card:
    • Select Import from SD card.
    • Tap Device.
    • Here you'll see three option available which you can choose the best one suit your needs: Import one vCard file to import a single .vcf file, Import multiple vCard files to import some .vcf files and Import all vCard files to import all .vcf files available in the SD card.
    • Tap OK button.
    • Select vCard file you wish to import.
    • Tap OK button.
    • The selected .vcf file will be imported shortly.
  7. Export contact to SD card:
    • Select Export to SD card.
    • Tap OK button.
    • Your contact list will be exported as .vcf file and will be saved into the "/storage/extSdcard/Contacts_xxx.vcf".
  8. Import contact from SIM card:
    • Select Import from SIM card.
    • Tap Device.
    • Select the desired SIM card contact you wish to import by ticking the box in the left side of each contact, or tick the box in the left side of Select all option to import all of your SIM card contacts to the phonebook.
    • Tap Done button.
    • The selected contacts will be imported shortly.
  9. Export contact to SIM card:
    • Select Export to SIM card.
    • Select the desired contact you wish to import by ticking the box in the left side of each contact, or tick the box in the left side of Select all option to import all of your contacts to the SIM card.
    • Tap Done button.
    • Tap OK button.
    • The selected contacts will be exported shortly to the SIM card.
    • FYI, due to the limitation of the SIM card, only the contact's name and the default phone number which will be saved in the SIM card.

The available options under the import and export menu in the Contacts app of course will be able to help you to manage, backup or copy contacts. If you wish to add contact from another sources, you can utilize the import option. While, if you wish to backup or want to copy your contact list to another phone, you can utilize the export option. Well, hope this helps :)

Comments

  1. The import/export function does not appear on my galaxy s4

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    1. Hi Hermann Steyn,
      Thanks for coming.
      May I know your model number?
      You can see your model number in the Settings> More> About device> Model number.

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    2. no import/export on my s4 as well.
      model gt-i9500 android ver. 4.4.2

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    3. Hi S.Reddi,
      Thanks for coming.
      If you don't mind, please send me a screenshot of your Contacts app menu. You can send it to: rehanp2001@gmail.com

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  2. The only option I get on my samsung galaxy s4(GT-19500) when i want to import contacts from my sim card is "import from usb store and export from usb storage"

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  3. When I export, only 500 contacts are exported. How can I export all 1300 contacts I have?

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    1. Hi Manifestos de Mim,
      Thanks for coming.
      If you aim to export them from your phone to other phone, you can try to move them(if they're saved in the device storage) to your Google/Samsung account so you can easily retrieve them in other phone simply by adding your Google/Samsung account to that phone. To do so, do as follows:
      1. Open Contacts app.
      2. Tap the Menu key and then select "Move device contacts to".
      3. Select "Google" to move them to your Google account, or select "Samsung" to move them to your Samsung account.

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