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Josh Brown Dec 29, 2020

How to Save Contacts to SIM on iPhone Effortlessly [Best of 2020]

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Josh Brown Dec 29, 2020

You know how switching to a new iPhone or even a new SIM feels like too much work?

The real reason why the contacts transfer process from iPhone to SIM is so exhausting is that Apple does not allow you to copy and paste contacts from iPhone to your SIM, unlike Android. It's never that simple with Apple. And for a social person like me who has 300+ iPhone contacts, the whole idea of switching to a new SIM card or iPhone would feel impossible to achieve because of the whole no-option-to-copy-paste-contacts-to-SIM-thing in iOS devices, unless you have a magical wizard to get the job done for your all together!

Transfer contacts to sim on iPhone

So since we do not live in a fantasy world (sadly), I started looking for practical solutions. I googled transfer tools for Apple devices and found many related articles about ways to transfer contacts to a new iPhone or SIM card. And the easiest and best option I could come across was this app called iMazing.

iMazing is a dedicated Apple device manager and transfer tool for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac that you can operate from a Windows computer too. I explored the app for some time and found it quite handy for all Apple users. I finally found a way to transfer contacts to SIM on iPhone by using the iMazing App.

How to Save All Contacts to SIM on iPhone

So if you have bought a new iPhone or SIM card and you want to save ALL of your contacts from iPhone to your new SIM, this is my guide for fellow Apple users like me who want to save contacts to SIM on iPhone. The whole process is a four-part process so bear with me, okay?

  • Part A: Exporting Contacts from iPhone to your Mac/Windows Computer.

  • Part B: Importing Contacts from your Mac/Windows computer to an Android phone.

  • Part C: Importing Contacts to SIM card from the Android phone.

  • Part D: Switching your SIM card back to your iPhone.

Part A: Exporting All Contacts from iPhone to Your Mac/Windows Computer

Step 1: Download iMazing on your Mac/Windows

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You can get the app for free by clicking on the download button below.

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The app is free to download with limited transfer, configurations, exports, unlimited backups, and more on your free trial that lasts a lifetime. However, some features require you to purchase the license. Install and launch the app.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone

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You can connect your devices via a USB cord. Next time you use iMazing, it will automatically connect your iPhone via Wi-Fi. Magical!

Step 3: Select your entire contacts list

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In the options sidebar on your left, click on “Contacts” to export to your Mac/Windows Computer.

Step 4: Export to vCard

Click this button to transfer contacts from iPhone in a vCard file containing all info about your contacts. The export wizard will pop up.

Step 5: Choose the destination

In the new popped-up window, select the location on your Mac/Windows computer where you want to export your contacts and click on choose.

Your contacts transfer from iPhone to iPhone to Mac/computer will begin.

Part B: Importing Contacts from Your Mac/Windows Computer to An Android Phone

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After you transfer iPhone contacts successfully from your iPhone to PC, connect an Android phone to your PC via a cord, send the vCard file of your iPhone contacts to your Android phone.

Note: Make sure that your SIM card (the one in which you want to save your iPhone contacts) is placed in that Android device beforehand.

Once your contacts have been transferred to the Android device, remove the cord and disconnect the phone from your PC.

Part C: Importing Contacts to SIM Card from the Android Device

Open "Contacts" on your Android device and go to the import/export contacts option, and click on the "Export to SIM card" option. This will move data from Android to your SIM.

Part D: Switching Your SIM Card Back to Your iPhone

Once your data from Android has been imported into your desired SIM, remove the SIM from the Android device, and put it in your iPhone. Now you have successfully saved all of your contacts to SIM on iPhone.

Now no matter how many iPhones you change, your contacts will always be with you in your SIM. No need to transfer them every time you buy a new iPhone.

How to Transfer Just a Few Contacts to SIM on iPhone

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Now there are times when you just want to save just a few important contacts to your SIM so that they stay with you permanently, such as immediate family and your best friends. So if you do not want to transfer your entire contacts list and you are just looking for a way to transfer one or two contacts to SIM on your iPhone, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download & Install iMazing

Get the app on your Mac/Windows for free by clicking on the download button below.

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The app is free to download with limited transfer, configurations, exports, unlimited backups, and more on your free trial that lasts a lifetime. However, some features require you to purchase the license.  Install and launch the app. Connect your iPhone just like we did before (if you haven't done it yet).

Step 2: Choose the contacts

In the options sidebar on your left, click on “Contacts” to export to your Mac/Windows Computer. Select the specific contacts you want to transfer to SIM.

Contacts to sim on Iphone

Step 3: Next, click on “Export to vCard”

This will help you transfer contacts from iPhone in a vCard file containing all info about your contacts.

The export wizard will pop up.

Step 4: Select the location

Choose the destination on your Mac/Windows computer where you want to export your contacts and click on choose.

Step 5: Connect an Android phone to your PC

You can also do this via a cord, send the vCard file of your iPhone contact to your Android phone.

Note: Make sure that your SIM card (the one in which you want to save your iPhone contacts) is placed in that Android device beforehand.

Step 6: Export your contacts from Android to your SIM card

Open "Contacts" on your Android device, go to the import/export contacts option and click on the "Export to SIM card" option. This will transfer data from Android to SIM. Remove the SIM from the Android device and put it on your iPhone

Now you have successfully saved your desired contact to SIM on iPhone.

Do I Need to Purchase a License to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to PC?

iMazing has a free trial version for an unlimited time that allows the use of free features any time you want. However, there is a limit on the number of times you can use those features.

To move contacts from iPhone to your PC, iMazing allows you to transfer 10 contacts on its free trial. So transfer your first 10 contacts from iPhone to PC for free by downloading the free app from below!

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How to Transfer Unlimited Contacts from iPhone to PC?

If you want to transfer more than 10 contacts from iPhone to PC, you will have to get an activation code from iMazing. The code can be obtained by purchasing the iMazing license from here.

If you are using the same license type, you can use the same activation code to use iMazing on multiple PCs.

iMazing offers the following license options for users to choose from:

  • $44.99 for Single License - to activate one

  • $49.99 for Universal License - to activate up to two

  • $69.99 Family License - to activate up to five

However, the number of Apple devices that you can manage using iMazing is unlimited

Why Choose iMazing?

I'm sure you may be wondering why you should use iMazing and why not iTunes or another transferring app. Let me tell you why. iMazing has some of the most amazing features that make it the best iOS device manager out there! Even better than iTunes in so many ways.

These include:

1️⃣ More Than One Export/Import Format

Did you know that you can transfer contacts to or from your iPhone in more than one format via iMazing? Yup, that's right! You can choose to transfer contacts to a new iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or PC in the form of a vCard (you can choose one vCard file for each contact or one vCard file for all contacts) and a CSV format that you can open and view on a spreadsheet. So convenient, right?

2️⃣ Manage Your Contacts

Remember how you cannot view, edit or delete contacts when you backup them using iTunes? In fact, the backup format stored by iTunes on your PC is not even readable. So you can't really open and see the backup content on your PC. But with iMazing, you can view, manage, and transfer your contacts any time you need.

For example, since we have hundreds of contacts that we never use and they just occupy our storage, we may search, view, and delete them before transferring them to another device, unlike iTunes.

3️⃣ Drag and Drop Feature

You know how when you export or import contacts, you have to either copy-paste files or select and transfer them. Well, iMazing allows you to ditch that long process and export or import contacts easily by dragging and dropping them to the app or computer. That is so helpful and quick when you are looking to transfer just a few files.

4️⃣Wireless and Automatic Transfer

Did you know that once you have connected your phone or any other Apple Inc. device to iMazing, you do not need to connect it via a cord next time? You can simply use the app via Wi-Fi. Just open the iMazing app, find your phone from the left sidebar and start managing it! A hassle-free way to manage your Apple devices and move files between them from a distance.

So Now That You are Caught Up... 

To be honest, I have been wanting to switch my SIM and the whole contacts transfer process dreads me because first I will have to export the contacts on my iPhone to Mac or computer, change my SIM card and then import them back to my new SIM card. And that's not even it!

To make your life muuuuch easier, start your free trial with iMazing today! Transfer iPhone contacts to your SIM on your free trial and you will know how helpful the app is. You can also transfer other files, create a backup, recover a backup, update your iOS, extract data and do much more for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac, with this amazing iTunes alternative.

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Josh Brown

Marketing Director at Softorino

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