By Lena / Last Updated April 10, 2020

Why You Cannot Copy Contacts from iPhone to SIM Card Directly?

When changing the network provider or switching from iPhone to Android, we will need to copy contacts from iPhone to SIM card. However, it seems that there is no option on iPhone that can help us make it. The truth is that iPhone doesn't support saving data to the SIM card let along the contacts. Why?

Well, it does not allow you to store data on SIM card mainly because it doesn't fit with Apple's philosophy about how users should interact with their data. Apple wants its users to store data directly on the device instead of any removable device that can be easily lost. If necessary, users can choose to backup data with iTunes or iCloud. Apple believes those options are more flexible for transferring data among devices.

But don’t feel too disappointed, there are still two indirect methods that can help you transfer contacts from iPhone to SIM card. Besides, you may want to copy contacts to SIM card because you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. In this case, you can jump to the second part to learn an easy way to help you transfer contacts to new iPhone directly.

How to Save iPhone Contacts to SIM Card?

There are two workable methods that can help you export iPhone contacts to SIM card. If you just want to copy a few contacts, you can email the contacts one by one to the Android phone and then import the contacts to SIM card. If you want to transfer all iPhone contacts, you should turn to iCloud for help.

Method 1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to SIM Card via Email

This method is recommended when you only want to transfer several contacts because you can only transfer one item each time. You should first email the contact from iPhone and then import contacts to SIM card on Android phone.

Email iPhone Contacts

1. Go to Contacts app and choose the contact you want to transfer to SIM card.

2. Click Share Contact option > Choose Mail to share it.

Export iPhone Contacts to SIM Card

1. Download the vCard attached in the email on Android phone.

2. Go to the Contacts app and find Import/Export contacts > Choose Import from USB Storage.

3. Go to have a check if the contact has been imported to the Android phone > Go to Import/Export contacts again > Choose Export to SIM card option.

Export Contacts to SIM Card

Method 2. Copy Contacts from iPhone to SIM Card via iCloud

With the help of iCloud, you can export all/multiple iPhone contacts to SIM card. Three steps to make it: sync iPhone contacts to iCloud server > export contacts from iCloud > import iPhone contacts to SIM card on Android phone. The whole process seems kind of complex, but it’s not that difficult if you try it step by step.

Sync iPhone Contacts to iCloud

1. Connect your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network and also make sure there is enough storage space, otherwise, you may meet the iPhone contacts not syncing to iCloud problem.

2. Go to Settings > Tap your name > Choose iCloud.

3. Turn on Contacts. When you're asked if you want to Merge or Cancel, tap Merge.

Enable Contacts Sync

If there are lots of contacts that need to be synced to iCloud server, it may take a while to finish.

Export iPhone Contacts from iCloud

1. Go to iCloud.com via a browser on computer > Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

2. Choose Contacts > Click the Gear icon in the lower-left corner. If you want to export all contacts, then choose Select All option. Or you can press Shift or Ctrl to select the contacts you need one by one.

3. Click the Gear icon again and choose Export vCard... option to download contacts to computer.

Choose Export vCard

Import iPhone Contacts to SIM Card

1. Connect your Android phone to computer via USB cable and copy contacts to it.

2. Go to Contacts app on Android phone > Find Import/Export contacts > Choose Import from USB Storage.

3. Finally, go to Import/Export contacts again and export them to your SIM card by clicking Export to SIM card option

An Easy Way to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

You may want to transfer contacts from iPhone to SIM card because you want to transfer contacts to new iPhone. However, your contacts didn’t transfer to new iPhone properly or you may want to transfer contacts from one Apple ID to another. As you can see from the above, there is no direct way to export iPhone contacts to SIM card. If you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone easily, let mBackupper, one free iPhone backup manager to help you make it.

Two steps to complete the contacts transfer:
① Backup contacts on old iPhone
② Restore the backup files to new iPhone
You can select the contacts you want to backup and restore. Most of all, there is no need to reset your new iPhone and it will not erase any existing data.

The tool supports all models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 11. Download the tool on your PC and follow the steps below to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.

1. Launch mBackupper > Plug in the source iPhone > Tap “Trust” on the home screen to give your computer access to your iPhone.

2. Click Custom Backup option > Click Contacts icon to choose the contacts you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.

Preview and Select Contacts

3. Select the storage path to save the contacts > Click Start Backup button.

Start Backup Contacts

4. Unplug the source iPhone and then connect the target iPhone to computer > Go to the Backup Management screen > Click the Expand tab >> Advanced option to choose Restore.

Click Advanced

5. You can click the Contacts icon to preview your contacts, if everything is ok, click Start Restore.

Restore Contacts

Conclusion

That’s all for how to save iPhone contacts to SIM card. You should first email the contacts to Android phone or export iPhone contacts to Android with the help of iCloud and then import the contacts to SIM card. If you meet problem during the process, please feel free to leave a comment and we will reply to you as soon as possible.