How to Copy Contacts From an iPhone to a SIM Card

Updated April 17, 2017

Backing up phone contacts on your SIM card is never a bad idea, and it can be extremely useful, particularly if anything were to happen to your phone. Despite the advantages of Apple's iPhone, some software glitches have meant simple tasks like transferring your contacts to the SIM card aren't possible with standard-issue iPhones. However, this problem can be overcome on jailbroken iPhones, and then all your contacts can be backed up on your SIM.

Launch "Cydia" and search for "SIManager." Install the app and then close Cydia.

Open the "SIManager" app and press "Setup," which is in the top-left corner of the screen. This will display the Setup menu.

Switch "Fast-Read" to "On" in the menu and select the SIM name format that the contacts are to be transferred as. Press "Done" to go back to to the main screen of the SIManager app.

Press "Read from SIM," which is in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The app will process the contacts on the SIM.

Select "Settings" when the app has finishing processing, and then select "Copy iPhone to SIM." This will then copy the contacts from the iPhone to the SIM card.


If you want to transfer the contacts that are on the SIM to your iPhone, go to "Settings" > "Mail" > "Contacts" > "Calendars" > "Import SIM Contacts." All the contacts that are on your SIM card will be transferred to your iPhone.


Make sure that there is enough space on the SIM for all the contacts to be moved from the iPhone, otherwise they will not all fit. This process will not work unless the phone is jailbroken. Visit the link in the Resources to learn how to jailbreak your iPhone.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone
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Chris Haughey has been writing since 2007. His articles have appeared in college magazines and newspapers including "The Terrace Star" and "Student Voice." He received a foundation degree in journalism in 2009 and completed a Bachelor of Arts at Teesside University in 2010.