Quick Tip: How to Transfer Contacts from the SIM Card

By Alicia Erlich on 8 Jun 2011 09:54 am
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A very close friend of mine just upgraded to a BlackBerry Torch. As a newbie, she was so excited that she almost forgot about her address book. How was she going to transfer her contacts from her regular phone? Would she have to add each number all over again? What is one to do? 

Before panicking and thinking you have to manually input each and every one there's a simple answer: the SIM Card. The SIM card is a little chip located near your battery that holds your personal phone information. It lets you switch devices by simply sliding out of one device and placing in another. Utilized by GSM Networks (i.e. AT&T, Rogers, T-Mobile) it can also be used to store your address book when transferring from the old device to the new one. Just remember to copy your contacts to your SIM first. How many entries a chip can hold varies depending on the card and how old it is. When I switched from my RAZR I was able to store around 200 entries. If you're over capacity you'll need to repeat this process.

You can also access by going through the Setup Wizard on your device.

  • OS 5: Homescreen > Setup > Setup Wizard > Import SIM Card Contacts.  Click yes when prompted to copy all.
  • OS 6: Homescreen > Setup > Personalization > SIM Contacts Sync.  Click yes when prompted to copy all.  

As you can see from the video it's an easy process to transfer contacts back and forth. Once loaded you'll be able to use device manager to save your information going forward.

13 comments

Cula

There's no "Sim Phonebook" to select when i'm in the menu :/

ophmarketing

Your friend upgraded TO a Torch? Yikes...what had she been using that made moving to a Torch feel like an "upgrade"? A stone tablet and a pterodactyl?

Seigmen

And can you also tell why it isnt an upgrade? I am a Torch owner, and all goes as it should be.

Phony bologna

Because BlackBerry's in general are viewed as technologically inferior to most smartphones on the market currently. They're really just feature phones at this point, just a step above EnV's and such. They're excellent at the one or two things they do though.

m0rf3us

its nice to have the ability to do this if one is just replacing a damaged phone, but i've found that when i upgrade to a new phone with a keyboard i am not used to, i prefer to enter everything manually just so that i can get a "feel" for the keyboard quicker, even if it takes a longer time than just using the SIM card...

Seigmen

Or sync all your contacts with an email adress like gmail. Easiest way imo

diegonei

If you're moving from a SMARTPHONE to a BlackBerry, yes, I'd agree.

Dumbphones thou, Sim Card is the prefered way.

Seigmen

Ok, got a point there. Still, if you have an email adres you can add phonenumbers to your contacts etc, its always good to have a backup like that. And then sync it.

Eddiez

OMG I can see the video in my BB 9100 as if i were in my computer O.O I have the captures. I just clicked on it and it started playing. Is it HTML5 video?

DustBow

or just use device switch in desktop manager right?

diegonei

Yes, HTML5... And for the 1st time... it worked on my 9780! o.0

Sveninho

Is there a possibility to do this the other way around?
Copy from my phone to my sim?
Incase I decide to leave the bb.

cbfan123

When I was using a Samsung flip phone, it could only store names and 1 phone number on a sim card. Is this different now? Will doing this be able to copy addresses, mutiple phone numbers, notes, etc?