Quick Tip: How to Transfer Contacts from the SIM Card

By Alicia Erlich on 8 Jun 2011 09:54 am EDT

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.

Reader comments

Quick Tip: How to Transfer Contacts from the SIM Card


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?

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.

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...

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

Dumbphones thou, Sim Card is the prefered way.

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.

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?

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.

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?