How to Copy Contacts From Your SIM Card to Your iPhone

Posted February 20, 2008 at 1:01am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 418035 views

These are step by step instructions on how to copy contacts from your SIM Card to your iPhone.

Before attempting this tutorial please make sure you have BSD Subsystem installed on your iPhone. You can find instructions to do that here

Step One
Make sure you have the iClarified Installer Source added to your Installer App. You can find instructions on how to do that here

Step Two
Press to launch Installer from on your SpringBoard.

Step Three
Press to select the Install tab at the bottom of the screen.

Step Four
Press to select iClarified from the list of Categories.

Step Five
Press to select SIMport from the list of Packages.

Step Six
Press to select the Install button at the top right of the screen.

Step Seven
Press to select the large red Install button that appears.

Step Eight
Once the package has downloaded and finished installing you will be returned to the Categories list. Press the Home button to return to your SpringBoard. From your SpringBoard press to select the new SIMport icon.

Step Nine
You will be displayed a loading screen and then a list of the contacts on your SIM Card will be displayed.

Step Ten
By default all the contacts are selected for import. If you wish to deselect all the contacts the press the Uncheck all button at the top left. If you wish to deselect one contact then press to select the contact and slide the Add to selection switch to OFF. Then press the Back button at the top left to return to the list.

Step Eleven
When done selecting the contacts for import press the Import button at the top right to begin.

Step Twelve
Once the import has completed a notice will appear letting you know how many contacts were successfully imported. Press the large Close button.

You can now check your address book to see the contact you just imported!

THANKS*: This app was developed by alexf from hackint0sh. Big thanks go out to him!

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Leehanvoon - October 28, 2012 at 8:43am
Hi, I've got the SIM contacts bit covered. But I have no idea how to copy / access the SMS that were recorded in SIM. I have a 256 kb SIM with 4 different partitions.. Stores 250 contacts and xx SMS in each partition.. Now I would like to transfer all of them to my phone. Anyone if you have the solution to this SMS transfer from SIM to
Robert Goldwyn - April 11, 2010 at 10:30pm
Remove the SIM from the old phone to be copied. Use the wire provided by iPhone to open the iPhone SIM card tray. Remove the iPhone SiM card and replace it with the card to be copied. Open the iPhone menu to settings, to contacts, to copy SIM card. When the operation is finished, replace the iPhone SIM card into its original position. Your address book will now be on the iPhone. Most blogs that I read never mentioned the need to physically exchange SIM cards.
Soumitra Ghosh - October 18, 2011 at 5:22am
Thanks for the excellent suggestion of using the SIM card to transfer contacts. Worked like a charm.
norberto - July 2, 2009 at 3:46pm
iPhone | How to Copy Contacts From Your SIM Card to You
Blade_76 - March 26, 2009 at 6:06pm
Chaps, I been trying to do this for ages too.. Then I realised something! Its a standard thing on the 2.2.1 software, if you go - settings - mail, contacts,calendars - under the contacts list is a \"import sim contacts\" button! ha ha.. God I feel an idiot now...
marty - October 23, 2009 at 6:42am
do you know how to hide the sim contacts?
Kim Truong - January 14, 2010 at 3:04am
i LOVE you!!!! i was taking ages too until i read your comment and i got it in 5 seconds flat! Thanks!
iFiNi - February 28, 2009 at 9:39pm
I am on 2.2.1 Cannot find Simport on my Cydia Does it even work for firmware 2.2.1?
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