This article continues on the methods to save contacts from Android phone. How to backup contacts from Android phone to Gmail is given here: How to backup contacts from Android

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Steps on how to backup data from Android phone have been given here: How to backup Android phone

In this post, how to save contacts from Android phone to SIM card and memory card will be discussed.

Save Android phone contacts to SIM card:

A SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module) can usually store up to 250 contact details. The details it stores include only the contact name and their number. It does not store the contact photo, email address etc.

So when transferring contacts to SIM, sometimes the message “some information will be lost” appears. This message implies this same thing that it will save only the contact name and number.Nothing more and nothing less.

To backup contacts from Android phone to the SIM card:

  • Go to contacts list in the phone
  • Tap on “Menu” key
  • Tap on “More”, out of the options displayed, select “SIM management”
  • Tap on “Copy contacts to SIM”, copy all the contacts, select on “Copy/export”, tap on OK and the copying of contacts from the phone to SIM starts.

In some phones, “SIM management” option will not be seen. In such cases, go to contacts, tap on the “Menu” key, look for “Import/Export” option and in that select “Export/Copy to SIM”.

A problem with saving transferring contacts to SIM card is that, in some phones there will not be “select all” option. The user will have to transfer contacts into the SIM card one by one. This is a time taking process and in this case, saving contacts to memory card is a better option.

Save Android phone contacts to memory card:

Another advantage of saving contacts into memory card than in the SIM card is that the memory card can hold more than 250 contacts.

Before starting to transfer contacts from the phone to the memory card, check once if there is a memory card in the phone or not.

Tap on “Menu” key, Go to “settings” -> “storage”. In “Storage”, see if there is any option like “mount SD card” or “Unmount SD card” (some phones refer to memory card as SD card).

If the option “Mount SD card” is being seen, then it indicates that the phone does not have any memory card inserted into it.

On the other hand, if the option” Unmount SD card” option is being seen, then it implies that there is a memory card inserted in the phone.

Once the user makes sure that he has a memory card inserted in the phone, then follow the steps given below to copy the contacts from the Android phone to the memory card:

  • For Samsung phones, go to the contacts list, press/tap the “menu” key, tap on “Import/Export” option, then tap on “Export to SD card” option.
  • It will ask the user that “are you sure you want to copy your contacts to the memory card” tap on “Yes” and then tap on “OK”.
  • For HTC phones, go to “People”, tap/press the “Menu” key, select “Import/Export” from the options, tap on “Export to SD card” option.
  • Then the phone will ask the user “where do you want to export the contacts from”. Select “phone” and tap on “OK”.
  • The procedure is similar to most of the Android phones, only the names of the options might change but the idea is to export the contacts from phone to the memory card inserted the phone (some phones show the memory card as SD card).

Steps on how to perform a hard reset on Android phone is given here: Hard reset Android

How to save all the Android phone data into the memory card will be given in the later posts.

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