How can I transfer my data including contacts and text messages stored in the SIM card into a new phone?

How can I transfer my data including contacts and text messages stored in the SIM card into a new phone?

As previously discussed in our post, your SIM can contain and store your information. However, your contacts and text messages stored in the SIM can be recovered if lost but also transferred, edited or backed up by using a SIM card reader, available online, and a PC.

A SIM card reader is a USB device but be sure to get one that comes with PC software as this will ensure that you are able to proceed and transfer your data. Install the software, put your SIM in the reader, enter your PIN code (the same one you use to unlock your cell phone) and you have access to your contacts and text messages like any files on your PC.  This will not give you any other information, however, such as your subscriber information, pictures or music.  If you never used your cell phone PIN code or didn’t even know you had one, call your phone company and they can tell you what it was.

Two other options to access information from your SIM are to connect your cell phone to a PC with either USB or Bluetooth, which also lets you save your media files, or to get a backup service from your cell phone company, who can help you do all of these things at their store.

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  • Justin Pearson

    Is stolen sim cards info contacts data pic ect. Lost forever even though I’ve had the same number for five years and same cell co.

  • Michelle Moreton

    if i have the sim card from my galaxy phone bill, can i put the information on my computer if i lost my phone.