How to Import SIM Card Contacts to the Samsung Galaxy S 5

By Bill Hughes

If your phone before your Samsung Galaxy S 5 worked with AT&T or T-Mobile, you probably have a SIM card. Here is a profile of a typical SIM card, next to a dime for scale, although yours probably has the logo of your cellular carrier nicely printed on the card.

To the right of the SIM card is the newer micro SIM card. This is the same idea, but in a smaller package.

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If your cellular carrier was Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular, you may be confused. Your Galaxy S5 has a SIM card. What’s the story? These carriers use CDMA technology for voice and for some data features. Up to 3G, the phones using CDMA technology and data services didn’t use a SIM card.

Today, all carriers in the US are implementing a super high-speed data technology called LTE, also called 4G. Because your phone is capable of LTE, you now have a SIM card.

Like many users, you probably have stored your phone contacts on your SIM card. Some GSM-based phones allowed you to store your contacts on internal memory within the phone. This allowed you to store more contacts and more information on each contact than you could on the SIM card.

However, in most cases, you probably stored your contacts on the SIM card. It is suggested that you move them off and integrate them with your other contacts. Here is how to do so:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Contacts.

    You know how to do this.

  2. Press and hold the Menu key.

    This brings up the Contact menu pop-up.

    These are all the options for Contacts.

  3. Tap the Import/Export option.

    This brings up the Import/Export options screen.

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  4. Tap Import from SIM Card.

    Doing so imports this information, and while you do other things, it syncs everything on your phone and then syncs your phone’s contacts with those on your Gmail account.