How Do You Transfer Files From a SIM Card?

By Greyson Ferguson

Some wireless companies require phones to use a SIM card. This card holds the user information, such as contacts and even text messages and MP3s. Although the SIM card can store some content, it is not a large memory unit and if you place too much content on the card it can die out. To prevent any loss of data, you can back up your SIM card by transferring files from it to your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless phone
  • SIM card
  • USB data cable
  • Driver installation CD

Step 1

Insert the driver installation CD for the wireless phone you use into your computer. Many phones now come with the necessary drivers your computer needs to detect them when connected. If you do not have a driver installation CD you can obtain your phone's driver by navigating to the manufacturer's website, selecting "Support," then searching your phone model and downloading the provided drivers.

Step 2

Launch the installation wizard. If your are using a CD, the installation wizard opens automatically. If using a downloaded file you must double-click it. Follow the prompts of the installation wizard to set up your needed driver.

Step 3

Plug the USB data cable into the data port on the wireless phone, then connect the other end into a USB port on your computer.

Step 4

Click "Start" followed by "Computer" (or "My Computer" on older versions of Windows), then select the removable device icon.

Step 5

Click-and-drag files from the open removable device window onto your computer. Content that is directly from your SIM card is "Contacts" and "Texts." These often have their own folders. Once you have copied over all files you want to backup from the SIM card you can close out the removable device window and disconnect your phone.

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