How to Copy Cell Phone Numbers to a Computer

By Colleen Cowgill

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Many people have had the unfortunate experience of losing a cell phone along with all of the contact information stored on it, then going through the tedious process of trying to rebuild their new cell phone's address book. Or perhaps you simply want to switch phones and do not want the hassle of manually re-entering all of the information in the address book on your new phone. It is possible to backup the contact information stored on your phone onto your computer, and easily transfer this data to a new phone.

Step 1

Research the various backup plans that your cell phone provider offers. Most of these options come with a small monthly fee and allow you to backup contact information on a server so that you can copy the data over to a new phone. Some carriers, like Cingular, even offer free in-store data transfers to new cell phones provided you still have your old phone. However, if you would like to backup your data so that it can be transferred even to a new cell phone provider's phone, you will have to examine the following step.

Step 2

Purchase a USB SIM card reader if you would like to be able to transfer data across cell phone providers and with no monthly fee. A SIM card, or Subscriber Identity Module card, is a storage device within your phone that contains data pertaining to personal identity, mobile phone numbers, text messages and more.

Step 3

Remove the SIM card from your mobile phone or request that an employee at your cell phone provider's location do this for you if you are not confident in your ability to locate and remove the card safely.

Step 4

Follow any instructions accompanying your SIM card reader about how to insert the SIM card into the reader, then plug the reader into a USB port on your computer and follow the instructions on how to retrieve and store the information.

Step 5

Remove the SIM card from the reader, then place it back into your cell phone.