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Topic # 242242 17-Oct-2018 12:48
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I have an iPhone 3GS which has a flaky on/off button.  Before I dump it I want to transfer my contacts to a medium so that I can load them on my next phone which will not be an iPhone.  In theory I should be able to store contacts on the Vodafone SIM card but I can not find a way to do so.  All contacts are in the phone's internal storage.  I proved this by removing the SIM card and restarting the phone without the card

 

Can anyone offer a suggestion.

 

TIA


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  Reply # 2109664 17-Oct-2018 12:53
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Are they stored automatically in iCloud (or whatever email provider’s contact platform you use)?

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  Reply # 2109666 17-Oct-2018 12:54
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I'm not an iPhone user, but I'm assuming you can move contacts from the device to an email account, so sign up for Gmail or Outlook.com and move them to there. You've then got them available across multiple platforms independent of device.




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  Reply # 2109706 17-Oct-2018 13:37
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Thanks sherrifNZ and Alan.

 

I don't have an iCloud account, the phone is for occasional contacts in emergencies, not for daily use.  I can not find an export option. 


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  Reply # 2109712 17-Oct-2018 13:45
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You can't export contacts to a SIM in iOS, you can only import contacts from a SIM.  Likely the easiest option for you, given the 3GS will be on an old version of iOS and you aren't moving to iOS, is to manually create the contacts on a new device.

 

Other option is to login to iCloud, and turn on Contacts.  This will sync your contacts to iCloud.  Then you need to find a computer, preferably a Mac and add that iCloud account to the Contacts app. Then you can export the contacts to a format that can be imported on other devices.    

 

Could also do this on Windows but it won't be as simple.  There's info online about how to do this.  Then there's some older apps like PhoneView that will pull the data off your iOS device, but that's pretty old and may not be around anymore.


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  Reply # 2109714 17-Oct-2018 13:46
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It looks like you need to set up iCloud account to export.

Just set up temporary one and sync contacts with it.

For Gmail and can probably be done same way with others

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/import-iphone-contacts-into-gmail,news-21221.html

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  Reply # 2109719 17-Oct-2018 13:50
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gehenna:

 

Then there's some older apps like PhoneView that will pull the data off your iOS device, but that's pretty old and may not be around anymore.

 

 

There were/are apps that can export contacts as Csv or Vcard, but the problem will be that your 3gs is running ios6, so its likely anything in the app store is not going to be compatible....

 

This app claims to do what you want, but is Ios8+, :(

 

you might want to see if it will let you download an old version that is compatible....

 

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/my-contacts-backup/id446784593?mt=8

 

You are trying to get things out of Apple's walled garden, so its not going to be straight forward...

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2109720 17-Oct-2018 13:52
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You can share contacts via email, maybe just do that?


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  Reply # 2109808 17-Oct-2018 14:58
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If you've got a Mac, plug the phone in, sync the contacts using iTunes, then go into Address Book, and export in whatever format works for you.


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  Reply # 2109850 17-Oct-2018 15:01
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How many are there?

 

You can send them via email, or SMS to another device.


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  Reply # 2109851 17-Oct-2018 15:02
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I remember using iDrive back in the day when I had an iPhone - I don't know if it would work for this, but it might be worth looking at.

 

 




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  Reply # 2109936 17-Oct-2018 16:42
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Thank you all. 

 

There are only a dozen contacts so it looks like the manual way is the least complicated.  I was hoping for simplicity.


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  Reply # 2109971 17-Oct-2018 18:42
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Spirax:

Thank you all. 


There are only a dozen contacts so it looks like the manual way is the least complicated.  I was hoping for simplicity.



Omg I thought we were talking about hundreds lol of course manual entry is the easiest for 12!

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