Android: Auto-Save Contacts to Phone or Sim card by default

   Posted by Lê Hoàng in Android

Every time you save a new number to the contacts on your Android phone, the phone will ask you where you want to save it. Many users often save their contacts to one location only–Phone, Sim card or Google account. However, it is much more convenient and efficient to set the default save location. This tutorial describes this process under the Gingerbread OS version of Android.

This tutorial was written based on Android 2.3.5. Tested on Galaxy S II. The process may vary on different devices.

1. Go to Contacts. You can access it from the phone’s bottom drawer or from the app drawer.

2. Press the Menu key on your phone. When the Contact’s menu appear, choose More to show more settings.

3. Go to Settings.

4. Find the Save new contacts to option. By default, this option is set to Always ask. Tap on it to change.

5. When the Save contact to window pops up, you can choose the default location to save contacts to. Available options are: Phone, SIM, and your Google account.

6. Later, if you want to change the save location, just repeat the steps above.


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6 Responses to “Android: Auto-Save Contacts to Phone or Sim card by default”

  1. September 14, 2012 at 10:38 am, Brenzef said:

    Thanks man…
    Just what I was looking for.
    Could not find the setting myself, this tutorial explained it perfectly!!


  2. October 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm, Steve said:

    I have been keeping contacts for years and my contact list is near 8,000 entries. It tends to be slow looking for it on Google, it seems not to store on the phone from my gmail account (above). Is there a way to force them to the phone or Sim card?


  3. February 02, 2013 at 11:54 am, Shady said:

    how can I do the above with LG Optimus Black with android 2.2.2

    I cannot find (Settings) in contacts


  4. February 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm, michele said:

    thank you!!!! this was awesome… I searched 20 sites before I found what I needed from you.
    You are awesome!!1


  5. May 03, 2013 at 6:54 am, mgee said:

    my phone only shows phone and Google. doesn’t give me the option to save to sim


  6. May 16, 2013 at 12:11 am, Temak said:

    When i click on more, i only see 3 options;move contacts, blocked contacts and linked contacts. I mistakenly used viber as my default and now i want it back on android default. Any ideas please?


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