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

   Posted January 19, 2012 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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  • Brenzef

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

  • Steve

    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?

  • Shady

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

    I cannot find (Settings) in contacts

  • michele

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

  • mgee

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

  • Temak

    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?