By Dylan / Last update June 4, 2021

Need to transfer your number to a new iPhone?

You must be very excited when you get a new iPhone. Yet we all know that phone number is an indispensable part of phone data. To keep the old phone number and recognize the call from your friends, colleagues, and family and never lost iPhone contacts, you must know how to transfer phone number to new iPhone.

I bought a new iPhone 11 through the Amazon Black Friday Sale and I need to transfer my phone number to the new device so that I can reach out to my boyfriend and friends. I don’t want to enter every number manually on my new iPhone, how can I easily transfer my phone number to my new iPhone?

- Question from Apple Community

When changing a new iPhone you must transfer your old phone number to your new iPhone. To solve the problem, we will provide you 3 methods:

Part 1. Transfer phone number to new iPhone with SIM card

If you switch from Android to iPhone, you might find that there are huge differences between them. It is convenient on Android phones to save or import contacts with a SIM card, but you can only import contacts from your Android phone.

Now follow the steps below to safely place SIM card.

Note: Please make sure that you have saved your phone number on the SIM card.

I. Before you removing the SIM card from the old phone, please switch it off.

II. Find out the SIM Card tray on your old phone and then insert the SIM ejector tool in the pinhole to extract the SIM Card.


III. Use the same SIM ejector tool to eject the SIM tray on the new iPhone.

IV. Then remove the SIM Card from the old SIM tray and place the SIM Card in the new iPhone’s SIM tray.

V. At last, place the SIM tray back in the new device and ensure that, the SIM tray is perfectly locked in place.

If you didn't use an iPhone before and have stored the phone number of your contacts in SIM card, you should go to Settings > Contacts >Import SIM Contacts on your iPhone to transfer phone number to new iPhone. If you used an old iPhone before, the phone number of your contacts would not be stored in SIM card, you need to sync them with iCloud or you can read the following passage to get an easy and safe way to transfer phone number to new iPhone.

Part 2. Sync phone number to new iPhone without SIM via iCloud

Another answer to how to transfer phone number to new iPhone to use iCloud. iCloud is a cloud-based service provided by Apple to store and sync data with the same Apple ID. If your contacts are sync to your iCloud storage, the phone number will be downloaded to your new iPhone.

Step 1. Open your old iPhone Go "Settings" > Tap [your anme] > iCloud > Turn on "Contacts"

Step 2. Then it will ask you if you want to merge the local contacts, tap "Merge".

Step 3. Open your new iPhone, make sure you sign in with the same Apple ID. Then perform the same steps above to enable the Contacts on the iCloud feature.

Then wait for the phone number syncing to the new iPhone.

Part 3. Best Way to transfer phone number to new iPhone

You might have tried Quick Start to copy iPhone data to new iPhone, but find iPhone migration not working. Actually, there is a simple way to quickly transfer number to new iPhone with a different Service Provider.

A third-party backup software - AOMEI MBackupper is a good solution for you. With this transfer tool, you can transfer any phone numbers to new iPhone, no matter you have saved the phone number on the SIM Card in advance or not.

AOMEI MBackupper supports the latest iPhone 12/11, iPad 8/Air 4, and also supports iOS 14.

Step 1. Download, install and launch the software. Connect your old iPhone with a USB cable and unlock it.

Step 2. Then press Trust on the iPhone if you are asked. Then choose “Custom Backup”.

back up all

Step 3. Choose the destination to save the phone number. If you only want to back up your phone number, only keep the “contacts” checked, and click “Backup”.

only back up contacts

Step 4. Wait a second until all the phone numbers saved on the computer.


Note: Before you back up the phone number, if there is no contact on your device, please navigate to “settings” on your iPhone, and switch off Contacts in iCloud.

Step 5. Then disconnect the old iPhone and connect the new iPhone on your Computer, tap Trust too. Click “Back” in the lower right corner to enter Backup Management.

click back

Step 6. Choose the backed-up Contacts. Click “Restore” to restore the Contacts to your new device.



Step 7. Then you have finished the restore.


This is how to transfer phone number to new iphone without or without SIM card, you would better confirm that if you want to transfer the phone number with the same or different Service Provider, then choose the proper way to do the job. You could transfer phone number to new iPhone by importing from SIM card directly, or you could use AOMEI MBackupper to transfer phone number whether you use the same carrier or not.

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