How to Backup Mobile Contact Numbers

It’s no news that your SIM card and your phone is where you store your contact’s phone numbers. The big problem is, you may lose your SIM and/or your phone and thereby lose most if not all of your contact details. The best way to save yourself from this problem is to backup mobile phone contacts. There are various ways to do this. In this post, I would show you how to easily backup mobile contact numbers.

You will be glad to know that MTN Nigeria has provided a means whereby you can backup mobile contact numbers. If you are an MTN subscriber like me, read ahead and safely backup your contact numbers.


What is MTN Backup?

backup-contactsMTN Backup is a service that provides MTN subscribers a simple way to keep phone and SIM contacts safe on a secure MTN online account. It enables you save both the contacts on your SIM, and those on your handset. You can backup up to 200 contacts on your SIM and up to 5000 contacts on your mobile phone. This means that, if anything happens to your phone or SIM, you can simply restore your data to your new mobile phone or SIM.


How do I Get Started?

To use MTN Backup, you will need the new MTN Backup SIM. This is a new SIM you can get from MTN offices nationwide for just 150 naira. You will also need a compatible, data-enabled mobile phone within MTN data coverage. No need to worry, MTN Backup supports over 400 compatible mobile phones.


Is Your Phone Compatible?

These are the list of all compatible phones for MTN backup.

  • Alcatel
  • Arima
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Panasonic
  • Sagem
  • Sanyo
  • Samsung
  • BenQ-Siemens
  • Simbit
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Vertu
  • ZTE


How To Register for MTN Backup

If you are using the new Backup SIM and your phone is compatible, go to “MTN Services” on your mobile phone, click on it and you will see “MTN SIM Plus” and “MTN Backup”. Click on “MTN Backup” and then click on “Backup SIM Contacts”.  You would be asked if you want to sychronize (i.e. update) your SIM phone book now?. Click on OK. Wait for a while for your SIM contacts to be backed up. After which you will receive a welcome message from MTN Backup containing your MTN backup web address, your login (your mobile number e.g. 2348012345678) and your password.

You can also register online now by going to the MTN backup login/register page or

Please note: MTN Backup helps you to save your SIM contacts on MTN central store and to retrieve them if you lose your SIM or change your SIM.


How much does MTN Backup cost?

Your first backup session costs 100 naira while subsequent backup sessions cost 50 naira. These costs apply regardless of the number of contacts backed up.


Other Online Methods

1. Globacom Backup

To easily backup your Globacom SIM contacts, please go to Globacom’s Unified Mobile Directory to sign up for a Backup account. You would need to fill in your Glo number and the verification code. After which you should click on the ‘SMS code’ button. A code will be sent to your mobile phone. Put the code where it is needed and you your back up account would be created for you.

2. Mobical

Mobical is a service that stores your essential personal phone data in a secure place – for free. If your phone is stolen or damaged, you will be able to restore all information to a new phone. Get started on Mobical

3. Bloove

Bloove is an easy to use web-based mobile phone management system. Edit your contacts, send SMS messages or work with your bookmarks using your favorite browser. Back-up and restore your data and copy SMS messages and contacts between different phones. Bloove works on over 300 J2ME, Windows Mobile, Symbian S60 and UIQ phones including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung. And the basic features are free forever! Get started on Bloove!

4. Anywr

Anywr is a web and mobile system that offers simple, yet powerful services for managing contacts, events and communications intelligently from virtually anywhere using browsers, mobile devices or any other of the 750 million compatible devices available today. Get started on Anywr!

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  • ebere

    How can I retrieve my backed up contact on Nokia Lumina 900

  • Kazeem

    i lost my sim line and i back it up, which i was send my online access but when my phone lost so i lost all


    why don’t you do this service for free

    • Adesoji Adegbulu

      which service? the backup service is free

  • Churchill Tuedon

    how can i retrieve my contact in sim when i forgot my password pls help me

  • https://facebook micheal adutwum

    my phone backup pls

    • Adesoji

      Did you made a backup of your contacts before?

  • John Ogbebe

    help me get my mtn backup numbers

    • Adesoji

      Did you performed a backup of the numbers before?


    pls what are the process to back up my MTN LINE?

  • Emotonghe Akpu

    Pls,how can i get back my backed up number?

  • Babs Jumie

    pls how do i retrieve my contacts on mtn backup

    • Adesoji Adegbulu

      log into your account and look for the option to retrieve your backups in whichever method of backup you use

  • Kayode_asaolu

    keep it up, this is great

  • Manoj Sharma

    Very good article, i was really looking for this article, many many thanks.

    • Adesoji Adegbulu

      Thanks Manoj. I’m glad that I provided the solution.