How do you take the SIM card out of your iPhone or iPad? – How to remove the SIM card from an iPhone or iPad
All iPhones and iPads with cellular capabilities have SIM card slots on the sides. Your carrier provides all the information your device needs to connect to their network and access the voice and data services associated with your account via a SIM (subscriber identity module) card; if you travel internationally or plan to switch carriers, you may need to swap the SIM card in your iPhone or iPad.
Here’s how to update, use a local SIM while abroad, or remove the SIM card from your iPhone or iPad for any reason!
To remove the SIM card from your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need the following items.
An Apple SIM card remover tool (provided in the box in some countries, especially when you buy an unlocked device) or a small, bent paper clip is all you need to remove the SIM card from your iPhone or iPad.
Straighten the long end of a paper clip so that it projects out. If you want to use something different, such as the tip of a small screwdriver, be sure it fits into the SIM ejector slot. You don’t want to break your gadget.
A SIM card tray is included in almost every iPhone*; if you have an iPhone 4s or newer, you have a SIM card slot.
Given your iPhone model, here’s where you’ll find it:
- iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS: Original iPhone/iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS: iPhone 4s and later: On the top of the iPhone, between the headphone jack and the power button: On the right side of your iPhone, opposite the mute and volume buttons
Only iPads with cellular capabilities have SIM trays. Here’s where you’ll find your SIM tray if you have one:
- Original iPad: Near the bottom of the iPad, along the left side, towards the middle, opposite the side with the mute switch and volume controls.
- iPad 2, 3, or 4: Near the top of the left side of the iPad, opposite the side with the mute switch and volume buttons
- All generations of iPad Pro/Air/Air2/mini: On the same side of the iPad as the mute switch and volume controls, on the bottom right side.
How do you take the SIM card out of your iPhone or iPad?
- Insert the little paperclip you bent before into the SIM tray’s small pinhole aperture.
- Apply light pressure to the iPhone or iPad until the SIM tray pops out. Apply pressure exclusively in the direction of the pinhole, not at an angle.
- Take a firm grip on the SIM tray and pull it straight out.
- Replace your SIM card with a new one. By aligning the notched corners of the card, you can be sure you’ve put the SIM in the correct orientation.
- Replace the tray. Make sure the SIM tray is inserted in the right orientation.
Note: Dual nano-SIM cards are put on either side of the SIM tray on an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR from Mainland China, and should only fit one way.
Always remember not to force a SIM tray back into its original position. If pins on the logic board break, your iPhone or iPad will be unable to connect to any cellular network.
Always double-check that the SIM is properly installed in the tray and that it is inserted into your iPhone or iPad in the proper orientation. Lining up the pinhole is an easy technique to double-check. You’ll know you’re doing it right if you do it like this.
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