How To Remove a SIM Card From an iPhone

If you need to change or remove your iPhone SIM card for any reason, Apple has designed their iPhones so that the process is relatively simple. With new iPhone releases, Apple has changed the positioning of the SIM tray. However, the method to remove the SIM card remains the same.

The SIM tray and SIM card are quite fragile so we will go through the steps to remove it safely on iPhone 7 and later models.

Remove a SIM card from an iPhone 13

Removing the SIM card from your iPhone 13 is quite easy once you have the eject tool, a paper clip, or an earring. Something small to eject the tray, but not too sharp to damage it, then follow these steps.

  1. Locate the SIM tray card on the bottom left of your phone.
  2. Insert the tool you are using into the small hole in the tray.
  3. Press the tool to eject the tray; you may need to apply light pressure.
  4. The tray pops up so you can remove it completely and remove your SIM card.

Remove a SIM card from an iPhone 12

You will probably remove your SIM card from your iPhone 12 relatively easily. All you need is the ejector tool that usually comes with it; if not, an earring or open paperclip will suffice. You just need something small that fits into the hole in the SIM card tray. Here’s how to remove your SIM card.

  1. Locate the SIM card in the center on the left side of your phone.
  2. Insert your tools into the small hole on the tray.
  3. Press the tool by applying light pressure.
  4. The tray will pop up and you can take it out to remove your SIM card.

How to remove a SIM card from an iPhone X

Removing the SIM card tray from the iPhone X is easy if you know how. You’ll need the eject tool that usually comes with the phone, but an open paperclip or earring will suffice if you don’t have one. Essentially anything small enough to fit in the drawer, but not too sharp. Then follow these steps.

  1. Locate the SIM tray on the right side of your phone.
  2. Insert your tool into the small hole on the SIM tray.
  3. Apply light pressure to push and eject the tray.
  4. Once the tray pops up, you can remove it completely and take out your SIM card.

Remove a SIM card from an iPhone 8

Removing your SIM card on the iPhone 8 is quick and easy. All you need is the ejector tool, an earring or a paper clip. Any blunt object small enough to fit in the SIM card tray. Then follow these steps.

  1. Locate the SIM tray at the top right corner of your phone.
  2. Insert your tools into the drawer hole.
  3. Lightly press the tool to eject the tray.
  4. The tray should pop up so that you can remove it completely to take out your SIM card.

Remove a SIM card from an iPhone 7

Removing your SIM card from your iPhone 7 is quite easy once you have an object to unfold the SIM card tray. You can use the ejector tool, an open paper clip, or an earring. Slightly bumpy and small enough to fit in the hole in the SIM card tray. Then follow these steps.

  1. Locate the SIM tray at the top right corner of your iPhone.
  2. Insert your ejector tool into the small hole in the tray.
  3. Press the tool to eject the tray. You may need to apply light pressure.
  4. When the tray pops up, you can pull it all the way out to remove your SIM card.

FAQ

How do I import contacts from my SIM card to my new iPhone?

If your SIM card supports it, you can import the contacts stored on your SIM card to your iPhone; here’s how.

1. Insert the SIM card with your saved contacts into your iPhone.

2. Go to ‘Settings’, ‘Contacts’ and then ‘Import SIM contacts’.

3. When prompted, decide where you want to import your SIM contacts.

4. Wait while the import process is complete.

5. Tap “Phone” and then “Contacts” to check if your contacts have been imported successfully.

How do I find out which SIM card my device is using?

Here is a list of the different SIM cards and the models they use.

Nano SIM card

• iPhone 5, iPhone 13 Pro Max

Micro SIM card

• iPhone 4, iPhone 4s

SIM card

• iPhone, iPhone 3GS

Your iPhone SIM card is now safely removed

Apple makes removing the SIM card easy and provides the perfect tool to make it even easier. The camouflaged SIM card tray can be recognized by the small hole on the left or right side of the phone. With light pressure, the tray flips up, allowing you to pull the tray out completely to remove your SIM card.

Were you able to remove and reinsert your SIM card easily? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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