How to Remove the iPhone SIM Card

How to Remove the iPhone SIM Card

The SIM card in the iPhone is removable, but it's hidden. To remove the SIM card, you need a paper clip.

To remove the iPhone 4 SIM card, scroll down to the bottom for instructions.

We are checking to see if this voids your iPhone warranty. If you are concerned that it might, please don't perform this task.

 

 

location of SIM card on iPhone

The iPhone's SIM card is located behind this door.

 

1. Locate the SIM Card Slot

The slot is located at the top of the iPhone, between the headphone jack and the power button.

 

 

paper clip inserted into slot to open iphone

The paper clip is a valuable tech tool.

 

2. Open the Slot

Take your paper clip and insert it into the little hole. Then firmly push down until the slot pops up, as shown below.

 

image of SIM card slot popped open

Pop goes the SIM card.

 

 

image of SIM card removed

3. Remove the SIM Card

The SIM card is in a cradle. You can pop the card out of the cradle.

 

To replace the SIM card, put the card back in the cradle. The cradle and card are notched in a way that forces you to replace the card on the proper side. Then just slide the card back into the iPhone.

 

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kylerwalker

i knew that

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brandonh149

Thank you SOO much... i was planning on getting an iPhone 4 and taking the SIM card out from my old phone. Except I never even knew the iphone had a tray on the side to put the SIM card.(I thought I would've had to crack the thing open and put the card in 0.0)

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lightwriter

Perfect!  No technical explanations, uses tools I have around the house (paper clip), and has pictures!  Just tells me what I need to know and leavse the rest (technical information) out!!  So easy a caveman could do it - if he had a paper clip...

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raze5115

Can you remove the sim card and unlock it to work with verizon's 3G network? Then Jailbreak it?

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Las Vegas Escorts

I haven't taken the time to notice Iphone even has a sim card. I guess i just assumed it did. Thanks for the step by step process to help me get it out. And the paperclip did work!

-Thanks
Las Vegas Escorts

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yesmaybe

To continue from my rant above, after setting the iPhone up I took out my SIM card and went to put everything back in the box to giftwrap. It was then that I found a tiny image on the packaging and a SIM card removal tool clipped in to the packaging. Not sure how I missed it before, except the image is the size of a postage stamp.

It still doesn't explain why this step is not included in the getting started manual.

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yesmaybe

I just bought an iPhone online in Hong Kong and it was delivered by TNT, unlocked. Excitedly I took out the user guide, bizarrely called 'finger tips' and learned how to turn the phone on.

First thing the phone said, 'please insert SIM card'. Aha. Why wasn't that Step 1? OK, but, like how?? Why on earth did I have to search online for ten minutes to find this helpful tutorial. Then for another 10 minutes to find a paperclip, in this paperless world. Eventually I found a needle in my girlfriend's sewing kit I could use.

But the phone still doesn't recognise my SIM. It appears I need to download the latest version of iTunes to my computer.

Things better be smoother than this once the initial hurdles are cleared. I tell you something, I'm glad I'm struggling with this now rather than on Christmas morning - there's nothing like a Christmas present with the 'batteries not included'. But hang on, another thought.. once I've registered my SIM card, what will happen when my girlfriend tries to use her card?

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riolau

can you put someone elses att sims card in there?

like if my mom buys the phone on her number, with her sims card, but I want to put my sims card in there so I can use the phone, can I do that?

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Ocel0t

My only question is this-
If I remove the sim, can I safely replace it with another sim from AT&T?

I don't see any logical reason why I wouldn't be able to, however, I figured it would be better to ask before dropping the money to get one and finding out it didn't work.

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SpartanJoe10

I wanted to know that if my SIM card would work in an iPhone 3G. I currently have a Nokia 2600 and I wanted to know if I switched the SIM to a 3G iphone, would it work for what ever my plan covers (right now I only have unlimited calling and text...soon media net or whatever they call it on AT&T)?

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Bomor

Presently I have my sim chip from my old phone Sony Ericsson W810i in my iphone. as I still have a lot of money left on my Sony Ericsson, is it possible for me to take my sim card out of my iphone and use it back in mt Sony Ericsson...and if so would there be any problems..Thanks

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Applefreak72

looks easy enough:)

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Anonymous

I work for a small cell phone company and am a wireless data specialist and we have people use their i-phones on our network. as long as it is unlocked it "should" work, the only problem might be is with the internet on the phone, depending on if the phone will hold your networks settings. We are able to support i-phones for data and MMS others might not be able to. Just check with your provider to see if they can support it for web before you buy it.

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inz

Hi guys, i have a question. Is it possible to swap sims if they are both att? my friend is planning on getting the 3g iphone coming this 11th and he'll be giving me his old one. The thing is, i tried putting my sim card in today and when i turn it on i get no signal and then i restarted it and now it gives me itunes picture and a plug. what does that mean? is it possible to use that iphone with my sim card or would i have to hack it? ty please reply or email me @ dsants@gmail.com

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mrkdz3

hi inz

did u ever get the answer to your question

ihave the same question can u help me out

thank u mark

i

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Anonymous

I just purchased an unlocked iphone from Canada. I put my tmobile sim in it and tried to make a call. didn't work. do canadian iphones not work here? is the unlock software not working properly?

any help greatly appreciated!

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Tamer

Hey But What Bout Sprint Verizon & Ect Will It Work With Them To My Cell Phone Is From Sprint And iT Has An Sim Card Also Can I Use The Service Of The Sim Card Like Sprint? Thanks For Your Help=)

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sarputso

Hi! I am going to sell my Iphone on Ebay and will keep the activated sim card. I was wondering if I get another Iphone, can I put the old activated sim into the new Iphone and make it work? I won't be activating the new iphone, I will just put the old one into the new Iphone. Let me know if that should be fine or not? Thanks...

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Wild About Gadgets

Yes, I think you can. Why sell it anyway when you're getting another one afterwards? Just asking.

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Anonymous

Well i just got my phone and the old iphone card is not working. Well, i sold it because it kinda got old and i wanted a fresh one. It had many scratches and stuff. I don't want to reactivate the phone with the new sim. Can't i just do something and use the old iphone's sim? Any help is appreciated!

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Anonymous

I tried to get the SIM card out of the phone and it works.
In the screen it says that no SIM card is inserted, and it was inserted correctly.
What do I do?
Thanks

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Sarputso

Hi! I am going to sell my Iphone on Ebay and will keep the activated sim card. I was wondering if I get another Iphone, can I put the old activated sim into the new Iphone and make it work? I won't be activating the new iphone, I will just put the old one into the new Iphone. Let me know if that should be fine or not? Thanks...

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Dean

My friend found an iphone. The phone has no service, and is from att carrier. I have an att tilt (htc) phone. I installed my sim card into the iphone and itn wouldnt work. Can i activate the phone? What should i do? i want to buy this phone from my friend. Thanks

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Anonymous

Maybe you should do the honest thing and hand the iPhone into the police!?!? Someone who may have saved a long time for that phone is probably a very sad old bunny!

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Aiyo

Well, I see that you people really want to unlock your iphone. Just to let you know it is possible and its easy. Plus you get cool apps, games, and much much more. Shoot, i Have this app called Camera Pro. It actually lets you zoom in!! anyway, if you want to unlock your iphone plus more go here:
modmyifone.com

or

http://code.google.com/p/independence/

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TinPigeon

Being able to remove the sim chip doesn't gain you anything , because the phone is still locked. That means you can't put another sim chip in there. On other unlocked phones, this is useful during international travel when you can drop a prepaid chip in there.

Once the chip is out, it can be used in another phone...if that other phone is already unlocked.

I'm not sure what all this hype is about.

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winamp

4-I think this procedure doesn't void the warranty. Actually, Apple has this trick (for removing the SIM card
reply
Thx for Information. Very help me.

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IQG

I'm hoping to transfer the sim card that's currently in my RAZR v3 into an already unlocked iPhone. Would somebody share with me the feasability of doing this?

I'm getting mixed information from other forums.

Thanks.

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Anonymous

Cant Open the sim card slot pls Help

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Thewaxpoetic

3G is highspeed internet for cingular (cell phones)customers

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Canelle

hi

I'd like to know if this iphone works with foreign SIM cards (France)?

Thank you for your answers

Bye

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Anonymous

yes.. it should work in france ,if u are not useing 3G . i got the phone in the Czech republic and it works fine , and i am also selling the second iphone i got so in u are intrested ..then let me know

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Dave

I am sure by now you all have seen George Hotz blog and how he unlocked his iphone, we are looking for suppliers of unlocked iPhones. If anyone is interested in taking up this venture please email me at Dave@unlockedapplephone.com
We would love to sell your unlocked iPhones on our website http://www.unlockedapplephone.com

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Rx

Popped my iPhone SIM into my old *unlocked* Sony Ericsson T68i ... worked like a charm. When I put the SIM back into the iPhone, I couldn't get connected to AT&T's network. Tried turning the power on and off, synching with my Mac, nothing worked. I turned the Airplane mode on and off, and that did the trick!

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John

Here is a video showing that you can put the sim card into another phone and have it work: http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9738138-1.html

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Anonymous

still not clear from above, if i put the sim card that came with my Treo 680 in the IPHONE, will it work without additional activation requirements?

do i need to do anything other than put the SIM card in?

thanks
Dave

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Anonymous

I bought an iphone, set it up, and was hugely disappointed. I popped the sim card and put it back into my blackberry, called at&t, and got everything fixed within 5 minutes so I was back on the blackberry - but wih the Apple Iphone sim card.

I hated no voice dialing, no sms service, pics are all labeled "photo", can't access file directories, can't forward text messages, no copy/paste, etc, etc.

Basically this phone is an Ipod and little more. Huge disappointment.

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Anonymous

you people really need to stop complaining about the iPhone. Think about it, its called an iPhone...this name combines the words iPod and phone, so you should have expected nothing more than an iPod that makes and receives calls. The fact that it does anything besides that should be viewed as a plus so get over it

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Ocel0t

Sorry, but no, doesn't combine iPod with phone- it uses the companies trademark in front of the word phone. Macs aren't just called macs, they're actually called iMaciMac, iPod, iPhone, etc. 

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Anonymous

iPhone unlock software: http://www.dvdtoiphone.net/unlock-iphone.html
Does anybody know whether the software works or not?

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Anonymous

That is funny. The card says 3G on it. Bwahahaha. I know it's only printing, but it's still funny! The iPhone is a bit much right now. I'm waiting until it is 3G.

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Vladdo Zerolf

I took my SIM card from an older Cingular Phone and inserted it into the iPhone and see what happened:

1-The iPhone didn't work as a telephone. It asked me to connect the iPhone to my computer to activate it again. An when I tried to do so, it didn't work, perhaps because I had a pre-paid plan with no contract.

2-I could do all the other things with the iPhone, like sending and receiving mails, browse the web, take photos, etcetera...

3-The older tlephone (a veteran silver Razor) accepted the iPhone’s card and worked well, as a respectable old gadget.

4-I think this procedure doesn't void the warranty. Actually, Apple has this trick (for removing the SIM card) in its website (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305746)

I hope you find this helpful...

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Vladdo Zerolf

Does this procedure void the warranty of the iPhone?

If you put another Cingular (or ATT) SIM card in the iPhone, does it still work?

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Ron

ATT/Cingular have had that 3G logo on all of their SIM cards for about a year now. It has absolutely nothing to do with your phone having 3G...although a 3G phone won't work without the 3G logo on your card, the 3G logo SIm card itself works with any ATT/Cingular phone.

No, the phone is STILL locked - you can take the SIM out but you can't put someone elses' SIM in.

The reason you can take it out is multiple:

a) The SIM cards DO get "burnt out" sometimes...in CIngular/ATT forum terms, you can "Fry" your card. This allows you to go into any ATT store and get a new SIM card put in.

b) You CAN take your SIM card out and use it in another cellphone that is ATT/Cingular locked. You can not use it in any other cellphone company phone. This, for example, allows you to leave your iPhone at home while going to WDW and not wanting to break your phone, but still wanting to take your trusty beat up old Razr along.

c) When you eventually upgrade (and lets face it - as soon as they come out with a 3G model, lots of us are going to upgrade) you can eBay your old iPhone without the SIM card, and the eventual buyer can activate a new SIM card at their ATT dealer.

But don't read anything else into the 3G logo - that has been on the cards for months and months. Its just a logo.

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John

I'm heading to Europe in 2 weeks, do not want to be receiving calls on my phone - ATT just told me that if my phone rings and goes to voice mail, it's considered an international call, the bounce to voicemail (whether you check it or not). So, I plan to remove my SIM card while over there, and keep my iPhone with me as a new toy, phonebook, ipod, camera, web and email surfing tool every time I hit a hotspot. Oh, and I just checked, with the card removed I can still surf, check email, do everything except phone and sms. ATT told me, incredibly, that my only option was to turn off my intl service, but that that would turn off my wifi (which sounded like bull).

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Gwats1957

It's nice that the card is removable and you've provided a useful service in showing how to remove it but I ask...... what's the point?
This thing will only work with the supplied SIM card and only on AT&Ts
2G network! NOTHING will work on the damn thing until the phone is activated ! not the Wi-Fi, Not the iPod not the camera, NOTHING! What a crock of S*** that is!
I was hoping for an unlocked version and @ least 60gbs of memory. I can't even get 10% of my Video/Music on this thing!
I know a lot of early adopters who will be suffering the pangs of buyer's remorse when they realize just how badly they've been let down. That should happen about Christmas time when the next generation goes on sale for holiday giving.
Nice try, Steve, but no cigar from an early adopter you burned 5 years ago.

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