The Complete Guide How to Remove a SIM Card from an iPhone

how to remove a SIM card from an iPhone

Whether you are using an iPhone or an iPad, as long as your device supports cellular services, it will have a SIM card slot. You will have to insert a SIM card into this slot to be able to use the services of the carrier. So you must know how to remove a SIM card from an iPhone or any other device. You may need to insert a new SIM card in certain cases.
The SIM card will connect your iPhone to the network and enable you to make calls and access data services. If you are traveling abroad, you may need to change SIM cards if the one you are already using does not support ISD services.
When you are changing SIM cards, or changing your carrier and need to insert a new SIM card, you will need to physically insert it into your iPhone. This guide will teach you how to remove a SIM card from an iPhone, so you can insert a new one. For any other reason, if you need to remove and reinsert your SIM card, here is how to do it.

First, let us look at the tool you will need and the related component of the iPhone:

SIM card ejector

Every iPhone comes with a SIM card ejector tool included in the box. It is a small pin-like device used to open the SIM card tray of your iPhone. If you do not have a SIM card ejector, you can use a paper clip too. Bend and straighten the long end of the paper clip so you can use it to open the SIM card tray.
You may also use any small pin-like tool like a tiny screwdriver, but ensure that it fits the pinhole on the SIM tray and does not cause any damage to your device.

SIM card tray

Unless you are using a CDMA model, your iPhone will have a SIM card tray. The iPhone 4 model was a CDMA variant and did not have a SIM card tray. Every other successive model has one.
The initial models of the iPhone had the SIM card tray on the top of the device between the headphone jack and the Power button. The later models (iPhone 4S onwards) have the SIM card tray on the right side of the device, just opposite to the volume rocker.
iPads that support cellular services have the SIM card tray on the left side of the device. Some variants like the iPad Mini have it at the bottom right side.

Now let us look at how to remove a SIM card from an iPhone:

Removing a SIM card

To remove a SIM card from your iPhone, these are the steps you need to follow:
  1. Carefully insert the SIM card ejector tool or the bent paperclip (or any tool you are using) into the tiny pinhole opening on the SIM card tray.

Carefully insert the SIM card ejector tool or the bent paperclip (or any tool you are using) into the tiny pinhole opening on the SIM card tray

2. Press gently and the SIM card tray will pop open. It will simply come out of the iPhone or iPad. Apply pressure in a straight line, not in an angular direction.

3. Pull out the SIM card tray. You will be able to see the SIM card inside in its designated slot.

Pull out the SIM card tray. You will be able to see the SIM card inside in its designated slot

4. Remove the SIM card from its slot. If you are inserting a new SIM card or reinserting the same one, ensure that you align the corners correctly following the markers in the slot and the notched corners on the card.

5. Once you have inserted the new SIM card into the tray, gently push it back inside the iPhone. Insert it carefully maintaining the correct orientation, alignment, and direction. It should go in exactly how it came out.

how to remove a SIM card from an iPhone
This is the method of how to remove a SIM card from an iPhone. If you find that the SIM card tray is not going back inside the iPhone easily, do not force it. Recheck the alignment and orientation, and see if you are holding it correctly. Check the position of the pinhole to make sure you are inserting it in the correct direction. Never try to force a SIM card tray inside the iPhone. You may risk breaking it and then your iPhone will no longer be able to connect to the SIM card.