Swap SIM Cards on Your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge

Switch SIM cards before you travel with your Samsung Galaxy S6 device

Galaxy S6 Edge on display

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Unlike previous devices in the Galaxy S line of smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge lack a removable back cover, which means you can't easily swap the battery or expand the memory with a MicroSD card. Fortunately, you can still swap SIM cards on Galaxy S6 devices, which is especially important if you travel internationally.

Instructions in this article apply to Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, but these steps may also work with phones made by other manufacturers including Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

How to Swap the SIM Card in a Samsung Galaxy S6

The SIM card tray is located under the power button on the right side of the S6. Make sure your phone is turned off before you open it:

  1. Use the Samsung Galaxy S6 ejection pin. New Samsung Galaxy S6 devices come packaged with an ejection pin for the SIM card tray. Insert the ejection pin into the tiny hole beside the SIM tray slot to make it pop open.

    If you don't have the ejection pin, you can use a straightened paper clip instead.

  2. Remove the SIM card tray. Gently pull on the edges of the tray to remove the SIM card from your Galaxy S6.

  3. Remove the old SIM card and place the new one on the tray. Note the shape of the tray to figure out how to position your new card. One of the corners should have a diagonal pattern that matches the slant on your card. The name and brand on the card should be facing up, and the gold contact points should be facing downward.

  4. Replace the SIM card tray. Gently push the tray back inside the phone until it is secure.

    Location of SIM Card on Samsung Galaxy S6
    Samsung

Unlike the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 devices are not waterproof, so the SIM card can be damaged if your phone gets wet.

How to Swap the SIM Card in a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Changing the SIM card on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is essentially the same process. The only difference is the location of the SIM card tray, which is on the top-left side of the phone (when viewed from the front). Make sure your phone is powered off before you begin.

Location of SIM Card on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
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