How to Remove the SIM Card From Your iPhone

Get that SIM card out of the iPhone

What to Know

  • Remove case > locate SIM tray > insert straightened paper clip or SIM tool into small hole in tray > pull out SIM card.
  • If SIM tray won't open: Try different tool > do not bend or twist tool while in phone > be gentle > go to Apple Store.

This article explains how to remove the SIM card from an iPhone (or cellular-equipped iPad) and includes troubleshooting tips in case the SIM tray doesn't pop out. You'll need to have the SIM removal tool that came with your device or a straightened paper clip on-hand.

How to Open the SIM Card Slot With a Paper Clip

Opening the SIM card slot on an iPhone is a straightforward process you can do while the iPhone is still turned on.

  1. Straighten the long end of the paper clip until it projects outward.

    A straightened paperclip for removing your iPhone's SIM card
  2. Look at the side of your iPhone and locate the SIM tray. Most recent iPhone models position the SIM tray on the right side of the iPhone, but early models put it on the bottom of the phone.

    If your iPhone is in a case, you'll need to remove it to locate the SIM tray.

  3. Gently insert the paper clip into the small pinhole opening.

  4. Apply gentle and even pressure inside the hole until the SIM tray pops out.

    An open SIM card slot with tray pulled out on iPhone
  5. Pull the SIM tray out of your iPhone.

  6. Take the old SIM card out of the SIM tray and place the new one into the tray.

    SIM tray pulled out of the Apple iPhone

    A small notch indicates how the SIM card is placed. It will only fit one way. Don't force it.

  7. Reinsert the tray the same way it came out.

What to Do If You Can't Get the SIM Tray Out

Struggling to remove the SIM card tray? Here are some things to keep in mind and steps you can try next.

  • Try a different tool to remove the tray. A thinner paper clip may be easier to use than one with a plastic outer covering.
  • Ensure you're approaching the tray from the correct angle. If you twist the paper clip, it might bend inside your iPhone rather than work correctly.
  • Don't force it. It should be a gentle pressure at all times—not excessive effort.
  • If all else fails, take it to your local Apple Store for assistance.
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