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iPhone SIM Card Removal

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All recent iPhones contain a SIM (subscribe identity module) card slot on the right edge of the phone. A SIM card stores the information your device requires to connect to its network and access voice and data services provided by your carrier.

Reasons for removing your SIM card

There are a couple situations where you might need to swap the SIM card in your iPhone. If you upgrade to a new phone you will need to move your old SIM card into your new phone. While traveling, you may want to swap out your SIM card for a local SIM to avoid roaming charges. If your SIM card malfunctions, you may need to remove it and replace it. 

Luckily for you, it's really easy to remove your SIM card and only requires an Apple SIM-card eject tool or a regular paper clip.

What you need to remove your iPhone's SIM card

The only required tool for removing your SIM card is an Apple SIM-card eject tool or a plain old paper clip. If you go the paper clip route, you'll want to straighten the long end until you have at least a one-inch long straight piece.

Other objects may fit into the SIM tray opening, just make sure the object easily fits in the hole and doesn't mangle the SIM tray hole or leave any unsightly marks on your phone.

Find where the SIM tray is located on your iPhone

Nearly every iPhone has a SIM card tray. The only exception being the CDMA model of the iPhone 4 (Verizon, Sprint). Older model iPhones have the SIM tray on the top while newer models contain it on the right side. Check below for specific models:

How to remove the SIM card in your iPhone

  1. Insert the Apple SIM-card eject tool or small paper clip in the SIM tray hole.
  2. Push in the direction of the hole with a bit of pressure until the SIM card tray pops out.
  3. Grab the edge of the SIM tray and pull it out of the phone. Take note of the SIM card's orientation.
  4. Take the SIM card out of the tray and re-insert the tray into the phone by lining up the pin hole.

Ta-da! You have successfully removed the SIM card from your iPhone. Make sure to follow all these steps to prepare your iPhone for sale if you plan to sell your iPhone to Itemcycle for some cash.