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Easy Way To Remove Your SIM Card From An iPhone

Removing A SIM Card From An iPhone

If you ever find that you need to remove your SIM card from your iPhone, you’ll be glad to know it’s not difficult to do. This article will walk you through the process of removing and reinserting your SIM card into your iPhone (or just plain ‘ol iPhone if that’s what you have). Some people may also call this process removing the micro SIM card or just removing the SIM card, so don’t worry too much about variations in terms people use.


iPhone 14 Pro*

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 14 Pro Max*

iPhone 13 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone 14*

iPhone 13

iPhone 12

iPhone 11

iPhone 14 Plus*

iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 11 mini


iPhone XS

iPhone SE (1st generation)

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone XS Max

iPhone SE (2nd generation)

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iPhone 7

iPhone XR

iPhone SE (3rd generation)

iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 5s

iPhone X

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iPhone 5c

iPhone 4s

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iPhone 5

iPhone 4 (GSM model)

Original iPhone

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Step 1: Turn Off Your IPhone

You need to first power down the device and then put it on airplane mode before proceeding. This will disable any connections and prevent unauthorized activity on the device, which could damage its hardware.

Step 2: Take Off The Back Panel Of Your iPhone

You need to first power down the device and then put it on airplane mode before proceeding. This will disable any connections and prevent unauthorized activity on the device, which could damage its hardware.

To locate the SIM tray, select your model from the list below. Insert a paper clip or a SIM-eject tool into the hole beside the SIM tray to open it. Push in, but not too hard, towards your iPhone. If you’re experiencing trouble removing the SIM tray,

Step 3: Gently Press On The White Latch

1. Gently press on the white latch that is holding the SIM card in place.
2. Firmly pull up on the latch and remove it from the device.
3. You may need to use a paper clip or a small tool to pry out the SIM card, if you are having difficulties removing it with just your fingers.

Step 4: Slide Out SIM Tray Gently

To remove the SIM tray, you need to slide it out gently. The tray is located on the right side of the phone, next to the volume buttons. You may need a plastic opening tool or other thin object such as a paper clip. Push the tool gently into the small hole on the bottom-right of the phone near where you can see a small strip of metal coming out. This should release the tray and allow you to pull it out with your fingers.

Step 5: Carefully Lift Out The Tray

Once you have removed the tray, you will see a small metal plate on one side of the phone. This is called the SIM Card connector, and it holds the SIM Card in place. You will notice that there are two metal prongs on this plate. To remove the SIM Card, put a fingernail under one of these prongs and gently pull it outwards until it snaps off. Then repeat with the other prong.

Step 6: Wipe Away Any Dust Or Debris Stuck In There

Wipe away any dust or debris stuck in there. This is a quick and easy way to keep your new phone clean and tidy.

Step 7: Put It All Back Together Again

Turn off the phone and remove the battery. Remove the SIM card by inserting a paper clip or similar object into the small hole on the side of the device. Put it all back in reverse order, starting with putting the battery back in then replacing the SIM card. Finally, turn on the phone and enter your Apple ID password when prompted.

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iPhone SIM cards come in Three Sizes
Depending on what kind of iPhone you have, you might need a different sized SIM card:

  • Mini SIM: The Mini, also called Standard SIM, is 15 x 25mm. You would use the Mini SIM in 2011 phones and older, like the iPhone 3.
  • Micro SIM: A Micro SIM is 12 x 15mm, and is commonly used by phones manufactured between 2012-2013, like the iPhone4.
  • Nano SIM: The smallest SIM is called Nano and is just 8.8 x 12.3mm. If you have a newer generation phone, like iPhone 5 and above, you would use the nano-sized SIM.

All SIM cards from SpeedTalk Mobile are pre-cut, allowing you to select the size you want. Simply push lightly along the perforated line of the desired size, and your SIM card is sliced to the proper size!

Activating A New iPhone SIM Card

After you’ve properly inserted the sim card into the slot, you’ll need to unlock the sim card on your iPhone by following the steps below.

  • To begin, download and install the SpeedTalk App on your phone or computer. However, before you download the App, make sure it’s compatible with your device’s operating system.
  • If you’ve confirmed that, go to the app store or play store and look for the SpeedTalk Mobile App. Accept the application’s terms and conditions before moving on to the next stage of downloading it.

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  • You must first contact SpeedTalk Mobile, which is normally the first step in the sim card activation process.
  • You can use your smartwatch to call any mobile network service provider and request a new SIM Card connection. Then, on your mobile, copy and paste the service provider’s URL.
  • After the browser has opened, continue by entering the SIM Card’s information.
  • Accept the terms and conditions after you’ve finished filling out the form.
  • On the next tab, you can enter 6 OTP digits, which will be sent to your computer.
  • Once you’ve entered the numbers, you’re good to go. Since some IPhones need a restart, complete the process by restarting the device.

*Please Note: “Arrow” indicators on devices shows connection to the cellular tower and doesn’t mean there is an internet connection.
1) After turning on the device there is a test period before it can connect to internet. Be patient and wait approximately 24 hours

2) When updating the APN setting of your device, it may take up to 24 hours for the device to apply the new internet and APN settings of the SIM card.

3) If your device doesn’t work or if it is offline, check to see if your device is registered correctly on the app (for example in the US you might register your device to use the North America setting).

How to set up your iPhone APN to work with
SpeedTalk Mobile Services:

How to set up your device’s APN to work with SpeedTalk Mobile services:

*Please Note: SpeedTalk SIM cards have 2 different APNs: “wholesale” or “mobilenet.” Each SIM card will only support one APN. The APN will be printed on your SIM card or can be obtained from your account online.*You many need to consult your device’s manual/documentation to configure your device’s APN settings.

1) To set up your device’s APN, please follow these steps in order:
a. Remove the SIM card. b. Turn off the device. c. Keep the device turned off and then insert your activated SpeedTalk Mobile sim card. d. Turn the device back on. e. Wait for approximately 3 minutes. f. For Android smartwatch, use your personal cell phone to send a text message to your watch phone# (SpeedTalk#) with the following (make sure to send the message directly from your personal cellular phone not from your watch app):
If the APN is wholesale, send: pw,123456,apn,wholesale,,,310260#
If the APN is mobilenet, send:pw,123456,apn,mobilnet,,,310260#

2) Wait 24 hours and then repeat instructions A-E above.

3) For iPhone smartwatches, open your app and set your watch phone number and ADMIN number. If you are able to set these numbers, your device already works!

4) If your device will not connect to internet, please check your device IP, APN, and GPRS.

It is critical to activate a sim card on your smartphone. As a result, make sure your smartphone is completely charged before turning it on to avoid the entire process being disrupted. The measures outlined above will help you correctly insert and trigger your smartphone.

If you have network contact smartwatches, you can use a range of applications. With 4G LTE and 5G connectivity, you can also make calls without having to attach your smartwatch to your mobile. 

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The transfer process will take part once you have received a SIM card in the mail from SpeedTalk and ready to activate your service with us. We will ask you for your account # and password from your current carrier. Phone number must be active with the current carrier to ensure the transfer of your number to SpeedTalk network.

Keep in mind that there are exceptions to this rule, but it will never be because of SpeedTalk. Your phone will have to be in good standing with your current or past carrier. You will also have to purchase one of our plans first and you should start the transfer process with SpeedTalk prior to your cancellation with your current carrier. It’s very important that you do not cancel your account with your current carrier before the transferring process is completed.


If you currently do not have a phone number. SpeedTalk will generate one for you automatically, you just need to provide a zip code so we can issue a phone number based on that zip code. (It’s important to enter the zip code of the area where you will regularly use your device)

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We are a 100% money back guaranteed service. However, if you have consumed more than 30 minutes, 30 texts, or 30mbs of data within 14 days of the plan cycle, your purchase will be considered buyer’s remorse and you will no longer qualify for a refund.

A SIM card is an integrated circuit intended to securely store the international mobile subscriber identity number and its related key, which are used to identify and authenticate subscribers on mobile telephony devices

a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card is a tiny, portable memory chip that stores information about you as a cell phone user. On it, there’s a seventeen-digit code that designates its country code of origin, the system carrier (such as AT&T or Verizon), and a unique user ID.

You may wonder, “Who cares about this code?” A valid question and guess what: phone carriers do. It’s how they attribute cell phone bills and charge us.

Above all else, SIM cards are super handy because they can be easily transferred from one device to another. Just like in my opening story, all that you’d need to do is take it out of one phone and slip it into the new one. By making the switch, most (if not all) of your contacts and personal settings will transfer with it, making life all the easier.

SIM cards were introduced all the way back in 1991. The first SIM card was about the size of a credit card. Since then, there have been several updates and iterations, making them smaller and smaller.

This evolution closely aligns with the history of the GSM (Global System of Mobile Communications) mobile network. Developed to describe protocols for second generation (2G) (3G) (4G) AND (5G) cellular networks, the GSM today stands as the default global standard for mobile communications.

SIM cards are a crucial part of GSM networks, storing user information required for authentication. Ultimately, this allows both your phone to connect with a GSM network and GSM networks to track your phone usage (specifically, your minutes, texts, data usage, etc), giving carriers the information to send you an accurate phone bill.

GSM is the standard network in America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and most other places. Interestingly, besides GSM, the United States has an additional network called CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) that is used by carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. Phones on the GSM or CDMA network can use any carrier’s network, lowering the costs for the carriers and its users.

When it comes to your phone’s connection with either network, SIM cards are essentially the brain of your device.

A SIM Card is a chip that all devices carry. The chip that communicates with our network.

There are 3 three basic sizes of SIM card: the standard, the micro, nano.

Of th3 3 three, the Standard is the original SIM and the largest. Today, these are mainly used on older phones.

The Micro SIM card is essentially a standard SIM card with the extra plastic around the circuit board trimmed off.

A trimmed version of the Micro, the Nano is the smallest and used on today’s iPhones. Although minuscule compared to prior versions, the Nano still holds the same amount of data as earlier SIM cards.


When skimming the evolution of the SIM card, you likely noticed that they’ve become much smaller. But prior to the launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010, we really only had one SIM card size. Introduced in ‘96, it was the standard used in every phone and it made the GSM folks happy. Essentially, it was your entire phone on a card. It made things simple. If you wanted a new phone, all you’d need to do was take that SIM out, pop it into any phone and suddenly your phone number would be transferred to the new device. For over a decade, this was the standard, which made switching phones a breeze. Now? Not so much.


Enter Apple. Wanting to save precious room for its newest generation of smartphones, Apple switched from using the standard Mini-SIM to the Micro-SIM once the iPhone 4 hit shelves.

Surprisingly, the Micro-SIM wasn’t some new flashy SIM developed for the latest iPhone. Believe it or not, it was first introduced in 2003.

Back then, its purpose was clear: if a device was too small to fit a mini-SIM, you’d have to use the micro-SIM. In addition, the micro-SIM was designed for backward compatibility, meaning it can work with input generated by an older version of the SIM (such as the Mini-SIM).

In addition, despite its smaller size, the micro’s performance wasn’t impacted at all, as chip’s contact area remained the same. It turned out to be scaled down – the card only needed its excess plastic to be cut from it.

When Apple released the iPhone 4 with the micro-SIM, it became the standard for most smartphones. Samsung, Nokia, and HTC are just a few of the manufacturers that adopted the new Micro-SIM. During this time, several upgrading to the iPhone 4 opted to use an adapter to get their SIM cards cut down to Micro’s, as well. 


If you thought Apple was done using smaller SIM cards, think again. Perhaps Apple was peeved they had to use a SIM card from 2003 on the shiny new iPhone 4. Maybe they just wanted to stay ahead of the curve and throw competitors off their trail.

In any case, the launch of the iPhone 5 prompted the public to realize there was a new SIM in town: the Nano-SIM. This choice to go small made life pretty difficult for users. Anyone upgrading to an iPhone 5 or switching from Android now had to get a new SIM card or an adapter.

Fortunately, most smartphones released since 2014 (both iOS and Android) now support Nano SIM card technology as the standard. Still, it’s sad to see a card that small take over, as it was always much easier changing phones with the Standard SIM compared to the Nano.

As a product of the 1990’s, it’s amazing to consider the SIM card’s evolution, especially when compared to how fast other technologies of the era morphed and died out as newer solutions were innovated. As a link tying together the subscriber’s phone data with their network, the SIM card’s purpose has always been clear – but it will be interesting to watch what another two decades do for the future of this purpose and the SIM card itself.

Inserting or removing a SIM card is an easy process once you determine where it is stored on your phone. Depending on the type of phone, it could be placed behind the battery. In that case, you will have to open the back panel. For other phones, the SIM cards can be found on the side of the phone.

Removing the SIM card is simple if you have the right tool. Depending on what kind of phone you have, you can easily pop it out of the slot with a paperclip or the edge of something like a credit card. There are some SIM cards that are in easier spots that can slide out with the tip of your finger.

Is installing the SIM card hard?

Not at all, it takes about ten seconds. Take a look at this example of someone placing a SIM card in a phone.



If you are not sure how to insert the SIM card, look up your phone manufacturer’s instructions online or watch a video on how to easily replace the card in the right slot.


Yes, SpeedTalk will never deny you of service but your carrier has to unlock your phone for you to be able to use any other wireless provider. Please check with your current carrier to make sure you’re out of contract and the phone is in good standing.

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