How to Change iPhone Sim Card in Simplest Steps

How to Change iPhone Sim Card - How to change iPhone sim card? It will depend on your iPhone series. Unlike with older phones, when SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards were easily accessible through the back panel or battery bay, SIM cards in iPhones are housed in an unusual location. Because an iPhone's battery is usually factory locked in place, the SIM card is located elsewhere. Before you change your iPhone sim card, you need to know some information below.

How to Change iPhone Sim Card
How to Change iPhone Sim Card

Definition of Sim Card Replacement

A SIM replacement is a method that allows you to reclaim your previous phone number, which is fastened to a brand new blank SIM card. There are some reasons why people need to replace their SIM cards. Only the following reasons are used to replace SIM cards:

  1. Lost or Stolen SIM Card/Handset. People who lose their iPhones need to block their number first by using other devices. 
  2. Damaged or worn-out SIM card. Some people sometimes can’t use their sim card because of some reasons. When you experience the same thing, you need to replace or change your iPhone sim card.
  3. Blocked SIM Card. When your phone number is blocked, you need to change your sim card so you can use your phone again. You need a new sim card to get a new number.
  4. Error with SIM Card. The common reason why people change their sim card is the error with the sim card. You may get information that your sim card is not detected in your phone when you turn on the iPhone.

Where to go when you need to change your iPhone Sim Card? You can go to a Phone Store near you that sells SIM cards and request a SIM card replacement. You can change your iPhone sim card by yourself by doing some steps. Be careful to do all the steps in replacing your iPhone sim card.

Find Your Sim Card Tray 

The first thing that you must do when you want to replace your iPhone is find the sim card tray. Each iPhone series will have a different location on the sim card tray. To find the SIM tray on your model, look it up below. Insert a paper clip or a SIM-eject tool into the hole beside the SIM tray to open it. Push your way closer to the iPhone, but don't yank it out. If you're experiencing trouble ejecting the SIM tray, take your device to an Apple Store or your network provider for assistance.

Observe the notch in one corner of the new SIM card after removing it from the tray. Because of the notch, the new SIM card will only slot one way into the tray. Then, completely and in the same orientation as when it was removed, replace the tray in the device. In addition, the tray can only be used in one direction. Here, you can find information about the location of the sim card tray in each iPhone series.

Sim card tray on the left side:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12-mini
  • iPhone 12-Pro
  • iPhone 12-Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini

Sim card tray on the right side:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 4 (GSM model)

Sim card tray on the top side:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G
  • Original iPhone

After you know the location of your sim card tray, you can do simple steps on how to change iPhone sim card.

Get a Sim Card Opener

Get a SIM card opener for your iPhone. A SIM card opener is a little gadget with a pointed metal tip and an oblong body. Every iPhone comes with one, but if you misplaced yours or don't have access to your iPhone's box, a simple paper clip would suffice.

Pop out the Sim Card

In the SIM tray, place the opener. Look around the sides of your iPhone for a little hole around the size of the tip of a pencil.

Insert the sharp end of your SIM card opener tool or a paperclip into the little hole. Continue to push the clip or the opener until a little tray carrying the SIM card pops out of the side of your iPhone.

Replace the Sim Card

Replace your SIM card. To empty the SIM tray, remove the SIM tray from your iPhone and pry the card out. Place the new SIM card in the empty SIM card tray.

Return the Sim Card

Return the tray to its original position. Slowly insert the SIM tray back into the slot on the side of your iPhone, keeping it in the same orientation as before. Gently press the tray into position until you hear a "click" from inside.

Your iPhone should automatically recognize the new mobile network once you change the SIM card.

You will notice the following after replacing your SIM card.

What you'll be able to get back after the replacement;

  • A previous phone number
  • Credit balance in your primary account (dial *120#) assuming there were any before the replacement
  • If there are any remaining SMS or Data Bundles before the replacement, Digicel's whole network is available to you.
  • What you'll lose as a result of the replacement;
  • All contacts and messages stored on the old SIM card will be lost when you switch to the new SIM card.
  • Any other settings on the old SIM card were kept.

You may go to the Dealer store to help you in replacing your sim card. When you choose to go to the dealer store, you need to prepare some information related to your sim card replacement such as the current location, reasons for the sim card replacement, the personal unlocking key pin code, and your identity. You may need to pay for the cost of replacement too. Now, you can practice how to change iPhone sim card by yourself first.

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