How to Force a SIM Card Out of an iPhone

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How to Force a SIM Card Out of an iPhone
To remove the SIM card, you'll need to locate the slot on your iPhone model. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The SIM card in your iPhone is the small microchip that contains information about your phone and your cellular account. It is through this SIM card that your cellphone number is assigned to a particular device. If you are switching phones or sending your iPhone in for repair, you will want to remove the SIM card first. you can accomplish this easily with a paper clip and just a little bit of force.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper clip

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  1. 1

    Find the SIM card slot on your iPhone. If you have an iPhone 3G or earlier, you'll find the slot on top of the phone by the headphone jack. For iPhone 4 users, the slot is along the right side of the device. You'll be able to identify the card slot by the small pin-sized hole and the retractable card slot which looks like a thin, round oval.

  2. 2

    Pull open a paper clip to create a long, thin rod for opening the SIM card slot.

  3. 3

    Place one end of the paper clip into the pin-sized hole and press firmly. With a little bit of force, the SIM card slot should pop open.

  4. 4

    Remove the SIM card from the slot. If the card seems to be stuck, jiggle the card gently between your fingers to loosen it from the tray. With a little bit of pressure, it should release.

Tips and warnings

  • If the SIM card won't come out of the tray, don't push it too hard. The SIM card is very fragile and can be easily damaged by trying to pry or rip it from the tray. Send your iPhone to a certified technician for SIM card removal if the above method doesn't work.

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