How to insert SIM card in iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 / iPhone 5S

by Mayur on June 28, 2010

in How To's, Tips 'n' Tricks

Are you confused as where to insert the SIM in iPhone 4? Apple iPhone 4 uses a Micro SIM which is 15 mm × 12 mm in size while the standard Mini SIM is 25 mm × 15 mm in size. To insert a SIM in iPhone 4, follow the steps below:

paper clip 1. Take a simple paper clip and make it straight. You can also use the SIM eject tool if it’s included in the phone package.

2. Check the right side of your iPhone 4 to locate the SIM tray as shown below:

Photo of top edge of iPhone 4 showing stereo minijack, second microphone, and sleepwake button

3. Insert the pin into the small hole and push it slightly firmly until the tray pops-out. Now pull out the Sim card tray with your hands.

Inserting SIM in iPhone 4

Watch the video below (By MyRandomReviews):

4. Place your Micro SIM card into the SIM tray. Make sure it fits perfectly and the golden circuit side of SIM is faced downwards.

5. Push the tray back into slot in the same manner you ejected it out. You’ll hear a click upon successfully placing the tray in its place.

6. Wait for iPhone to recognize the SIM card. That’s it!

Update: SIM insertion method is exactly same for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

Update 2: How to insert SIM card in iPhone 5

Apple has announced the next-generation iPhone ‘iPhone 5‘ which is just 7.6mm thick, the world’s thinnest smartphone according to Apple. To make this happen, Apple has switched to a nano-SIM card in new iPhone 5, which is 44% smaller than a micro-SIM. Certainly, you wont be able to use your normal SIM or Micro SIM card in iPhone 5. And nano-SIM being a new standard introduced by Apple, wont be available anytime soon with all the carriers.

As stated by ETSI, The fourth form factor (4FF) card aka Nano SIM will be 40% smaller than the current smallest Micro SIM card design, at 12.3mm wide by 8.8mm high, and 0.67mm thick. It can be packaged and distributed in a way that is backwards compatible with existing SIM card designs. The new design will offer the same functionality as all current SIM cards.

Comparing the dimensions, there is a substantial difference in the sizes of Micro SIM and nano SIM. Even if you manage to cautiously chop down your current SIM card using a knife or a pair of scissors, then it still wont work because the nano SIM’s thickness is reportedly reduced by 15%.

Here is a video tutorial that describes ‘How to convert a Micro SIM into a Nano SIM‘ but it’s not a foolproof way and there are high chances that you might spoil your SIM while doing it. Also, the converted SIM hasn’t been tested yet in iPhone 5.

The nano-SIM tray on iPhone 5 is placed similarly, on the right side of the phone. Simply use the SIM eject tool or a paper clip to remove it and place your SIM card.

NewConvert Mini SIM (2FF) to Nano SIM (4FF)Convert Micro SIM (3FF) to Nano SIM (4FF) | Convert Mini SIM (2FF) to Micro SIM (3FF) [Printable Guide]

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Angai August 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Super! That was really handy! Thanks!

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gemma August 19, 2010 at 12:32 am

i tried the paper clip, didnt work!!! now what?

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sanjay August 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

us a nappy pin

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Rajesh Chandan August 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm

where from we get micro sim card in india?????????

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Mayur August 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I think currently no carrier in India is providing Micro SIM. You can chop down your normal SIM to micro Sim either manually or buy a SIM cutter from http://www.cutmysim.com/ or from ebay.in (http://bit.ly/crXLsd , http://bit.ly/9ZBE6C)

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nishchay gupta November 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

In delhi u can get it in gafar or cp verry easily

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Recou August 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm

My local phone shop cut all but the gold pins (basically in half) for free & it works fine.

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cindy September 3, 2010 at 1:39 am

thanks. :)

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Rasmus September 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Works like a charm!!

Nice work! :)

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Patrick September 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Why do I get a normal simcard with my phone?! Damn phone shop!

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Dan October 12, 2010 at 12:05 am

Thanks for stopping me before I wrecked my new phone!

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Falun October 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Very good instructions which I just used. Thanks!

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david November 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm

how do i get to do cos am in nigeria our sim here is big, so how do mine

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anne November 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

wat your phone number….i need a sim card 4 my iphone4

thanx you

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Jijo November 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Let me know is it possible to put ordinary sim( Indian make) card in I phone-4?

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pravin November 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

If you don’t have a micro-sim, you can cut a regular sim card to make one. Search the internet for tutorials on how to do so

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gemma November 25, 2010 at 1:27 am

how do i gt sim in my phone arrrrrrrrrrrrgh

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kerry December 5, 2010 at 7:06 am

Brilliant, thanks for that but why dont they show how to in any of the instructions it came with ?!!?

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BazH December 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Great ! Really helpful. thanks

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Molly December 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I got the chip in, and the phone still isn’t doing anything. What?

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Ryan Conway December 26, 2010 at 2:27 am

They should include the right pin in the box. A paperless solution for the world eh? Why this hell do you need a paper-clip then? The ones that are used for securing more than one piece of PAPER together…the ones that are not digital technology, but common household office supplies.

And why does it matter what size paper clip…Steve Jobs needs to get a job.

This phone is great, but the fact that the SIM card requires a “SIM ejecting tool” is just awe-inspiring idiocy.

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Armaan January 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

just go to any phone shop and ask them to chop the sim in 15mmx12mm
your normal sim would be of size 25mmx15mm

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kush January 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I got a micro sim from Airtel and just ready to use in my iphone4, contact Airtel Relationship Center (ARC) in your city ..

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alan martin January 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

i have just spent 3 HOURS trying to get the sim card draw open on my new iphone 4 , i have read on line that this thing is a problem never thinking it would be this bad , this is a REAL PROBLEM and SHOULD BE FIXED, im shure APPLE know by now this simcard draw is somthing they shoud fix !!!!!!

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sakshi January 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

anybody convert normal sim to microsim in jaipur.. plz let me knw.. required for my apple iphone4.. email address – sakshi.qwert@gmail.com

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Zammy February 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

So if u were to use a normal sized sim card not the micro one, would it still work? I mean you’d have to chop it down 2 fit..

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Givantha February 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Thanks, very helpful.

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Lucas T February 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

i dont have the small sim card, does i follow with the iphone package ? i think thats af problem ? shold i go to the phone shop and tell them i dont got the sim card ? cause i thought that i could use my own normal sim..

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nicki March 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I want a iphone.

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Electronics March 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I’ve surfed the net more than three hours today, however, I haven’t found such useful information like yours. Thanks a lot, it’s really useful for me.

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walid bourgi March 7, 2011 at 3:16 am

i have the big sim what should i do thank you

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JACKY March 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

i am wondering any hacks for free gprs can be used ?

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Vinod March 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

Thanks very handy for me

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Zaheen March 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Nice information………………….
I think only micro sim can be inserted in iphone 4…..

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Vance March 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Thanks, that’s really helpful.. I have to contact my telco to get a new micro sim card then. Too bad the telcos here require a data plan with the iphone. Anyway, thanks for the info.

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Dishant Mehta April 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

Please let me know
Is there any difference between Normal Sim card and micro sim card.
Please revert me as soon as possible.
Thanks
Dishant

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Kishan April 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

i need to install std sim in my iphone 4, but after cutting the sim can i use the same sim in my other phone ???

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Heather June 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

What? A paperclip? Retarded. I don’t happen to have a paperclip hanging around. This hi-tech communication device requires a friggin PAPERCLIP?

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Medha June 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

how to put sim

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Innocent Muhereza July 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

Hi?
How do I insert my normal simcard into an Iphone 4 phone?
Mine virgin sim card has refused to enter.
Thanks
Innocent

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nneka July 27, 2011 at 4:33 am

i need to install std sim in my iphone 4, but after cutting the sim can i use the same sim in my other phone ???

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Tiago August 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Hi~
~To all your info u dont really need a paperclip .. what u actually need is something that size.. i just used my wifes earring and i open it. ~

Good luck!

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M.K.N.S September 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

is that small size sim available in SAUDIA ARABIA,MAKKAH ???

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Ace September 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

It’s hectic cos my normal sim with all my info is too big. Can I cut it and how.

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Jawad October 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Thanks for video I used a knife to a micro Sim it easy rather than going around searching for micro Sim in Afghanistan we can’t find micro Sim we have to make it using a knife

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Mike October 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi all.

Now, I’m a bit confused.
That Micro-SIM card in the IPhone 4. Can you save data to it from the IPhone4?
Can you also upload data from it, to the IPhone 4?
Thanks.

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dazr November 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

nice. thanks

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nikhil November 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

plz tell me how can i unlock iphon 4 in india. My eldr brothr brought it frm us

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Kristine November 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Really helpful, thanks alot!

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Brianna November 14, 2011 at 6:11 am

For all the people saying the paperclip doesnt work, I just had the same problem. you basically have to push it in so hard it feels like youre going to break something but it will pop out. its supid i didnt have a key inside my box with my new 4s. crappy. and apple is getting on my last nerve with all this.

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ghufran khan November 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm

dear freinds the iphone 4 is a good handset but his simcard is very bad becoz in india dont get the micro simcard therefore we cut the sim card for our hands therefor this mobile is very bad mobile in india

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Craigo November 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

cheers!

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Aileen Seong December 4, 2011 at 6:25 am

Oh my god. I’m a technology noob… And I used a toothpick to open the thing, but the toothpick broke and now it’s stuck in there! Please! Anyone know how I can fix this without going to the apple store? Please help me >_<

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Awwmybees December 8, 2011 at 12:37 am

FYI a pin for doing this is included in the iphone 4 packaging, it’s under the parcel with your ‘manual’ and essential apple stickers.

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Helen December 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

Didn’t work. These instructions are not sufficient. I had to make too many adjustments for it NOT TO WORK. but thanks anyway.

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María December 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm

How should i put a normal sim card which u can use to call from Other network

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Kate January 3, 2012 at 6:48 am

Hey, does anyone know if the iphone 4 will work in another country from the one you bought it in? i really need to know this because i want to buy one from thailand but i live in another country so will the sim and all that still work??? :/

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Md.Shamim Hossain Biswas January 7, 2012 at 12:36 am

Thank you very much for giving me chance for watching Sim insert video.It is very much helpful for everyone.

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Charl January 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

My 3 sim card isn’t working, can anybody help me…..????

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Anthony m January 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I have an already established sim card – standard size. I have just purchased an iPhone 4 and have discovered that I need a micro sim, how do I transfer my number from the standard sim card over to the micro sim card???

Any info would be great

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Jackie James January 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I used a safety pin but had to push quite hard to get it open

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Jackie James January 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

@Anthony m you have to fill in a form here vodafone.co.uk/microsimsupport
Hope this helps

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Infinity991 January 26, 2012 at 1:04 am

Thnx for helping me do this, we scanned the instructions for ages then we went on the internet and found your website, I read the comments and saw that it was a good site. Thanks again for helping us.

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Antonia January 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Thanks for your help,was struggling somewhat!!!!!

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sophie February 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

it was meant to say i got my iphone 4 yesterday and i when i looked in the box i could only find a normal sized sim and mirco sim what should in do

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pallavi March 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

please let me know whether the micro sim is available in idea store or not please reply me asp.

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CK July 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for the help!
I didn’t have a paper clip handy, so I used the back of an earring, that worked. c:

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Stacey July 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

That was exactly what I needed to know. Thanks heaps.

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Paula September 6, 2012 at 1:32 am

Hi, just wanted to say thanks for these posts they were really helpful. I have just spent about an hour trying to work out where to put my micro sim and was getting soooo frustrated. I tried 2 different paperclips neither of which worked and i was worried i would break the phone. Then i found a clip with the packaging the phone came with and had to push it in really hard to get it to open. I can’t quite believe you have to go to so much effort just to get the sim card in. Can’t wait NOT to try to work the rest of it!! Good luck everyone!

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Ian John Walker September 14, 2012 at 1:51 am

Thanks for the tip, the paperclip worked a treat on the third time of trying. I was afraid of damaging the phone the first two times I tried. I applied a little more pressure the third time and bingo! Thanks again.

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Nicole September 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

I was using the paperclip and was terrfied i was pressing to hard so on liek my 3rd or 4th try, i pressed harder and it finally popped out… thanks!

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joel haile October 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

yh it realy helps i ahve been tezing for years man cool work

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Shouib Shairzai October 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I purchased and IPhone 4S todayand thried to insert the Afghanistan Etisalat SIM card but it is tick and doesnt fit into the tray of the IPhone.

What should i do? please give me a suitable instruction in this regard.

With Regards,

Shouib Shairzai

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Gillean November 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Just what I needed to help me- very clear instructions and video- thanks

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TIM January 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

I had a difficult time opening with a paperclip, but try slightly tilted angles and press pretty solidly in. YOU MAY HAVE TO CATCH IT AT JUST THE precise angle and it pops open by itself. Strong bendable small wire worked for me.

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kabeer January 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

very tricky method :) tfs,….

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Surendra sharma May 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

Apple I phone 5 . I wish to have a sim card for I phone 5 , I do not under stand why one should cut a normal sim card into a nano one. It may work or may not. Will it provide the required result for 3G also.

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Anne July 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Thanks very much! Of course it seems ironic that a phone which is valued at £400 plus needs the use f a paper clip!

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