How to insert SIM card in iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S/ iPhone 5/ iPhone 5S/ iPhone 6/ iPhone 6 Plus/ iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 Plus

Update: The article has been updated with steps for inserting the SIM in iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5S.

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]

Update (14th Sep) – How to Insert SIM in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has launched the iPhone 6 that supports Nano SIM card, just like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The Nano SIM card slot on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is located on the right side of the phone. The Power button is now placed on the right-hand side to make it easier to access, as the new iPhones are significantly bigger in size with screen-sizes of 4.7″ and 5.5″. The SIM insertion procedure in iPhone 6 is same as seen in earlier models. Users simply need to use the SIM eject tool or a paper clip to pull out the SIM tray and place their SIM card. You might need to apply some force until the tray pops-out.

Insert SIM in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Update (13th Jan, 2017) – How to Insert SIM in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Inserting SIM card in iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

Similar to iPhone 5 and iPhone 6, the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus supports Nano SIM card. The SIM slot is located on right hand side just below the power button. To open the SIM tray, simply insert a paper clip or a SIM-ejector tool into the hole and pop it out. Now place the nano SIM with its gold side facing downwards and insert back the tray in the same orientation as you removed it. That’s it!


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter where he is extremely active.

82 Responses

  1. Angai says:

    Super! That was really handy! Thanks!

  2. gemma says:

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

  3. Rajesh Chandan says:

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

  4. Recou says:

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

  5. cindy says:

    thanks. 🙂

  6. Rasmus says:

    Works like a charm!!

    Nice work! 🙂

  7. Patrick says:

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

  8. Dan says:

    Thanks for stopping me before I wrecked my new phone!

  9. Falun says:

    Very good instructions which I just used. Thanks!

  10. david says:

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

  11. anne says:

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

    thanx you

  12. Jijo says:

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

  13. gemma says:

    how do i gt sim in my phone arrrrrrrrrrrrgh

  14. kerry says:

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

  15. BazH says:

    Great ! Really helpful. thanks

  16. Molly says:

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

  17. Ryan Conway says:

    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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  19. Armaan says:

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

  20. kush says:

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

  21. alan martin says:

    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 !!!!!!

  22. sakshi says:

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

  23. Zammy says:

    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..

  24. Givantha says:

    Thanks, very helpful.

  25. Lucas T says:

    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..

  26. nicki says:

    I want a iphone.

  27. Electronics says:

    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.

  28. walid bourgi says:

    i have the big sim what should i do thank you

  29. JACKY says:

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

  30. Vinod says:

    Thanks very handy for me

  31. Zaheen says:

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

  32. Vance says:

    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.

  33. Dishant Mehta says:

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

  34. Kishan says:

    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 ???

  35. Heather says:

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

  36. Medha says:

    how to put sim

  37. Innocent Muhereza says:

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

  38. nneka says:

    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 ???

  39. Tiago says:

    ~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!

  40. M.K.N.S says:

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

  41. Ace says:

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

  42. Jawad says:

    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

  43. Mike says:

    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?

  44. dazr says:

    nice. thanks

  45. nikhil says:

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

  46. Kristine says:

    Really helpful, thanks alot!

  47. Brianna says:

    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.

  48. ghufran khan says:

    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

  49. Aileen Seong says:

    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 >_<

  50. Awwmybees says:

    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.

  51. Helen says:

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

  52. María says:

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

  53. Kate says:

    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??? :/

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

  55. Charl says:

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

  56. Anthony m says:

    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

  57. Jackie James says:

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

  58. Jackie James says:

    @Anthony m you have to fill in a form here
    Hope this helps

  59. Infinity991 says:

    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.

  60. Antonia says:

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

  61. sophie says:

    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

  62. pallavi says:

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

  63. CK says:

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

  64. Stacey says:

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

  65. Paula says:

    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!

  66. Ian John Walker says:

    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.

  67. Nicole says:

    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!

  68. joel haile says:

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

  69. Shouib Shairzai says:

    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

  70. Gillean says:

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

  71. TIM says:

    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.

  72. kabeer says:

    very tricky method 🙂 tfs,….

  73. Surendra sharma says:

    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.

  74. Anne says:

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

  75. Connie says:

    I have an i phone 4 and was given an I phone 5s. I want to take my SIM card out of my 4 at put into my 5 but don\’t want to loose any data. Can anyone help me w instructions?

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