How to remove sim card from iphone 5

Are you looking to sell your old iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 to be ready to buy Apple’s new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C when they are finally released? There are a few things you should do first. We’ve put together a few tips on how to prepare your device for resale.

Before you try to sell your device, there are a few important steps you may want to take first in order to protect your privacy and your cell phone account, as well as providing a better experience for your buyer.

  • Backup & Restore Your Device

The first step you should take to prepare your device for sale is to back your device up to iTunes to preserve your data and settings. Backing up your device is as simple as plugging it into your computer, launching iTunes, right-clicking (or option-clicking) your device from the left-hand column, and clicking “Back Up”

After you have backed up your device, it’s time to restore it. Restoring your device erases all of your data and places a fresh version of the latest firmware on your device.

You can either restore your device in iTunes by selecting your device in the right-hand column in iTunes and clicking “Restore,” or you can wipe your device by opening Settings on your device, navigating to General > Reset, and then tapping Reset and then “Erase All Content And Settings.” This can take a while, so make sure your device is plugged in or has a full charge.

  • Remove Your SIM Card/Deactivate Your Device (iPhone and cellular iPad only)

If you have an AT&T iPhone or iPad, or use another carrier that relies on SIM cards, it’s important to remove your SIM card and put it in a safe place. The SIM card is yours, and contains important information to help you device connect to your cell carrier.

To remove your SIM card on an iPhone or iPad, simply find a paperclip or an iPhone Sim Eject Tool and insert it into the small hold on the right-hand side of your device. Press firmly, and the SIM tray will slide out, revealing your SIM card.

If you use a Verizon iPhone or iPad, or a device on some other carrier that does NOT use SIM cards, you must first call your carrier and ask them to deactivate your iPhone in order to remove it from your account and avoid further charges from that phone.

Once you’ve restored your device, it’s a good idea to clean it up so that it looks cleaner, fresher, and more appealing to a buyer. Don’t worry if you have a few minor dings and scratches – most buyers don’t care about minor wear and tear. More significant scratches may affect your resale value.

Apple provides a support document detailing how to clean your iPhone (which also work for the iPad or iPod touch), but it’s really just a matter of using a soft lint-free cloth to remove and dirt or grime from your phone. If dirt or grime is hard to remove, using a slightly damp cloth can help. It’s important not to use cleaning products, as they may damage your device.

If you kept your device’s original packaging, collect the packaging together to sell alongside your device, including the sync cable and charger if you still have them. Many buyers will pay more for a device that includes all of the original packaging and accessories.

Take a nice picture of your device, the packaging, and anything you may be including with the sale (such as a case). A detailed set of pictures can help your device sell better by providing the buyer with more information.

  • Jail-breaking & Unlocking

Some people choose to jailbreak or unlock their device before they sell it. Unlocked devices typically sell for a higher price than phones that aren’t unlocked. The same can be true of jail-breaking – a jailbroken device will often fetch a higher price than one that isn’t jailbroken.

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If you aren’t comfortable with the jail-breaking process, ask a tech-savvy friend to help you, or read up on jailbreak websites or other internet resources to become more comfortable with the process.

For more helpful tips, check out our full collection of tutorials by visiting our How-To category!

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How Can I Fix It?

A quick search for remedies show a myriad of little tricks to fix the problem, but no foolproof solutions. Here’s the simplified version, with the most successful approaches first – if they don’t work for you, just work your way down the list.

Have you Turned It Off and On Again? No, Really.

IT departments the world over have said it loud and clear: the first order of business when trying to fix anything tech-related is turning the device off and on.

This step is two-fold in this case. You should first try to turn iMessages and FaceTime off for a few minutes, then back on and check if the app has picked up the changes.

If that doesn’t help, turn off your iPhone or iPad, and fire it back up again. In most cases this will have done the trick. If it didn’t, keep reading.

Unlink Your Apple ID

If the restarts didn’t fix things, it’s time to try signing out your Apple ID. Turn off iMessage or Facetime, then log out your Apple ID (from Settings – iTunes and App Store). Log back in again, then turn on iMessage or Facetime once again.

This will start the activation process. If it succeeds, you’ll see a list of previous email addresses and phone numbers that have been associated with the app at some stage. Go through and remove any that are no longer valid, or that you just don’t want to receive messages any longer.

If the activation fails, continue with the following steps.

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Set Date and Time to Automatic

It sounds silly, but something as simple as the wrong date and time can prevent iMessage and Facetime from activating correctly with your new SIM.  The easiest way to ensure this isn’t a problem is switching the Date and Time settings to ‘automatic’, which can then force the messaging apps to work.

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Reactivate the Sim as if It Was New

When everything else fails, go right back to the beginning: take out the SIM card and start afresh. Begin again with the process of setting up the new card, let the device recognize the number and check that iMessages and FaceTime have started working. Sometimes all that is needed is a little push.

If you are staying in a particular country for a while and will have that SIM the entire time, you might want to restore your device through iTunes with the new SIM card inserted. It takes a little time, and please make sure you successfully run a full backup before you start, but this last resort usually cures it all.

Add a Little Credit

To confirm you own the number you’re trying to activate, Apple sends it a ‘silent’ SMS. In some cases, that SMS can be chargeable — and if your SIM plan doesn’t include text messages, or you don’t have any credit on your phone, that SMS will never arrive. End result? iMessage doesn’t activate.

To get around it, just add a little extra credit to your phone, then restart it and check iMessage again. An alert commenter first mentioned this approach to us (thanks, Rocky!), and other readers have since confirmed it also worked for them. Definitely worth a try!

Wait It Out

Finally, sometimes all you can do is wait the bug out. iMessages and FaceTime can take up to 24 hours to successfully activate. In this case, patience may truly be a virtue.

Has this messaging bug affected you during your travels? Did you manage to get things working with one of these approaches, or some other way? Let us know in the comments!

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What is the correct Galaxy Note 5 SIM card size?

For mobile phones, over the years, there have been 4 different sizes of SIM card. It is usually referred as 4 different form factors (reference):

  • Full-size SIM card. It has the size of a credit card (85.60 mm *53.98 mm*0.76 mm). You cannot find it now.
  • Mini SIM card.  This is now often referred to as big SIM card. Some old smartphones are still using mini SIM card. Its actual size is  25mm*15mm*0.76mm. The first generation of Galaxy Note uses mini SIM card.
  • Micro SIM card. It is smaller than mini SIM card (15mm*12mm*0.76mm).  Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4 all use micro SIM card.  Because micro SIM card has identical thickness as mini SIM card, it is possible to trim a mini SIM card into a micro SIM card easily (although it is not recommended.)
  • Nano SIM card. This is currently the smallest SIM card for smartphones. It is both smaller than micro SIM card, and thinner (12.3mm*8.8mm*0.67mm). Galaxy Note 5 uses nano SIM card.

So, the correct Galaxy Note 5 SIM card size is nano SIM.  You cannot use SIM card in Galaxy Note 4 (or Note 3, or Note II) in Galaxy Note 5!

Because nano SIM card is thinner than Micro SIM card, it is NOT recommended to trim micro SIM card to nano SIM card. You should try to get the official nano SIM card from your carrier. A lot of carriers now offer 3-in-1 SIM card (mini, micro and nano).

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A few high-end smartphones also use nano SIM card, for example, Samsung Galaxy S6,  Moto X, Moto X 2nd Gen, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5, Nexus 6, HTC One M8 and HTC One M9. So, if you are using any of these phones currently, the SIM card can be used on Galaxy Note 5

Please make sure you have a nano SIM card before proceeding. Inserting a wrong size SIM card may damage Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

How to install/ insert SIM card to Galaxy Note 5?

To install/insert SIM card to Galaxy Note 5, please follow these steps as shown below:

Step 1: Loosen Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.

You need insert the ejection pin (which can be found in the box of your Galaxy Note 5) to the hole. Gently push it to the end. The SIM card tray should be ejected a bit.

Please make sure the ejection pin is perpendicular to the hole. Failing to do so may damage you Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

Step 2: Pull out Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.

Now, you can gently pull out the SIM card tray from the Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

You should pull it out only when the tray is ejected a bit. If not, try to press the ejection pin slightly harder.

Never try to pull the Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray violently or with any tools.

Step 3: Install/ insert SIM card.

Put your nano SIM card into the empty/hollow area with metal part facing downwards.

Actually, if you match the shape of SIM card with the hollow area, the metal part of your SIM card must be facing down.

Make sure the nano SIM card is perfectly fitted into the hollow area.

You can only use nano SIM card on Galaxy Note 5. Using other SIM cards will damage the Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

In most regions, the damaged Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot or damaged  Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray is not covered by Samsung warranty.

Step 4: Insert SIM card tray into Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

If you SIM card cannot fit into the hollow area perfectly, you should remove the SIM card.

Only when the SIM card fits into the hollow area perfectly, you then insert the SIM card tray into Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot as shown below.

You may need press it gently to get the tray locked properly. Never insert Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray violently.

Galaxy Note 5 SIM card, installing SIM card

How about Galaxy Note 5 dual SIM models?

In some regions, Galaxy Note 5 supports up to 2 SIM cards. This is usually referred as Galaxy dual SIM models

The SIM card slot location for Galaxy Note 5 dual SIM models is identical to that in normal Galaxy Note 5 mentioned above.

The major difference is that the SIM card tray has 2 hollow areas for you to fit 2 SIM cards as shown below.


If you are going to use one SIM card only, put SIM card in slot 1.

If you are going to use two SIM cards, slot 1 is for primary SIM card.

How to remove SIM card from Galaxy Note 5?

To remove Galaxy Note 5 SIM card, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Loosen Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.

Step 2: Pull out Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.

Step 3: Remove SIM card as shown below.


Step 4: Insert SIM card tray into Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

Please note, Galaxy Note 5 can work without SIM card.  Of course, if there is no SIM card, you can only use WiFi for connection.

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