How to Remove a SIM Card From Android

SIM stands for Subscriber Identification Module and connects a phone with a carrier and gives it a unique identifier like a phone number. The SIM card allows the users to get a service from a carrier and contains important information like the phone number of users, contact details, and network authorization data. The SIM cards are available in different sizes, standard, micro, and nano, and vary for different phones. The nano-size SIM card is the popular choice of the user and is used in almost all types of phones.

Why Remove a SIM Card From an Android Phone?

There are several reasons for removing the SIM card from Android phones; a few of the reasons are listed below:

  • While upgrading the Android phone, you need to transfer the data from one phone to another or you will also need to remove the SIM card from the old phone and insert it into the new Android phone.
  • You might have multiple SIM cards and depending on your needs, you can switch them between several devices.
  • Removing and reinserting the SIM card in the phone establishes a fresh connection with the cellular network.

How to Remove a SIM Card From an Android Phone?

Power off the Android phone before removing or replacing the SIM card. The exact location of the SIM card might vary depending on the manufacturer of your device.

Following are the two ways to remove a SIM card on Android phones:

1: Remove a SIM Card Having Removeable Battery

If the phone has a removable back plate or replaceable battery, then the SIM card will be present on the back side of your phone. In some phones, a SIM card slot is present behind the battery while in some phones, you will find the SIM card slot below the battery.

If your SIM card slot is behind the battery, you should turn off your mobile, remove the back plate and then remove the battery from your phone. After that, you can remove the SIM card from the mobile phone.

If a mobile SIM card slot is present under the battery slot, then you can follow the below-given steps to remove the SIM card from your mobile.

Step 1: Remove the back cover of your phone.

Step 2: There you will see the SIM card slot and you can remove the SIM from the slot by sliding the door towards the hinge. You should take care not to damage the SIM card while removing it from the SIM card slot.

2: Remove a SIM Card from the Edge of the Phone

In the latest Android phones, the SIM card slot is available at the edge of the phone. You can follow the below-given steps to remove a SIM card from the latest Android phone models:

Step 1: Look on either side of the phone and you will see a small little tray, with a hole on one side.

Step 2: To open the tray you will require a SIM removal tool or you can also use a paperclip, to adjust the SIM ejection tool in the slot properly:

Step 3: After opening the SIM tray, eject it, slide the removal tool into the hole, and push. The tray might eject easily, or you might have to push with a bit of force to eject it.

Step 4: Once you have ejected the SIM tray, remove the SIM card and place the SIM card tray properly.

How to Disable SIM Cards in Android Phones

While removing the SIM card from an Android phone, the better approach here is to disable the SIM card, which can be done by the following steps:

Step 1: Navigate to the Settings of your phone and tap on SIM and network settings:

Step 2: Tap on the name of the SIM card and move the toggle to the left next to the SIM card to turn it off:


In Android phones, SIM cards save the contact information and account data, without the SIM card you cannot receive or make a call. If your phone is away or you want to protect your information from being stolen, remove the SIM from your phone. The SIM card tray in the phones is either on the side edge or back side of the phone. We have discussed both methods in the above section of the guide. You can follow the steps according to the model of your phone.

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