Inserting SIM card on iPhone 5

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iPhone 5 is the fifth generation of Apple's very famous phone, the iPhone. The phone comes with a four-inch retina display and runs on an A6 processor chip. This is part of the Howikis on how to use the iPhone 5. The link to the mother Howiki is here - Use iPhone 5

To be able to use network services such as voice mails, short messaging service (SMS), multi-media messaging service (MMS), other network services and data services, you need to have subscribed to a supported network provider. Some iPhones that are issued by a network service provider may have the feature built-in within the phone thus there is no need for a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card. However, most iPhone 5 needs a SIM card inserted to it in order to enjoy network services.

This Howiki will discuss on how to insert and remove a SIM card from and to your iPhone 5.

Inserting a SIM card into iPhone 5 Sim Slot

iPhone's SIM card slot is quite more complicated than most phones. However, by following the steps below, you can easily insert a SIM card on your iPhone 5.

  1. 1
    Locate the SIM try located on the right side of your phone
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  2. 2
    You iPhone 5 package includes a SIM eject tool
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    Using that tool insert it into the small hole on the SIM slot cover and push on it. The SIM tray should eject if you push hard enough.
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  3. 3
    Pull the SIM tray to fully dislodge it from the SIM slot
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    Be gentle in doing this so as not to damage the SIM slot not the SIM tray.
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  4. 4
    Insert the Nano SIM card into the space provided on the SIM tray
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    You should not be able to place it erroneously since it is a "guided" and fool-proof space to ensure you do not place the SIM card the wrong way.
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  5. 5
    When the SIM card has been securely inserted into the SIM tray, gently re-insert the SIM tray back into the SIM slot
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    Again, make sure that you do this gently so both parts won't get damaged.
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  6. 6
    Firmly push the SIM tray into the SIM slot until it will fit back into the phone
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    Wait for your phone to recognize your SIM card.
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Things to Remember

  • For SIM operated models, iPhone 5 requires a Nano SIM. This is more smaller than the more common Micro SIM. You can either buy a Nano SIM card or cut a Micro SIM card into a Nano SIM Card size by following this Howiki - Make Your Own Nano SIM Card from Regular (Micro) SIM Card
  • Make sure that the SIM Card inserted is supported by your phone. If it is not, have it unlocked by an expert.
  • In case you lost your SIM ejector, a small pin like a hair pin or paper clips may do the job.
  • In case your phone will not recognize the SIM Card, re-insert it or restart your iPhone 5.

Removing a SIM card from the iPhone 5 Sim Slot

Should you feel the need to remove the SIM card from your iPhone 5, simply following these steps should do the task smoothly.

  1. 1
    Locate the SIM try located on the right side of your phone
    .
    Ip5 insert sim 1.PNG
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  2. 2
    You iPhone 5 package includes a SIM eject tool
    .
    Using that tool insert it into the small hole on the SIM slot cover and push on it. The SIM tray should eject if you push hard enough.
    Ip5 insert sim 2.PNG
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  3. 3
    Pull the SIM tray to fully dislodge it from the SIM slot
    .
    Be gentle in doing this so as not to damage the SIM slot not the SIM tray.
    Ip5 insert sim 3.PNG
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  4. 4
    Remove the SIM card from your SIM tray.
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  5. 5
    When the SIM card has been removed from the SIM tray, gently re-insert the SIM tray back into the SIM slot
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    Again, make sure that you do this gently so both parts won't get damaged.
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  6. 6
    Firmly push the SIM tray into the SIM slot until it will fit back into the phone
    .
    Ip5 insert sim 6.PNG
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Things to Remember

  • Make sure that the removed SIM is protected against sunlight or moisture to prevent it from damage.
  • Without the SIM card, you may not be able to enjoy your network's services.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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