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How To Remove or Insert a SIM Card

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May 20th, 2009

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Of course, removing and replacing your phone’s SIM card depends on the kind of phone you have. Generally, however, the SIM card slot on your device can be found behind the battery.

To remove your SIM card, power down your phone. Carefully remove the back cover of the device. Depending on your phone, there may be a button that releases the cover, or the cover may simply slide off. Consult your device’s manual if you are unsure of how to remove the cover.

Remove the battery from your device. Many devices have a latch that will need to be unhooked to remove the battery, or the battery may simply pop out. Once the battery has been removed, you will see a rectangular slot. If your SIM card has already been installed, you will see a small plastic card in the slot.

The card will often have the logo of your wireless carrier. To remove the SIM card, it is often easiest to use your thumb to carefully slide the card out of the slot.

If you are inserting your SIM card, ensure that the side of the card with your carrier’s logo is facing you. Align the card to match up with the shape of the SIM card slot. Slide the card in. If you feel as though you are forcing the card in, you may not have aligned the card correctly.

Replace the battery and cover, and power on the device. Ensure that you are able to make an outgoing call. If so, your SIM card has been correctly installed – you’re all set!

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5 Responses to “How To Remove or Insert a SIM Card”

  • I got a At@t Samsung Galaxy 2. When I put my sim card in a message pops up “Insert Sim”Sim Crash” I dont have a manual.All service care said they cant repair phone,but sell me another one..Please Help

    • Pamela, this is something that you will have to work out with an AT&T store or with whomever you bought the phone from, Wirefly doesn not sell phones for AT&T, so we aren’t up to speed on how they operate or are maintained. I suggest that you start at an AT&T store and see if someone there knows what the message means.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Elaine Wooten
    March 22, 2011

    I have a Samsung Gusto phone. How do I transfer my pictures to my pc?

    • Elaine, you will need to follow the instructions in the Gusto’s manual carefully and it’s rather complicated. If you don’t have the manual for the Gusto, you can download it at:

      http://www.samsung.com/us/support/downloads/SCH-U360MAAVZW

      Basically, you have to send/e-mail the photo to an e-mail account in order to get it into a computer. Follow the steps in the manual and you should be able to figure it out. The camera in the Gusto has what’s called “VGA” resolution (640 x 480 pixels), or about 0.3 megapixels.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Soooooo, I dropped my Samsung thing-y in the pool…and the phone is all janky now. Is there any way I can switch the SIM card into my LG Neon. It’s all ATT…but when I switch it, the LG says that there is no SIM card, which is bullcrap. Please help.

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