Your sim card is a small piece of plastic that stores your phone number and other personal information. In most cases, you should be able to remove it easily when you need to replace it with a new one or transfer all your information to a new device. Occasionally, however, the sim card can become stuck inside your phone and remain stubbornly hidden away. When this happens, you’ll need to use some tricks and techniques to get it back out. There are several different methods for removing a stubborn sim card, so hopefully one of them will work for you. Once you know how to get the sim card out of your phone, you can move on to the more advanced troubleshooting steps listed above if necessary.
Why Wont My Sim Card Come Out
It is possible that your sim card is stuck – with time, dirt, and sweat, your sim card can get stuck in your phone. There are a few ways to fix this issue:
How To Fix Your Sim Card, When It Won’t Come Out
Use a pin to push the Sim Card out
If you’re lucky, you might be able to dislodge the sim card by pushing it out with a pin. This can work if the sim card has become a little bit dislodged, but isn’t actually stuck in the slot. To do this, start by finding a long, thin pin or paperclip. You’ll need something with a pointed end that can fit into the small gap where the sim card sits. Next, you’ll want to use the pin to push the sim card out of the phone. You can do this by applying pressure to the outside of your phone while pressing down on the sim card inside the phone with the pin. You’re aiming to dislodge the card without damaging the phone. If you’re successful, the sim card should pop out of the slot and be easy to remove.
Try to shake the sim card out
If you can’t dislodge the sim card by pushing it out, there’s a chance that you can shake it out. This is most likely to work if the card is slightly dislodged, or trapped in the slot by a piece of crud. To try to shake the sim card out, start by placing your phone face-down on a soft surface, like a pillow or towel. Next, you’ll want to give your phone a few hard shakes. Try to make the phone move around as much as possible so that the sim card can shake loose. If you’re successful, the sim card should fall out of the phone and be easy to remove.
Use a SIM Card Tool to gently scrape it out
If you can’t shake the sim card out, you can try using a SIM card tool to scrape it out. Ideally, you should use a soft, non-metal tool that won’t scratch or damage your phone’s sim card slot. A plastic knife or butter knife should work if you don’t have a special tool. If you have a soft SIM card tool, try to gently scrape the card out of the slot. You might be able to get it out with no real damage to the card. If you’re scraping it out with a knife, however, you’ll probably nick it a little and risk damaging the card. Once you’ve successfully pushed or scraped the sim card out of the phone, you can remove it from the tool and insert a new one.
Dampen the area around your Sim Card
You can also try to dissolve the sticky goo inside the sim card slot. To do this, you’ll want to dampen the area around your sim card with a little water. You can use a dropper or a damp piece of cloth to apply a small amount of water to the slot. While you want to be careful not to get water inside the phone, you also want to make sure that it’s damp enough to dissolve the sticky stuff inside the slot. Once you’ve applied the water, give the slot a few moments to dissolve the sticky stuff. Then, try to remove the sim card again.
Boil some water and put your phone in it for a few minutes
If you’re at the point where you’ve tried everything else and the sim card is still stuck in the slot, you can try boiling some water and putting your phone in the water for a few minutes. Ideally, you’d want to put only the back of your phone in the water, and not the whole thing. Putting the whole thing in there might cause overheating or other damage. If you’re only putting the back of the phone in the water, it’s unlikely that you’ll cause any problems.
Try Pulling Again Using Strength Or A leverage Tool
If you’ve tried all of the above techniques and the sim card is still stuck inside the phone, you can try pulling again with even more force or a leverage tool. You might be able to dislodge the card again or rip it out of the slot. You can also try prying the slot open with a screwdriver or other thin, non-metal tool. Be careful not to slip and damage your phone, though. If you’re able to rip the card out or pry open the slot, you can try to insert a new sim card.
Now you know what to do when your sim card is stuck. The key here is patience and taking your time. If you rush things you are more likely to damage the card or your phone. So take your time and use the below tips to get your sim card unstuck. With some patience and the right tools, you should be able to remove your sim card and get back to using your phone in no time.
Q: My sim card is stuck in my phone. What should I do?
First and foremost, DO NOT try to force the sim card out of your device. This could damage your phone and/or your sim card. Instead, you should try some of the above techniques to get the card unstuck. If they don’t work, you can always take your phone to a cell phone repair shop and have them remove it for you.
Q: Will I lose any data if my sim card is stuck in my device?
Yes, if you don’t remove the stuck sim card soon enough, you will lose all data that was stored on it. This includes text messages and contacts that are stored on the sim card itself (no backup). We recommend using a backup service like Google Contacts or iCloud to back up all important data before attempting to remove the stuck sim from your device.