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How to open SIM card slot if you don't have a SIM tool

Remember where you keep your SIM tools—those little metal things you occasionally get with a new phone? No, me neither, but don't despair. Fortunately for me, and you, I've MacGyvered my way into the SIM card tray and microSD card slot many a time. Here are a few handy ways to open the SIM card slot without a SIM tool.

What do you have near you?

Earring or piercing

The right tool for the job might be closer than you think, as in right inside your own body. Traditional earrings with thinner wires or hooks work best, on others, you might need to unscrew the ball/spike on the end. More extreme piercings might be too large to serve as SIM tray openers.

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Earrings are the most common and simple DIY SIM tools around. / © AndroidPIT


Probably the next most common thing if you happen to work in an office. Not the fat plastic coated paperclips, but pretty much any small paper clip will get your SIM tray ejected. And when you're done you can use it to attach various bits of paper together.

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It looks like you are trying to open a SIM tray! / © AndroidPIT


If you repair socks and pants as much as I do (you don't want to know) then you'll have a needle floating around the house somewhere. Just use the not-pointy end in the SIM eject hole and press down on the edge of a table. I'd advise you not to try this using your hand.

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Just the trick. / © AndroidPIT

Thumb tack/staple

Another ubiquitous object around the home and office is the thumb tack. There's many shapes and sizes but pretty much all of them are capable of opening your SIM tray. If you're thinking outside the box then you've probably realized that you could also use a staple.

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Solutions are all around us. / © AndroidPIT

Of course, there's lots of other alternatives too, including a toothpick, safety pin or basically any other pointy thing you have laying around.

Do you have any other secret SIM tools to share? 



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  • fuse wire!

  • Sorin 3 months ago Link to comment

    I used a paper-clip because I was not willing to buy a special device to remove the card!

  • LOL, I've always used a paper clip. But, a phone I got several years ago, came with a sim tool, so it's always on my key chain.

  • Seriously?

  • Why couldn"t Samsung use the Bixby button to open the sim tray,as not many blokes carry needles or pins with them

  • Tom S 5 months ago Link to comment

    I have always carried about 3-5 paper clips on my wallet. When you work on Tech Support for several years, you carry them for when a CD/DVD rom won't open the easy way or any other type of situation. Nowadays I wear a bracelet that has a sim picker tool. Anytime I see someone trying to pick the sim out, I pull a clip from my wallet and I get a Mcgyver comment.

  • Mark
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    5 months ago Link to comment

    One more reason why I like the removable battery the sim card was always under the back cover no tools needed

  • My moto g5 plus tray will come out with NOTHING but the friggin tool, which of course EVERYONE LOSES. Why in the world would they engineer it so?

  • Should've come up with a better method to insert the SIM card. It's gonna be annoying when you have to open it up but you can't find anything to help.

    • hear hear

    • Not only that, but the SIZE of the cards have gotten so small, you can lose one without even trying, if your card is on the side of the phone, and you don't know which side is up, if you don't have your hand on it, or over a table. ;)

  • Does anyone else think it is a stupid setup? New phone did not come with one, Verizon gave me one, put it on my keychain, lost keys a week later...first time ever in my life doing that! AND does anyone know what to do when the Samsung Galaxy battery quits and needs replacing, since who knows how to get to that. I used to think prying the whole back off the S4 was stupid, but this is worse.

  • A toothpick grips the tray after releasing it and pulls it out like prom night.

  • The paperclip worked like a charm. Thank you.

  • Mechanical Pencil worked like magic .

  • Mechanical pencil works perfectly

  • This is not a reply to the comment on the paper clip being stuck in sim hole...although thats a tricky one considering you cant really see down inside that well. I lost tool to unlock sim card tray... I used an earing, it unlocked but did not open much at all.. Maybe a centimeter. So i used two razor blades and used sharp edges to grip both sides of tray and pull while my husband held phone on counter top.. Sure enough it came out after hours of trying before thinking about razor blades.

  • I have a part of a paper clip stuck in my sim hole. What do I do to get it out?