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

SIM tools - those little metal things you occasionally get with a new phone - are like four leaf clovers: supposedly they're all over the place but do you know anyone that actually has one? Fortunately for me, and you, I've MacGyvered my way into the SIM card tray and microSD card slot many a time. Here's five ways to open the SIM card slot without a SIM tool. I'm using a Nexus 5 but it'll work for any phone, assuming you don't just remove a flap or pop off the back cover!

wiko sim tray
There's lots of ways to get your SIM or microSD card tray out. © AndroidPIT


If you're a lady or have a lady friend, this might be the closest thing at hand to get you into your SIM tray. Pretty much any earring will work, and even if it doesn't you might just make yourself a new friend.

AndroidPIT DIY SIM tray tool earring
Earrings are the easiest and most common DIY SIM tray tool around. © ANDROIDPIT

Paper clip

Probably the next most common thing if you happen to work in an office. Beware 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.

AndroidPIT DIY SIM tray tool paperclip
Pretty much any small paper clip can open your SIM tray or micrSD card slot. © 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.

AndroidPIT DIY SIM tray tool needle
Use something other than your hand to push the needle into your phone.© 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.

AndroidPIT DIY SIM tray tool thumbtack
Thumb tacks and staples are also good SIM tool ejector thingies. © ANDROIDPIT

Mechanical pencil

Not the most common thing (a bunch of AndroidPIT editors had no idea what I was talking about when I asked for a mechanical pencil) but if you have one its perfect for popping open your SIM tray. Just be careful because the lead likes to break. Of course, there's lots of other alternatives too, including a toothpick, safety pin or basically any other pointy thing you have laying around.

AndroidPIT DIY SIM tray tool pencil
Mechanical pencil lead breaks easy, but if you're careful it'll work. © ANDROIDPIT

Do you have any other secret SIM tools to share? 


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  • baba yaga 2 months ago Link to comment

    Mechanical pencil works perfectly

  • Ronie Rea 9 months ago Link to comment

    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?

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