How to Remove the SIM Card From My iPhone 4

By Adrian Grahams

Finding the location of the SIM card slot on the Apple iPhone 4 is not always easy because of the sleek design of the smartphone. The Apple iPhone 4 uses a micro-SIM card that slots into a tray on the side of the phone to the right of the display screen. The only time you're likely to need to remove the SIM card is when sending the phone away for service and repair or switching to a new network. Removing the SIM card from an iPhone 4 is a simple task that you can complete with a paperclip.

Things You'll Need

  • Paperclip

Step 1

Place the iPhone 4 on a clean, flat surface with the screen facing you.

Step 2

Locate the SIM card tray slot. Look for a small hole on the right-hand side of the iPhone casing, about two-thirds of the way down from the top of the phone.

Step 3

Bend part of a paperclip to form a straight wire.

Step 4

Push the wire firmly into the hole until the SIM card tray pops out.

Step 5

Remove the SIM card from the tray. Avoid handling the gold contacts on the SIM card. Place the card somewhere where it's easy to find.

Step 6

Push the SIM card tray back into the iPhone casing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before sending your iPhone 4 for repair or service, back up all data by synchronizing the device with Apple iTunes on your personal computer. Afterward, erase all data on the iPhone by tapping "Settings" from the home screen and then selecting "General" followed by "Erase" and "Erase All Content and Settings."