How to Insert and Remove Sim Card on iPhone 13 [Easy Guide]

This post is primarily intended for those who need help changing and/or reinstalling the SIM card on their new Apple iPhone 13 device. Read on to learn the proper way to insert and remove SIM card on iPhone 13.

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iPhone 13 SIM card Support

Just like their predecessor iPhone 12 series, the latest iPhone 13 devices also come with dual SIM support and the first to support dual eSIMs. This means that these iPhones can hold two nano-SIM cards. Furthermore, you can activate and install both eSIMS so you can use them simultaneously.

Single SIM configuration is also supported on all four iPhone 13 models. This means that you can subscribe to one plan from your preferred cellular service provider, as you desire. All you have to do is activate an eSIM from your carrier or insert an existing SIM card from another older iOS device.

You can store at least 2 profiles for different cellular plans you have, given that the iPhone 13 supports two eSIMs simultaneously and switch between different eSIMs through the device’s settings menu and enable its connection line when needed.

For more details about eSIM subscription, just contact your service provider.

When to Reinstall the SIM card?

There are times when your iPhone suddenly succumbs to a network-related error such as “No network found,” “No SIM card insert,” “No service,” “Searching,” and the like. As a result, SMS, MMS, data and other network-related services aren’t working. 

If this happens to your new iPhone 13 with a physical nano SIM card inserted, then reinstalling the SIM card will likely fix it. By reinstalling means you’ll have to remove and reinsert the SIM card from/into the SIM card tray of your iPhone.

The process of removing and re-inserting a SIM card on an iPhone is fairly simple. But following the standard procedure is highly encouraged so as not to damage the device.

For those who are not yet familiar with the process, I’ve mapped out a step-by-step walkthrough as personal reference.

Easy Steps to Insert and Remove SIM card on iPhone 13

Depicted below is the recommended process of inserting and removing SIM card on the iPhone 13. This method is also applicable when inserting and removing the SIM card on the iPhone 12 models.

Follow these steps to remove the SIM card without damaging any SIM-card related components or the iPhone itself.

Step 1: To get started, power off your iPhone. Just press and hold both the Side key and the Volume Up key for a few seconds then swipe the power off slider to shut down the phone completely.
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Step 2: Locate the SIM card tray. The SIM tray placement varies between device models. In newer iPhone models like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, the SIM card tray is located on the left side of the device.
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Step 3: To open the SIM tray, insert the SIM eject tool or ejector into the hold beside the tray. If you don’t have the ejector or SIM tool, you can use a bent (small or medium-sized) paper clip instead. Just push the sim tool or paper clip in the ejector towards the iPhone gently until the tray pops open.
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Step 4: When the SIM tray is open, pull it out from the iPhone and then insert or remove the card from the SIM card slot. When placing the SIM card, make sure that the SIM card is properly fitted and the gold contacts facing downwards. It only fits in one direction. Just use the notch in one corner of the SIM card as your guide.
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Step 5: When the SIM card is properly placed in the tray, push to insert the tray back into the device completely. Be sure to insert the tray in the same orientation before you remove it. Like the SIM card, the SIM tray also fits only in one direction.
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After ensuring that the SIM card tray is secure and locked, turn your iPhone on. It may take a few seconds for your device to re-establish network reception. Just stay in an open area where the cellular network signal is strong and stable.

By then you should be all set to use cellular services on your device like sending/receiving SMS and MMS messages or place and receive phone calls.

If a cellular network or SIM error occurs after inserting the SIM card, try removing and reinserting the SIM card on your iPhone and see if the error is gone. 

You can also verify the current network service status in your area by contacting your network service provider or network carrier.

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