How to remove SIM card from iPhone XS

Removing and reinstalling the SIM card on the iPhone XS is often needed when dealing with SIM and network-related errors on the phone. If you’re new to iPhones and need some help on how to remove and/or insert the SIM card, then you can refer to this walkthrough.

The following steps depict the standard SIM card removal procedure on the new Apple iPhone XS device. Read on for more information.

  1. Make sure that the phone is powered off. If not, then turn it off first.
  2. Then locate the SIM card tray on from the right edge of your phone.
  3. Use the SIM eject tool to unlock the SIM card tray by inserting it into the provided slot/hole. If you don’t have the SIM eject tool, then you can use a small paperclip as alternative.
  4. When the tray protrudes, gently pull it out and then remove the SIM card from the tray.

To prevent causing any damage to the SIM or the device, do not attempt to remove the SIM card while your phone is powered on.

To insert the SIM card back into your iPhone XS, simply refer to these steps:

  1. With your iPhone turned off, insert the SIM eject tool or a paperclip into the SIM card tray slot found on the right edge of your device.
  2. Gently pull the tray out when it protrudes.
  3. Then insert the SIM card into the SIM card tray with the carrier logo and SIM card number on top so the gold contacts are facing down.
  4. After securing the SIM card, insert the SIM card tray.
  5. Then press in on the tray to lock it into place.

Once the tray is secured back in place, you can turn your iPhone back on.

Apple’s newest iPhones, the iPhone XR, XS Max, and XS models have dual SIM features with a nano-SIM and a digital SIM called eSIM. With the eSIM, you can activate a cellular plan from your carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM. With this dual-SIM feature, you can now use one number for business and another number for personal calls with your new iPhone. You can also have separate voice and data plans or add a local data plan when travelling outside the country or region. Both of the phone numbers can be utilized to make and receive voice calls and to send and receive SMS and MMS messages, using one cellular data network at a time. This is made possible with the DSDS or Dual SIM Dual Standby technology. If one number is on a call, incoming calls on the other number will go to voicemail. To learn more about the eSIM and how to get this service, contact your wireless carrier. Some carriers don’t support eSIM yet.


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