How to install Sim Card

Phones are complex, but thankfully, installing a SIM card nowadays does not have to be. It all depends on what kind of phone you have, which determines what kind of SIM card you need and how exactly the installation process works.


What kind of phone do I have?

Depending on your phone manufacturer and even model type, the location, access, and size of the SIM card can change.

-iPhones and Galaxy S8

These phones have a small access tray that is released by pushing in a paper clip or similar tool that comes with the phone into a small hole.


-Most all other phones

The SIM card is located next to or behind the battery and is removed by using your fingernail or something that won’t harm the phone.


What kind of SIM card do I need?


SIM cards come in various sizes with corresponding names. Each size has exactly the same functionality and technical capacity. There are Standard SIM, Micro SIM, and GSM Compatible. Most phones now use a GSM Compatible SIM card which is quite small, 12.3x8.8x0.67mm, or about the size of your fingernail. Luckily for you, Airvoice Wireless has you covered with the 3 in 1 Triple Cut SIM Card designed to fit any 3G or newer phones. Really, the only time you need to change cards is when you change service providers, go to a pay as you go plan, or change phones, at which point getting setup through Airvoice Wireless would be a viable option.


-Resizing your own SIM card

This is definitely not recommended. Due to how small a Nano SIM is, you risk damaging the SIM card if you decide to try to cut the Micro SIM down to a GSM or Nano SIM. It would be best to use the Triple Cut SIM Card which easily transforms to fit your device.


It’s easy!


Actually putting the card in is really not that complicated once you have the right SIM card and know how to access the SIM card slot on your phone. The process is identical for every size of SIM card.


-iPhones and Galaxy S8


  1. Make sure your phone is off.
  2. Locate the small hole on the side of the phone. It’s the size of the end of a paperclip.
  3. Insert the tool provided or a paperclip into the hole, which releases the SIM tray.
  4. Take out the old SIM card and place the new one in the same way.
  5. Carefully push the tray back in.
  6. Turn on the phone


-Most all other phones


  1. Make sure your phone is off.
  2. Release the back cover of the phone.
  3. Take out the battery.
  4. Behind the battery lies the card, which slides out using your fingernail.
  5. Place the new SIM card in slot in the same way.
  6. Replace the battery and the cover.


There you have it. Your new SIM card is installed. Turn the phone back on.


A quick note on locked phones


Some phones are locked and only work with certain service providers, which means that you may put in your SIM card, start up your phone, and find that it doesn’t work. If that happens, speak with a trained support analyst from Airvoice Wireless. Our friendly US based staff will help direct you to a solution.

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