How to Fix No Sim Card Installed Error on iPhone

iPhone No Sim Solutions

If your iPhone is encountering No Sim on the screen this can be a major inconvenience if not resolved quickly. Below you will find various solutions that will hopefully put you iPhone back to its normal status. Generally this issue is resolved by a quick fix, none of these are in particular order so they are all equally useful. This is a full tutorial on How to Fix No Sim Card Installed Error on iPhone.

iPhone No Sim Solution #1

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Make sure your iPhone is updated with the latest iOS to insure that it has eliminated any previous bugs in the later iOS. This can be done by hooking your iPhone to your your computer, open iTunes and check for iOS updates.

iPhone No Sim Solution #2

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Restart the iPhone by holding the home and power button together at the same time for 10 seconds. This normally eliminates any temporary glitches.

iPhone No Sim Solution #3

sim tray remove iphone no sim

Remove your Sim tray from the iPhone using a paper clip/ needle. Generally after a drop or a large bump the sim card will move itself within the tray causing it to short out or causing the connectors to not line up. Also take the sim card out of the tray and and make sure there is not dirt in there either. You can also blow into the sim card slot on the iPhone to remove any dust or dirt that may be blocking the connectors. Then insert the sim card back in, it can take a couple of minutes for the sim card to register.

iPhone No Sim Solution #4

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Check if your service carrier has made any updates. To access Settings> General> About it there is an update a download prompt will appear.

iPhone No Sim Solution #5

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Toggle Air Plane mode off and on as it sometimes tricks the iPhone to thinking it has no sim card.

iPhone No Sim Solution #6

restore iphone no sim

Restore your iPhone on iTunes. Click on your iPhone icon when plugged into iTunes and go to restore. If you do this make sure your iPhone is backed up as YOU will loose all data, media, contacts, pics, and so on. This puts your iPhone back to factory settings.

iPhone No Sim Solution #7

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In some cases there is a design flaw on the sim card tray causing the sim card contacts to touch the metal tray causing a short circuit.  As a result, the phone stops recognizing the sim. This can sometimes be fixed by placing a small amount of tape on the sim card as pictured below.

iPhone No Sim Solution #8

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You can see if your sim card or iPhone is malfunctioning by exchanging sim cards from another iPhone. If the No Sim error is still occurring it would be best to visit your local Apple store.

Hopefully one of these has solved your iPhone no sim issue. If any of these fixes worked for you please comment below on how you went about doing it. Also if you you know of any other fixes/ solutions please share them in the thread.


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  1. Gaming merchandise

    Thanks a lot. Amazing article. This issue was really a big headache for me! Restoring the phone helped.

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  3. Fredo

    I pulled the SIM card , blew on it and accidentally dropped it, turned the phone off, replaced the card, turned the phone back on and it worked.

  4. Jeet

    Thanks a lot it really helped 🙂

  5. Jamarian

    Thank u for helping me fix my phone u guys are the best

  6. jhun

    my iphone 6s,is they have a problem. because when i insert the simcard. but always searching.then no network. but sometimes the network icon is show…then back to searching and no network…how fix it? thanks

  7. Jas

    Thanks a Ton… solution #3 worked for me

  8. Pedro

    i was having the no sound problem together with the no sim card problem, and i solved both of them just by cleaning the connector pins?!? still i have to thank you for helping me!

  9. Andy Costa

    thank you very much. Press Home and Power button helped me!

  10. rufus

    out going can’t be done in my phone but i can receive the call n i can able to access the INTERNET pls help,me out

  11. tsetan tundup

    my i phone sim insert

  12. Dean Schmith

    Hi!Turning the airport mode on and off worked for me!

  13. Clara Ketner

    I don’t have SIM card but it keeps popping up no SIM card installed

  14. Sarah

    How did you clean connector pins?

  15. zara

    Can you help me , my iphone 5 have problem , when i insert the sim just say no service . I really need your help . Ty

  16. Miu

    Dropped sim or phone ?

  17. Jay makwana

    Plz check the my problem sim card also good and use but call not out going only receive incoming

  18. daymondkay

    If you have a spare iPhone without calling feature and this alert keeps popping up. I think you can try this tweak:

  19. Nara Victor

    Thanks Guys, I simply removed the Sim tray, blew hot air and fix it back and its magic. baammmmm!

  20. John Lloyd Cruz

    Thanks a lot!!! Nice article. Been trying to solve my “No inserted sim” issue the whole day. Solution No. 7 worked for me!

  21. izhan

    Thanks!!! No.7 helped me. Was looking for the solution the whole day.

  22. Michael watson

    Trying to set up a iphone 5c from a factory reset but it says no sim how do i fix this?

  23. Jiharu

    What is your SIM card tray doesn’t want to come out. How would you fix that?

  24. cacyper

    no 7 worked for me for very old iphone that cannot use other method! tq XD

  25. Bill

    Tried all suggestions none worked put sim in another phone and it worked so sim not the problem must be the i phone 6 that’s the problem any ideas would be great

  26. Saima Ahmed

    Could be a network problem mine does the same and then it starts working try resetting network settings or even taking phone off and switch on after a few minutes

  27. Chintu

    Thank you, the tape on the sides of SIM trick worked!

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