It can be super frustrating when your iPhone is working smoothly and then all of a sudden it shows an error message. “No Sim” shows up on your screen and your iPhone is now useless. You can’t make phone calls, send texts, connect to your social media accounts or even check the weather.
Sometimes you have no choice but to contact a professional, but in this article, we will show you how to fix the dreaded iPhone 8 “No Sim” error message.
iPhone 8 “No Sim” – How To Fix (9 TIPS)
1. Remove and Reinsert Sim Card
The sim card tray is located on the right side of your iPhone right near the “Power” button.
Find a paper clip or use a sim card removal tool.
Use this tool to open the sim tray by inserting the tip into the hole on the outside of the sim card tray and push gently. This should pop the tray right out of the iPhone.
Next, check to make sure that the sim card is secure and lined up perfectly in the tray. There should be no gaps or overlap between the tray and the sim card itself.
Now you will gently slide the tray with the reseated sim card back into your iPhone.
Once the tray with the sim card is embedded back into your iPhone, and you know for sure it is in there correctly, check the screen to see if the error message is gone.
2. Update the Software
Keeping the iOs software properly updated is the best way to ensure you have a properly working iPhone.
- Go to the “Settings” menu.
- Select “General settings” from the list of options.
- From there, tap the option that says “Software Update”.
- You will be given the option to install any available updates. Choose the option that says “Install”.
3. Restart Your iPhone 8
Restarting the iPhone 8 takes more steps than the older models. That is because they have a new feature that allows soft keys to be used for emergencies. You need to follow these instructions exactly.
- Quickly push and release the “Volume up” button.
- Quickly push and release the “Volume down” button.
- Now hold the “Power” button down until the power slider appears on the screen.
- Slide the power slider from left to right to turn the iPhone off.
Wait five minutes to turn the iPhone back on. This may be a good time to recheck your sim card by following our directions for removing and reinserting the sim card.
4. Ensure Your Apple Account is Active and Valid
If your account has been suspended due to non-payment or otherwise discontinued, the sim card will no longer be valid.
Call your carrier to ensure that your bill payments are up to date and your line has not been suspended.
You can also go to the nearest retail store for your carrier and ask them to check your account status for you.
5. Check Your Sim Card for Damage
If your sim card is damaged in any way it may not be working properly. The same can be said if it is dirty.
Get a paperclip or the sim card removal tool. Find the sim card tray on the right side of your iPhone 8 near the power button.
- Insert the tip of the paperclip, or the sim card removal tool, into the small hole in the sim card tray and push gently.
- The sim card tray will pop out. Remove it completely.
- Remove the sim card from the sim card tray.
- Look over the sim card. Check for scratches, dust, or debris.
- If there is any dust or debris you can clean it gently with a very soft cloth and use compressed air in the sim card slot.
- If there are any scratches, you will need a new sim card.
- Insert the sim card back into the sim card tray. Be sure to line it up carefully and accurately.
- Insert the whole tray with the sim card back into the iPhone.
6. Try the “Airplane Mode Trick”
The “Airplane Mode Trick” is a simple trick used by consumers and professionals alike. It is akin to giving the iPhone a gentle nudge to cooperate.
The main idea behind this trick is that by activating airplane mode you are turning off the connection of the phone to the network.
- Go into your settings and select “Airplane mode”.
- Push on the icon to turn it on.
Wait a minute or two and then push the icon again. This should reconnect your iPhone to the cellular network.
7. Check if the Carrier has had an Update
Occasionally, your phone company will roll out updates to its network. They usually send out updates automatically, but if you missed that train, you can update the settings manually.
- Go to the “Settings” menu.
- Choose “General” and tap it.
- Tap the “About” selection.
If an update is available a pop-up will appear on your screen and you will follow the prompts it gives you.
8. Test a Separate Sim Card
If you have another properly sized sim card available you may want to pop it into your iPhone to check that yours is working properly.
- Find a paperclip or the sim removal tool.
- Put the tip into the hole of the sim card tray.
- Push gently into the hole so the tray will pop out.
- Remove your sim card from the sim card tray. Insert the alternative sim card.
- Insert the sim card tray with the sim card into the iPhone.
If the error message disappears, your sim card is likely damaged and you need a new one. If not, then the port itself may be damaged.
If the sim card, or port, is damaged you will need to contact Apple or your phone carrier to replace or repair the damaged port and sim card.
9. Contact Apple Care
When all else fails contact Apple Care.
Contact Apple by phone at 800–694–7466.
Contact Apple by web at https://www.apple.com/contact/