- Know how to remove the SIM card from an iPad with (or without) a SIM ejector tool.
- Locate the SIM tray or SIM card slot on different Apple iPad models.
- Find out what kind of SIM cards are compatible with various iPad models.
Are you thinking of using your SIM card for a new iOS device, changing your number or carrier, or selling/giving away your old iPad? You might be looking to remove the Subscriber Identity Module or SIM card on your iPad.
If you cannot locate or are having difficulty ejecting the SIM slot or the SIM tray, this guide will be your ultimate cheat sheet. You will discover how to open an iPad SIM card slot and the alternatives you can use if you do not have the original tool.
The Bottom Line:
To remove the SIM card from an iPad:
- With a SIM ejector tool: Insert the tool into the small hole on the SIM tray > Gently push to eject the tray > Remove the SIM card from the tray.
- Without a SIM ejector tool: Find a paperclip or a small pin > Use that to push into the hole on the SIM tray and eject it > Take out the SIM card.
To find the SIM tray:
- Original iPad: Located along the left side of the iPad, near the bottom, when the screen is facing up.
- iPad 2/3/4th Generation: Located along the left side, near the top of the device, when the screen is facing up.
- iPad 5-10th Generation, iPad Mini (all generations), iPad Air (all generations), iPad Pro (all generations): Located at the bottom side, aligning with the camera.
SIM card compatibility:
- Original iPad to 4th Generation: Micro-SIM cards
- iPad 10th Generation, iPad Mini (all generations), iPad Pro (all generations), and iPad Air (all generations): Nano-SIM cards
What Do You Need to Remove a SIM Card from Your iPad?
Different Apple iPad models, including the iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro, often come with a SIM eject tool to help you access the SIM tray. The pin should come with the box from when you purchased the iPad. Insert the ejector tool into the hole of the SIM tray so that the SIM card tray pops easily.
If you lost your original SIM ejector tool, you could buy a new one on Amazon. These pins are best for safe and convenient iPad SIM card removal.
However, there are tools you can find at home to use as an alternative for the SIM ejector. Please use the following items with care to avoid any damage.
Take a small paper clip and uncurl it
The long edge of an uncurled paper clip works well for ejecting a SIM card tray. Select one that is small enough to fit the SIM tray hole easily.
Important! Choose a paperclip without PVC coating because it might tear off inside the hole, causing additional issues.
- Find the SIM card tray.
- Insert the paper clip into the iPad’s SIM tray hole.
- Push until the SIM tray pops out.
- Gently pull the SIM slot out.
Find a safety pin that is small enough to fit the SIM tray hole. Because safety pins are easily bent, use a gentle force to push down the iPad’s SIM card tray hole.
Use the long end of the back of a stainless-steel earring to try to push down the SIM card ejection hole. Earrings made of thicker gold or unalloyed silver should be avoided because they have a tendency to bend when pressed into a SIM tray hole.
Where to Find Your SIM Tray on Your iPad
Only iPads with cellular capabilities have SIM card slots
The SIM trays can be found in different areas, depending on the iPad model you have. Look for the model you have below to find descriptions of where the SIM tray is.
Please keep in mind that only iPads with Wi-Fi + Cellular capabilities have SIM card slots. Wi-Fi-only models will not have SIM trays.
The original iPad had a cellular-capable version. With the screen facing up, the SIM tray is located along the left side of the iPad. It is near the bottom of the iOS device, opposite the side that houses the mute switch and volume buttons.
iPad model 2/3/4th generation
With the screen facing up, the SIM card slot is located along the left side, near the top of the device. Opposite it is the mute switch and volume buttons.
iPad 5-10th generation, iPad mini (all generations), iPad Air (all generations), iPad Pro (all generations)
The SIM tray is on the bottom side, aligning the camera for all the newer cellular-capable generations of the iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.
How to Take a SIM Card Out of an iPad
Removing the SIM card from your iPad is a simple process. If you are planning on switching to a new cellular carrier or if you’re selling your device, this section will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to take your SIM card out of your iPad.
Now that you have learned how to locate your SIM tray from your specific device model (see Where to Find Your SIM Tray on Your iPad section above), the following steps should be a breeze.
To remove a SIM card out of your iPad:
- Locate the iPad’s SIM card tray.
- Insert the SIM ejector into the small hole of the SIM tray.
- Gently press the ejector tool until the SIM card tray springs out.
- Slowly pull the tray out of its slot with clean and dry fingers.
- Remove your SIM card and put the tray back into the slot.
Do iPads Have SIM Cards?
The iPad models that offer cellular data connectivity, also known as the Wi-Fi + Cellular units, are the ones that require the usage of a SIM card. If your device does not have a SIM card slot, it’s a Wi-Fi-only model that doesn’t support data connectivity via cellular networks.
Which iPad Models Use Which Types of SIM cards?
Now that you know how to remove iPad SIM cards, you might also be interested in the types of SIM cards that newer models accept. SIM cards come in three different sizes: standard, micro-SIM, and nano-SIM.
To know what type of SIM your iPad model is using, refer to the list below:
- The original iPad, down to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations, use micro-SIM cards.
- The iPad 10th generation and all generations of iPad mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air, are compatible with nano-SIM cards.