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Do you remember where you keep your SIM eject tool? Do you know those little metal objects that you occasionally get with a new phone? No, neither do I, but don’t despair. Luckily for you and me, I sneaked into the SIM card slot and microSD card slot several times. Here are some handy ways to open the SIM card slot without a SIM tool.

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Earring or piercing

The right tool for the job could be closer than you think, like in your body. Traditional earrings with thinner wires or hooks work best. Others may require you to unscrew the ball / mandrel at the end. More extreme piercings may be too big to serve as a SIM tray opener. (Be careful not to bend your earrings!)

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Earrings are the most common and easiest DIY SIM tools. / © NextPit

Paper clip

Probably the second most common thing to do if you happen to work in an office. Not the fat plastic-coated paper clips, but pretty much any small metal paper clip will eject your SIM tray. And when you’re done, you can use it to join different pieces of paper together.

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It looks like you are trying to open a SIM tray! / © NextPit


If you fix socks and pants as often as I do (you don’t want to know) then there’s a needle floating around the house somewhere. Just use the non-pointed end in the SIM eject hole and press down on the edge of the table. I would advise you not to try this with your hand. But desperate times call for desperate measures!

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Just the trick. / © NextPit

Thumbtack / staple

Another ubiquitous object that you can find in most homes and offices is the humble little thumbtack. There are many shapes and sizes, but just about any of them will open your SIM tray. If you think outside the box, you’ve probably realized that you can use a staple too.

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Solutions are all around us. / © NextPit

Safety pin

A safety pin is very ubiquitous and can be found in almost every household. It’s a great simulation tool thanks to its sharp, pointed edge. The fact that its design allows for more force (safely) to be exerted makes me believe the safety pin is a better sim ejector tool than needles.


This is an option that can be used as a last resort if none of the above objects are available to you. However, you already know that most toothpicks are not thin enough to go into the tiny SIM hole. To get around this, you may need to cut down some stubs with a knife.

Again, if none of these things are an option, just look for some pointy thing lying around – and if you still haven’t finished your mission, it’s time to go to a store for a solution.

Go to a store and ask nicely

If you are ever on the go and need to pull out your SIM card tray as in the past, the quickest way to solve the problem is to go to a nearby store. Obviously, if you are in the middle of the forest you are in trouble, but if you are in an urban area with a large mall or telephone operator then there is nothing to worry about.

The last time I went to a cell phone store to ask them to open my SIM tray, the helpful agent wore a SIM tool around his neck and was more than happy to help me for free.

Do you have other secret SIM tools to share? Let us know in the comments.


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