You are probably here because you just got a new device on your hands. And after unboxing it and turning it on you discovered that your SIM card doesn’t fit inside the new slot! This actually just happened to me after upgrading to a Galaxy 6S Edge from my beloved Nexus 5. Been there, done that. I’m with you on this one.
It doesn’t matter wether you had an old phone with a regular-sized SIM card or a newer phone with Micro SIM – you can cut the SIM card to fit inside your new device in just a few minutes!
Disclaimer: Do it at your own risk. Trendblog takes no responsibility to any damage to the SIM card and/or phone.
Having said that, it’s actually quite easy to do if you follow the guide below.
What you will need:
Cutting a SIM card without a template might lead to you destroying it, so don’t do that unless you have a SIM card cutter. First things first, go ahead and download a template, which the guys over at GoSoftWorks prepared for you.
When printing the cutting guide, make sure to NOT check the option “Fit to page” or any other setting that might change the size of the original document for printing.
Only attempt to cut the SIM card with very good scissors, otherwise you might break it. My preferred method is using a Chef’s Knife, placing it on the markers (from Step 2) and gradually increasing the pressure to make a clean cut. Repeat that 5 times and you will end up with your almost finished Nano SIM card.
Remember: it’s always better to cut off less. Don’t try to be super precise if you fear destroying your card. Cut just a tiny bit less off than you actually need to, you can always sand the edges later for the perfect fit. If you need to sand down your new Nano SIM to make it fit, only sand the edges. Don’t sand the gold contact!
Some SIM card’s gold contact will be larger than others. This means that some of you will actually need to cut a part of the gold contact to make the SIM card fit into the new slot. Don’t worry though. Just follow the guides from the template and your SIM card will be just fine. If your SIM card happens to have a larger than usual gold contact and you’re afraid of cutting it – just do it. Your card will work just like it’s supposed to.
There are three standards of SIM cards that are commonly used in phones: Mini-SIM (we know it as the “regular” SIM card), Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM.
As you can see, Nano-SIM cards are slightly thinner than Mini- and Micro SIMs. Nevertheless, even if you cut a Micro-SIM to fit into a Nano-SIM tray, you should be just fine.
Not sure which kind of SIM you need to use? Here’s a list of popular devices and which SIM cards you need to have.