Looking to understand more about the Samsung Galaxy SIM card? Then you've come to the right place. The Samsung Galaxy series features several different types of SIM cards. You may be curious as to how to insert or remove a Samsung Galaxy-type SIM card from your mobile phone. You may be unsure as to what a SIM card even is.
Well, inside this guide, you'll find information on what a SIM card is, the various SIM card sizes available, and where to find the SIM card slot for the more popular Samsung Galaxy phone models. You'll also find a table filled with the Samsung Galaxy phones and their respective SIM card sizes.
Hopefully, by the time you'll finish reading this article, you'll have a greater understanding of the available SIM cards for the Samsung Galaxy lineup.
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So What is a SIM Card?
A SIM card, or subscriber identity module card, contains your profile and other information, such as text messages, phone number, contacts, and more. Not only does a subscriber identity module card hosts your identity (more or less), but it also allows you to communicate with a tower specific to your carrier. In other words, without a SIM card, you won't exactly be able to operate your phone with the carrier.
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You should also be made aware that there are various types of SIM cards: for instance, if you're a traveler, you can always purchase an international SIM card or a local SIM card. Furthermore, there are various sizes of SIM cards that slip into a SIM tray. For instance, there are three different SIM card sizes used nowadays (though one is becoming rather obsolete).
Let's delve into them below:
The Sizes of SIM Cards
As I've already mentioned, there are three SIM card sizes to take into consideration: the Standard SIM card, the Micro SIM card, and the Nano SIM card. As a side note, some retailers and/or carriers feature dual SIMs, which feature both the Micro SIM and the Standard SIM cards in one bundle.
Standard SIM Card
The Standard SIM card, which is also dubbed the Mini SIM card, is the "second generation" of SIM cards. This is why you'll also find that it is named the 2FF, or second form factor. It is now considered standard size because the original standard size SIM card, the first generation SIM card, has become obsolete.
The measurements of a Standard phone SIM card are 25mm x 15mm x 0.76mm.You'll find that many smartphones today do not require a standard SIM card.
Micro SIM Card
The Micro SIM card, otherwise known as third form factor (or 3FF) is the "third generation" of SIM card types, measuring at 15mm x 12mm x 0.76mm. The Micro SIM card was made for the purpose of fitting into devices deemed too small for the Standard SIM card.
Not only that, but Micro SIM cards are known to be backwards-compatible, featuring the same assets and design as the Standard SIM. The only difference? The amount of plastic surrounding the chip.
Nano SIM Card
The most current (and smallest) SIM card type that is available on the market is the Nano SIM card. The Nano SIM card is now today's new standard, becoming the SIM card of many flagship models such as the latest Apple iPhone series and the Samsung Galaxy lineup. This smart card was only released during 2012.
Related: Check out our SIM Card Size Guide to learn more.
SIM Cards Across the Samsung Galaxy
Here, you'll find a chart specifying what SIM cards will fit with what Samsung Galaxy Android phones.
|Brand||Model||SIM Card Size|
|Samsung||Galaxy S6 active||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy S6 Duos||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy S6 EDGE||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy S6 Edge+||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy S6 edge+ Duos||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy S7 active||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy S7 edge||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Google Nexus S||mini-sim|
|Samsung||Z3 Corporate Edition||micro-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J2 (2016)||micro-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J2 Prime||micro-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J3 (2017)||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J3 Emerge||micro-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J3 Pro||micro-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J5 (2017)||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J5 Prime||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J7 (2017)||nano-sim|
|Samsung||Galaxy J7 Prime||nano-sim|
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Where to Find the Samsung Galaxy SIM on Each Model
Here's how to find the SIM slots on the latest Samsung Galaxy models:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - On the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, you can find the SIM card right above on the indicator light, on top of the body. In other words, it's located on the top left-hand side of the body.
- Samsung Galaxy S6 - The Samsung Galaxy S6 SIM card tray is located on the right side of the Galaxy S6 body, underneath the power button.
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge SIM card tray is located on the top side.
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ - Just like the S6 edge and the Note 5, the SIM card tray is located on the top of your device, on the left-hand side.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 - The SIM card tray is located on the top of the Samsung Galaxy S7.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge - Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7, the SIM card tray is located on the top of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 - The SIM card tray is located on the top of the Samsung Galaxy S8, on the left-hand side.
- Samsung Galaxy S8+ - The SIM card tray is located on the left-hand top of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Okay, so this is a tablet, but I wanted to include this as well. On a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you'll find the SIM card slot located on the top edge of the device.
How to Remove the Samsung Galaxy SIM Card
Looking to remove your Samsung Galaxy SIM card? You can do so with the following easy steps!
- You should have been given - in your Android Phone's packaging - a removal tool. If you have lost the removal tool, you can always rely on a paper clip.
- With this removal tool, you slip it into the pin hole of the SIM card tray (depending on the device, the SIM card tray also may hold a Micro SD card slot, so be careful with the Micro SD card slot).
- When the tray pops out, pull it out of the device. Depending on the model of your mobile phone, it's best to be careful to not slip the ejector tool into the microphone hole that's also located on the top of your phone.
- From there, you simply remove the SIM card from the tray.
- Insert the tray back into the device.
Overall, you'll find that SIM cards are essential to the Samsung Galaxy lineup, just like the Apple iPhone series. Don't have a Samsung Galaxy phone? Check out our guides for the Apple iPhone SIM cards and other Android phones as well, if you'd like to review them.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you step further into the world of SIM cards, SIM trays, and more.