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Tip: SIM Tray Stuck on Nexus 5, You Should do This

This is somewhat of a random tip, but since the issue just happened to the DL crew last week at Google I/O, we wanted to share to hopefully save as many of you as possible from doing something crazy should this situation occur. If you missed the titled, yes, this is a tip on how to remove a stuck SIM tray in your Nexus 5.

In brief, a nameless member of the DL staff stuck a SIM adapter (sans SIM) inside of a Nexus 5 and shut the tray for safe keeping in case he needed it at a later date. Since there are pins involved in SIM insertion that depress, this is not a good idea. Without a SIM included in that SIM adapter, pins become depressed before popping back up again, which then causes the SIM tray to be stuck. There is a longer explanation in the video below, but those are the basics. 

To remove a SIM tray that is stuck in your Nexus 5, the simplest of measures can be taken. First, you will need the screen protector that is included on your Nexus 5 out of the box. You will also need a pair of scissors, so that you can cut a skinny slice of that protector to use as the tool to help you remove your SIM tray. Once you have that skinny slice, use your SIM removal tool to pop open the tray as far as it will go, then slide that skinny piece of plastic behind the tray to depress the pins that are keeping you from removing it. If done correctly, you can slide your SIM tray right out.

Since those directions were brief and included very little details, you will want to watch the video below to see the full instructions.

  • Anthony Johnson

    Well, I am using T-Mobile as a carrier on 1 year contract. Once it gets over, I will replace the SIM with Verizon. Thanks for sharing the tactic! I will appreciate
    if you can share some tips to increase battery life of Nexus 5 which I always worried as even I recently purchased a wireless car charger dock to keep the device fully charged even on the go.

  • verZion

    I learned this valuable lesson when the pins of my note 2 got stuck last year. I yanked it out and swapped the phone. lesson learned.

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  • Peter

    Instructions unclear, got dick stuck in tray

  • Suman Gandham

    Nano SIM bugs me… it’s not as large as the benefit in size reduction from mini SIM to micro SIM. And introduced too soon after micro SIM just makes it an annoying change…

    • mgamerz

      SD cards anyone?

  • MichaelFranz

    Damn it Ron…. 🙂

  • Trevor

    So it was Tim then?

  • Kerry Davies

    haha my girlfriend did this just a week ago, I just used some soft long nose pliers, didnt damage the phone or the adapter. Probably not the best way but it worked

  • Joao

    I’ve never had this problem, nor have I needed to do it anyway, but I think I got it covered. When I got my SIM cut to the Nano-SIM size I asked the guy at my operator store to also cut a bit of the credit card-sized card it came attached to to use as a “dummy” to store the adaptor in the phone if need be. I never used it, though, so this is just a theory. I keep it in my wallet with the coins.

  • Dave12308

    Who the hell still has the factory screen protector film laying around, anyways?

    • Grayson

      I do. I put them back on when I sell my devices. Gives Craigslist buyers a sense of satisfaction and they are more willing to pay a higher price because the devices “feel” more like new when they take them out of the box and see the screen protector on them.

      • verZion

        I do the same thing and my phones sell 3-4 days tops. I switch phones a lot and after a few years of doing it all my phones are technically free.

    • Eric R.

      I used to leave them on and use them as a screen protector until dust got under it on the Env Touch

    • I keep my boxes and I keep the screen protector film in the box. So…I do.

  • Dave12308

    You might be an IDIOT if you are a staff member on one of the largest Android sites on the internet, yet you choose to do something stupid like this.

    • Just careless, not really an idiot.

      • coolsilver

        It was Kellex I’m sure. 😀

      • SetNick

        I’m trying to understand why people are complaining about a post. On a site. We do not have to subscribe to in order to read Android news….must be a Monday thing…

  • Guest

    Love the Andy reflection

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    No need for all this just take a hammer to the back of the Nexus 5. Done.

  • Damian

    I remember I did this a few months ago when I had my DNA. It was not a good feeling, but I figured out this trick too.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    You’re bringing out the detective in me.

    • JD_26

      the detective in me feels its the idevice user 🙂

      • CaptainHowdy13

        The iDevice user does not have a nexus 5. He also wasn’t at it.

  • Qbancelli

    I opened my SIM tray once.

    8 months ago, when I got my N5 to put my Tmobile Sim in

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  • Willie D

    Something that should have been mentioned on Day 1, not 8 months into owning these things.

    • d-rock

      1) I doubt anyone knew about this day 1….it’s not like the manufacturer or ANYONE is expecting you to put a blank sim adapter in your device. 2) who’s responsible for telling you this? a simple google search finds many reports of this problem. I think your comment is rude and arrogant, whomever it’s directed to. Does the world owe you something?

  • Collin Chapin

    Yikes. Glad i’ve never had this problem… When I had my Note 3 I was swapping my SIM back and forth all the time.

  • ThatBabyAintMine

    “Hey guys, our staff had this problem and we freaked out, so we decided to tell you guys.” | Droid Life