It has been reported that iPhone may not recognize a micro-SIM card. This may result in receiving an error message stating “No SIM Card installed” or “Invalid SIM”. Use these troubleshooting steps to solve this issue.
Try a simple reboot before delving too deep into the problem.
- iPhone 8 or later: Press and release Volume Up button, press and release Volume Down button, then press and hold the Power button until the Apple logo appears.
- iPhone 7 & 7 Plus: press and hold Volume down and Power buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.
- iPhone 6S or earlier: Press and hold the Home button and Power buttons until the Apple logo appears.
Reseat SIM Card
Try reseating the SIM card with these steps:
- Power the iPhone off completely.
- Locate the eject hole on the outer frame of the device.
- Using the SIM eject tool (or paper clip), insert it, and gently push the button inside.
- The tray will eject.
- Carefully remove the tray from the frame.
- Remove the SIM card from the tray.
- Ensure the SIM card is free of debris. Use a
- Reseat the SIM card into the tray.
- Gently insert the SIM card tray back into the iPhone.
Update the Software
Ensure that your iPhone has the latest version of the iOS software. You can check this by tapping Settings > General > Software Update.
Replace SIM Card
If you have tried all of the above steps and are still receiving the ‘No Service’ or ‘No SIM Card Installed’ messages on your iPhone, you will want to see if another SIM card will work with your device. You can get a new SIM card from your wireless provider.
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