How to open a SIM card tray when an ejector tool isn't around (the MacGyver way)
In real life, a paper clip won't be of much use in such a scenario, but it may come in handy for more tasks than just attaching two pieces of paper together. For example, it can be used for ejecting the SIM card tray of a modern smartphone. But it isn't the only "tool" fit for the job. Here's a list of items that can be used for ejecting a smartphone SIM card tray. These can be useful for those times when the SIM card ejector tool that came with your smartphone isn't around. The best thing about these items is that many of them can probably be found around your home or office. Take a look at what they are and if you can think of a tool that should have been on the list, let us know in the comments!
Note: If you ever resort to opening a SIM card tray using any of the tools listed here, make sure you do it with caution. Use your common sense and don't hurt yourself!
How would MacGyver eject a SIM card tray
1. Paper clip
The humble paper clip has to be the most frequently used "tool" for releasing a SIM card tray out of its slot. Chances are there is one lying around in your house or office. You just have to find it and bend it accordingly. Make sure you use a paper clip that is thin enough to fit into the tray's hole. Apply pressure gently so that the metal doesn't get all mangled.
2. Safety pin or needle
If a paper clip is nowhere to be found, a safety pin or a needle should get the job done. Just be careful and don't hurt yourself. Needles are sharp, you know. Using safety pins that are too thin isn't recommended as their sharp tip might snap while being pressed against the ejecting mechanism.
3. Push pin
A push pin is probably not that hard to find around the office, especially if you have a cork board somewhere. Again, these are sharp so use the pin with caution when ejecting your SIM card.
A staple is thin enough to be used for ejecting a SIM card. You can get one by rotating the metal base, against which a stapler's arm is pressed, so that the staple gets bent outwards, not inwards.
Yes, a toothpick works as well. Actually, we just tried it to make sure it does. However, you might have to go through several different toothpicks until you find one that's thin enough for the purpose.
Earrings that go through a piercing in the ear are usually thin enough to eject a SIM card tray. Just be gentle. You don't want to damage your jewelry, do you? Use an earring with a straight tip for best results.
7. Mechanical pencil
Mechanical pencils can eject a SIM card with their tip, as long as the lead fits into the ejector hole. Make sure you release just a little bit of lead so that it doesn't snap while being pressed against the mechanism.
1. kanagadeepan (Posts: 678; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
I use thin ball-pen tip for my RazrMAXX_HD
2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i personally use a push pin if i don't have an ejector handy.
6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Just use your thick headed common sense, that's all you need.
7. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
The back of a good pair of hoop earrings takes care of everything ;)
10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Do me a favor and reach over to your head...will you?
11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2689; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Simple, use anything which is pointed.
14. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)
Paper clip or needle is what I use but sometimes the toothpick .
16. jesse30135 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)
Help!! Due to a very frustrating two days w trying to activate my new HTC one m8 w Verizon I try using a wooden toothpick to eject SIM tray,well of course a piece broke off in that tiny little hole,how do I get out?? Or will Verizon swap me for new one?? It's paid for in full,no contract with no ins,thanks in advance for any help!!!