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How to open a SIM card tray when an ejector tool isn't around (the MacGyver way)

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How to open a SIM card tray when an ejector tool isn't around (the MacGyver way)
Despite being just a fictional character from a TV show, MacGyver was a hero to many kids who grew up during the late '80s and the early '90s. In every episode, he would save the day using nothing but stuff he found lying around. Remember that time when he defused a bomb using a paper clip? Yeah, that's the kind of MacGyverisms we're talking about.

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!

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posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:38

1. kanagadeepan (Posts: 668; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I use thin ball-pen tip for my RazrMAXX_HD

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:59

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5599; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i personally use a push pin if i don't have an ejector handy.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:08

3. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i use a needle

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:16

4. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


i did 1, 3 and 7

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:41

5. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


ive tried all but the last 2

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:33 1

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Just use your thick headed common sense, that's all you need.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:36

7. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


The back of a good pair of hoop earrings takes care of everything ;)

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:37 1

8. jeff1434325 (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


i use my hair.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:49

9. Piotrek007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Eww o.0

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:53 1

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Eww??
Do me a favor and reach over to your head...will you?

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 04:23

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2669; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Simple, use anything which is pointed.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:07 2

12. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


i use my ears!.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 08:10

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I use paper clip. :)

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:41

14. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Paper clip or needle is what I use but sometimes the toothpick .

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 18:59

15. samnote (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


i use toothpick :)

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 00:22

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!!!

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