How-to and template for making an iPhone/iPad microsim from normal sim

June 25th, 2010 10 Comments By Paul Nikkel

If you’ve purchased an unlocked iPhone from the Apple Store you may have had a slightly unpleasant surprise when it showed up yesterday. As with the iPad, Apple have eschewed the normal SIM card for the new micro-SIM format. So if you went to pop your current sim into the new iPhone 4 you’d have noticed it doesn’t fit into the sim tray.

If you’re on o2 or Vodafone you can request a new micro-SIM replacement but many stores are currently short on micro-SIM’s or just not helpful about replacing them.

Fortunately although the new format is physically smaller (12mm x 15mm) the chip contact points are exactly the same. All you need is a small sharp knife or scissors and five minutes later you’ll have a working micro-SIM to pop into your iPhone (or iPad).

What you need:

1. Download this template and print it onto an A4 sheet of paper
2. Tape your normal sim firmly onto the guide.
3. Line up a ruler on the line guides and cut across the sim.
4. Round off the corners (the iPhone sim tray has rounded corners).
5. Pop your newly created sim into the sim tray and put it in your iPhone!

If you later need this microsim to be a normal sim you can buy a cheap sim converter that you pops around the microsim to make it standard size.

microsim1 300x225 How to and template for making an iPhone/iPad microsim from normal sim

Comments (10) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by PaulH June 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    You forgot point:

    6. Profit

    Didn’t Rory Cellan Jones make a video of him trying this out and then putting the sim in an iPad and it didn’t work…

  2. Posted by Paul Nikkel June 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Well don’t just freehand it – use the template above which is made according to the proper SIM specifications.

    I’ve tried my unskilled hand at it and it worked with no problems.

  3. Posted by The Real Bob June 25, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Or you could just take the iPhone back, swap it for a phone that gets reception and use the money on a good night out, it sounds as though you probably need a life anyway.

  4. Posted by Paul Nikkel June 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Yeah when are you free? You never return my calls :(

  5. Posted by 4.0 June 26, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Thx Paul. Nice template!

  6. Posted by rubixx June 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Cheers man – I cut my sim card in about 5 mins – surfing on my ipad on the train now

    £5p/m unlimited plan

  7. Posted by WQS September 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Hi there
    Can any one send me this micro sim tempalte on my id.
    i could not download.
    Thank you

  8. Posted by nicholas March 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

    hi, would appreciate if you could send me a copy of the simcard template as i cant find the download button for it. thanks

  9. You can still get a free sim or micro SIM with £5 free credit from
    with Truly unlimited mobile internet, texts and 250 UK minutes call time all for £10 a month.
    Powered by the O2 network in the UK with unlimited internet.

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