What's the correct size of Galaxy Note 5 SIM card? How to install SIM card for Galaxy Note 5? How to remove SIM card from Galaxy Note 5?


Galaxy Note 5 uses the sealed-body design. So, the SIM card slot is not under the back cover as in previous generations of Galaxy Note devices.

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Actually Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot is located on the top of the phone (see Galaxy Note 5 layout). This is similar to Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+.

In addition to the new location, Galaxy Note 5 also uses a SIM card tray to hold the SIM card. You have to eject and pull out the Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray to insert or remove SIM card for Galaxy Note 5.

Galaxy Note 5 also uses SIM card with different size from Galaxy Note 4 and other Note devices.

This guide will show you the correct SIM card size for Galaxy Note 5, how to insert SIM card for Galaxy Note 5 and how to remove SIM card from Galaxy Note 5.


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1) What is the correct Galaxy Note 5 SIM card size?
2) How to install/ insert SIM card to Galaxy Note 5?
2.1) Step 1: Loosen Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.
2.2) Step 2: Pull out Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.
2.3) Step 3: Install/ insert SIM card.
2.4) Step 4: Insert SIM card tray into Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.
3) How about Galaxy Note 5 dual SIM models?
4) How to remove SIM card from Galaxy Note 5?
4.1) Step 1: Loosen Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.
4.2) Step 2: Pull out Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.
4.3) Step 3: Remove SIM card as shown below.
4.4) Step 4: Insert SIM card tray into Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.
5) Is Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray identical to Galaxy S6?

What is the correct Galaxy Note 5 SIM card size?

For mobile phones, over the years, there have been 4 different sizes of SIM card. It is usually referred as 4 different form factors (reference):

Full-size SIM card. It has the size of a credit card (85.60 mm *53.98 mm*0.76 mm). You cannot find it now.Mini SIM card. This is now often referred to as big SIM card. Some old smartphones are still using mini SIM card. Its actual size is 25mm*15mm*0.76mm. The first generation of Galaxy Note uses mini SIM card.Micro SIM card. It is smaller than mini SIM card (15mm*12mm*0.76mm). Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4 all use micro SIM card. Because micro SIM card has identical thickness as mini SIM card, it is possible to trim a mini SIM card into a micro SIM card easily (although it is not recommended.)Nano SIM card. This is currently the smallest SIM card for smartphones. It is both smaller than micro SIM card, and thinner (12.3mm*8.8mm*0.67mm). Galaxy Note 5 uses nano SIM card.

So, the correct Galaxy Note 5 SIM card size is nano SIM.  You cannot use SIM card in Galaxy Note 4 (or Note 3, or Note II) in Galaxy Note 5!

Because nano SIM card is thinner than Micro SIM card, it is NOT recommended to trim micro SIM card to nano SIM card. You should try to get the official nano SIM card from your carrier. A lot of carriers now offer 3-in-1 SIM card (mini, micro and nano).

A few high-end smartphones also use nano SIM card, for example, Samsung Galaxy S6, Moto X, Moto X 2nd Gen, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5, Nexus 6, HTC One M8 and HTC One M9. So, if you are using any of these phones currently, the SIM card can be used on Galaxy Note 5

Please make sure you have a nano SIM card before proceeding. Inserting a wrong size SIM card may damage Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

How to install/ insert SIM card to Galaxy Note 5?

To install/insert SIM card to Galaxy Note 5, please follow these steps as shown below:

Step 1: Loosen Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.

You need insert the ejection pin (which can be found in the box of your Galaxy Note 5) to the hole. Gently push it to the end. The SIM card tray should be ejected a bit.

Please make sure the ejection pin is perpendicular to the hole. Failing to do so may damage you Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

Step 2: Pull out Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray.

Now, you can gently pull out the SIM card tray from the Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

You should pull it out only when the tray is ejected a bit. If not, try to press the ejection pin slightly harder.


Never try to pull the Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray violently or with any tools.

Step 3: Install/ insert SIM card.

Put your nano SIM card into the empty/hollow area with metal part facing downwards.

Actually, if you match the shape of SIM card with the hollow area, the metal part of your SIM card must be facing down.

Make sure the nano SIM card is perfectly fitted into the hollow area.

You can only use nano SIM card on Galaxy Note 5. Using other SIM cards will damage the Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.


In most regions, the damaged Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot or damaged Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray is not covered by Samsung warranty.

Step 4: Insert SIM card tray into Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

If you SIM card cannot fit into the hollow area perfectly, you should remove the SIM card.

Only when the SIM card fits into the hollow area perfectly, you then insert the SIM card tray into Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot as shown below.

You may need press it gently to get the tray locked properly. Never insert Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray violently.

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Step 4: Insert SIM card tray into Galaxy Note 5 SIM card slot.

Please note, Galaxy Note 5 can work without SIM card. Of course, if there is no SIM card, you can only use WiFi for connection.

Is Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray identical to Galaxy S6?

Although Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ use the similar SIM card tray, the dimension of Galaxy Note 5 SIM card tray is different from that in Galaxy S6.


So, do not try to insert SIM card tray from other phones into Galaxy Note 5.

Do you have any questions on Galaxy Note 5 SIM card?

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For other Galaxy Note 5 features and detailed Galaxy Note 5 how-to guides , please check Galaxy Note 5 how-to guides page.