Size Doesn't Matter, Does it? Guide to SIM Card Sizes

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Yes, size matters. At least when it comes to SIM card sizes.

People often ask where can you buy a sim that fits any phone or tablet?

Are all sim cards the same size, and do sim cards come in different sizes? 

Well, the answer is simple.

Today, almost every new SIM card sold comes bundled in all three different SIM card sizes sizes. This so called multi-SIM (trio SIM, or combi-SIM) will easily fit into any mobile device sim tray.

You only need to snap the card and take out the size you need.

Every mobile device has a sim card slot designed to accept only one specific sim card size: mini sim, micro sim, or nano sim card.

If you own a retro mobile phone like Motorola MicroTac from 1989 you will need the FULL SIZE SIM card. Believe it or not, it has the exact size of a credit card!

If you need a sim card for a network device, such as 5G Wifi Router or 4G Wi-Fi access point, you will most probably need a standard sim card size, also called the mini sim card or regular SIM.

Router is a bulky device, so that is why manufacturers usually tuck in a large sim card tray.

If you are bringing your own phone (BYOD) to a new operator, they will need to know what size of SIM you need. We've provided the list of the most popular phones below.

First, let's see what types of SIM cards exist, and do all of them come in different sizes.

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Let's dive right in.

What Are The Different Types of SIM Cards?

There are two SIM card types:

  • Physical SIM card (that comes in a certain size).
  • eSIM or embedded SIM card which comes in electronic form only. With eSIM you do not need to worry about the SIM size.

Dual SIM phones usually support 2 physical SIM cards, but there are dual SIM devices, like iPhone, that support only one physical card and one (or more) eSIM.

Read also: what does SIM not provisioned mean and how to fix the error.

What Are The Different SIM Card Sizes?

SIM cards come in three sizes: standard (also called mini SIM card), smaller micro SIM card, and the smallest one - nano SIM card.

What is the most common size sim card?

Well, the name speaks for itself - standard or mini SIM is the most common.

What other differences exist between standard sim, micro sim and nano sim?

There are no differences whatsoever, the chip and the contacts are the same. The only difference is in the format - the physical size.

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What Size SIM Card Do You Need for Your Phone?

To help you avoid situation where sim card doesn't fit, we have created a list of the sim card sizes used by the most popular phone models.

Samsung, iPhone, Motorola, Huawei and many more are covered here. To find the answer, simply look for your smartphone model in the table below.

For example, you can find an iPhone sim card size:

What's iPhone 11 sim card size?

iPhone 11 sim card size is nano SIM

What's iPhone 12 sim card size?

iPhone 12 sim card size is nano SIM

What size sim card for iPhone 12 mini?

iPhone 12 mini sim card size is nano SIM

...and so on. Here is the complete list of phones and sim sizes.

See also: How to tell what kind of iPhone do I have?

Mobile Phone

SIM Card Size

iPad sim card size Micro SIM
iPad mini sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 3GS sim card size Standard SIM
iPhone 4/4s sim card size Micro SIM
iPhone 5/5c/5s sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 6/6 Plus sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 6s/6s Plus sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 7/7 Plus sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 8 sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 8 Plus sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone SE sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone X sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone XR sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone XS sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone XS Max sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 11 sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 11 Pro sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 11 Pro Max Nano SIM
iPhone 12 sim card size Nano SIM
iPhone 13 sim card size Nano SIM
BlackBerry 9720 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Curve 9320 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Curve 9360 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Passport Nano SIM
BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Q10 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Q5 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Torch 9800 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Z10 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Z3 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Z30 Micro SIM
HTC Desire Standard SIM
HTC Desire 300 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 310 Standard SIM
HTC Desire 500 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 510 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 601 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 610 Nano SIM
HTC Desire 620 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 816 Nano SIM
HTC Desire 820 Nano SIM
HTC Desire C Standard SIM
HTC Desire Eye Nano SIM
HTC Desire HD Standard SIM
HTC Desire X Standard SIM
HTC One M7 Micro SIM
HTC One M8 Nano SIM
HTC One M9 Nano SIM
HTC One Max Micro SIM
HTC One mini Micro SIM
HTC One mini 2 Nano SIM
HTC One S Micro SIM
HTC One V Standard SIM
HTC One X Micro SIM
HTC One X+ Micro SIM
HTC One XL Micro SIM
HTC Wildfire S Standard SIM
HTC Windows Phone 8S Micro SIM
HTC Windows Phone 8X Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend G300 Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G330 Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G510 Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G6 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend G7 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend Mate Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend Mate7 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend P1 Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend P6 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend P7 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend W1 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend W2 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend Y530 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend Y550 Micro SIM
Huawei Honor 6 Micro SIM
Huawei Honor Holly Micro SIM
LG G Flex Micro SIM
LG G Flex2 Micro SIM
LG G2 Micro SIM
LG G2 mini Micro SIM
LG G3 Micro SIM
LG G3 S Micro SIM
LG L70 Standard SIM
LG Nexus 4 Micro SIM
LG Nexus 5 Micro SIM
LG Optimus G Micro SIM
LG Optimus L5 II Standard SIM
Motorola Moto E Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G 4G Micro SIM
Motorola Moto X Nano SIM
Motorola Nexus 6 Nano SIM
Motorola RAZR HD Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 1020 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 1320 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 1520 Nano SIM
Nokia Lumia 435 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 520 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 525 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 530 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 535 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 610 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 620 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 625 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 630 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 635 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 710 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 720 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 735 Nano SIM
Nokia Lumia 800 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 820 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 830 Nano SIM
Nokia Lumia 920 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 925 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 930 Nano SIM
Samsung Ativ S Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy A3 Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A5 Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A7 Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Fame Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy K zoom Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Music Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note II Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S II Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S III Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S III mini VE Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S5 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S6 Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S7 Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S edge Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy Y Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Young Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Young 2 Micro SIM
Samsung Nexus S Standard SIM
Sony Xperia E Standard SIM
Sony Xperia E1 Standard SIM
Sony Xperia E3 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia E4 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia J Standard SIM
Sony Xperia M Micro SIM
Sony Xperia M2 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Micro SIM
Sony Xperia miro Standard SIM
Sony Xperia S Micro SIM
Sony Xperia SP Micro SIM
Sony Xperia T Micro SIM
Sony Xperia T3 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z1 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z2 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z3 Nano SIM
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Nano SIM

Can a SIM Card be Transferred From One Phone to Another?

Absolutely yes, you can take a sim card out of one phone and put it into another, as long as the SIM card size fits and the second phone is not carrier locked.

Most often, you will need to put a sim card that was in an old cell phone, into a new phone you just bought.

Read also: What does 'SIM not provisioned for voice' mean and how to fix it?

If the size doesn't fit though, you can stil make it work by utilizing the steps mentioned in the next chapter.

How Do You Make Your Sim Card Bigger or Smaller?

Sim cards come in different sizes, but what if your sim card has the wrong size for your phone?

Actually it is quite simple:

  • If you have a bigger SIM card and need a smaller sim size, use the SIM card cutting tool to downsize the SIM. Any dual or nano sim cutter will do the job.
  • If you have smaller SIM size and need a bigger one, buy a sim card adapter and pop in your small SIM inside. Sim adapter is a cheap solution for smaller sim card.
  • Contact the mobile network and ask if they can replace your SIM with the new combo SIM, in all 3 sizes. Depending on your phone plan, SIM replacement is usually free of charge.

I hope this post helped you to solve the mystery around different SIM card sizes.